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Hints suggest Nintendo Direct, 5th Smash Ultimate DLC coming soon

Published: 3/Jan/2020 0:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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A January Nintendo Direct and the announcement of the newest Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter may be imminent, according to a series of hints by both GameStop and Nintendo themselves.

To begin the new year on January 1, Twitter user YuYuKamii posted an image of what is supposedly GameStop’s new SKU listings.

“GameStop system doing it’s usual pre-direct new SKU listings,” the user said along with a smug emoji.

SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit and are used to keep inventory at stores and as ComicBook points out, GameStop SKU updates in particular have occurred just before titles were revealed in Nintendo Directs.

The fourth Smash Ultimate DLC fighter, Terry Bogard, was unveiled at a Nintendo Direct in September, so the company has a history of showcasing new fighters during these presentations.

Nintendo themselves may also be hinting that something is coming soon. Maintenance is scheduled for January 6-8, so while it’s possible it could just be standard maintenance, anything is possible.

Last and certainly not least, a page for Challenger Pack 5 is currently up on Nintendo’s eShop. Of course, the fighter is scheduled to be released no later than February 29, so chances are he or she could be released even sooner.

As Dexerto previously reported, in addition to a Nintendo Direct, there are other high profile events where the company could reveal the fifth DLC fighter. Notably, both EVO Japan and Genesis 7 happen the same weekend in January, so either could be an excellent setting to unveil the new character.

In regards to who the fighter will be, it’s very much still up in the air. Prominent leakers have ruled out a series of popular candidates including Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, Dante from Devil May Cry, Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia and many more.

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Still, it will be interesting to see who the next fighter does in fact end up being, especially with favorites such as Halo’s Master Chief still in the running.

Plus, while Challenger Pack 5 will mark the end of the Fighters Pass, Nintendo has announced that even more fighters will be coming in the future.

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Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
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This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.