Isabelle is not an Echo Fighter of Animal Crossing's Villager in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

She's a standalone clone-type character

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • September 14, 2018 at 8:08 a.m. PDT

The Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday brought with it another big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement — just as fans had hoped. Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series — as well as a new entry in the Animal Crossing series — was unveiled at the very end of Nintendo's broadcast.

It didn't take long into the trailer to see that Isabelle harnessed moves similar to Animal Crossing's Villager. The assumption going into the announcement was that Isabelle would simply be an Echo Fighter of Villager (based on logical reasoning and rumors we had heard previously), and possibly have a slightly different move here or there like Fire Emblem's Chrom — being an Echo of Roy, but having Ike's up B.

Isabelle's official announcement trailer showcased several unique moves, however, with other attacks being similar to Villager. This put her into a bit of a gray area, seemingly sitting somewhere between Echo and standalone character.

The official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website has since updated with Isabelle's character information, and with that we have our definitive answer. Isabelle is not an Echo Fighter, she is a standalone character.

Among the character list we see Isabelle marked as #68 — a number indicating at what place she joined the Super Smash Bros. series. Echo Fighters on the website are represented with the same number as the character they're copying, as well as a symbol by their name indicating an Echo — which Isabelle does not have.

It appears that rather than being an Echo Fighter, Isabelle falls more on the side of a clone-type character such as Toon Link or Lucas (for Link and Ness, respectively). Basically, she's modeled after Villager, but has enough unique traits to hold her own character slot on the roster.

Isabelle Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character placing image #1
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So far, we've seen the Splatoon Inklings, Metroid's Ridley and Dark Samus, Castlevania's Simon and Richter Belmont, Donkey Kong Country's King K. Rool, Fire Emblem's Chrom, and Princess Daisy revealed as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Each of these combatants has either been a full-on unique character or an Echo Fighter, making Isabelle the first combination of the two to be revealed in Smash Ultimate.

Here is a list of all Echo Fighters in the game right now.

Echo Fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

• Dark Samus (Samus)
• Daisy (Peach)
• Lucina (Marth)
• Chrom (Roy)
• Dark Pit (Pit)
• Richter Belmont (Simon Belmont)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is headed to Nintendo Switch on December 7th.

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