Sephiroth is Smash Bros' Next Playable Fighter

Sephiroth murdered Mario in the trailer revealing his imminent arrival in Smash.
Sephiroth murdered Mario in the trailer revealing his imminent arrival in Smash. / Photo by Nintendo

Sephiroth, the villain from Final Fantasy VII, will be the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter, Nintendo announced Thursday at The Game Awards.

Sephiroth will be the third character made available through the game's second Fighters Pass. Previous fighters in that pass include Min Min from Arms and Steve and Alex from Minecraft. The pass, which costs $29.99, will bring three more fighters to the game after Sephiroth. Those characters have yet to be revealed.

Players can also buy individual fighters for $5.99 each.

The announcement comes on the heels of two weeks of strong negative press for Nintendo. The company shut down one of the largest yearly tournaments held by the competitive community for Super Smash Bros. Melee last week, accusing the organizers of using pirated versions of the game. It then canceled the broadcast of a Splatoon in what some fans saw as punishment for the participants showing support for the Melee scene.

The company also sent a cease-and-desist demand to the manufacturers of the "Etikons," custom-designed Joy-Cons honoring Desmond "Etika" Amofah and raising money for charity.