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Nintendo tries to cover up new Smash Ultimate fighter leak

Published: 2/Sep/2019 16:23 Updated: 2/Sep/2019 17:27

by Michael Gwilliam

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Nintendo has deleted a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC which included a copyright at the bottom suggesting which developer had the rights to the new fighter.

On September 1, it was revealed that an SNK copyright was at the bottom of Smash’s Challenger Pack 4 on the Nintendo UK website. 

Other packs or fighter DLCs have the copyrights of whoever owns the franchise on the bottom of their page, so this lead many to believe the next fighter indeed belonged belongs to SNK. 

However, there is been some debate over the legitimacy of this leak. Over on the Smash Bros subreddit, a user by the name of PokePersona brought up the fact that the 4th DLC character for SNK Heroines has the exact same trademark and file size as the one listed for Ultimate.

As other users pointed out, the file size for Joker’s Smash DLC was the exact same size, seemingly rendering file size a moot point. 

NintendoChallenger Pack 4’s listing on Nintendo’s website.

Is it possible this was a simple screw up by Nintendo’s part? If it was, you’d think they would just delete the SNK copyright on the bottom of the page, but instead they ended up purging the entire listing.

Nintendo’s actions are certainly odd considering how widespread this leak has been and how this will only add more fuel to the speculation inferno they’ve created.

Who will the next fighter be? 

At the moment, the only thing we know for sure is there will be new character. Many have suggested that from SNK, King of Fighters’ Terry Bogard would be an excellent addition. 

Terry wouldn’t be the first fighting game character in the game as both Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter are already in the game. 

SNKCould Terry Bogard from KOF make it to Smash?

Another potential fighter could be Haohmaru from Samurai Shodown. The key thing about this is that Samurai Shodown has a history on the SNES and has a new game coming to the Switch on December 12, 2019, making a tie-in to help market itself quite possible. 

Speaking of samurai or ninjas in this case, a leaker with a good track record claimed he knew for a fact that Ryu Hayabusa from Ninja Gaiden would be the next fighter

“The very next time you see a character reveal announcement, it will this specific character. And that character will be Ryu Hayabusa of Ninja Gaiden,” Shifty said in a YouTube video. 

Koei Tecmo / NintendoCould the next fighter be Ryu from Ninja Gaiden?

Finally, there have been rumors that Tracer or D.va from Overwatch could in fact be the next fighter. Rumors peaked when a leaked officially-licensed Switch case with an Overwatch logo on it appeared on Amazon suggesting a Switch port of the game. Additionally, unconfirmed 4chan leaks claimed the new character is female and has a ‘mecha’ just like D.va from the Blizzard title.

There is also still a fifth DLC character coming, so any of these could still happen in the future.

Whatever the case, whoever the next announced fighter is, they won’t be the next one in the game as Banjo-Kazooie is still slated to be released next, potentially around mid-September. 

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Smash Ultimate fighter “leak” reveals Kingdom Hearts Sora – is it real?

Published: 2/Dec/2020 18:52

by Michael Gwilliam

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With Super Smash Bros Ultimate fans anticipating a new DLC reveal at The Game Awards, a possible leak has surfaced showing off Kingdom Hearts’ Sora as a playable fighter.

Sora has been a popular candidate for Smash Ultimate for a long while with many fans putting him on the very top of their wish lists.

While there has been some doubt about the Kingdom Hearts protagonist coming to Smash after former Game Informer editor Imran Khan claimed Disney Japan prevented it from happening, fans have remained hopeful.

Now, a series of images have appeared online suggesting that Sora could be much closer to appearing in Smash than originally thought.

Sora in Smash Ultimate Fighter Select screen
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Could Sora really be coming to Smash Ultimate?

In a post on a popular message board, an anonymous user uploaded several photos from Smash Ultimate featuring Sora doing battle with Incineroar.

“They [were] sent to me from my source from internal play testing,” the user claimed. “He claims that final playtests of the next DLC fighter are running right now and Sora will be announced [at] The Game Awards.”

In the first picture, it shows Sora as a selectable fighter in the character select screen right next to Steve from Minecraft and the Mii fighters. The Kingdom Hearts logo appears in the background and an assortment of costumes are available too.

Sora smashes in Ultimate
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Is this just a Shulk mod?

The other images show Sora doing battle against the Pokemon fighter with each photo being of the TV screen.

While the leak may seem promising, there are some major red flags. For one, as plenty of users suggested, it’s very likely that this was made using a mod of another fighter, such as Shulk, and photoshop.

Additionally, the leak does match some of the stereotypical fake leak criteria with the photos being taken of a TV screen from off angles, no video, no Final Smash – nothing that would suggest the leak is legitimate.

Sora fights in Smash Ultimate
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Fans have wanted Sora in Smash for a long time.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is unlikely that Square Enix gets two fighters in the same pass, so if Sora does get in, it may severely hurt the chances for other fan-favorites such as Geno from Super Mario RPG.

In any case, we won’t have much longer to wait to find out if the leak is real or not with The Game Awards happening on December 10. While nothing is set in stone, it’s possible that we see some sort of announcement. Back in 2018, the first Smash Ultimate DLC was revealed at TGA as Persona’s Joker.

There are still four more DLC slots remaining in Fighters Pass Volume 2 with the final character set to release by December, 2021.