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Rumor: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to add another Square-Enix representative and Ken presumably from Capcom's Street Fighter series

Square-Enix possibilities include Geno, a Final Fantasy character, Sora from Kingdom Hearts, a Bubble Bobble, and more

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • August 25, 2018 at 12:17 p.m. PDT • Comments: 48

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster is already massive in size. It's easy to see why Masahiro Sakurai was met with gasps of surprise followed by dead silence when he informed the development team how many characters he wanted to put into the game.

Not only are fans being treated with every fighter that's ever been playable in a Smash Smash Bros. game, but we also have confirmation that the Inkling, Daisy, Ridley, Simon Belmont, Richter Belmont, Chrom, Dark Samus, and King K. Rool can also be chosen during battle. If we count each of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon, Echo Fighters, and the Mii Fighters all separately, then we already have 73 different combatants!

Since the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate development team's number one goal was to bring back all the previous characters — including DLC, third parties, and fighters that have only appeared once before — Masahiro Sakurai mentioned that he was kind of hoping that we aren't expecting too many new fighters this time around. Still, we can expect to hear about every character before the game's release on December 7, 2018.

Whenever a new Super Smash Bros. game is in development, rumors and leaks begin to circulate throughout the internet. The most notable leaker during this era — Vergeben — has already had a number of his predictions turn out to be accurate.

Recently, Vergeben mentioned that he's heard — likely from one of his supposed sources — that Square-Enix will have another representative join the cast in addition to Cloud Strife. While Vergeben has no additional information beyond this, one can't help but speculate that this could be Geno if this is true. While this possessed doll has only been seen in Nintendo games, he is a registered trademark of Square-Enix.

Despite the fact that Geno has only ever appeared in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and has had a cameo appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the character is undeniably popular. Masahiro Sakurai has even confirmed before that he wanted to put Geno in in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4, but ended up not doing so for unknown reasons.

Square-Enix rep, Ken, and Isabelle the Echo image #1

It also helps that Geno received a DLC Mii Costume in the previous Smash iteration. Just like Inkling, King K. Rool, and Chrom. While this logic isn't a "be all end all" type of scenario that 100% confirms Geno's chances, this does indicate a pattern that raises the odds.

Out of all the Mii Costumes, Geno's custom parts were the only one that was treated to its own splash screen. The costume's announcement behaved very similarly to a character reveal.

Of course, there are still plenty of other possibilities. If the development team wanted to make another Echo Fighter — which is clearly easier to do than building a brand new combatant — then we can't discount the possibility of Zack Fair from Crisis Core as Cloud's Echo Fighter. They're both known for using that over-sized Buster Sword after all.

Other Final Fantasy characters that could become playable due to popular demand include Terra Branford, Lightning, Squall Leonhart, Zidane Tribal, Vivi, Cecil Harvey, and Tidus. Adding someone like Sephiroth could further emphasize this heroes vs. villains theme that appears to be going on.

Outside of Final Fantasy, we could get someone from Dragon Quest, Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts, Bubble Bobble, Chrono Trigger, Bravely Default, or any of their other intellectual properties.

Vergeben also recently declared that another individual's "leaked list" should be trashed since Ken wasn't present. This is similar to something he said not too long ago that any list that doesn't contain Simon Belmont or Isabelle should automatically be regarded as fake.

No details were given about Ken, but Vergeben seems very confident that a fighter named "Ken" will be playable. We suspect that Vergeben is referring to Ken Masters of the Street Fighter series.

Since Ken's moveset is extremely similar to Ryu's, it's likely that Ken would be an Echo Fighter of sorts if he were indeed in the game.

Square-Enix rep, Ken, and Isabelle the Echo image #2

Finally, Vergeben also stated that he last heard that Isabelle was an Echo Fighter like Lucina, Dark Pit, Daisy, Richter Belmont, Chrom, and Dark Samus. She is most likely echoing Villager, though this is never outright stated.

Square-Enix rep, Ken, and Isabelle the Echo image #3

Thus far, nothing that Vergeben has declared for Super Smash Bros. has been inaccurate so far. There are still a few predictions that have yet to be officially confirmed.

While many believe Ridley to be too big to be playable in Super Smash Bros., Vergeben boldly declared that he would be announced at E3. He also stated that Snake, Ice Climbers, and the entire roster of Super Smash Bros. 4 would be making their return. In the hours leading up to the game's official reveal, Vergeben correctly stated that the title of the new game was "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate."

His prediction that Simon Belmont would be playable was recently confirmed during the latest Nintendo Direct. This was during a time when people didn't have much confidence that Konami would lend their characters for such a project.

If Vergeben is to be taken at face value, then we should also expect a Generation 7 Pokémon representative that isn't Mimikyu, Decidueye, or Lycanroc. It's worth noting that Mimikyu has now already been revealed to assist the player through an item.

At the end of the day though, it's very important to take any rumor with a grain of salt until they are actually confirmed. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on these subjects in the comments section.

Sources: Gamefaqs and Reddit.

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