The upcoming announcements of Persona 5 S and The Royal may have revealed time frame in which Joker will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Will we be receiving an overload of Persona news at the end of the month?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • April 4, 2019 at 2:38 p.m. PDT

April is a very important month in Persona 5 considering it's where the game officially begins plus when the protagonist unlocks their Persona abilities, and it appears that it will also be one of the biggest months for the game in the real world as well going off of recent teasers and announcements.

Persona 5: The Royal, the recently teased P5S and Joker's release date for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are all scheduled to have big reveals / debuts this month though the two new aforementioned (assumed) games may inform us of exactly when the leader of the Phantom Thieves will become the massive crossover title's 76th fighter.

We've known for a while now that Joker would be coming to Smash in April, but neither Nintendo nor Atlus have clued us in on any other details of the fighter as he'll appear in the game. We don't know what he plays like, we don't know what his stage is and we only seem to know what he looks like because of some artwork on Best Buy's website — more on that in a minute.

Persona 5 R was teased earlier this year for the PlayStation 4 which we recently found out is fully titled Persona 5: The Royal. Many are assuming Royal will be an enhanced version of the base game similarly to Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden though we won't know for sure until April 24.

One day later, however, we will be treated with another Persona 5 reveal this time centered around a different titled or property, P5S.

Very little is known about Persona 5 S at the moment, but the most obvious guess in the wider community is that it will be a port of the RPG to the Nintendo Switch — something fans have speculated about since Joker's reveal at the Game Awards last year.

Joker's possible character render in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. image #1
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To get into Super Smash Bros, a character must have appeared on a Nintendo platform at least once before — or in an upcoming game. Joker does technically meet this requirement already with the spin-off Persona Q 2, but it is still rather odd that his base game is not available on the Switch — though Cloud was in a similar position in Smash 4 considering he'd only really shown up in Final Fantasy Theaterhythm at the time.

Best Buy may have clued us in once again that P5S may very well be the Switch game considering they had placeholder listings for Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past all in place for the system.

"But what does this have to do with Joker's release date?" you may ask.

There are two big Persona-related reveals scheduled back to back on April 24 and 25 where we'll likely learn more about the games and hopefully see the Switch version announcement that players have been wanting.

Nintendo and Atlus are likely holding back Joker's full details, so they can combine them with these announcements considering the possible Switch port is supposed to be a bit of a surprise along with the possibility of something else — possible minor spoilers ahead.

Data-miners have reportedly found entries in Smash Ultimate's data suggesting that Joker may have an alternate appearance in the crossover game as a female with data for a ponytail supposedly uncovered.

This information appears to point to the likelihood that a female version of the protagonist in P5 will be playable in The Royal / S which would be the big draw to the series that has only done this once before with Persona 3 Portable on the PSP. The Royal trailer did feature a new female character sporting a ponytail, but she is unlikely to be the main character considering she is younger than the original hero while seemingly voicing her dislike of the Phantom Thieves.

If this does come to pass, then the earliest we will see Joker's release would probably be April 25 after the Persona 5 S reveal so that the companies can make their big announcements / surprises tie into one another.

There is still a good chance that we'll see the leader of the Phantom Thieves shown off more in the coming weeks so we can have a better understanding of what he'll be like jumping from a turn-based RPG to a fighting game.

This may all turn out to be all conjecture by a big fan of the series, but the dots appear to be lining up as to what possibilities are most likely going to occur in the month of April.

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