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

Published: 22/Jan/2020 4:06

by Dustin Steiner


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. 


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.