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

Published: 22/Jan/2020 4:06

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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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.