Smash Ultimate’s roster is one for the ages, with 76 total fighters at the time of this posting – meaning that when it’s all done, there will be 81.
Ever since Solid Snake and Sonic joined the Brawl roster, it seems anyone could be next in line to fight alongside the likes of Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and other Nintendo mascots.
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Here are five characters that could be rounding out the second fighters pass based off of comments by devs, leakers, voice actors and more.
Dante – Devil May Cry
Capcom’s gun and sword-wielding badboy has been a fan favorite for some time, and there’s a good chance that he ends up making the cut.
The big rumor comes from a January 2020 interview where V’s voice actor, Brian Hanford, appeared to claim that Dante “is going to be” in Smash. Since then, many have expected an announcement, but it hasn’t come to fruition just yet.
Additionally, in a 2019 interview, Devil May Cry Director Hideaki Itsuno explained how he felt DMC would need some presence on Nintendo for Dante to be added to Smash. Since then, several games have made their way onto the Switch.
Rayman – Rayman Series
Ubisoft has been one of the most vocal video game companies when it comes to wanting representation in Smash Ultimate.
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Back when Byleth was revealed as DLC fighter five, Ubisoft poked some fun at the Fire Emblem character using their app “Sam” – similar to that of Amazon’s Alexa. When asked about Smash Ultimate, Sam would respond, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate recently announced the final DLC character in its first Fighters Pass: Byleth from the little-known franchise called Fire Emblem. That’s right, another one.”
“Here’s hoping Rayman will be part of the next Fighters Pass,” the message would conclude. It’s important to note that game developers can play a factor in getting characters in Smash – after all, Hideo Kojima had to ask Sakurai to add Snake.
Ryu Hayabusa – Ninja Gaiden
The ninja warrior first began being rumored as a potential addition when YouTuber ‘IAmShifty,’ who previously leaked Animal Crossing’s Isabelle, Incineroar and Ken, claimed Ryu Hayabusa would be the coming to Smash.
While Hayabusa has yet to be announced with Terry Bogard, Byleth and Min Min coming out since, multiple “sources” have told the YouTuber they still expect him to join the fight eventually.
Given Ninja Gaiden’s history on Nintendo consoles, it’s certainly still very likely that he ends up making the cut down the line.
Doom Guy/Slayer – Doom
Doom Slayer has been a popular candidate for a long time, and it’s clear that the Eternal developers really want to see their boy in Smash, as well.
Speaking with Metro, Doom Eternal’s director Marty Stratton revealed they reached out to Nintendo about putting Doom Guy in Smash.
“I don’t even know who talked to who, but we’ve bantered with them,” he said. Only time will tell if that banter will actually lead to fans finally getting their wish of seeing Doom Slayer in Ultimate.
Kingdom Hearts’ Sora or Halo’s Master Chief
Sora is a character that Nintendo reportedly actively tried to get permission to add to Smash.
According to games journalist Imran Kahn, Nintendo “approached Disney about [getting Sora as a Smash Bros character] once.” However, Disney Japan specifically prevented it from happening.
While Kahn didn’t rule out Sora completely and things may have changed since then, he stated that in his opinion, it would either be Master Chief or Sora as the “big” Fighters Pass moment.
As we saw with Banjo in Smash, Microsoft is more than willing to work with Nintendo on projects. While neither character is a lock, the fact that Kahn has inside info about the inner workings at Nintendo is definitely a good sign for fans of either character.