As one of the most anticipated games of 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is packed with characters from a number of different franchises. There are already a total of 75 playable characters in Ultimate – one of which will be the limited-timed, free-to-download Piranha Plant – but the paid-for Fighters Pass DLC is set to add a further five fighters (each with a stage and corresponding music) into the fray.
The identities of these characters still largely remain unknown, but during the 2018 The Game Awards it was confirmed that the first downloadable newcomer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be Persona 5‘s Joker.
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Not much is known about how the character will actually play, but the reveal trailer delivered the exact information that Nintendo had intended it to. Truthfully, it’s a great marketing play for the company, as the information arrived just hours before its blockbuster fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, is set to be available worldwide on Nintendo Switch.
It only adds to the excitement that the unique style of the Persona series is perfectly captured in the big Smash reveal, but fans can check it out for themselves below:
The release date for Joker is still up in the air, but the Persona 5 protagonist will likely be joining the fray after Piranha Plant arrives around February 2019. With Joker will be a brand-new stage, presumably based on a locale in Persona 5, as well as some music from the franchise. Given that the series is known to feature some solid tunes, these should blend in well with the orchestral smorgasbord that’s already present in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
What’s most interesting about the reveal is that Nintendo of America’s President, Reggie Fils-Aime, hinted at the remaining four characters that would be joining the fray. He stated that these characters were meant to surprise players, which would indicate that longtime favorites for Super Smash Bros. like Geno may not be in the cards this time around.
Then again, perhaps just the majority will be out-there characters, while an underdog like Waluigi will finally have his day. Whatever the end roster looks like, fans can find solace in knowing that Ronald McDonald will not be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate anytime soon – or probably ever.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrives exclusively for Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018.