- Sep 17, 2017
Who are these two?:
These two are Aether and Lumine, or collectively known as The Traveler, a world-hopping duo who serve as Avatar characters in Genshin Impact, a free-to-play online multiplayer Wildlike video game (As in, games that are similar to Breath of the Wild, much like Soulslikes for Demon's Souls, and Roguelikes for the Rogue game) made by miHoYo, a Chinese video game company previously known for a hack-and-slash game called Honkai Impact 3rd. Their avatar situation is much similar to the likes of the Howard siblings from Astral Chain in the sense that the sibling not chosen becomes their own character, but for this, I won't delve too deep.
Why should they be in Smash?:
Genshin Impact is coming to the Switch right now (It's currently on PC, Mobile, PS4 and as of this post they just announced one for PS5), and as it is, it's a major success, with it garnering 17 million downloads within the first 4 days of release. I mean, a Breath of the Wild-level game for free!? Heck yeah! And yes, while Genshin Impact is not on the Switch yet, there have been examples where a game doesn't have to be released to get a character in Smash. And yes, while Genshin has some competition with Nintendo's own Dragalia Lost, Genshin Impact I feel could represent the Wildlike in a way unique from our current Wildlike representative, Link.
How would they be unique?:
Yes, while their weapon of choice is a sword, their uniqueness would line in their Elemental Atunements. In Genshin Impact, there are 7 elements: Anemo (Wind), Geo (Earth), Electro (Lightning), Dendro (Nature), Hydro (Water), Pyro (Fire) and Cryo (Ice), which can create different Elemental Reactions based on which are used, such as Pyro and Dendro causing the damage-over-time Burning reaction, and Electro and Cryo making Superconduct, which reduces Physical defense and does AoE Cryo damage. The Traveler starts off as an Anemo-atuned adventurer, but over the course of the game, can attune to other elements, with Geo currently being the alternative and the rest coming further down the line. Having the ability to swap elements is something unseen in Smash, and there's more: what sets apart GI from BotW is the fact that you can make a party of 4 adventurers that you can swap with on the fly. A summon mechanic similar in other games like Dragon Ball FighterZ's Captain Ginyu or Duck Hunt's own Wild Gunman could work.
So, everyone: do you suppose Genshin Impact's gotten popular enough for the Traveler to be in Smash? Do you suppose they need a little more time in the oven before they're considered? Sound off!
Fellow World Travelers: