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July Nintendo Direct rumors hint at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter reveal

Published: 6/Jul/2020 20:08

by Michael Gwilliam


A new rumor has surfaced hinting that a new Nintendo Direct could be coming in July, and with it, the seventh Smash Ultimate DLC fighter.

The speculation first began when Twitter user KeliosFR tweeted that a Direct was coming in July in response to Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb’s list of upcoming presentations.

“You forgot Nintendo Direct (in July),” the French leaker replied.

As it turns out, KeliosFR has had a history of correct leaks in regards to Animal Crossing and Nintendo Direct leaks, thus making him a reputable source.

Will a new Smash fighter be announced?

Smash Bros factors into this equation for a number of reasons. Back in March, Nintendo held a Direct Mini where they announced that DLC fighter six would be from ARMS, and their identity would be revealed in June.

That character ended up being Min Min, but the formula could end up being something that Nintendo repeats going forward.

Could a July Nintendo Direct see the company reveal what franchise the next fighter will be from along with their release date while still keeping their identity a secret? It’s certainly possible.

Nintendo Direct logo
Could there be a July Nintendo Direct?

Geno for Smash?

Another huge theory suggests the ever-popular fan-favorite Geno from Super Mario RPG could be coming to Smash.

The theory all has to do with the number seven. With July being the seventh month of the year, the next DLC being Challenger Pack 7, the next fighter being the 77th, signs are pointing that Geno could be next.

Remember, the full title of the game is Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. There’s a lot of sevens and it may be the perfect time to reveal Geno.

Smash Ultimate Challenger Pack 7
Could Geno be Challenger Pack 7?

It’s worth noting that Nintendo does listen to fans’ suggestions and allegedly even wanted another popular fan-favorite in Sora from Kingdom Hearts, but was denied by Disney.

Given Geno’s popularity amongst both Western and Japanese fandoms it may be his time to shine soon.

Regardless, there’s still five more characters to come as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2. Even if he isn’t next, there’s still a good possibility that he joins the battle eventually.


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.