Super Smash Bros Ultimate may have dismissed the chances of a Ring Fit character coming to the game with its latest event.
On March 10, Nintendo’s flagship fighter announced its upcoming spirit event “Spirits Fit for a Fight,” which will feature Ring Fit characters.
Spirits are similar to Assist Trophies, but are basically items equipped before a battle that give fighters different attributes, such as spawning with an item, healing or receiving less damage.
Essentially, spirits, just like Mii costumes, allow Smash to celebrate gaming franchises without going as far as adding a character from that series to the game.
While Nintendo has never stated that spirits couldn’t eventually become fighters, there has yet to be an instance of a spirit becoming a playable character.
With only six DLC fighters left, all of which which have been pre-selected by Nintendo, it’s unlikely that a character would get an event before being added.
Ring Fit Adventure has been a hit for the Nintendo Switch, with 2.17 million units shipped worldwide in 2019. Its success put the title in contention to receive a fighter in the future - similar to that of Wii Fit Trainer.
Sadly, it’s unlikely that Nintendo would reverse the trend of spirits not becoming playable fighters. This is bad news for anyone who wanted a character from Resident Evil or Warframe as DLC, considering those two franchises have already received spirit board events.
That said, if Nintendo were to throw a curveball, this would be the time do it. Rumors have been circulating that a Nintendo Direct is imminent, so announcing that Ring Fit would be getting fighter representation during a spirit event would catch many fans off-guard.
“Spirits Fit for a Fight” is scheduled to begin March 13, 2020 and conclude five days later on March 18.