Smash Ultimate fans melt down after no DLC fighter reveal at Game Awards

Published: 13/Dec/2019 6:04

by Isaac McIntyre


The Super Smash Bros community has gone into total meltdown, after Nintendo teased the royal rumble’s fifth DLC character was to be revealed at The Game Awards 2019, only for there to be no new news in the three-hour event.

With Smash fans eager for any morsel of information on who the fifth DLC character joining the Ultimate roster might be, a mysterious tweet from Nintendo pointing players towards The Game Awards could only mean one thing — a reveal.

As it turns out, there was only a handful of mentions of Nintendo’s flagship fighting game, despite being nominated for the award show’s prestigious Game of the Year gong, and actually taking home the Fighting Game of the Year title.

In a closing segment ahead of the reveal that Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice had taken home back-to-back trophies for best game of the year, and Best Action/Adventure Game of the Year, the orchestra teased a thirty-second segment of Smash music.

Beyond that, and of course, the award win itself, Smash fans were left disappointed, and many didn’t hold back across social media once the three-hour celebration of gaming wrapped up without a trace of Fighter 5.

“So we all just watched three hours of The Game Awards for zero Smash content huh?” ‘covasays’ said on Twitter. It was a sentiment shared by many, including Reddit’s ‘universaltool,’ who added: “I want my three night hours back.”

While some were annoyed at the way that event prioritized certain titles — “I’m sorry that you feel underwhelmed, would you like another Magic: The Gathering ad?” — others poked fun at themselves for having faith news would come.

That self-deprecating humor came in the form of one of 2019’s most famous memes: showing people as clowns to represent that they had been wrong.

The Game Awards ended with guest appearances from veteran Fast & Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, who showed off a new game set in the high-speed movie franchise, and announced the game of the year.

The Hollywood pair were so highlighted at the end of the awards, talking about their past as gamers, and teasing a four-minute trailer for the ninth movie in the car-based franchise, that some joked they were the ones that would be joining Ultimate’s character cast.

To add insult to injury for the community, Nintendo’s tease made complete sense considering Joker from Persona 5 was first introduced to players at last year’s ceremony, before becoming the game’s first DLC character.

Alas, no new news on the mysterious fighter, who has already been confirmed not to be any of Half-Life’s Gordon Freeman, Crash Bandicoot, Tracer, Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, Dante from Devil May Cry, or Geno, appeared during the event.

For the Smash community, it looks like the wait continues. Fans may have some clues about who will be joining the game at the beginning of next year, but for now, it looks like the rumors and guesses will continue for the rest of 2019.


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

Published: 2/Dec/2020 18:52

by Michael Gwilliam


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
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
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
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.