A new Super Smash Bros fighter is fast approaching and series creator Masahiro Sakurai is set to present the new character in all of their glory in a special livestream.
There has been much speculation on the identity of the mysterious fighter in the months leading up to the reveal. Prominent leakers with the community have been deconfirming potential characters through their sources, but have not outright stated who the upcoming fighter is.
The frontrunner thus far seems to be Dante from the Devil May Cry franchise thanks to a series of hints. Firstly, Matt Walker, the producer for the Switch port of DMC 3 indicated that there would be special announcements beginning January 16, which happens to be the date of the Smash stream.
I'll be revealing a new DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in my next showcase. This time the fighter hasn't been announced in advance, so make sure to tune in!
Can any oracles out there guess who it will be in one go?https://t.co/YidPtEH2bh
— 桜井 政博 (@Sora_Sakurai) January 14, 2020
Additionally, as Dexerto first reported, the voice actor for ‘V’ in Devil May Cry 5 appeared to let slip that Dante would be coming to Smash while being interviewed in a January podcast. After dismissing the prospect of V appearing in Smash, the actor claimed that being “part of Marvel vs Capcom or Super Smash Bros would be huge,” and that noted that this is “what Dante is going to be.”
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Other popular theories and characters not ruled out by leakers include Halo’s Master Chief, Waluigi, yet another Fire Emblem character, or a Pokemon Sword and Shield fighter.
That said, there are still plenty of fighters still in the running and with no one outright confirmed, it’s really anyone’s guess who the final Fighters Pass candidate is.
Where to watch the Smash Bros livestream
North American fans will need to wake up early and brew some coffee if they want to watch the presentation live. The livestream is scheduled to begin at 6 AM PST/9 AM EST and will last 35 minutes.
You can watch the presentation live on Nintendo’s YouTube channel.
Due to the length, it’s expected that in addition to the character’s reveal, Sakurai will also be showcasing their moves, kit, outfits and series history as he has done for other DLC characters.
Additionally, with rumors of a second Fighters Pass circulating, it will be interesting to see if a second pass is formally announced. Nintendo did say that new fighters would be coming post-pass, but didn’t state how many or if they would be single-purchase fighters.
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