The last Super Smash Bros. Direct went out last week, with series creator Masahiro Sakurai confirming the final roster. Incineroar from Pokemon, Ken from Street Fighter and Piranha Plant make up the 77 fighters confirmed for the game.
Sakurai also confirmed there will five additional DLC fighters who are set to be released over the course of the year. These characters are already confirmed and in development but fans will have to wait to learn their identities.
The rumour mill has been whirling fast amongst fans though with plenty of names been thrown up. Never ones to be outdone we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon and deliver our early predictions for DLC Characters.
These are the five characters we think are most likely to be announced:
This rumour has been doing its rounds for a few Smash Bros. titles now and may be more optimistic thinking. The rights to the characters have become a complicated issue since Microsoft bought out Rare Studios.
But Nintendo have managed to bridge gaps to include other exclusive characters in the past. Playstation mascot Solid Snake will be returning for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Nintendo have a much rockier relationship with Sony; so this may not be beyond the realms of possibility.
The Smash Bros. team have also established a reputation of catering to fans, they even finally adding Ridley – one of the most requested characters since the series began. A supposed leak confirmed the N64 duo as DLC earlier this year but that same leak also failed to predict Inineroar or Piranha Plant.
Miles ‘Tails’ Prower
Another name pretty much every outlet is throwing around as it seems like a pretty safe bet. Again it’s a rumour that’s been tracked over many years since Sonic’s initial inclusion in the series.
Fellow series protagonist Knuckles has been added as an assist trophy with Shadow also returning as an assist trophy from Super Smash Bros. Wii U. There is still only one playable character from the series and that is Sonic himself.
The inclusion of more supporting characters in the series makes Tails an obvious omission from the roster. As a mainstay of the Sonic series since 1992, it would be a shock if he wasn’t one of the DLC spots.
Bayonetta is another series that is only represented by the sole protagonist in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. One of Nintendo’s few successful mature franchises has a new instalment on the way, expected late next year.
Another character from the series in Smash would make a fitting addition then ahead of the games potential release. Rodin has been added as an assist trophy for Smash Bros Ultimate. so we expect another playable character for the series.
Jeanne is Bayonetta’s best friend and rival and was an unlockable character in both of the first two games in the series. She has been included as a spirit which could jeopardise her chances of becoming a playable character. Rathalos has been added as a boss and an assist trophy though so we can’t guarantee there will be no crossover between spirits and fighters.
Professor Elvin Gadd
Luigi’s Mansion appears as a stage in the Wii U version and will be returning but there are no exclusive characters included from the series. Nintendo re-released Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS this Halloween and confirmed that a third title in the series is in production for Switch.
Since the series looks to undergo somewhat of a revival it would be a great time to tie the series into Smash. With antagonist King Boo being seemingly impossible to accommodate, that just leaves Professor Elvin Gadd. The inventor of Luigi’s Poltergust 3000 serves as a framing device for the series and has made multiple cameos in Mario spin-offs over the years.
This would be the first time he was included as a playable character but a potential move set would be no wackier than say, Villager. Luigi’s mansion also featured in the reveal trailer for Simon and Richter Belmont so maybe there’s already as easter egg there.
Metroid Prime 4 Antagonist
Alongside a new Pokemon RPG, the fourth instalment of the Metroid Prime series is expected to be the cornerstone of Nintendo’s 2019 calendar. Nearly 10 years since the release of Metroid Prime Three fans are chomping at the bit for details on the latest title.
First revealed at E3 2017, Nintendo have been very clandestine about the project since but it is expected to release this year. Smash Bros. has been used to promote new and upcoming games in the past such as the inclusion of Lucario in the Wii U version. Sakurai reportedly created the Lucario character from a series of notes supplied by the Pokemon team before the release of Generation IV.
It’s possible then, he could do the same thing with an as of yet unreleased character who is set to be integral to the plot of Metroid Prime 4. It would also explain why this particular character was made DLC instead of included in the roster to avoid spoilers before Metroid Prime 4 details are announced.