Was there a hint at Rhythm Heaven's Karate Joe in the King K. Rool Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer?

Teh CornerThief noticed that Donkey Kong's pose could be a reference to the rhythm-based karate man

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • August 9, 2018 at 9:36 a.m. PDT

I think it's safe to say that fans of the Super Smash Bros. series were unanimously blown away by Nintendo's Direct presentation yesterday. The company pulled zero punches for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-themed showcase, revealing a ton of brand new information for the upcoming game as well as both Simon Belmont and King K. Rool as playable characters.

Both of these fighters are long-time wants from fans, and Nintendo put out two amazing trailers yesterday to welcome them into the world of Smash Bros.

King K. Rool's trailer featured both Diddy Kong and Donkey Kong, naturally, and at the very beginning of it we see our two heroes lounging about their living room before K. Rool appears outside their window to cause trouble. Keen-eyed YouTuber Teh CornerThief noticed something interesting during the opening scene.

If you take a look at Donkey Kong during the intro, the first member of the DK Crew is lying on the floor watching television. He lies on his side with one arm supporting his head and the other, well, scratching his butt.

In their video, Teh CornerThief points out that this is actually the exact same pose that Rhythm Heaven's Karate Joe can be seen doing in Rhythm Heaven Fever. Joe lies on the floor watching a TV set that even looks really close to the one that Donkey Kong is watching.

The implication here is that this could be hinting at Karate Joe as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We know that Nintendo does like to hide hints at things to come in their content, with a perfect example being yesterday during the Direct when a Klaptrap assist trophy was shown — obviously a hint that King K. Rool would be announced at the end of the show.

For some time now we've been hearing rumors about Rhythm Heaven seeing playable representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most often it is claimed that the Glee Club Chorus Kids will join the battle, though.

On the other side of the coin, this pose is a common one found in Japanese media that usually symbolizes someone lazy who doesn't want to leave the house. This could have just been a way to further portray Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong's relaxation before the turmoil.

You can check out the video below, as well as one by GameXplain discussing the potential hint.

And if you're not familiar with Karate Joe, here's a video showing one of the mini-games he's in.

Do you think this could be a hint at Karate Joe in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Or is this just a coincidence. Let us know in the comments below!

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