Nintendo has confirmed that it will announce a new character for Smash Ultimate today at The Game Awards 2020. Since then, Twitter has erupted with speculation over who that character might be.
Just three days ago we were able to celebrate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 2nd birthday. However, with the coronavirus pandemic slowing down development, it seemed unlikely that we’d get a new character any time soon.
But now, only two months after Steve from Minecraft joined Smash Ultimate, we’re going to get a new character announcement at The Game Awards!
Since Nintendo announced the upcoming reveal trailer, Smash fans have been busy on Twitter. Many character names have started trending as fans discussed their top picks for the next DLC fighter.
Let’s talk about some of the characters that have been trending today and how likely they are to make it into Smash Ultimate at today’s Game Awards.
Jonesy from Fortnite has been the most talked-about character by far today. Given the widespread appeal of Fortnite, he could undoubtedly bring lots of new fans to the game.
Of course, Jonesy may also be a bit divisive. Still it’s hard to deny the appeal this character would have, especially for younger gamers.
A Fortnite character may have seemed like a pipe dream a little while ago. But now that Steve is in the game, it seems like anything can happen.
With so many fans clamoring for him, it’s not hard to imagine Jonesy joining Smash Ultimate at tonight’s Game Awards. Not to mention host Geoff Keighley hinting at “maybe a little bit more” exciting Fortnite news tonight…
Sora from Kingdom Hearts has been many fans’ top pick for Super Smash Bros. for quite some time now. However, the character has close ties to Disney, and Disney would likely prove difficult to work with.
Nintendo has had a hard enough time getting Square Enix to be lenient. After all, they could only get two songs from the Final Fantasy series to appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Considering Nintendo would have to go through both Disney and Square Enix, it’s unlikely that Sora will make the cut.
Lots of people are still holding out hope for Waluigi. Unfortunately, the odds of him escaping Assist Trophy status seem rather low.
Of course, it’s not completely out of the possibility for a character to appear in Smash in multiple different capacities. For example, Chrom appears in Robin’s Final Smash and win screen, in addition to being a playable fighter.
If Nintendo really wants to surprise us with the Game Awards Smash Ultimate character, Waluigi might be the pick.
For nearly 20 years, Halo has been one of the premier series of first-person shooter video games. There’s no question that Master Chief is deserving of a spot in the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
However, Microsoft does already have two reps in Smash in Banjo & Kazooie and Steve. No other third-party company has more than one character in Smash Ultimate.
For this reason, Master Chief’s chances of making the cut are a little lower than they might be otherwise.
Phoenix Wright would certainly be an interesting pick for The Game Awards’ new Smash Ultimate challenger. While the Ace Attorney games don’t really show him fighting, that’s never stopped Sakurai before (looking at you, Captain Falcon).
In addition, Phoenix Wright was previously playable in a different fighting game, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. As a result, it’s quite possible that Sakurai could make him work for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Previously, we theorized that Dante from Devil May Cry would be a good fit for Smash. We’ll certainly be keeping our eyes on The Game Awards to see if he finally debuts in Smash Ultimate.
Of course, characters from M-rated series are a bit rare in Smash. Even so, with Snake, Bayonetta, and Joker coming before him, Dante certainly isn’t out of the question.
Crash Bandicoot has been another long-time fan-favorite to join the Super Smash Bros. series.
However, it’s important to note that Crash’s most recent game, It’s About Time, did not release on the Nintendo Switch. With this in mind, it doesn’t seem like Nintendo has been collaborating with Activision to get Crash into Smash, or into any Switch game for that matter.
Our last trending pick from Twitter is Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. For as long as there have been Smash games, it seems there have been people asking for Geno to join the series.
Geno may seem a bit obscure, as he was only playable in one game from 1996. But Sakurai has resurrected characters like King K. Rool and Banjo & Kazooie from the dead for this game, and he could certainly do the same for Geno.
As a huge fan-favorite to join Smash, Geno would undoubtedly bring the hype. What better place to bring the hype for Smash Ultimate then at The Game Awards 2020?
Who do you think will join Smash Ultimate at The Game Awards?
Now you know who Twitter expects to see join Smash Ultimate during The Game Awards. Now, let us know who you think will make the cut!
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