Smash Ultimate “M Theory” suggests DLC fighter will be from M-rated game - Dexerto

Smash Ultimate “M Theory” suggests DLC fighter will be from M-rated game

Published: 12/Aug/2020 18:14

by Michael Gwilliam


A character from a mature-rated franchise could be coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, if a new popular theory proves to be accurate.

“M Theory” implies that the use of franchise logos are enough to warrant an ESRB age rating adjustment in promotional material.

There are a couple of examples where this comes into play. Notably, the use of the Assassin’s Creed and Fallout Mii Fighter costumes.

In the North American versions of the Mii Fighter trailers and character presentations for Byleth and Min Min, the ratings for the material is Everyone 10+ to Teen. Additionally, the Smash Ultimate x Assassin’s Creed logo is replaced with Altair.

The Smash Ultimate x Altair logo
In North America, Assassin’s Creed was replaced with Altair.

Meanwhile, the Vault Boy Mii Fighter doesn’t have the Fallout logo in the North American trailer.

These details are key, because, in the European versions of the trailers, the Fallout and Assassin’s Creed logos appear. It should be noted that different parts of the world use different rating systems and practices.

This seems to indicate that an M-rated game logo can warrant a change in how the content is presented. Both Assassin’s Creed and Fallout are mature-rated franchises so their presence could make Nintendo put an ‘M’ in their ads. Placing Altair and Vault Boy in their place seems to be a way to work around that problem.

The Smash Ultimate Assassin's Creed logo
In other parts of the world, Assassin’s Creed showed up normally.

Will Fighters Pass Vol 2 have an M-rated game character?

An upcoming fighter could be from an M-rated game given how the DLC fighters are presented in ads. The North American version of the Min Min video doesn’t have the ARMS logo in the Fighters Pass Volume 2 screen. However, it was present in the other versions of the same video.

For the sake of consistency, Nintendo may want all the logos to be present once more fighters are announced. So, not being able to show one would make Nintendo not show any logos at all.

An ESRB spokesperson told Dexerto that while they don’t rate ads, they enforce “industry-adopted advertising and marketing guidelines administered by the Advertising Review Council (ARC), but does not comment publicly about individual ads.”

Min Min's Fighters Pass Volume 2 screen
The ARMS logo appears in the UK Min Min video, but not the North American one.

“The rating icons that appear in ads reflect the ratings of the product promoted in them, not the rating for the ad itself. When a compilation icon appears it’s typically because multiple rated products are promoted in an ad,” the spokesperson said.

It’s possible that we could be seeing the likes of Doomguy, Dante or even Master Chief show up in Smash.

While this is all just a theory right now, the evidence in its favor seems to be stacking up. We can’t wait to see what ends up happening with the five remaining Smash Ultimate DLC slots.


Smash Ultimate formula predicts likelihood of most-requested DLC fighters

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:17 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 21:39

by Michael Gwilliam


With only four spots remaining in Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2, there’s no shortage of potential candidates. However, some characters may have a better chance of being possible additions than others, according to a math formula.

YouTube channel ‘Backseat’ came up with a formula to see whether or not certain characters have a good chance at making the cut.

By looking at the current roster and extracting certain elements – like whether a character originated in the East or West, their era, genre and more – they were able to create a chart that can be applied to potential fighters.

It should be noted that this only works when assuming the next roster picks continue the trends Nintendo has already established.

Smash Ultimate DLC criteria
There’s a lot of data that goes into determining “Smash Math.”

The twenty-five characters in question that Backseat went over were determined by a poll by Source Gaming, which featured literally thousands of candidates.

Going over some big names on the list, one very popular character is Team Fortress 2’s Heavy, which topped several other polls. However, he fails several categories that Backseat believes are imperative to have a good chance at being future DLC.

Meanwhile, Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, who has been rumored for a long time, is “math certified” to join the roster thanks to his origin and era.

Another popular candidate, Waluigi, received a “caution,” not completely ruling the Mario character out. The main issue with him, according to Backseat, is the era he comes from.

Perhaps the biggest Western character, Halo’s Master Chief, was the least mathematically likely out of the top ten characters in the poll due to his origin, genre and era.

Devil May Cry’s Dante and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, two Japanese candidates, were both given a caution due to their era of origin.

Master Chief behind bars
Master Chief may not be finishing the fight.

Moving onto the third most-requested in the form of Doomguy, he too was ruled out due to his origin and genre.

Luckily, for supporters of Super Mario RPG’s Geno, Backseat found him to be math certified as well, which should really get the puppet’s fanboys very excited.

Finally, Crash Bandicoot was given a caution only because of the sizable amounts of Western fighters already in the game. Though, with the character rumored to join the cast in 2021, it’s still possible that we end up seeing him in the future.

Geno certified for Smash Ultimate
Geno meets the criteria to be in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Of course, just because the video ruled out claimed some characters have a better chance than others, doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing they’ll be in Smash.

It will be interesting to see how many of the predictions end up coming true as more fighters are released.