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The new Shantae 5 anime-style intro features a background item that looks a lot like the Super Smash Bros. logo

We're not jumping to conclusions just yet, but it really looks like the dang Smash logo

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 5, 2019 at 2:39 p.m. PDT • Comments: 37

Shantae 5 saw its opening cinematic revealed at Anime Expo this week by developer WayForward. The upcoming title has an intro animation created by Studio Trigger — known for Little Witch Academia and Kill la Kill — and goes full-blown anime with its art style and approach.

The fan-favorite character's new intro animation is being talked about a lot online right now, and having watched the video myself out of curiosity, I spotted something in the background that's quite peculiar. A piece of the background in the Shantae 5 intro looks a lot like the Super Smash Bros. logo.

A few seconds into the opening, we see Shantae wake up and have her attention caught by what's outside the window. The window also caught our attention as the design of it is oddly proportioned, making it resemble the Smash Bros. logo — albeit a version of the logo flipped horizontally.

I had to do a double take on this one, and having caught the new trailer on Twitter, I quickly scrolled down to see if anyone else shared the same thought. Lo and behold, the first comment was someone pointing out the window and a string of comments basically saying "don't give me hope that Shantae is in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!" following it.

Now, I'm not jumping to conclusions just yet. Obviously, the mind wants to jump straight to "this is a hint that Shantate is DLC in Smash Bros. Ultimate!" But I'm not saying that.

What I am saying is that the window's design is interesting to say the least, and even if it was just proportioned oddly to match the art style, I find it hard to believe that anyone put that together and didn't think it looked like the very well-recognized Smash ball.

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Shantae is technically in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — as an unplayable spirit — and the character is another one of those that is often rumored and requested to be in the game.

It's also worth noting that Shantae 5 is set to be released on Nintendo Switch later this year (as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Apple Arcade), and there are still two Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC characters to be revealed. We have Persona 5's Joker, Banjo-Kazooie, and Hero from Dragon Quest... could Shantae be joining that list?

We won't know for a while as Hero and Banjo are set for release in Summer and Fall, respectively.

Do you think this is a potential hint at Shantae in Smash Ultimate? Or is it just a coincidence? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: WayForward.

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