Goku actually makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate... but it's probably not the one you're expecting

He has a pole and a monkey tail at least

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 21, 2018 at 5:18 a.m. PST

Dragon Ball's Son Goku has long been one of the most requested characters to join Super Smash Bros. once guest fighters Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog were first unveiled for Brawl, but it quickly became a meme in the community along with other wanted inclusions like Shrek and Waluigi.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces a new Spirits mode to the franchise to replace the previous trophy system from previous titles. This new mode features a large number of popular and obscure characters as portraits and work like power-ups in the fighter.

In a recent overview of the Spirits mode made by Polygon, Goku is in fact shown to be one of said Spirits, but it's not the Super Saiyan created by Akira Toriyama over 30 years ago.

This Goku — along with his partner Chao — are actually from a Famicom Disk System game released in 1989 called Yūyūki. The protagonist here does wield a staff, but he's actually based on Journey to the West's Sun Wukong which bears some similarities to Dragon Ball's early run.

Super Smash Bros' longtime director, Masahiro Sakurai, has long held the stance that the series should remain exclusively for video game characters even if Funimation is asking for Goku's inclusion or making their own Broly in Smash teasers.

We may have a golden Super Sonic in Super Smash Bros, but it appears as though we're still no closer to adding a Super Saiyan to the roster, fortunately / unfortunately. You can take a look at the Goku that actually made it into Smash Ultimate in the image below plus the full Spirits video after the jump.

Goku is in Super Smash Bros... sorta image #1
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