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Huge Smash Ultimate fan vote reveals bizarre DLC fighter requests

Published: 21/Jul/2020 18:57

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Ultimate fans are some of the most vocal gamers in existence, often seen shouting from the internet’s proverbial rooftops about what characters they want as DLC. Now, a new fan poll has revealed some interesting suggestions for upcoming fighters.

The ongoing poll is one of the largest fan ballots in Smash history, boasting over 13,000 votes.

Amusingly, it also features obscure suggestions from players, featuring characters some may consider extremely unlikely to end up in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

In a July 13 update, the poll revealed the 29 most popular characters for Smash Ultimate, with Nintendo’s very own Waluigi topping the list with 1,143 votes.

Waluigi in Smash Ultimate
Will Waluigi finally come to Smash?

The Luigi doppelganger has long been a Smash fan favorite, with many advocating for the purple-attired menace to graduate from assist trophy to full-blown fighter. It’s no wonder why he’s currently leading the pack.

In second place was another popular candidate in the form of Ubisoft’s Rayman. Ubisoft has made it quite well-known that they would love to see their mascot duke it out with Mario and Link, but so far, he hasn’t made the cut.

Minecraft’s Steve came third with 704 votes, not surprising given the popularity of the franchise. While Steve is normally near the top in fan votes, the next few characters are a bit of a shocker.

Heavy from Team Fortress 2 came in fourth, racking up a whopping 611 votes. While TF2 has a major cult following, it’s strange to see Heavy of all people so high on the list. The same can be said for Kirby’s Bandana Dee in fifth with 609 votes.

From there, things stabilize a bit with the likes of Geno, Crash, Shantae and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora making up the next four. However, the list gets a bit strange yet again, with The Knight from Hollow Knight at 10 and the foul-mouthed squirrel Conker at 13.

While there are some bizarre candidates in the results, not all of the fighter votes are absurd: The likes of Doomguy, Master Chief and Dante are all in the top 18.

Conker's bad Fur Day on Nintendo 64
Fans seem to want Conker in Smash.

Currently, the poll is said to be the second-largest in Smash history, and is only a few thousand away from being the biggest yet.

Sadly, it’s unclear how much of an effect the results will have, as the characters in Fighters Pass Volume 2 have already been decided. However, in the event there’s a third pass or another Smash game in the future, making your voice heard could help out.


Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.