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5 Realistic Predictions for Smash Ultimate’s Last Character

The years of speculation are coming to a close. With Tekken’s Kazuya joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there’s only one spot left on the Fighters Pass. Ever since the Switch game launched in 2018, fans have been sharing the loftiest hopes for which iconic characters could become Smash fighters. Time and time again, those dreams were dashed as Nintendo took a more unpredictable approach, adding left-field choices like Terry Bogard and Steve from Minecraft.

No matter who gets added, someone’s going to be disappointed. The current list of popular fan requests includes pipe dreams like Crash Bandicoot, Doom Guy, and Master Chief. With one spot left, all of those can’t happen — in fact, none of them likely will. Figuring out the next Smash character isn’t a matter of guessing who would be a fun addition; it’s about tracking what makes strategic sense to Nintendo from a business standpoint. Super Smash Bros. doubles as a marketing tool, after all.

Based on the history of Nintendo’s DLC additions, here are five characters that could realistically get Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s final roster slot.

Monster Hunter

It’s bizarre that there isn’t a Monster Hunter fighter in Super Smash Bros. already. Ultimate features a surprising amount of representation from the series, including a full Rathalos boss fight in its story mode. The series has Mii costumes, spirits, and an assist trophy. Frankly, it feels inevitable that Capcom and Nintendo will formally tie the knot by adding a character like Hunter to the roster, just as it did with Dragon Quest’s Hero.

This one makes the most sense from a pure business standpoint. Monster Hunter Rise has been a huge hit on Switch and a lot of marketing muscle has gone into the upcoming Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. A Smash fighter would be a strong way to draw even more eyes to both games. Plus, it’s an “anime sword fighter,” and we all know how much Nintendo loves to add that archetype to the mix.

Ring Fit Hero

Ring Fit Adventure's hero uses the ring-con in promo art.

Ring Fit Adventure may sound like an unlikely match for Super Smash Bros., but it might actually be the most obvious pick. The Nintendo fitness RPG has been a huge hit, especially during the pandemic. Considering the game’s success, it seems like exactly the kind of game Nintendo would want to immortalize in Super Smash Bros.

There’s also some historical basis for the pick. Nintendo previously added Min Min from Arms to the game, showing the company’s eagerness to give representation to new Switch IPs. Plus, it previously added Wii Fit Trainer to the roster, so there’s a precedent for turning exercise instructors into fighters here. It’s easy to see how the game’s hero could get a move set that revolves around using their Ring-Con companion to jump higher and puff projectiles at opponents.

Miles “Tails” Prower

Tails hovers in the air in Sonic Boom.

With this year marking Sonic the Hedgehog’s 30th anniversary, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the series get another spot. Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and more third-party series have multiple characters in the game, why not Sonic? With a rerelease of the Wii title Sonic Colors on the horizon, all the stars seem to be aligned, which makes this a feasible option.

If that were the case, the question is: Which Sonic character? That’s a tough call. Dr. Robotnik would be an excellent addition, bringing another villainous heavy to the mix. Knuckles would be a fun brawler who could potentially use the chaos emeralds to his advantage. Shadow the Hedgehog would just be plain funny. Realistically though, Tails feels like the most likely bet — especially since he’s playing a big role in the upcoming Sonic movie sequel.

Agent Jones

Agent Jones holds a sniper rifle in Fortnite.

Here’s a statement that could send chills down some spins: Ultimate’s next character could be from Fortnite. There was a time when a statement like that would be entirely far-fetched, but that’s not the case anymore. With Minecraft‘s Steve joining the roster, Nintendo is clearly open to adding characters from modern, iconic games to the mix. Considering that Agent Jones has become the face of the franchise, it’s not ridiculous to think he could get the final spot in a blockbuster move.

There’s good reason to believe a collaboration like this could happen, too. Court documents released during the Apple-versus-Epic trial revealed that Epic was hoping to add Samus Aran to Fortnite as a skin. That never materialized, but it at least signals that a crossover is on the table if Epic and Nintendo can agree on what it entails.

Waluigi

Waluigi rides a kart and holds a coin in Mario Kart 8.
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I’ll throw hopeful fans a bone here. Ever since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was announced, many players have practically begged for Waluigi to join the fold. It’s a request that blurs the line between sincerity and meme. With only one spot left, it feels like the window is about to close for good. But it’s not impossible that Waluigi could actually get the slot. In fact, it’s entirely plausible.

For one, Nintendo has fulfilled fan requests like this in the past. Metroid’s villainous Ridley was a heavily requested character for a long time. Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai initially shot down hopes by infamously saying he was “too big” for the game, but Nintendo eventually gave fans what they wanted by adding him to Ultimate’s initial roster. It’s not unrealistic to think that Waluigi could get similar treatment. With Mario Golf: Super Rush out now and Mario Party Superstars coming this fall, there’s a lot of possible cross-marketing Nintendo could accomplish by finally adding the purple fiend to the game.

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Smash Ultimate’s Last Character Should Belong to Nintendo

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been out for around two-and-a-half years now, and in that time players have gotten a whopping 11 new characters to play as. Adding that many characters into the game is a monumental task in itself, but when you consider where they all came from, it’s more impressive. The list of DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate covers a mishmash of games and genres, including Joker from Persona 5, Banjo & Kazooie, Minecraft‘s Steve and Alex, and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.

