- On Wednesday, Nintendo revealed Pyra and Mythra as new characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Fans of the late streamer Etika were overjoyed at this news, who knew how much he loved the characters.
- “Eikta” trended on Twitter as fans thought of how he would have reacted to this reveal.
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In Nintendo Direct released, the usually secretive Japanese video game titan pulls back the curtain on what they have been working on behind the scenes, giving players a taste of what’s to come. Monday’s Direct was watched by over three million concurrent viewers across platforms like YouTube and Twitch, according to esports reporter Rod “Slasher Breslau.
The announcement of shooter Splatoon 3, Mario costumes coming to Animal Crossing, and a pair of new Zelda-themed Joy-Cons caught a fair share of the attention, but they weren’t the stars of the show. As with past Nintendo Directs, the show opened up with brand new reveals for downloadable characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Pyra and Mythra from the hack and slash adventure Xenoblade Chronicles 2 were announced as joining the Smash series and social media shared a wide range of emotion.
Some users either expressed their disdain that another anime character is getting added over Nintendo’s classic characters, while others were just excited at the thought of being able to switch between the pair easily.
Fans of the late Desmond Amofah, or streamer Etika, were elated.
Since his passing in June of 2019, his community has continued to celebrate his legacy and his love of Nintendo products. Super Smash Bros. reveals are an integral part to the community and identity of Etika, with his most popular videos starring the streamer getting excited for character reveals like the Pokemon Mewtwo for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U.
Fans of Amofah have been quick to point out that the second DLC Fighter Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is full of characters he enjoyed. The first reveal, Min Min, was Amofah’s favorite character to play in the fighting title Arms. Steve from Minecraft and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 were then announced, with both titles being popular with the content creator. Now with Pyra and Myrtha added, characters Amofah described as his “waifus” when he played through Xenoblade Chronicles 2, this seeming string of coincidences continues.
“Etika” trended worldwide on Twitter Wednesday night with over 20,000 tweets mentioning the late Nintendo hype-man.
-im sඞlt (@imsaltYT) February 17, 2021
-Super Mairo (@ThatMarioFanBo1) February 18, 2021
Though controversy has circled the legacy of the late streamer, with his half-brother most recently feuding with members of Etika’s own community, the love for the streamer is stronger than ever.