Rumor: The entire Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster may have been leaked

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • October 24, 2018 at 9:06 a.m. PDT

Updated: We've added a few graphs about Marina PLV's response to this situation.

We're just 43 days out until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate drops on December 7, 2018. According to Masahiro Sakurai himself, we'll be learning about the title's entire roster before the game is released. Some new leak has surfaced that may be revealing this earlier than what was intended.

A blurry image shows two different versions of the "everyone is here" banner — one that is completely empty and the other that has what appears to be seven unannounced fighters. These combatants are Banjo-Kazooie, Geno, Isaac, Shadow the Hedgehog, Ken Masters, the Chorus Kids, and Mach Rider.

As with any time the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate banner has been officially updated, characters are shifted aside in order to make room for the newcomers. Everyone that was previously located in the artwork can be spotted if you look hard enough.

Supposedly, the individual behind the image shared the video with a friend on Snapchat before it was leaked by that friend. The internet has been able to determine the identity of the individual, their LinkedIn profile page, and the company that they work for — which apparently has ties to Bandai Namco.

Curiously, this person's LinkedIn account is no longer accessible as it has apparently either been set to private or outright deleted.

While we have taken the time to blur out the person's name in the images, the company that they supposedly work for was Marina PLV, a statement which they later denied. Marina is a French print company that "specializes in manufacturing cutouts and banners for media advertising."

Marina PLV responded saying that the person involved in the rumors is no longer part of their company and has not been since November of 2016. They express that they have worked with Bandai Namco in the past and plan to potentially work with them again in the future, but are not currently doing so for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

They claim the current rumors are unfairly detracting from the professionalism associated with their name, and are evaluating what kind of action to take moving forward. You'll find the English translation of Marina PLV's statement on their Facebook page.

The evidence seems to pile up as previously unseen images of the upcoming Grinch movie have also been spotted in the photo. Notably, the 2018 Grinch movie will release on November 28, 2018 in France — just ten days before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Since E3 2018, Masahiro Sakurai has been adamant that there won't be as many newcomers this time around since they wanted to ensure that every character returning from previous entries was their number one priority. When this information was presented to the development team, he was met with gasps of surprise and dead silence.

This was further emphasized in a Famitsu column where Sakurai stated it'd be "a mistake to think that [they'll] keep pushing out new challengers until the release of the game at this rate." By this point, reveals were apparently going to occur much more sparingly.

There was an implication that there wasn't a lot left to reveal. And yet, if this leak is to be believed at face value then it means that there are at least 77 different characters (Mii Fighters counted as a single entity) with 16 of them being newcomers (if Echo Fighters are counted).

Since Inkling, Daisy, Ridley, Simon Belmont, Richter Belmont, Chrom, Dark Samus, King. K Rool, and Isabelle have already been confirmed, that makes a total of nine fighters that have been officially unveiled. That's only slightly more than half of the total number of newcomers.

It's entirely possible that Sakurai was intentionally being deceptive by keeping our expectations low. What a surprise it would've been if there were seven new characters to reveal in a final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct or two.

Including an icon for the random select option, six rows of 13 character slots can be arranged for the select screen. This means that the original Super Smash Bros. 64 cast (and Dark Samus as an Echo Fighter) can fit in the top row.

Notably, a lot of this information seems to line up and contradict what prominent leaker Vergeben has stated. According to him, Ken Masters is to be an Echo Fighter of Ryu and Square Enix is to get another representative — likely Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

Vergeben has also declared that Minecraft is to be represented in the game. We are currently unsure if this means that they'll get a fighter, Assist Trophy, or stage. Microsoft are the intellectual property owners of both the Minecraft series and Banjo-Kazooie series.

Of course, Vergeben has also been adamant that there will be a Generation 7 Pokémon. This Pokémon has been declared to be Incineroar. Interestingly enough, no such newcomer appears to be present.

Another user on 4chan anonymously claimed a month ago that there would be no Pokémon or Minecraft character rep this time around. Instead he coincidentally declared that Banjo-Kazooie, Geno, Isaac, Shadow the Hedgehog, Ken Masters, the Chorus Kids, and Mach Rider were playable while RAY 01, Monster Hunter, and Dixie Kong were cut.

Mach Rider was previously considered as a retro rep for Super Smash Bros. Melee, but Sakurai inevitably went with the Ice Climbers instead. There's also evidence that the Chorus Kids were at one point considered for Super Smash Bros. 4. This also wouldn't be the first time Dixie Kong was cut like this as she was also originally planned to have an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Although Shadow the Hedgehog was an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and 4, he's been seemingly replaced by Knuckles the Echidna. Golden Sun's Issac basically disappeared after his debut as an Assist Trophy in Brawl.

Meanwhile, Geno is a particularly interesting case as he was the only character to have a splash screen in the form of a Mii costume during a video in Super Smash Bros. 4. The internet has already noticed the pattern where Inkling, Chrom, King K. Rool, and Isabelle all had DLC Mii costumes in that title as well.

Of course, we can't entirely discount the possibility that all of this leaked information is a very well-made fabrication. Given though, this would probably require an extreme amount of effort on the part of the original source.

We won't know for sure until official announcements are made about the rest of the roster.

Sent in by: DJ_Freeze, WaifuFightersII, and Reiji.

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