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Byleth leaker claims Crash Bandicoot is Smash Ultimate's next DLC

by Dustin Steiner

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A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leaker who accurately predicted Byleth as DLC 5 back in October is now saying that Crash Bandicoot will kick things off for Fighter's Pass Vol.2. 

The leaker, known only on Twitter as MandyCan, accurately predicted a number of releases for Smash, as well as some other pertinent information, namely that we would not see any reveal for DLC 5 at The Game Awards.

Adding to their believability, they also revealed that there would be no Breath of the Wild 2 reveal at The Game Awards, but that Mortal Kombat 11 would be there. Both of these things came true.

As part of those predictions (or leaks) made back in October, they stated that Crash Bandicoot would be the DLC immediately following fighter five, or Fire Emblem's Byleth.

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All of MandyCan's predictions came true so far.

"The reason I started posting to Twitter was to build a resume for myself," MandyCan said in a statement on Twitter. "I only direct messaged a few people about it because I did not know if it was legit or not. I did not want to become 'out there' until Crash officially came to be with the other info.

"This is my last tweet regarding any leak until Crash is revealed for Fighter Pack 6."

With the Smash community a bit divided after the reveal of Byleth, Nintendo could surely use a win to revamp the hype engine for Smash DLC. Crash Bandicoot could be just the fighter to do it, as he's a character with a deep history and rabid fanbase among gamers in general.

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Crash Bandicoot made his debut on the original PlayStation back in the 90s but has since made the jump to Nintendo consoles since Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. On the Switch specifically, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, as well as the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy have both been released to wide acclaim.

Crash's addition would be a welcome one in what has become not just the best selling fighting game of all time, but a celebration of everything that gaming has become in 2020. If Crash were to join the party, Smash would play home to 36 franchises total, the most in any crossover title.

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For those wondering what he might look like, he was "smashified" on YouTube back in 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Fbo-Nfem9Q

Super Smash Bros Ultimate players won't have to wait long for the reveal of the next fighter, as all of them are said to be completed sometime in 2020. With six fighters on the way, we should be looking at a reveal sometime in February or March to match the release cadence.

Additional reporting by Dexerto's Michael Gwilliam.