Well, here we are! Over 3 years later since its initial teaser announcement in March 2018, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is finally capping off with its final character.
With a roster of over 85 characters from over 35 iconic video game franchises, Smash Bros Ultimate truly has been the Ultimate video-game fighting crossover.
From Ridley, to Simon Belmont, to Banjo-Kazooie and Minecraft Steve, the game has done nothing but sent the internet into absolute mania over its continuously jaw-dropping character roster. And today at 3pm BST, it will all finally come to an end.
Today, game director Masahiro Sakurai will present the final Smash Bros Direct and reveal to the world the final DLC character coming to the game. At last, literal years worth of speculation, rumours and fake leaks can finally cease as we rejoice and be prepared to be surprised one last time.
But, that time is still over 3 hours away so while we wait, we shall present our final round of predictions for who the final mystery character could be! (Note: Not all or any of these predictions may be considered to be under the loose definition of ‘serious’).
Crash (Crash Bandicoot)
Come on, how could you not want to see this? We have already mascots a-plenty in Smash, from Nintendo’s Mario, to Sega’s Sonic, Namco’s Pac-Man, Konami’s Solid Snake and even Banjo-Kazooie and Minecraft Steve from Microsoft, but we have yet to have a character to represent Sony. Whilst an unofficial mascot, in the 90s there was no question that Crash Bandicoot was the face of Playstation, squaring it up with both Nintendo’s Plumber and Sega’s Hedgehog as the top gaming titan. If he was to get in Smash, we would finally be able to properly recreate the console wars of the 90s whenever and wherever we wanted.
And it’s not strictly just the legacy of the company rivalry, for Crash has, in fact, made a comfy home for himself with Nintendo over the past 2 decades; having games on the Gameboy Advance, DS, GameCube, Wii, and Switch, the most recent games being the fantastic N-Sane Trilogy, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fuelled, and Crash 4: It’s about time.
Crash has never been more relevant again, so this would be a perfect opportunity to put the iconic marsupial into the roster. With his signature spinning, magical mask companion, classic Wumpa Bazooka and combat moves from the Crash of the Titans and Mind Over Mutant games, we can’t think of a better final fighter for Smash!…except for all the ones below of course…
Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney)
10 years ago, Capcom proved how the bizarre and comical inclusion of Phoenix Wright in a fighting game could work with the incredible Marvel vs Capcom 3. With sneezes, paper flinging, and loud objection speech bubbles, Phoenix Wright proved to be one of the most unique and fun characters in the game. 10 years later, we’d love to see how Masahiro Sakurai could do the same for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
With tons of iconic voice clips, animations, assets, and music to choose from, it would be a bizarre but nevertheless mind-blowing move to have the amazing Ace Attorney make it to smash. His moveset would be unique, strategic, weird, and wonderful, and so if he doesn’t get in, I feel like we are at least owed one music track from the series to make it in alongside a Phoenix Wright Mii costume. After all, it is Ace Attorney’s 20th anniversary this year, what could be better than having its main character take the Smash Bros cast to court to stand trial for their endless property damage?
Urbosa (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
While it would be a rather disappointing end to an incredible line-up of DLC additions, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility that the final DLC character could once again be a Nintendo rep from a recent Nintendo game. Just like with Min-Min from Arms and Pyra/Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, one of the Champions from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be a fitting shoe-in for Ultimate’s last DLC, and the Gerudo Champion Urbosa would be as good a pick as any. While it could be possible to have a character that allows you to play all 4 champions as one similarly to Pokemon Trainer, we reckon having just one is the most likely outcome should Nintendo choose to go down that route.
With both immense strength and a sword to boot, Urbosa would be a fierce and versatile fighter, and a fitting one to advertise both Breath of the Wild, the latest Hyrule Warriors, and the upcoming Breath of the Wild 2.
Scorpion (Mortal Kombat)
After Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fatal Fury’s Terry, and Tekken’s Kazuya, Mortal Kombat’s Scorpion would be the perfect last addition to complete the ultimate cross-over of legendary fighting games. It’s hard to not immediately think of Mortal Kombat when someone mentions fighting games; from its iconic art style, excessive gore, huge cast of characters and legendary voice lines, Mortal Kombat is not just one of the most recognisable fighting games, but just one of the most recognisable games ever.
While the inability to show the series’ famous goryness may hinder Scorpion’s chances of making it in (though that didn’t stop him from turning up in Injustice), and not to mention the ownership rights belonging to Warner Bros, we just can’t bring ourselves to dour our dreams of seeing Scorpion shout “GET OVER HERE” whilst dragging Pikachu over with a chain.
