As if sending gamers off to attend their nearest midnight release, the 2018 Game Awards ended its Thursday night broadcast with a blockbuster announcement: Joker, the protagonist of Persona 5, will be a playable character in the first downloadable content (DLC) pack for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.
With another impossible dream made real, Nintendo fans are now banking on completely unrealistic DLC characters from Goku to Shrek.
After the trailer debuted, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé appeared with Game Awards host Geoff Keighley in another short video, explicitly confirming Joker for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Although Joker (a code name for the character whose real name remains unknown) was a popular choice among fans of the Smash Bros. games, he was deemed unrealistic as Joker debuted only in 2017’s Persona 5, which was released as a PlayStation 4 exclusive. While the Super Smash Bros. series has dramatically loosened up its restrictions on guest characters, Persona 5 is by far the loosest third-party crossover yet in Smash Bros.
Unlike other third-party Smash Bros. fighters like Solid Snake, Ryu, and Bayonetta, the relationship to Nintendo is distant for the Persona series. A spin-off of the Megami Tensei RPG games that began on the Super Famicom (known as the Super NES outside Japan) the Persona series have been a mostly PlayStation franchise, with only one game ever on a Nintendo console (2014’s Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth for the Nintendo 3DS).
With Joker making the leap to Smash Bros., Nintendo fans now believe even their biggest pie-in-the-sky, not-gonna-happen characters could actually happen, and that includes Goku from Dragon Ball Z.
Also a popular choice? The internet’s favorite swamp-loving ogre, Shrek. Just imagine Donkey as an Assist Trophy.
And a few people — some very, very smart people — are also asking for the foul-mouthed Travis Touchdown of No More Heroes, No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, and the upcoming Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes on the Nintendo Switch to debut in Smash. These are my people.
But whoever is added as DLC for Ultimate, one thing is certain: Waluigi is still just an Assist Tropy.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for the Nintendo Switch.
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