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Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2: 6 new fighters, release date, more

Published: 16/Jan/2020 16:16 Updated: 17/Jan/2020 0:01

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has officially revealed details on the future of Nintendo’s flagship fighter with the announcement of the second Fighters Pass.

With the first Fighters Pass now complete with the announcement of Fire Emblem’s Byleth joining the massive roster, many were eagerly awaiting what the future would hold. During the announcement, Sakurai discussed future content and stated that while he believed “one or two” additional fighters would suffice, even more than expected were in development.

“Fighters Pass Volume 2” will feature six new upcoming characters. Each character can be purchased individually as “Challenger Packs.” The formula is pretty much the same as the prior pass, but with one extra character.

This means that fans can still hope that popular favorites such as Halo’s Master Chief and Devil May Cry’s Dante still make the cut.

When can you pre-order Fighters Pass Volume 2?

Players will be able to pre-purchase the pass on January 28, 2020. It should be noted, that this is the same time that Byleth will be available for download.

Additionally, all Challenger Packs will be released by December 31, 2021, so Smash Ultimate should have quite a long life with future updates. Of course, that is just a placeholder date, so it’s possible all the fighters are released prior to that date.

Nintendo reveals six new DLC characters for Smash Ultimate's Fighters Pass Volume 2
Six new DLC fighters are in development.

Sakurai also stated that like the first Fighter Pass, the new additions have already been decided. The Byleth announcement video was filmed in November, so Nintendo has known for months what the six characters will be.

“Even if I receive many requests regarding potential candidates on Twitter, I’m afraid it will be very hard to consider them,” the series creator said.

Finally, if you pre-order the pass, players will gain access to a special Mii Swordfighter costume: The Ancient Soldier from The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Mii Swordfighter in an Ancient Soldier from The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild costume
An Ancient Soldier Mii Swordfighter costume is an exclusive Fighters Pass bonus.

It’s unclear if like the first pass, all DLC fighters will come with a unique stage. We expect that information to be revealed once it is officially available for pre-order.

It will be interesting to see who the next fighters are and just what the future will hold after the second pass concludes. Will there be a Volume 3? Only time will tell.


New Smash Ultimate fighter theory rules out fan-favorites as next DLC

Published: 25/Nov/2020 19:11 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 19:17

by Michael Gwilliam


A new theory in the Super Smash Bros Ultimate community suggests that the next DLC character won’t be one of the popular favorites for Fighters Pass Volume 2.

The theory has to do with the latest tournament event announced by Nintendo. As revealed on November 24, the upcoming tournament will only feature fighters who have a form of headwear such as a hat or helmet.

Normally these events come and go with fans not really reading too much into them, but there is a good chance that Nintendo would want a new fighter to partake in an event such as this.

Basically, if the next DLC fighter was going to be a character such as Doom Slayer, Geno or Ryu Hayabusa, they would have qualified for this event. As such, it would have made more sense to save this tournament until after they released.

Over on the popular forum Smashboards, fans started speculating what this could mean for future DLC.

“The tourney suggests that the next fighter does NOT have a hat, since they cannot be included,” wrote user Aerospherology.

“Considering Mega Man is also there, this includes helmets too,” another pointed out.

Megaman attacks in Smash
The headgear event includes helmets such as Megaman’s.

User pupNapoleon further noted that this would rule out Master Chief, Doom Guy, Excite Biker, Balloon Fighter and Mach Rider.

Furthermore, when considering full hoods, Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion and Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa get deconfirmed.

Smash Ultimate DLC fighters spots
There are still four more DLC spots left.

While the odds seem to definitely be against Geno for now, on the bright side, this could be a good sign for a fighter such as Crash Bandicoot who has long been rumored for Smash DLC.

Of course, this is still just a theory and it’s more than possible that the next fighter ends up coming with a hat or helmet. Nonetheless, it’s something to consider when thinking about just who the eighth DLC character to join the Smash Ultimate roster will actually be.