Characters They Might Add In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wasn’t going to speculate, but why not get in on the fun.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released Dec. 7th, 2018 to record numbers in sales. Needless to say, it was highly anticipated by fans of the franchise and Nintendo Switch players in general. There are a few DLC characters that haven’t been announced yet, and fans are all speculating. So why don’t we?
It’s important to point out Piranha Plant’s already confirmed to be in the game. And if you haven’t yet, you need to register your game (ie. collect your My Nintendo Rewards) before Jan. 30th, 2019 to get him/her/it? for free. Even though it was sold as a pre-order bonus…
Joker from Persona 5 was also confirmed to be in the game next, which people are noting as particularly interesting since Persona 5‘s on the Playstation. Then again, Persona did have a 3DS release, so it may be a licensing deal like Snake from Metal Gear Solid, which hasn’t really been on Nintendo’s systems since the original was re-released on the Wii. So really, Joker’s addition probably shouldn’t raise as many eyebrows as it is.
A rumor is circulating that the next challenger to be confirmed in SSBU is Erdrick from Dragon’s Quest. Upon seeing what this character looks like, he would fit right in with all the other sword wielders in the game.
So there’s three, potentially. That still leaves two DLC characters that we know of. Whether Erdrick’s a correct choice or not, here are a few characters we might speculate coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Knuckles The Echidna
Sonic’s obviously in this large game but what about his friends? Tails the Fox would be an interesting decision but he would have been an even better option for an Up + B move to fly Sonic back to safety after being launched, sort of like how Mega Man brings Rush along to use as a spring board (Yes, Sonic has a spring board too). Shadow the Hedgehog would have been a more interesting skin option for Sonic. Knuckles the Echidna would be a great fist fighter addition to the game, with his signature knuckles perhaps giving a devastating punch. He wouldn’t be a clone of sorts like some of the other hedgehogs and he’s pretty popular in his own right. He doesn’t need to be as fast as Sonic, but make him more powerful and he’d be a good addition.
Other potentials from Sonic lore might include Mighty the Armadillo, finally getting his video game debut in Sonic Mania Plus.
Ryu joined Smash Bros. in SSB4 on the Wii U along with Bayonetta. Ryu gained a new fighter from the Street Fighter series when Ken came to Ultimate. So introducing another Bayonetta character would make sense and Jeanne looks like a great fighter to join the ranks. After all, her and Bayonetta have fought side by side, and she is a playable character (or skin, arguably) in Bayonetta 2. She’s maybe not the most inspired choice, but certainly deserves consideration.
If an Inkling can represent Nintendo’s Splatoon franchise, Spring Man could represent their ARMS franchise. And ARMS needs a little extra love. It’s a fun game but many player complaints consider it a bore after a while. Fair enough. But if a fighter were to be included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and they appeared to be a fan favorite, maybe that would spark a little bit of new intrigue in the game. Spring Man’s directed attacks could use the several different deadly gloves used from the ARMS game, while his neutral attack could send a sped-up version of his stretchy arm punches to reach a distance easily. It’s like they planned on making his character a fighter all along! Oh wait…
Brawlout has been compared to the Smash Bros. games quite a lot and has nabbed a few characters from other franchises quickly, such as Yooka Laylee and Rayman. Crash Bandicoot is a fan favorite that’s recently making a comeback with a remastered series and a racing remaster on the way. It would make sense for Nintendo to try and nab Crash as a DLC character. Although, does he really fit well? Well, can a piranha plant launch players? In my opinion, this is the least likely to appear in SSBU but there’s no reason against Crash’s addition. If Nintendo doesn’t add him, maybe Brawlout will.
Jill Valentine/Chris Redfield
Resident Evil‘s been a popular franchise for years now and now it’s on the Switch. Neither Jill nor Chris appear to be perfect fits for the chaotic fighting styles in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and they’re more used to fighting slow-paced zombies than any normal characters. But it’s the kind of oddball choice that could prove to be exciting. If Snake makes a decent fighter, why not someone who fights the walking dead?
Those are our off-the-wall speculations. Lots of people have their own hopes.