Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC Fighters Predictions
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is not only the best Smash Bros game to date, sorry Melee fans, but it also has the best roster of any fighting game ever. It’s got all the classic Nintendo characters, like Mario and Link, to well known third party characters, like Cloud and Sonic. All of the new fighters for Super Smash Bros Ultimate were all from Nintendo IP’s which made sense. However, that all changed when something nobody saw coming was revealed, Joker from Persona 5 is going to be the first DLC fighter. This announcement was huge, unexpected, and amazing. I was at the Super Smash Bros Ultimate midnight release when the reveal was shown, and everybody in the store went crazy. So, while the announcement of Joker is great, it also blows the door wide open for the next four DLC fighters, and who they might possibly be. Now, in this post-Joker for Smash world, who do I think could fill the remaining four slots?
But before I get into the characters that really could be fighters, I just want to put it out there that I would love Hector and Geno as fighters, but since they’re both Spirits, that debunks both them and all the other spirit fighters. Now, on to the real list!
Banjo and Kazooie (Banjo Kazooie)
Banjo Kazooie is one of the most beloved 3D platformers of all time, as it’s just an overall fun and enjoyable game. However, after the first two great games on the N64, Xbox bought Rare, and by association Banjo-Kazooie, and promptly put an end to good Banjo games, except for the remake. But Super Smash Bros isn’t just a Nintendo fighting game anymore, and with the vast amount of old school gaming characters that have been brought to the series, like Ice Climbers and Simon and Richter Belmont, Banjo and Kazooie wouldn’t be out of place at all. The move set could be different upgrades from the series, all of which would create a fun character combo who can fly, shoot eggs, and swing around a backpack. While on the surface they seem similar to Duck Hunt Dog, the moveset would be much different, and Banjo is bipedal, while the Duck Hunt Dog is quadrupedal. Plus, the stage could just be a stage from one of the games, most likely Mumbo’s Mountain. Banjo and Kazooie are always requested by fans, but unlike most other fan requests, they haven’t been disproven so far, and would help add a missing mascot to stand alongside Mario and Sonic yet again.
The Prince of the Cosmos (Katamari Damacy)
A much weirder option, and one that would definitely have a unique playstyle is The Prince of the Cosmos from Katamari Damacy. His game involves him rolling stuff up with giant balls to create stars, which is a weird concept, but one that could be made into a viable moveset. One interesting way to add him to the game would be to have him always rolling around a ball, similar to how Bowser Jr. is always in his clown car. This would bring a very new playstyle into the game, and with the ball possibly being able to grab items if you roll over them. Plus, the Katamari Damacy remake/Switch port released on the same day as Super Smash Bros Ultimate, so they’re essentially brothers. While The Prince is a somewhat niche character, he has enough weirdness and uniqueness to be a fun addition to the roster.
Neku (The World Ends With You)
Now this is probably a huge stretch, but Neku from The World Ends With You would be a great fighter for Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The gameplay of The World Ends With You revolves around using pins that all have different attacks, which is something that could very easily be translated into a moveset that has tons of variety, and it could possibly implemented like Robin’s tome’s but having a timer and cooldown time as opposed to limited uses. Neku also partners up with multiple characters throughout the story, who could help out with attacks, or contribute to his final smash. Plus, Shibuya would be a great new stage, and the music from the game needs to be exposed to more people. This also isn’t just a pipe dream, as The World Ends With You did just get a remake on the Nintendo Switch (which is really fun and you should go play it) that has helped bring Neku and his series back into the minds of people.
Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
Sora is once again hitting headlines with Kingdom Hearts 3, so what would help boost both him and Super Smash Bros Ultimate into the headlines? Well, that would be to include Sora as a fighter in Smash Bros. Sora’s fighting style isn’t the most unique, as he is another swordsman, but would likely be similar to Robin with different spells. Either that, or the more unlikely but fitting option, which would have Donald and Goofy come and help Sora during his attacks or the final smash. Sora is a notable character in modern gaming, and even though the Kingdom Hearts series has only been on Nintendo consoles through the handhelds, if Joker is able to make it, almost anyone can. But, there is one major problem when it comes to Sora being in Smash, and that’s Disney. Disney is a major part of Kingdom Hearts, and presumably owns Sora, at least in part. Disney isn’t a company that would be very easily to allow a different company to use one of their characters. Even if Square Enix owns Sora, Disney almost definitely wouldn’t let Donald Duck and Goofy be put into Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and without them, Sora would be just another sword fighter, possibly with spells as well. While I would love to see Sora in Smash, I’d prefer a true version of Sora to a half-baked Sora without his allies.