Waluigi (Super Mario Bros.)
You all knew this was coming. Perhaps the most requested character online for smash for over 2 decades, surely now must be time to bring the purple sensation that is Waluigi to smash? We know he’s already an assist trophy, but for the last character, surely Sakurai can bend the rules just this once? We just want to furiosly kick our opponents while screaming WAH and brandishing roses, is that too much to ask?
Forget Master Chief, there’s a far more iconic green armoured sci-fi gunman who would be a much more fitting Smash fighter. Similarly to Scorpion, the intense brutality and gore of his home series might make it difficult for him to be a viable fit for Nintendo’s colourful combat, but that didn’t stop Bayonetta getting in, so why not make the final DLC spot an explosive finish with a character packing an arsenal that would make even Solid Snake blush.
Look, we all know that there’s a very real possibility that the final smash character will just be yet another Pokemon. I mean it does check out, historically Nintendo has always used Smash Bros to advertise the latest Pokemon and Fire Emblem characters: Roy in Melee, Lucario and Ike in Brawl, Robin, Corrin & Greninja in Wii U/3DS, and Byleth and Incineroar for Ultimate. Now with Sword and Shield being the most recent Pokemon entry, it would make financial sense to boost the sales of those games even more by having one of its pokemon make it to Smash.
But if we’re going to have a pokemon be the final character, why not make it a fun one? We’ve had plenty of Water/Fire/Grass Starter Pokemon make the cut before, so why not go a bit left-field for once? Falinks is not only an incredibly unique pokemon but is already a fighting type, perfect for a fighting game. Being a cluster of life-forms that sort of create a marching army hive mind, this could be a really fun character that has you command an entire troop together as one character, not too dissimilar from Olimar and his Pikmin.
We’d personally rather get another exciting 3rd Party rep, but if we are to have a pokemon, we can’t think of any more fun and interesting than Falinks.
Nights (Nights into Dreams)
Despite only having 3 games, Nights still remains as one of Sega’s most iconic characters, with their original game on the Sega Saturn being considered one of the greatest games ever made. Despite making more of a career out of cameos in Sonic games than being in their own games these days, Nights is still an iconic character that would be very interesting to see in Smash.
Nights could easily have the best air mobility of any fighter and use twirling and shape-shifting to create a very elegant but devasting fighting style. Also, you can bet that having Nights in the game would make for an incredible dream-like stage and a phenomenal soundtrack to add to Smash’s ever growing music library.
Now here’s a choice that you don’t see talked about often on the internet. While maybe not everyone’s first choice for a Smash fighter, you can’t deny that the Worms are still one of the most recognisable, oldest and iconic video game characters. I mean, who on this earth hasn’t played some iteration of the Worms franchise?
While a Worm would obviously be one of if not the slowest character on the roster, they could make up for it with the most powerful arsenal of items in the game, and knowing how wacky the Worms series can get, there’s an endless supply of weapons to choose from for a moveset.
Bazookas, Grenades, Boomerangs, Sheep, Dynamite, Banana Bombs, Jetpacks, Holy Hand Grenades, skipping ropes? The moveset practically writes itself, and we all know that we secretly want a character who uses a flying superhero sheep as their final smash!
Sora (Kingdom Hearts)
Look, we’ll be honest, we don’t think this is going to happen, however, we’re not so confident that we can write it off completely, because if there’s one thing Smash Ultimate has proven, it’s that anything can indeed happen.
But realistically, we don’t think Sora’s chances are good. For one, we already have 3 Square Enix characters in the game (2 of them already been released as part of Ultimate’s DLC), so for another one to be released in the same DLC wave as Sephiroth is unlikely. Two, and most importantly, Kingdom Hearts’ licensing rights are wrapped up with the monopolistic mouse that is Disney. While Disney has very often licensed out its properties for use in videogames, from Star Wars to well…every character in Kingdom Hearts, we have to ponder whether Nintendo would think it worth it to shell out the money needed to get Sora in the game.
Thirdly, Sakurai has frequently stated that Smash Bros is a crossover of video-game franchises, not TV and Film, so Shrek and Goku being in the game is never going to happen. While Sora is indeed an original video game character, his entire franchise is built on the foundation of Disney films coming together in one big shared universe. Even if Sora were to get in, we doubt Sakurai would include any mention to Disney properties in his character, which means no Mickey Mouse symbol on his Keyblade, no Donald, no Goofy, no nothing, and really, without the Disney stuff, would it really feel like you were playing as Sora?
