A proven tipster appears to have leaked the remaining four downloadable fighters that will be joining Persona 5's Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This may be considered a spoiler for fans waiting for the official character reveals from Nintendo, so be warned that the following may contain information that others would prefer to wait see official announced.
Now, the characters included in this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leak are none other than Doom Guy from DOOM, Steve from Minecraft, Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden, and Erdrick from Dragon Quest. The last character in this list ties into reports that Erdrick will join Smash Ultimate as the second DLC character, while Minecraft's Steve has been a long-rumored addition to the roster. Building on that, this report even claims that the character was planned to ship as a playable fighter in Smash Bros. Ultimate before being shifted back to a paid add-on.
Each was decided on prior to the launch of Ultimate, and they all are said to tie into upcoming games from each respective third-party studio that's contributing them. For example, 2019 marks Ninja Gaiden's 30th anniversary and there is said to be a game releasing to coincide with Ryu Hayabusa's addition to Smash. Meanwhile, Doom Eternal is arriving on Nintendo Switch within the same year, and Steve is being added to promote the upcoming Minecraft Dungeons. Finally, Erdrick is being added to promote the Dragon Quest franchise in the west, as multiple games from the series are set to arrive on Switch in the near future and Nintendo is actually publishing the critically-acclaimed Dragon Quest 11 on the platform.
Some details on the characters' alternate costumes have also emerged, as Steve is said to feature an alt for his female counterpart, Alex, and Halo's very own Master Chief. On the other hand, Doom Guy will feature an alternate outfit from his appearance in DOOM 64. Erdrick will feature palette swaps for Anlucia and Luminary in order to honor other Dragon Quest heroes, as well as the previously rumored female version of the character (similar to Wii Fit Trainer or Robin in Ultimate).
What adds credibility to this rumor (via Japanese forum 5channel) is the fact that the individual leaking it previously released details about a GranBlue Fantasy Versus fighting game from Arc System Works before it was announced and further information that P5R will release in the first half of 2019. The former has since been confirmed as a legitimate title, while the latter is now set for a formal reveal in March 2019. These types of leaks aren't something that are likely to be guessed, which means that this informant likely has legitimate details on several projects.
These reveals are shocking to say the least, but they also make a lot of sense. Ryu Hayabusa is one of the last third-party icons from the NES era still missing in Smash, while Dragon Quest is one of the largest franchises in Japan with strong ties to Nintendo. Steve and Doom Guy are both iconic in their own right, and would mark a substantial departure for a series which has only ever featured Japanese characters (with the exception being the Rare-designed Diddy Kong and Ultimate's newcomer King. K Rool).
This potential batch of fighters doesn't do much to appease fans of longtime favorites like Geno, Waluigi, and Banjo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but this could just be the first lineup of several DLC Fighters Passes. With Master Chief said to be securing an appearance as a costume for Steve with no Banjo in sight, it's clear that a path is open to such inclusion of either character down the line.
With that in mind, fans shouldn't give up hope yet for their favorites, provided these are in fact just the first batch of add-on characters for Ultimate. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more updates on Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrived exclusively for the Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018.