Yarn Kirby (Kirby’s Epic Yarn)
While Sora may be hard to obtain the rights for, someone that would be super easy to get the rights for would be Yarn Kirby from Kirby’s Epic Yarn. While you may be thinking “Didn’t Nintendo say that the DLC wouldn’t be Echo Fighters?” I assure you that Yarn Kirby wouldn’t be an echo fighter, and would be almost entirely unique. Yarn Kirby’s moveset would focus on his mobility and the fact that he’s made of yarn. Many of his moves can be taken directly from his game, such as how he can turn into different vehicles like cars and UFOs, or can use his yarn arm (yarm?) for basic and smash attacks. What could be very interesting though is his lack of a copy ability that Kirby his. Instead, Yarn Kirby could use his neutral to roll someone into a ball and throw them, just as he does to enemies in Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Yarn Kirby would be easy to put into the game, as Nintendo owns him, and he is a Sakurai creation. Plus, with the upcoming Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn on 3DS, this would be a good way to promote the game, by adding its main character into Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
Chrono (Chrono Trigger)
Chrono Trigger is one of the most beloved RPGs of all time, and that’s due in no small part to the game’s characters. While Super Smash Bros isn’t necessarily known for its character development, it does have characters that have had development before, and Chrono could fit in right alongside them. His moves could be simple sword attacks, or they could be more involved and feature his allies either attacking, or helping him, which is a unique gameplay feature of Chrono Trigger. This could lead to more combo potential and different strategies if you could chain up attacks, which resulted in different effects due to the combined attacks, such as a flaming sword instead of a cross slash. This would make Chrono a very popular, accessible, and unique character, as everybody would have different chain attacks they would use against their opponents. Also, a stage that travels through time to different points across Chrono Trigger would be super fun and nostalgic.
Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
Super Smash Bros Ultimate features two characters from one of the most popular fighting games ever, Street Fighter. However, there is another fighting game, which is arguably more well known by average people, that being Mortal Kombat. A representative from Mortal Kombat, obviously Scorpion, would help finish out the both the fighting game trifecta, and the M-Rated fighters trifecta, joining up with Solid Snake and Bayonetta. The fact that the previous two fighters are in the game helps Scorpion’s case, as does the fact that Mortal Kombat 11 will be released on the Nintendo Switch. As a fighter Scorpion’s moves wouldn’t be hard to implement, as they can use the already existing moveset, but toning down his violence would be a challenge. Mortal Kombat is known for its bloody and brutal attacks, and as darkly entertaining as Scorpion snapping Mario’s back would be, that wouldn’t necessarily fly with Nintendo’s family friendly image, and the E10+ rating of Super Smash Bros Ultimate. While it’s not impossible to bring Scorpion into Super Smash Bros, if they tone his violence so much, is it really even the Scorpion that we know and love?
Spyro (Spyro the Dragon) and Crash Bandicoot (Crash Bandicoot)
These two characters occupy the same slot in my mind, as they both fall under the same story of once great playstation mascots who fell hard into obscurity and have just come back into the limelight with remakes of their first three games. Both of these characters are great, but if we get one, then it’s likely we won’t get the other. They would both be somewhat unique when it comes to gameplay, as both are similar to other characters, Charizard and Sonic respectively, but have enough differences from their games that they would be fun new additions. I think having either of them would be fun, but I believe that Crash deserves it more than Spyro, as he once rivaled both Mario and Sonic, and just as with Banjo and Kazooie, it would just be right for him to be able to fight amongst the other platforming icons.
If you were paying attention to the numbers though, I just listed eight fighters, when there are only four character slots left. I put that many to both cover my bases and bring up more potential characters. If it were up to me, I’d have Yarn Kirby, Neku, Chrono, and Banjo and Kazooie as the fighters. However, if I’m talking about who I think will actually fill in the remaining four thoughts, I believe it will be Yarn Kirby, Spyro, Scorpion, and Banjo and Kazooie, in a similar order to that. This brings up a mix of characters, both retro and modern, and a final reveal of Banjo would definitely bring Ultimate back into conversation in roughly the year and half it will have been out of it. Either way, those are my predictions, and even if they aren’t correct, I’m sure whatever fighters we do end up having will be great, and probably unexpected.