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New Smash Ultimate clues hint at Dante being Fighters Pass Volume 2 DLC

Published: 14/Aug/2020 17:57 Updated: 14/Aug/2020 17:59

by Michael Gwilliam


Evidence is stacking up in favor of Devil May Cry’s Dante coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate as a future DLC fighter.

Capcom’s gun and sword-wielding bad boy has been a popular candidate to make it to Smash for a while, but lately, there have been some clues that may point to his arrival in Nintendo’s flagship fighter.


The most recent theory comes from when PlatinumGames co-founder and former Devil May Cry Director Hideki Kamiya was asked about which characters he wanted to see in Smash Ultimate during a GameXplain interview.

Kamiya stated he would like to see Leonhardt ‘Leo’ Victorion from Anarchy Reigns, Wonder Red from Wonderful 101, Viewtiful Joe and Okami’s Amaterasu in the game but neglected to mention Dante.


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This exclusion is key, because back in December 2018, Kamiya posted a poll on his Twitter asking fans which character they would like to see in Smash. The options available were Dante, Viewtiful Joe, Amaterasu and Wonder Red.

While the poll has since been deleted, Dante reportedly lead the pack with a whopping 40% of the vote. This is significant because according to writer Liam Robertson, Kamiya has used Twitter polls to survey for future projects.


Could Kamiya have purposely left Dante out when questioned by GameXplain because the Son Of Sparda is already a lock for Fighters Pass Volume 2?

M-Theory and DmC

Additionally, another new theory that possibly points towards Dante is “M-Theory.” Basically, according to M-Theory, Nintendo purposely prevents showing logos from M-rated games in promotional content, including Sakurai Presents videos, to keep the ESRB compilation rating at Everyone to Teen.

Notably, for Mii Fighters, the North American versions of the trailers remove references to Assassin’s Creed and Fallout, replacing the names with Altair and Vault Boy. Meanwhile, the European trailers keep the Assassin’s Creed and Fallout logos. Plus, on the Fighters Pass Volume 2 screen, the ARMS logo isn’t shown in the North American version while it is in all the others.


It’s possible that an upcoming fighter is from an M-rated game (such as Devil May Cry) and Nintendo doesn’t want to show the DMC logo on the Fighters Pass Volume 2 page because it would result in an E-M rating.

ESRB M-rating logo
Is an M-rated fighter coming to Smash?

A slip of the tongue?

Moving on, V’s voice actor in Devil May Cry 5 seemed to inadvertently reveal that Dante would be coming to Smash when discussing the game.


“To be part of Marvel vs Capcom or Super Smash Bros would be huge, which is what Dante is going to be,” Brian Hanford blurted after gushing over the fighting game franchise in an interview.

It’s possible that Hanford had loose lips when discussing Smash and revealed more than he was technically allowed to.

Devil May Cry's Dante
Dante could be the next fighter according to the latest hints.

DmC’s Director weighs in

Finally, in 2019, Devil May Cry Director Hideaki Itsuno hinted that in order to be in Smash, a franchise needs some history with Nintendo.

“Well, you think about it… I’m pretty sure that they… all the characters in Smash at least have some game on a Nintendo platform, right?” he said in an interview with VG 24/7. “Well, that’s the thing. Devil May Cry has never been on a Nintendo platform. So it seems like the first thing to do would be to get Capcom to put Devil May Cry on a Nintendo platform in some way, shape or form – whatever game that might be.”

Since them, Devil May Cry has come out on the Switch, seemingly meeting all the criteria Itsuno laid out for the fighter to be eligible.

While there’s still no guarantee he’ll be coming, with all this circumstantial evidence it’s looking more and more likely that Dante ends up arriving in Smash Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2.


Smash Ultimate community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp


The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community was left divided after it was revealed that Minecraft protagonist Steve would be the next character to join the fight. While some were excited for the major crossover, others – including esports pros – were less enthusiastic about the upcoming DLC.

Smash Bros Ultimate made its debut in 2018, and over two years later has continued to evolve into what is the biggest franchise crossover in gaming history. From Persona to Final Fantasy – the Nintendo Switch title has it all.


On October 1, it was announced that Mojang’s iconic Minecraft series would be the next join the beloved fighting game. However, not everyone in the community is thrilled about Steve’s inclusion, including EVO champion Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Pérez.

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The iconic Minecraft protagonist joins Smash Ultimate as its next fighter.

Smash community torn over Minecraft DLC fighter

On October 1, Nintendo announced that Smash Ultimate’s next DLC would be Steve from Minecraft. This marks the second collaboration that Microsoft has had with the title, as Banjo & Kazooie was added in 2019.


While many fans were excited by the iconic mascot’s addition to the roster, others were left conflicted over the Mojang protagonist’s inclusion.

For instance, popular esports pro and 2019 EVO champion, MkLeo, took to social media to voice his disappointment. “OK! i decided to not post my reaction to this bs cuz minecraft fans are gonna come after me for not liking this thing omg so pissed.”

mkleo tweet
Twitter: @Mkleosb
MkLeo wasn’t enthusiastic about the Minecraft DLC.

The Joker main also added, “its ok, there are still 4 spots! Dont lose faith.” The pro was not alone – other fans voiced their disappointments as well, such as one user who exclaimed, “What an absolute joke the last few dlc characters have been trash add this “character” to that list.” Another player agreed and said, “What kind of trash is this. Where’s our Sora, 2B, or Dante. Bro nobody want this.”

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Smash Ultimate fans were not happy with the Minecraft reveal, either.

Popular fighting game content creator Maximilian ‘Maximilian Dood’ Christiansen also shared his disappointment on YouTube. “I don’t f**king believe it. I’m going to turn this stream off right now. Going to turn this s**t off. I get it. An iconic character. I get it. I genuinely understand Sakurai, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I understand.”

Despite the negative reactions, not everyone was down on the Minecraft DLC. Team Liquid’s Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby praised the announcement and said, “This wild ride is exactly what I paid for with Fighter’s Pass 2. Give me chaos, no boring expected reveals.” Legendary Smash pro Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris also celebrated the reveal by changing his profile pic to the Minecraft fighter and tweeted, “I changed my mind” in response to a 2019 tweet he had made about the Mojang title.

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Smash pros weighed in.

Regardless of how you feel about the new DLC fighter, there is no denying that Minecraft has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. So much so that in 2014, Microsoft dropped over $2.4 billion to acquire it.


Smash Ultimate is, at the end of the day, a celebration of the industry. As many players pointed out, the Mojang mascot’s inclusion was surely inevitable given the property’s importance.