A wide variety of alleged warriors.
Two of the six downloadable characters of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already been announced, but recent leaks claim to have revealed the remaining four.
Spoiler Warning: Although it is certainly not confirmed, these rumors may prove to ruin the identity of the unannounced warriors.
As reported by Gearnuke, this unconfirmed rumor comes from the Japanese forum's web site 5Channel user Mr. Anonymous Desperate [automatically translated from its native Japanese]. This user claims that the four remaining warriors come to SSBU's Erdrick from the Dragon Quest series, Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa, Steve's standard player character in Minecraft and Doomguy, the Doom series aka The Marine.
This leak originally came back on December 9, but has since become somewhat substantiated, as the leak referred to the existence of Persona 5 R ̵
Furthermore, the same user previously leaked about Joker coming to SSBU, indicating that his scene will be Mementos from Persona 5 and that the character Jack Frost is somehow involved as a technique. This leak got traction because the referenced Persona 5 U, an alleged fighting game, was delayed due to the release of Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy Versus, a fighting game announced a few days after the leak was released.
As reported by Polygon, the leak of Dragon Quest's Erdrick has gained even more credibility after a data leak of SSBU's source code. The source code refers to three future characters by code name: Jack, Pack and Brave. Jack is believed to be Joker, while Packu is probably a reference to Pakkun Flower, the Japanese name for the pre-order DLC character Piranha Plant. Brave translates to Yuusha in Japanese, a word that can also mean the "Hero" call that Erdrick takes on Dragon Quest III.
Ok, so since the secret is out, here's the confirmation. Params in Ultimate confirm the code names of 2 future characters, "jack" and "brave".
The leak from 5Channel also suggests that Dragon Quest X's Anlucia and Dragon Quest XI's characters will be available as alternative Erdrick skins. Rumor also claims unspecified Dragon Quest games are going to change this year in addition to the confirmed Dragon Quest XI S.
For Ryu from Ninja Gaiden, the user claims that this is set to coincide with a 30th anniversary of the series , which the original was released in Japan in 1989 after a Western release. The user also suggests that this could potentially involve a new or newly released Ninja Gaiden game coming this year.
Steve from Minecraft is said to include Alex (the other Minecraft player character) and the Master Chief alternative skins. While Master Chief's involvement in a Nintendo game feels unbelievable even to this lesser extent, the Master Chief skin is already available in the Switch version of Minecraft. The leak indicates that Steve was at one point intended to start the game, but was later scheduled as DLC to promote the Minecraft Dungeons coming in 2019.
Finally, Marine / Doomguy is rumored to be revealed at E3 2019 to contribute to promote Doom Eternal, who also comes to Swap. A pallet swap of the Doom 64 version of Doomguy is expected to be included.
Per Gearnuke claimed the same 5Channel user in a separate record that Rayman and Heihachi Mishima from Tekken would be DLC fighters instead of Ryu and Doomguy – Erdrick and Steve, however, are consistent in both lists. Of course, all these rumors should be taken with salt grains.
Piranha Plant was the first DLC fighter to be revealed to SSBU and will be free of all preordered games. Those who purchased physical copies must redeem a My Nintendo Rewards code that came with the game. During The Game Awards 2019, Joker from Persona 5 was revealed as the first of five paid DLC characters coming to SSBU.
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