Sakurai reveals future of Smash after Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Vol 2

Published: 19/Feb/2020 16:55

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed the future of the franchise after the six characters in Fighters Pass Volume 2 are released.

In a Famitsu column, translated by journalist PushDustin, the game director explained how there are no plans for additional characters after the second Fighters Pass has concluded.

The final DLC fighter has a placeholder release date of December 2021, so while there is still plenty of life left in the title with patches and events, it seems like there is a destination in mind.

As for the upcoming fighters, Sakurai reiterated that Nintendo was responsible for choosing them – whoever they may be.

The worst news, however, is that Nintendo doesn’t have any plans for another entry in the franchise after Ultimate. This doesn’t mean that plans can’t change, especially given the success of the series, but even Sakurai doesn’t know what the future holds.

“I can’t say for sure if the Smash series will continue. The people at Nintendo who are in charge of the series and I am not thinking about the future at all,” he said.

According to the translation, the series’ creator will be putting his all into these last six fighters, as the new content extends the game’s life little by little.

That said, Sakurai doesn’t believe it’s good for the long-term future of the franchise to just keep adding more and more content to Ultimate.

Will Smash see another reveal as impactful as Banjo’s?

With the roster of fighters already the largest in the franchise’s history by far, it’s crazy to think of anything surpassing it in the near future.

Luckily, nothing is set in stone and it’s always possible that Nintendo decides to launch a third Fighters Pass, especially if the second can do as well as the first from a profit perspective.

Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy the ride. There’s still plenty of Smash Bros Ultimate to come leading up to Challenger Pack 11 and the conclusion of Volume 2.


Smash Ultimate leaker explains why Nintendo won’t make Geno a fighter

Published: 18/Jan/2021 19:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Mario RPG’s Geno has been a Smash Ultimate fighter candidate for many years, and a Japanese leak gaining traction online may reveal why Nintendo hasn’t upgraded the puppet to a full character.

While Geno became a Mii Fighter starting with Smash 4 on Wii U and then again in Ultimate, fans have wanted the character to be something more. Numerous fan groups dedicated to getting the RPG character in Smash have sprung up, and it seems like Nintendo is aware of his popularity.

The question then, of course, is why isn’t Geno in Smash Ultimate if the fan support is so high? After all, favorites such as Banjo, Ridley, and King K Rool were added to Ultimate, so why not Geno?

Well, according to a Japanese leaker who correctly stated that Steve from Minecraft and Dragon Quest’s Hero were coming to the game, Nintendo is confused about where his support is coming from.

Steve in Smash Ultimate
The leaker correctly said Steve was coming to Smash.

In a 2018 post on the 5ch site, the leaker claimed that all Nintendo is hearing is “put him in Smash” with little to no support for a remake or new Super Mario RPG title.

“Developers are confused about this whole Smash fever situation,” the leaker claimed. “Especially from the third party side, they don’t want their characters to be established as ‘Smash’ characters, and the occasional requests for a new game are always associated with Smash representation.”

This is an interesting point and it’s easy to see why developers would look at Geno – a character from a one-off Square Enix RPG – and not want him viewed as anything more than a Smash fighter.

Geno costume SSBU
Geno is nothing more than a Mii fighter.

“This kind of attitude from fans are making the devs unsure of their real intentions,” the leak continued, noting how the internet demographic is loud and there’s no indication if fans really want the series revived.

“They just couldn’t take a chance on developing a whole new game by having Smash come in first,” it states.

If this leak is true, then it doesn’t bode well for Geno ever being added to a Smash game as anything other than a Mii fighter or Spirit.

Of course, as always, take these posts with a grain of salt, but given the leaker’s track record, there could very well be some truth to it.