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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s 2nd Birthday: What to expect in the Next 2 Years

Today, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate celebrates its second birthday. Let’s take a look back at the game’s first two years, while also looking to what the future might hold.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launched on the Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018.

Since then, fans all over the world have gotten together with friends and enemies alike to “settle it in Smash.”

As soon as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finished development, director Masahiro Sakurai got to work on making downloadable content. In fact, the first DLC fighter, Piranha Plant, was announced before the game even released. 

For the past two years, fans have enjoyed a continuous stream of new DLC characters. By Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s first birthday, five of these fighters had made their way into the game: Piranha Plant, Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, and Terry.

After the first wave of characters were completed, Sakurai wasted no time in announcing the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. It seemed like the game would continue to enjoy a steady release schedule of downloadable content.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic severely slowed down this release schedule. Since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s first birthday, we’ve only gotten three new characters: Byleth, Min Min, and Steve.

Nevertheless, Super Smash Bros. fans have got plenty to look forward to. There are still four characters left in this Fighters Pass, and they’ll hopefully be released by the end of 2021.

Who could the next fighter be?

As we wait for the next fighter to be revealed, speculation runs rampant among Nintendo fans. Players are undoubtedly dying to know when we will get another character reveal, and who that character will be.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any credible leaks at the moment. However, we can still make some plausible guesses as to who might join the battle next.

In a previous article, we correctly predicted that Steve would join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster. That article also suggested four other characters who might have a shot: Urshifu, Travis Touchdown, Dante, and Bandana Waddle Dee.

Will we see a reveal trailer for one of these characters soon in honor of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s birthday? Probably not.

There was a five-month gap in between Byleth and Min Min, and a four-month gap between Min Min and Steve. As a result, we probably can’t expect a new character to show up in the game until at least February.

Still, there’s no better way to celebrate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s birthday then to think about what lies in store.

Celebrating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s birthday with a journey through history

In honor of this iconic game’s birthday, let’s look back to when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first announced. The reveal trailer for the game dropped at the end of a Nintendo Direct in March 2018.

This trailer did little besides confirming that Splatoon’s Inklings would be in the game. However, it started an uncontrollable hype train by revealing that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would launch that same year.

For previous Super Smash Bros. titles, Nintendo had waited much longer to release the game after announcing it. They announced Super Smash Bros. Brawl in 2005, but it did not come out until 2008.

Likewise, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS were announced in 2011, but did not release until 2014. As a result, Ultimate had the quickest turnaround between announcement and release of any Super Smash Bros. game since Melee.

As of this past September, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold more than 21 million copies. Because of this, it holds the prestigious title of best-selling fighting game of all time.

Unsurprisingly, Nintendo set up a way for players to celebrate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s second birthday in-game. The company previously announced a three-day event in the game’s Spirits mode.

Do you think we’ll get a character reveal soon in honor of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s birthday? Stay tuned for the latest leaks and updates!

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