Fans of the Super Smash Bros. franchise love speculating about upcoming characters. With Smash Ultimate being praised as quite possibly the biggest crossover in gaming history, there's no telling who is coming next.
Masahiro Sakurai, Director of the Super Smash Bros. series, has always had a knack for surprising players with characters never thought possible in a Nintendo-based fighting game. Over the years, huge names like Cloud Strife, Bayonetta, Banjo & Kazooie, and more have joined the roster.
However, there are a few ways to predict upcoming characters, and fans have been eagerly speculating over the last few months, about just who is coming next. Now, with an advertisement revealing a new Super Smash Bros. fighter is coming soon, excitement levels are certainly on the rise.
How to Predict a Smash Bros. DLC Fighter
Especially in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sakurai has been focussing on listening to player feedback. In 2015, Nintendo even allowed players to directly request Super Smash Bros. fighters through an online ballot.
The winner of the ballot was announced to be Bayonetta, who appeared in Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS. Although some have doubted the authenticity of these results, popular ballot picks have started to arrive in the latest game instalment.
Characters like King K. Rool, Inklings, Simon Belmont, and Ridley, all arrived in Smash Ultimate. The Fighters Pass also contained Banjo & Kazooie, a pick that many believed to be inconceivable.
Fighters Pass 2 has already kicked off, with Min Min from the Nintendo Switch's own ARMS title. Many were surprised that ARMS didn't get a representative in Smash, so this was a pick that was long overdue.
We know that all candidates for the second Fighters Pass were already locked in prior to its announcement. Therefore, some potential picks become more likely than others.
With the exception of Banjo & Kazooie, all picks for the first pass were from games series that are currently active. What's more, 4 of the characters were from titles that originated in Japan, though all were popular here in the West too.
Who is Most Likely to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC?
Without any further ado, here are our picks for the remaining 5 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC characters:
The evolved form of the partner Pokémon in the recent DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield, Urshifu is a little late to the party. Of course, Smash Bros. development has seen some delays due to 2020's global pandemic.
It's possible that this character could have been scheduled to initially release closer to its Pokémon DLC.
Pokémon has always been a popular franchise for Smash Bros. fighters, with 10 of the creatures playable across the series already. With the Pokémon series having released its first-ever main series DLC with the Isle of Armor expansion, it's not unlikely that star of the show Urshifu might make an appearance in a new crossover.
Urshifu evolves from Kubfu after training in the Tower of Two Fists. Here, it can learn Single Strike Style or Rapid Strike Style.
With two forms to switch between, there's plenty of room for a moveset to be built. Urshifu would also be the first new Pokémon representative from the best-selling Sword and Shield games.
Star of the No More Heroes franchise, Travis Touchdown deserves his time in the spotlight. Travis is an American assassin from a Japanese video game series, making him an ideal crossover for Super Smash Bros. fans everywhere.
Travis weilds a Beam Katana that resembles a Lightsaber from Star Wars. He is also a big fan of wrestling, and has an array of moves that could make him a fun and versatile character choice.
With No More Heroes III set to release in 2021, Travis Touchdown would be the perfect character to release as one of the later Fighter Pass 2 DLCs. Suspiciously, Goichi Suda, creator of No More Heroes, is refusing to comment on the character's possible appearance in Smash...
Dante from the Devil May Cry series has become so much of a meme-pick over the last few years that it almost seems crazy not to have him in Smash. The hack-and-slash protagonist has already appeared in fighting games in the past and has an incredibly dense moveset at his disposal.
A paranormal mercenary, dedicated to exterminating evil demons, Dante has been taking names since 2001. Since then, he's appeared in a huge array of titles.
Most recently, Dante returned for Devil May Cry 5, a long-awaited 5th main instalment to the franchise. Although the protagonist tends to wield a gun as well as his signature sword, Smash Bros.' attitude towards firearms seems to have relaxed in recent history, leaving Dante a perfectly valid contender.
Bandana Waddle Dee
Okay, hear us out on this one. Yes, this is a standard Kirby enemy, but over the years, Bandana Dee has become an icon of the series.
Featuring in almost every Kirby game to date, Bandana Dee is a close friend of Kirby. He's also one of King DeDeDe's most loyal henchmen.
You'd think that a generic enemy wouldn't have many moves to pick from, but in fact, his appearance in-game appearances suggest otherwise. In Kirby Star Allies, Bandana Dee makes use of a spear, embued with elemental power.
Masahiro Sakurai has always been excellent at translating characters with limited movesets to Smash, however. And this one might be even easier, considering Sakurai is also the creator of the Kirby franchise itself!
Minecraft protagonist Steve might not be a lot of people's first choice for Smash Bros. but it's clear that the character deserves a shot. Minecraft is the 2nd best-selling game in history, behind Tetris, and we don't think L-Block is coming to Smash Ultimate.
Steve has an almost unlimited moveset, and we're confident that Sakurai would do the character justice. Minecraft is even as big in Japan as it is in the West, making Steve a universally-recognised face in gaming.
Despite a blocky appearance, and a mixed reaction sure to come from hardcore fans, having a Minecraft representative would be a good get for the game. It seems odd that this collection of video game history doesn't already pay homage to the biggest title in decades.
Did any of your favourites make the list? Leave us a comment and let us know who you'd like to see!