December 24, 2019 0

Top 5 Remaining Smash Bros. DLC Character Predictions


This video is made possible by our generous
supporters on Patreon. Check out Patreon.com/NWR for all the details. With Dragon Quest’s Hero making RNG waves
and with Banjo-Kazooie’s release slated for fall 2019, fans of
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate find their hype and speculation levels
in an unusual position. The final two DLC characters that make up
the Fighters Pass are completely unknown at this point, after having months of
fan expectations for Dragon Quest and Microsoft involvement rewarded. That said, the most fervent Smash Bros. enthusiasts
here at Nintendo World Report have put our heads together, regarding who those two remaining
playable fighters might be. I’m Peter Spezia, for Nintendo World Report’s
Top 5 Most Likely Remaining Smash Bros. DLC Characters. We start this list by acknowledging the slight
possibility that Nintendo may want to promote one of their own characters
in the Fighters Pass. Does it make more sense for a third-party
to want a cut of the revenue, all so that gaming’s greatest crossover series can continue
to grow its connections to new franchises? Absolutely. But let’s take Masahiro Sakurai’s fervor
for the Fire Emblem franchise into account, as well as the recent release of Three Houses,
to say that Edelgard von Hresvelg would be the most likely Nintendo representative. Before the Smash Bros. fanbase goes into an
uproar about the inclusion of another Fire Emblem character, it’s important to consider
that not only would a female Lord be a refreshing representation choice, but Edelgard’s use
of an axe as a primary weapon would be a first for a Smash fighter. Sure, the case could be made for Byleth, the
Three Houses player avatar, but when Smash already has Robin, Byleth’s inclusion would
be redundant and they would be an echo fighter, at best. Since Fire Emblem: Three Houses launched,
in-game leaderboards have indicated that the Black Eagles are the most popular house choice
for players, giving Edelgard’s inclusion chances a leg up over Dimitri or Claude. Other possible characters that could promote
Switch-exclusive games could be Travis Touchdown for No More Heroes III or
Sylux for Metroid Prime 4. While the DLC trend so far has been third-party
characters from franchises that are new to Smash, we didn’t want to leave out the possibility
of a Nintendo character in a Nintendo game. It stands to reason that Bandai-Namco would
want some representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighters Pass. After all, since they played a significant
role in developing the base game, why not give them some more love in the game’s DLC? While there was speculation at one time for
Tekken’s Heihachi to be included, a few factors regarding the fate of the character
now leave Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia as the most likely Bandai-Namco representative. Representation from the Tales Of series would
be a natural fit alongside other popular JRPG series in Smash, such as Final Fantasy and
now Dragon Quest. Tales of Symphonia was a stand-out exclusive
on the Gamecube, upon its initial Japanese release in 2003, and its simplified combat
control scheme drew many parallels to Super Smash Bros. Melee at the time. As far as movesets go, Lloyd would bring dual
swords to the fray, which only Pit and Dark Pit currently utilize in the roster. Ultimately, while some fans would prefer Tales
of Vesperia’s Yuri Lowell, Sakurai said in an interview translated by Source Gaming that
he “really think[s] it has to be Lloyd here” and he is “not sure if there [is] any other
appropriate choice” for the franchise. Other possible Bandai-Namco characters could
include Soulcalibur’s Nightmare and Dark Souls’ Chosen Undead. But if you ask us, if Bandai-Namco gets a
DLC spot, Lloyd’s likely to move from a Mii Costume in Smash for Wii U to a playable character
in Ultimate. The industry could feel the love at E3 2019,
when the inclusion of Banjo-Kazooie into Super Smash Bros. signified that Microsoft worked
with Nintendo to get this deal done. What if a partnership like this could bear
fruit again, with a character that many associate with Sony and PlayStation? Of course, the catch here is that the rights
for Crash Bandicoot currently belong to Activision, who must be thrilled with the recent performances
of N. Sane Trilogy and Team Racing Nitro-Fueled on Switch. Now, Spyro the Dragon would be another tempting
PlayStation-turned-Activision mascot. But Crash’s spins and jumps are just begging
for another platforming icon to join the battle. On top of that, Sakurai must surely remember
the infamous mascot megaphone ads. To put differences in the past, to have a
show of unity across all three major console manufacturers, and to stick it to PlayStation
All-Stars Battle Royale one last time? Crash Bandicoot would be a sneaky DLC pick
that would have a Banjo-like reaction across the industry. Sega has Joker, Square-Enix has Hero, and
we’ve already talked about Bandai-Namco, so where is the love for more Smash representation
from Capcom? If any character is most likely to join Mega
Man, Ryu, and Ken in the fighting fray, look no further than the demon slayer himself,
Dante from Devil May Cry. You could honestly pick any look for Dante
from his history of featured games and it would be a good pick, though Devil May Cry
3 would be a safe, youthful bet. We wouldn’t say no to any alternate skins,
or even a nod to Vergil, though! Dante’s biggest potential in his favor for
inclusion is his moveset and what variety that can bring to Super Smash Bros. Cycling
between his Trickster, Swordmaster, Gunslinger, and Royal Guard styles should keep those sword,
gun, and jumping skills fresh and varied. After all, we know with Joker that simply
firing a gun isn’t a sticking point for a moveset. And speaking of flashy characters with guns,
just imagine how cool a dream duel with Bayonetta would be! Other possible Capcom representatives still
waiting in the wings could be Leon Kennedy, Phoenix Wright, and Monster Hunter. However, there’s only one fighter that would
allow you to slap that sticker with “Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry series”
on the package. Picture the scene. It’s The Game Awards 2019. One more character still has to be announced
for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, before a February 2020 release. It’s the same stage where Joker sent shockwaves
throughout the world last year. The lights go out. And then the music hits you. If there’s one thing that’s clear about
Masahiro Sakurai, it’s that the man has a profound respect for and immense knowledge
of the video game industry. Whether you call the character Doom Marine
or Doomguy, the Doom Slayer represents the popularization of an entire genre in the early
90s. Today, Bethesda is one of the biggest supporters
of the Switch among AAA Western publishers, making The Game Awards a perfect place for
a reveal, especially after Doom Eternal releases a couple weeks before the show airs. It’s likely that the character’s violence
would have to be toned down slightly, but a moveset made up of guns, a chainsaw, punching,
and grappling is entirely reasonable. The Doom Slayer is a character that’s meant
to utilize the arena space to its fullest and to go on the attack, which is perfect
for a platform fighting game. And can you imagine if Sakurai uses his classic
face as the character portrait near his damage percentage? Other characters from Bethesda could include
Skyrim’s Dragonborn and Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz. But with the recent return of the classic
first-person shooter franchise, combined with its historical roots, all supported on Switch
by Bethesda – now’s a perfect time for the Doom Slayer to rip and tear his way into Super
Smash Bros. So we wanted to make the case for characters
like Shantae, Rayman, Scorpion, and Jibanyan, but those are our top five choices for remaining
DLC characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, here at Nintendo World Report. Thank you so much for watching! Feel free to leave a comment on who your character
picks are, along with liking the video and sharing it with your friends. And while you’re at it, please subscribe
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for exclusive content. For Nintendo World Report, I’m Peter Spezia
– we’ll see you next time.

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