…and yet, if there was ever a time to reveal Sora in the game, the final DLC for the Ultimate entry in the series is definitely it…
Imposter (Among Us)
Look, we said it okay? Are you happy? There it is! Are you satisfied?!!!
But in all honesty, whilst very unrealistic, we can’t deny that it would be fun to play as a malicious shape-shifting space alien sabotaging and ejecting Smash Bros fighters into space. We can already imagine how much fun a Smash trailer would be for this, with Captain Falcon accusing Isabelle of leaping through a vent.
Unlikely? Yes. But very fun to think about? Also yes.
With Pac-man, Megaman, and Bomberman already in the game (the latter disappointingly being relegated to Mii Costume and Assist Trophy status), it’s only fitting to get the last most iconic “Man” into the game. Rayman is legendary across all videogames for his masterful platformers in both 2D and 3D and is forever the property that Ubisoft simply loves to under-utilise.
Whilst his appearance in Smash clone Brawlhalla may cast some doubts on his viability to be in Smash, it certainly hasn’t stopped Ryu from being in Smash as well as Marvel vs Capcom so by all means, let’s finally get this limbless literal fist throwing hero in!
Speaking of masterful platformers, they don’t get anymore beloved or acclaimed than Klonoa. Having practically mastered the 2.5D platformer on the PS1, PS2, and Wii, Klonoa is a fan-favourite Namco property that’s been sadly absent for the past decade. But now with a Smash inclusion on the table, Klonoa can finally have a chance to be relevant once again. Yes I am aware that i’m only hoping for this so that I can selfishly get the then inevitable remaster of Klonoa 2 on Switch instead of shelling out £400 for a PS2 copy on ebay.
Bub & Bob (Bubble Bobble)
Anyone who watches our channel will know that we love bubble bobble, so we’d be delighted if these 2 adorable dragons made it into smash. Similarly to Ice Climbers, Bub & Bob would work perfectly as a duo character, shooting bubbles in tandem to trap and blast enemies. Perhaps they could even incorporate some puzzle elements from the Puzzle Bobble series too? Either way, this would be an adorable way to cap off Smash’s DLC.
Crono (Chrono Trigger)
For the same reason why we don’t think Sora’s chances are likely, we similarly don’t think Crono has much of a chance given that we already have 3 Square Enix characters in the game (all of them anime sword-fighters no less). However, given Chrono Trigger’s legendary status as one of the greatest RPGs and just one of the greatest games ever made, we can’t deny that it would be cool to see a sword bearing spiky haired lad be announced as a fighter one last time.
Frogger is another choice that isn’t often voiced on the internet, despite the fact that he is one of the oldest and most iconic video game characters ever. Almost everyone has played some version of the classic tile-hopping arcade classic, and similarly to Pac-man, it would be fitting to see Frogger take his rightful place amongst the other famous videogames superstars in Smash.
The only trouble would be whether his moveset could be made to be unique. Being green and with a long tongue, comparisons to a certain green dinosaur immediately spring to mind, but with his well-known habit for jumping, we’re sure Sakurai could find a way to make Frogger a more aero-dynamic fighter that perhaps is stronger in the air than on the ground.
Either way, we know that a Frogger stage based on the original arcade game would be endlessly fun, and so we kind of want him in purely just for that.
Goombette (Super Mario Bros.)
Isn’t much to say here, it’s just a female goomba with a hat, but hey, if Piranha Plant can get in the game, you can sure as hell bet that this bizarre creation has just as good a chance as anyone else.
Tabuu (Super Smash Bros)
Look, hear us out. It’s Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s final DLC, potentially the last Smash Bros fighter we’ll ever get, or at the very least, the last figher we’ll get for a long time or the last fighter we’ll get with Sakurai at the helm. To cap off not just Ultimate’s journey but the journey of the entire Smash Bros franchise, what could be more fitting than a character from Smash Bros itself?
Tabuu was the big bad of Super Smash Bros Brawl’s Story campaign. Leader of the Subspace Army, Tabuu is a powerful and mysterious creature with lasers, neon wings, explosions and an endless supply of strange dark magic. Forboding and enigmatic, he would be a very fitting final entry. We would also happily take a downscaled Master Hand, but for ease of design and scaling, Tabuu would require less work to function as a fighter with the rest of the cast.
Either way, whether it be Tabuu, any of the other characters listed or literally anyone else that we couldn’t think of, one thing’s for sure, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has been an incredibly wild ride, and we’re both excited and sad to see it finally come to a close today.
You’ll be able to watch the final Smash Presentation here today at 3pm BST. We can’t wait!