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Voice actor hint could reveal Smash Ultimate’s 5th DLC

Published: 20/Sep/2019 4:06 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 4:17

by Brad Norton

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A recent tease from a famous voice actor on Twitter could be alluding to the next surprise DLC character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Released in December of 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the fifth installment in the beloved Nintendo franchise, hit store shelves with the intention of being the most content-heavy release in history. 

With a total of 69 fighters at launch, Nintendo continued to add characters into the mix with their DLC Fighters Pass, from Persona 5’s Joker to fan favorites Bango & Kazooie. With the fifth and final Challenger Pack set to launch in February 2020, players might have just nailed down the identity of the final character.

In a September 19 Tweet, popular voice actor Scott Menville shared, “I wish I could tell you about this cool voice-over project I’ve been working on but they had me sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).”

Menville is perhaps known most prominently in the video game industry for his portrayal of Lloyd Irving in the English rendition of Tales of Symphonia, a popular Japanese Role Playing Game (JRPG) released in 2003.

A large majority of responses to his Tweet have fans in a frenzy over the potential connections to the Smash community. 

One fan in particular, ‘@JJNW_Ghost’ on Twitter, expressed that “if this turns out to be Lloyd in Smash or a Symphonia remake I’ll straight up cry.”

The popular voice actor has contributed to dozens of animated shows and video games throughout his career, ranging from World of Warcraft to the Call of Duty franchise.

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His role in Tales of Symphonia will always be a standout for Nintendo fans as the popular title was one of the marquee JRPG releases of the GameCube generation.

Tales of SymphoniaWould you be excited if Lloyd was the next DLC character in Smash Ultimate?

Most recently, Smash Ultimate players collectively lost their minds over the surprise announcement of Undertale’s Sans having a presence in the game. 

Nintendo has continuously shocked fans with their DLC announcements throughout the Fighter Pass in Smash Ultimate, thus, expectations could not be higher for the fifth and final character.

You can check out the full Smash Ultimate roster here

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

Published: 18/Jan/2021 19:33

by Michael Gwilliam

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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
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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
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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.