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News Flash! Smash Bros. Dojo: Roy


Hello! We are working very hard on translating the Melee website. We decided to ramp up our translation focus on the character introduction pages in order to give everyone a better picture of Melee, and its’ character. Special thanks to soma for providing assistance with this translation.

All comments were originally written by Sakurai himself. You can see Sakurai’s individual picture comments by hovering your mouse over the image.  Originally pictures were given their own page, but for the sake of brevity I combined them. The original page can be accessed here.

(Note: This was previously translated. However, we are reposting it as this is the full context.)

1/14/2015: The caption text was updated to be more accurate. Special thanks to X Kan (From Kantopia) for his suggestions!

Updated: January 5th, 2002

The protagonist from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade (GBA), who is a clone character of Marth, joins the battle.

At this point in time (January 2002), the game isn’t available for sale yet. On the other hand, this is one part of his overall concept. Out of all of the characters included in Smash, Roy is the only one that will be playable here before his own game is released.roy_pinup

But don’t worry. Even if you are unfamiliar with the source game, you will quickly fall in love with the character after seeing his charm.

Roy, when compared to Marth, personifies an “inexperienced swordsman with potential,” and I wanted to add a character that exemplified “youth.” He’s puts a lot of show and energy into his actions, but his apparent weak points stand out. It may look like he has the same moves as Marth, but he swings his sword slower.

Unlike Marth, Roy’s attacks are stronger near the hilt of the sword as opposed to the tip. So try getting dangerously close. Also, his aerial attacks are much weaker, and he falls quicker. He’s pretty bad at fighting in the air.

Unlock criteria: Clear Classic Mode (Normal) with Marth. Or play over 900 versus matches.

(Images taken during development)

1.Roy. He’s also ready for the new Fire Emblem!
2.Roy isn’t physically used to the Sword of Seals,  and while it has a long reach, the swing is somewhat slow.
3.Blazer. A multi-hit move the envelops the both Roy and the enemy in flames.
4.The counter deals damage proportionally to the attack the opponent used, but the window to activate the move is actually half the length of Marth’s.
5.Roy’s special feature, Flare Blade. If you can charge it fully, it deals the most damage of all the characters.
6.Double Edge Dance also performs slightly differently, so be careful!

Special Moves
Neutral Special: Flare Blade
Side Special: Double Edge-Dance
Up Special: Blazer
Down Special: Counter



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one comment
  1. Funny how a surprise occurrence can make a character so popular, isn’t it? Roy only got his chance because he worked well as a Marth clone, and now his fanbase from Smash completely overshadows the more lukewarm reception he has within his home series!

    delzethin on January 7 |