Alleged Nintendo Insider Claims to Reveal 10 New 'Smash Bros.' Characters
And that's not even including potential DLC.
The Super Smash Bros. series has always been the video game equivalent of smashing your action figures together to make them fight. Mario dukes it out with Link. Samus teams up with Mewtwo. It’s a gamer’s fantasy, and each entry brings the possibility of even more new characters. On that front, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster is a bit of a disappointment — but it looks like that might change before the game’s release this December.
The issue, if you haven’t been paying attention, is that Nintendo only added two new characters to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster, instead opting to bring back every old fighter from the previous games. Plenty of fans are still holding out hope that the company could have a few surprises in store, and a new leak seems to suggest that’s the case.
This new report comes from 4chan (spotted on Facebook by Twin Galaxies), which isn’t exactly the most reputable source of information. We’d take these new character rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism, but at the very least, it’s an interesting look at how some long-rumored additions to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster might play.
That’s because the leaker claims to be in contact with a Nintendo employee on the graphics team for Smash Bros. Ultimate. The source allegedly revealed that six new characters are still set to join the roster (along with an additional four Echo Fighters). That’s 10 total, and that’s not even including any post-release additions that could come in the form of paid, downloadable content.
The leaker goes on to detail the exact movesets from four of those characters. Here’s what they claim to know about the upcoming game.
New Nintendo Characters: Geno and King K. Rool
These additions come from a poll that Nintendo put out a few years earlier, asking fans which characters they most wanted to see in the game. Other popular options that didn’t make it allegedly include Bandana Dee and Chibi Robo, but instead we may get Geno from Super Mario RPG and King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong series.
Geno’s been a popular request for a long time, even though the possessed doll character has only appeared in a couple of Nintendo games. His moveset will allegedly come directly from Super Mario RPG and include Geno Beam, Geno Whirl, Geno Flash. His recovery may also use the Geno Blast, but fire it downward for an extra jump.
Here’s Geno in action in Super Mario RPG.
As for King K. Rool, the crocodile has been a long-time adversary of Donkey Kong, so Nintendo has plenty of games to draw inspiration from. According to this leak, his moves include Crown Throw, Blunderbuss (an old-timey gun), and a helicopter pack for recovery. He’s also got a move similar to Bowser where he jumps up and comes crashing down onto an enemy’s head, and his final smash will drop cannonballs across the stage.
Here’s King K. Rool in action.
Third-Party Additions: Yuri Lowell and Travis Touchdown
Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia was also apparently a top pick in Nintendo’s poll, thanks to his popularity in Japan. His sword-heavy attacks allegedly come from that game and include Azure Edge, Ghost Wolf, Destruction Field, Wailing Havoc, Shining Fang, Lone Wolf Charge, Crushing Eagle. His final smash could also be a scripted cutscene called Heavenly Bladewing, where he wields a giant sword.
Here’s Yuri in action.
Finally, it looks like Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes could be joining the fight, at least according to this alleged leaker who claims Metal Gear series developer Hideo Kojima practically begged Nintendo to include the character. Travis Touchdown’s moves will apparently make use of his Blood Berry (a futuristic beam katana) and the Rose Nasties (dual beam katanas from the second game). His standard special could be Blueberry Cheese Brownie (an attack that lets him shoot waves of energy from his primary weapon), and his final smash could summon a giant sword-wielding mech named Glastonbury.
Here’s Travis in action.
Before you get too excited about taking on Mario and Link as Travis Touchdown or Geno, remember that this is just a sketchy 4chan leak, not an official reveal from Nintendo. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be psyched. Just don’t get too invested in any of these rumored characters in case they turn out to be just that: rumors.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches December 7 for Nintendo Switch.