I never did write that article about Xenoblade Chronicles 2. ...Sorry to keep you waiting?
Mythra sent shockwaves across the internet last week after a picture of her Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit was leaked wearing leggings. It's understandable. Images directly datamined from the game apparently have this awful dark contrast to them (apparently the engine itself has to come in and "correct" the lighting) which literally made it look like Mythra's legs were colored in with the Microsoft Paint fill tool. So yeah at first it kinda just looked...well, not great. We saw it in better quality later, but there were still many arguments against it to be had. Did it really do the Aegis of Light any good to lose her leg game? Would white leggings have been more appropriate as to not diminish her divergence from the other Aegis (who also happens to be the best-voiced Nintendo villain of all time)? Did "Leggings Mythra" really make any sense at all?
|In Malos' voice: You. Tell. Me.|
(Also the "breast window" is missing but no one cares about that whatsoever.)
I like leggings, even if I currently occupy a form that doesn't have what's needed to comprehend legs themselves. My problem, however, was that something of this magnitude did indeed require some form of official acknowledgement... But with less than two weeks to go it appeared the team was hoping that the new art would simply "slip by" unnoticed. Well, this isn't some random NPC. This isn't even that one Fire Emblem Fates character I can't remember the name of (hence why I can't remember her name). This is like...well, she's not only far more important than Rex in Rex's own game, but she goes on to star in another game where she's directly playable and without Rex even being around. Mythra is the Aegis and she deserves better.
...And as it turns out, Monolith Soft and Nintendo had the right plan all along:
You can use Mythra’s new costume from Super #SmashBrosUltimate in both the main #XenobladeChronicles2 game as well as Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country! Obtain the Massive Melee Mythra Aux Core to wear this outfit. pic.twitter.com/iKMNgIHaWj— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) December 1, 2018
Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. Yes, CERO were obviously still the ones behind any of this happening (and that indeed raises...ethics concerns which you can go talk about somewhere else), but look at with what dignity it was handled. Monolith Soft was on board enough to incorporate the costume into Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in a way that references Smash wholesomely. Not only does the Aux Core share a name with the title of this article, but it provides Mythra with an unprecedented Crit Buff just like Mythra's Spirit will be capable of providing in Ultimate. (Oh, and a Nopon named "Brobro" who likes talking about "smashing" and "brawling" is who you acquire this from in the first place.)
|CONTINUITY! These leggings have power!|
(It's very much worth mentioning that Masatsugu Saito was involved from the get-go as well.)
In three days Mythra will be ready to Smash. And I definitely hate to say it, but Mythra isn't terribly fond of people who go after renowned blondes. She could go after Ganondorf first (and it would actually make way more sense), but she also kind of has to finish what Shulk started. Literally.
SO LONG-A BOWSER! At least you just beat Alucard in that GameFAQs Character Battle X Losers Bracket though! (And seriously just how many people are even remotely aware that something happened to Mythra's cleavage too?)