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Who is Smash Ultimate’s fifth DLC fighter? Everything we know so far

Published: 10/Dec/2019 18:24

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s fifth DLC fighter is expected to be unveiled at The Game Awards on December 12 – and there is a boatload of information to comb through regarding the fighter’s identity.

Two leakers have dominated the Smash Bros news cycle: Vergeben and Sabi. Despite both having sound reputations regarding leaks in the past, neither has outright revealed the identity of Ultimate’s fifth fighter. Instead, their sources have been deconfirming rumors, leading fans toward only a handful of remaining possibilities.

Who isn’t Fighter Five?

Popular possibilities such as Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, Dante from Devil May Cry, Doomslayer, Geno, Scorpion, Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia, Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, Half-Life’s Gordon Freeman, Crash Bandicoot and Tracer from Overwatch have all been deconfirmed at some point.

NintendoThe mystery of Fighter Five has captivated the Smash community.

However, not only were individual characters deconfirmed – so too were entire developers. Of those, Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, Level-5, Nippon Ichi Software and Falcom were ruled out.

What company is Fighter Five from?

On December 7, an interesting development occurred when Vergeben originally deconfirmed several additional companies, but later had to retract his leaks. According to the leaker, he gave his source a list of companies to deconfirm and presented each with an example. For instance, he asked his source to rule out “Blizzard characters (such as Tracer from Overwatch)” and the source ruled out Tracer – but not Blizzard as a whole.

When presenting his findings, Vergeben stated that his source had ruled out all Blizzard characters, but later corrected himself and explained that there was a miscommunication. However, according to fellow leaker Sabi, the fifth fighter is from a company that had been incorrectly dismissed on December 7, which was why Vergeben promptly retracted his claim.

If Sabi is to be believed, this means Ultaimte’s upcoming character could hail from Capcom, Sega, Konami, Arc System Works, Spike Chunsoft, Marvelous, Epic Games, Bethesda, Koei Tecmo, Activision, Blizzard, Microsoft, Square Enix or Nintendo. However, previously deconfirmed fighters remain deconfirmed, such as Dante, Geno, Tracer or Doomslayer.

Who is Fighter Five?

With the list now narrowed to a handful of developers, there are some front-runners who stand as potential candidates. With Resident Evil spirits added to the game, it is possible that Nintendo may have been preparing players for the arrival of a Capcom fighter.

Resident Evil does have a history on Nintendo, with Resident Evil 4 being a timed exclusive on the Gamecube. When it comes to gaming history, Resident Evil 4 was at one point regarded as the best game ever made, which would make Leon S Kennedy a sensible option to round out the Fighter Pass.

Another very possible option would be Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft. Nintendo has yet to add a female character as DLC, and with Square Enix on the table, it would make sense to see one of the most iconic women in gaming make an appearance in Smash.

MicrosoftFinish the fight.

While many may have at one point laughed at the concept of Halo’s Master Chief being added, the fact that Nintendo and Microsoft worked together to bring Banjo to the game speaks volumes – combined with the fact that the two companies have a good relationship (and there’s a recipe to break the internet). Master Chief has always been a possibility lurking in the shadows for fans, and it may be time for him to finish the fight.

Finally, it’s very easy to forget that Nintendo themselves have a wide variety of characters at their disposal. Many fans were disappointed when Waluigi wasn’t added to the game, but he could be next up, as well. Additionally, Fire Emblem Five Houses could likewise receive a fighter, or even one of the many new Pokemon from Sword and Shield. There are endless possibilities that Nintendo could choose from with characters they already own.

Pokemon CompanyCould a Pokemon from Sword and Shield be next?

While the mystery of Fighter Five has been very exciting, it’s important to note that more fighters are in development, and a second Fighter Pass is expected to be announced too, so anyone ruled out could eventually be added at a later date.

The fifth fighter is planned for release no later than February 29, 2020.

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How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
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The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit store.nintendo.com.
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
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The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
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Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.