In a dizzying 40 minute Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that DLC is coming to the game in 2019. There are no specific details on what that DLC will be, but the presentation indicated five different instalments that will each introduce a new fighter.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC is a big deal for a series that has already made its name on offering an incredible amount of detailed content at launch. The next and final instalment in the Super Smash Bros. series was already set to feature a roster of over 70 fighters, including every single character who had ever been introduced as a playable fighter in a Smash game up until Ultimate. With every Nintendo Direct covering the title, the hype has slowly grown to a fever pitch for the millions of Super Smash Bros. fans waiting for the game's launch later this year.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighters are being added over the course of the next year or so, and the Direct indicated that early 2020 is when the DLC season is expected to conclude. Each DLC addition will contain a new character, stage, and background music, presumably all thematically related to one another. Players will be able to purchase the DLC individually for $5.99 USD or acquire a season pass that will cover all five releases for $24.99 USD. In classic Nintendo fashion, Sakurai implored fans to only purchase the as-yet unrevealed DLC pass if they are confident in its quality.
Beyond those five additions, though, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be getting its first DLC fighter as a free addition to those who preorder or purchase the game early in its life cycle. Nintendo is adding the famed Piranha Plant enemy from Super Mario Bros. as a fully playable character, a bizarre choice that will surely turn a few heads. The Piranha Plant will be available sometime in February, with an access cutoff of January 31st.
It's also worth noting that Piranha Plant is a reasonably exciting addition and that Nintendo giving the character away for free indicates the company has even bigger plans for the DLC cycle of characters. While showcasing spirits and assist trophies, it's worth noting that two of the rumored roster additions for Ultimate, Banjo and Skull Kid, were both conspicuously absent. While it's not exactly a confirmation that either character will be a fighter this time around, it's not going to go unnoticed, and could be all it takes for season passes of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighters to get snapped up as soon as they're available.