With the reveal and addition of Tekken’s Kazuya to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, there’s only one spot left for another fighter. If you’ve talked about the game within the past year, you’ve heard or seen debates over who the next fighter should be. Sora from Kingdom Hearts is a favorite, as was Super Mario RPG‘s Geno until he was revealed as a Mii Fighter costume. Waluigi is, naturally, requested quite often, but would simply be too powerful to go up against the other fighters.

Jokes aside, with one slot left in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s roster, you’re going to see a lot of arguments about who should get that final spot. I don’t have a specific contender, but what I believe is that the game’s list of DLC characters should end how it began, with a Nintendo character.

Sticking to Smash’s roots

If the final Smash character were to be one of Nintendo’s own, that would shut out a majority of the characters that fans are hopeful for, but it’s about time to stop looking toward our own wants and think more about the context behind Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

A majority of the characters added to the game since its release are not from Nintendo-owned titles, and a decent handful of the game’s default fighters aren’t either. Nintendo, or more accurately, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai, has made the game into a veritable video game melting pot. Regardless of how long you’ve been playing or what kind of games you like, you’ll almost definitely find a character you know in Smash. It’s an achievement that the series has seemingly been chasing for over two decades.

Before it was any of that though, Super Smash Bros. was a Nintendo game. It wasn’t somewhere that the newest, hottest characters would show up, or where developers and publishers could advertise their characters (though Nintendo is often guilty of that itself). To give the final slot to a character like Fortnite‘s Jonesy for instance feels like it would be hollow.

Call me old and out of touch, but Jonesy isn’t a beloved, iconic character. He’s not filled with the same history as so many other characters on the game’s roster. A character like Jonesy filling that last spot would scream “sellout” to me, like Nintendo was simply auctioning off spots to the highest bidder. Instead, these characters should resonate with players, make them think of some other gaming experience they had in the past, and leave them in awe that they’re reconnecting with a series or franchise again through Smash.

Honoring a rich history

I couldn’t tell you who I think should fill that last spot on the roster. Nintendo’s library is massive, filled with characters that some people would love to see and others would hate to see. The last character has to be ceremonious, a real tribute to Nintendo and its games, something or someone who captures the company’s essence. Whether that’s Waluigi or Geno, or any number of other Nintendo characters, I can’t say.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is Nintendo’s. It’s not Epic’s, not Square Enix’s, not Microsoft’s. Forget the hype or whatever character you’ve been hoping for, and consider how strange it would be to end a Smash game without another character from the company that started it all.

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Watch Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s next DLC fighter, Kazuya, in action right here

Nintendo opened its E3 2021 show by revealing the next DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The roster will soon be joined by Kazuya, one of the main characters from the Tekken franchise. As Kazuya is heading to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from another fighting game series, there’s been a lot of interest in seeing his moveset and fighting style. Today, we got all that and then some in a new live stream from Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai.

As he’s done during each of these “Mr. Sakurai Presents” live streams, Sakurai spent a long time today discussing Kazuya’s abilities. You can view the presentation in its entirety below – the actual live stream begins at the 29 minute and 30-second mark – but the long and short of it is that Kazuya will use his Devil’s Power for multiple moves in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Specifically, Sakurai says that we’ll see Kazuya transform using his Devil’s Power during some jumps, smash attacks, and special moves.

Just as every DLC character that came before him, Kazuya will be bundled with a new stage called Mishima Dojo. Mishima Dojo doesn’t come with any platforms, but it does have walls and ceilings that can be broken. Kazuya will also come packed with 39 tracks from the Tekken series, so there are a lot of bonuses coming along with this DLC fighter.

Kazuya will be available on June 29th as part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 or as a standalone purchase in Challenger Pack 10, which runs $5.99. Fighters Pass Vol. 2 costs $29.99 and, aside from Kazuya, features Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, and one more fighter that hasn’t been revealed yet. That upcoming character is probably the last DLC fighter we’ll see for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so expect it to be a big one.

In addition to detailing Kazuya’s kit today, Sakurai also announced a new batch of Mii Fighter costumes launching the same day. We’re getting new costumes based on Shantae, Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia, Dante from Devil May Cry, and the Dragonborn from Skyrim, and you can see them all in the trailer above.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s new Xenoblade Chronicles 2 fighter arrives next month

In addition to announcing new games and additions for the Switch, Nintendo revealed the next fighter that’ll arrive in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, a two-character set from the title Xenoblade Chronicles 2. Starting next month, Smash players will be able to play as Mythra and Pyra, both of which will be added as a single fighter.

The latest Nintendo Direct took place today, revealing the big and small things Switch owners can expect over the coming weeks and months. There will, for example, be a new Mario Golf game for Nintendo Switch called Super Rush scheduled for release on June 25.

As expected, the company also introduced a new fighter for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and you’ll be able to get it sometime next month (Nintendo says it’ll be back with more details soon). The two characters are released as one fighter; players will be able to toggle between the two whenever they want.

You’ll be able to grab the fighter for $5.99 unless you have the latest Fighters Pass, which is priced at $29.99 USD and includes six characters, of which Pyra/Mythra makes number four. We’ve seen some other fighters arrive in this latest Fighters Pass cycle, including Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII, Min Min from Arms, and Steve/Alex from Minecraft.

If you missed the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, check out the timeline below to see some of the other big announcements from today’s event, including a Zelda game remaster, Fall Guys on Switch, Mario Golf Super Rush details, and more.



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