Persona 5’s Joker heads to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on April 17

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But when is Persona 5 on Switch?!

In a surprise video released by Nintendo, Joker is revealed to be heading to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on April 17, as part of the 3.0 Update. First teased during the recent Video Game Awards, we finally get to see Joker in his entirety via the trailer below.

Joker integrates the Persona gameplay into his kit. First is his Neutra Special called Gun. In which he just shoots 2 bullets, but he can dodge, move, and shoot it at different directions while in the air.

Joker’s Up Special is called Grappling Hook, which works just like other tethers moves such as Belmont’s, Ivysaur’s, and the Ice Climbers’. He can also hook enemies towards him using this skill.

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His Side Special is called Eiha, where he snaps his fingers and a projectile is thrown. When an enemy is hit they receive a small amount of damage and damage over time for a short while.

Joker’s Down Special, called Rebel’s Guard is where his kit comes into play. Joker charges his Rebel Gauge and in this state, he can block attacks, including combos. His Rebel Gauge increases when he enters this stance, receives damage, or is behind on stock.

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Once full, Joker summons his Persona, Arsene, where his Specials change drastically. First, his Neutral Special changes to Gun Special, where he shoots 3 bullets instead of 2. But also maintaining the current movements possible with Gun

His Up Special becomes Wings of Rebellion. Instead of a grappling hook, he has a recovery similar to Pit and Dark Pit, where he glides in a direction, but no damage is done once an enemy is in contact.

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Joker’s Eiha upgrades into Eigaon. Which is a projectile that deals a lot of damage, and upon contact will knockback the enemies.

Lastly, his down special changes from a shield, to a counterattack. Which allows him to counterattack melee hits with Tetrakarn, and deflect long-range projectiles with Makarakarn.

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Arsene is also invincible, meaning that he has no hitbox. For enemies to deal damage to Joker, they have to hit only him. During Persona mode, the Rebel Gauge depletes over time. Once at 0 Arsene disappears, waiting to return once the Rebel Gauge is full again.

Joker releases on April 17, as part of the 3.0 update, which includes Stage Builders and Video Editors. The Joker Challenger Pack is available for $5.99 (~Php 311) or you can buy the Fighter pass for $24.99 (~Php 1,294) at the Nintendo eshop now.

What are your thoughts on Joker? Do you think he will be a great addition to Smash? Which fighter do you think is next in line to join Smash?

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