TAKE MY MONEY AFTER YOU GIVE ME A RELEASE DATE, SAKURAI!!
Like many fans who waited for Smash Bros related news, I couldn't believe my eyes that Cloud Strife of FF7 is one of the winners of the Ballot. I am both happy yet surprised. When it comes to the idea of Cloud in Smash, it was mainly unlikely for a few reasons. Like Snake, he was mainly part of PlayStation history not Nintendo (Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, Thearhythm FF, and the upcoming FF/Monster Hunter game don't really count IMO) but he never really had a game on a Nintendo console in my eyes. But Cloud proved us all that limits are made to be broken just as long as well, you had some history with Nintendo and are a VG character. Like him or not, he's here and SSB4 is definitely the best installment so far IMO. While there was only one thing that SSB for in this direct, we'll get another Smash direct next month covering Cloud, Mii outfits, stages and hopefully more ballot news and features.
For now, let's talk about what we know so far about him. Appearance wise, he has both his original and Advent Children attires both of which look awesome. His specials are basically his limits but he has a limit gauge which could cause his specials to become stronger and overall better. His FS is of course, Omnislash. He also has his own stage, Midgar which possibly has stage hazards involving summons (although there was footage of Cloud doing a summon animation) such as Odin, Ifrit, Leviathan, Ramuh and Bahamut Zero. We also got a possible confirmation that the battle theme and boss theme are in this stage as well as a taste of his victory theme (which I hope replaces the usual results screen whenever u win as Cloud).
Although here's my top 12 picks for Midgar stage themes.
Smash Remix of a FF7 tune (Maybe one from the list or a medley, hopefully composed by Nobuo Uematsu)
Crazy Motorcycle Chase
Opening Theme/Bombing Mission
Those who Fight
Those who Fight Further
Electric de Chocobo
The Shinra Corporation
Birth of a God
Whatever happens later on, I'm once again hyped for Smash DLC and Sakurai magic once again impressed the fanbase.