Author’s Note: The following article may become outdated within a month or two, depending on when the next Nintendo Direct comes out, as well as recent leak events having people flocking to Tracer from Overwatch as our possible 4th fighter and Activision character. While this is going to be a copy/paste article I’ve previously written from our old Disqus channel on the week after E3 2019, hence a couple of outdated info, I am going to make some slight changes to its presentation to test out WordPress’ image settings. It works wonders for me because it saves me the trouble on downloading images onto my desktop and later deleting them after using them for my previous articles. Hope you enjoy my speculation.
Last week, Nintendo has revealed two new DLC fighters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 4/11 of the Heroes from Dragon Quest (as palette swaps of each other) and the long-requested Banjo-Kazooie. That brings us 3 of the 5 planned characters from the Fighters Pass, thus leaving us only 2 left to be revealed before February 2020. Who these final two newcomers are is a complete mystery, which is why I will be speculating on the possible candidates based on the merits from our 3 other fighters and any form PRs that may be. If we’re to assume that everyone from the Fighters Pass will be third-party and it’s going to be one character per company, then any other characters from SEGA, Square Enix, and Microsoft will be disqualified, so sorry Arle fans, Sora fans, and Steve fans out there.
Namco Bandai is the only Japanese third-party company with only one character in the roster, which is Pac-Man. While everyone is banking a Tekken character like Heihachi, a Tales character like Lloyd Irving, a Soul Calibur character like Nightmare, a Dark Souls character like Solaire of Astora, and even KOS-MOS from Xenosaga, I’m putting my bet on an iDOLM@STER character like Haruka Anami (image above). The series is making more money than the other aforementioned franchises, making it a sleeper pick.
Next to Nintendo, Capcom has a plethora of memorable IPs from Resident Evil to Devil May Cry to Ace Attorney. Unlike my Namco pick, I will go with the flow that a Resident Evil character is our most likely pick and could pull a DQ by having Leon, Claire, Jill, and Chris as our palette swaps. Personally, I wish they saved these characters for a potential Nintendo vs. Capcom crossover game just to give other third-party companies a chance to be represented.
Koei Tecmo is already in the game’s credits for the Fatal Frame content, which is co-owned by Nintendo, but who knows if any of their fully owned characters from Dead or Alive, Atelier, or Warriors/Musou will make it in. But the one KT character people want the most is Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, being the last remaining legacy character from the NES era.
SNK was one of the first third-party companies supporting the Switch in it early days, and with the company’s mass appeal in both Latin America and China, Nintendo’s current target, adding one of their characters as DLC would help them. You’ve got your Terry Bogards, your Marco Rossis, and your Athenas (my personal want), but I have to bank on Nakoruru, the mascot/Scorpion of Samurai Shodown, due to a likely tie-in with the upcoming reboot this month, much like how Joker ties in with the new P5 titles and the Hero tying in with DQIIS.
Pete Hines, a representitive from Bethesda, has confirmed last year that they and Nintendo were in talks about Smash, making their characters like Wolfenstein’s BJ Blazkowicz, Skyrim’s Dragonborn, and Fallout’s Vault Boy as likely DLC candidates. However, Hines’ recent statement from Nintendo Power’s E3 podcast has only given people attention to the Doom Slayer, a.k.a. Doomguy. Like Nakoruru, his inclusion could be a tie-in to DOOM Eternal, which I see as the basis to his appearance and moveset, coming later this year.
Level-5 is another Japanese third-party company that’s already a household name in recent years. People are split between Professor Hershel Layton and Yo-Kai Watch’s mascot Jibanyan, though I personally go with the professor as Yo-Kai Watch doesn’t have much staying power for long despite being the alleged “Pokemon Killer.”
Now that Banjo’s in, the next mascot platformer everyone will be flocking to is Crash Bandicoot, who is a former Sony mascot now owned by Activision. While he has competition with Spyro the Dragon, another former Sony mascot owned by Activision, Crash has a bigger following in Japan, which gives him an edge over Spyro.
When it comes to indie characters, there’s one character that has mass appeal to Japanese audiences. And that character is Reimu Hakurei from Touhou Project. Unfortunately, this pick I feel is the least likely of the bunch because despite ZUN’s IP being vastly popular in Japan, none of its official titles made it to the Switch, only fangames due to the series being in public domain. At least Reimu’s chances fair better than western-made indie characters like Shantae and Hollow Knight.
That’s all the more notable third-party companies I would’ve listed. And now onto my 2 picks, I’m predicting that the final DLC fighters will be a Namco character (preferably Haruka because I like to see an idol archetype in Smash) and a Bethesda character (preferably Doomguy because he’s my current most wanted character). If Namco’s once again going to be left with only Pac-Man, then an SNK character (preferably Athena but would realistically be Nakoruru) would be my back-up pick. Who will be your personal picks?