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Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife is coming to Super Smash Bros.

Finally, the game that evaded Nintendo's grasp is coming... for a cameo

Final Fantasy VII remains a sore spot for longtime Nintendo fans: it was originally projected to launch on the Nintendo 64, but cartridge constraints sent maker SquareSoft to the PlayStation instead – where the game became a legend. And the rest is history.

That was nearly two decades ago. But the times have changed, developer relationships have mended and shifted, and a truly stunning surprise awaited fans at the end of tonight’s Nintendo Direct presentation: Final Fantasy VII‘s iconic hero, Cloud Strife, is coming to Super Smash Bros. as a playable fighter.

Slated for release in both the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS entries of Smash, Cloud Strife will surely be a premium add-on character, probably sold for a few quid to help bulk up your roster. He’ll join an extended roster featuring a wealth of Nintendo favourites, like Mario, Link, and Samus, as well as third-party brawlers like Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pac-Man, and Ryu from Street Fighter.

As you’ll see in the trailer above, Cloud resembles the more modern version of the character seen in the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children movie, and he has familiar moves in the game – such as Limit Break for his Final Smash. Nintendo will also release a new level based on the game, as well as Chocobo hats. Of course.

And does this mean we’ll also see a Cloud Strife Amiibo figurine at some point? We’d guess so. Following the reveal, Nintendo announced a Smash-centric livestream event for December, so chances are we’ll get a release date on the content – and hopefully word of an Amiibo – in a few short weeks.

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Andrew writes features, news stories, reviews, and other pieces, often when the UK home team is off-duty or asleep. I'm based in Chicago with my lovely wife, amazing son, and silly cats, and my writing about games, gadgets, esports, apps, and plenty more has appeared in more than 75 publications since 2006.

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