Who are the final two DLC characters of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass? The EventHubs staff speculates

Ryu Hayabusa, Leon S. Kennedy, Undertale representative, Dante, and Rayman are among the picks

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 10, 2019 at 6:57 p.m. PDT

At this point, we now know three of the five DLC characters featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass. They are Joker, Dragon Quest's Hero, and Banjo-Kazooie. Remember that the Piranha Plant is an entirely separate entity from the Fighters Pass.

But what about the remaining two characters? Well, I teamed up with MajinTenshinhan, DarkHorse, and SuperQue in order to determine the possibilities.

Most of us went the route of third party characters based on Reggie's statement at the 2018 Game Awards. This seemed to heavily imply that all the combatants that will be featured will all be third parties from franchises that aren't represented in Super Smash Bros. yet.

Funnily enough, each one of us came up with different choices which shows there is still a large pool of icons to choose from. It's also worth mentioning that none of us chose Waluigi based on his Assist Trophy status.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster will consist of 80 characters when the Fighters Pass is finished pushing out characters. It's currently unknown if there will be anyone else after they're all released.

After checking out our choices, be sure to let us know who you think will or should make it in via these last two spots.

Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon's picks

Of the Nintendo classics missing from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I think Ryu Hayabusa from Tecmo's Ninja Gaiden series. Although I've never played the Ninja Gaiden series, I understand that the original Nintendo titles were brutally difficult.

Should Ryu Hayabusa join as a third party fighter, I imagine his default outfit will be the blue one from the Nintendo era. His more traditional black ninja attire would likely be available as an alternate.

As of right now, the roster's ninja count is looking rather low. We only have Sheik and Greninja that fulfill this character archetype. Ryu Hayabusa would make a unique addition for sure.

Armed with his Dragon Sword, Flame Wheel, Shadow Clones, Shurikens, and various other weapons, these along with Ryu Hayabusa's ninja techniques would make for a very versatile fighter.

Then there's the case for Crash Bandicoot. Like Sonic the Hedgehog, this anthropomorphic marsupial served as a rival for Nintendo's mascot, Mario, for quite some time.

While Crash Bandicoot was previously a Sony exclusive character, that changed when Activision bought the rights of the character from Naughty Dog. Since then, Crash Bandicoot has actually made appearances on Nintendo consoles, also like Sonic, such as the recently released N. Sane Trilogy.

He'll surely fit in well with faces of Sonic, the Star Fox characters, Isabelle, and Banjo-Kazooie. Like many of those characters, he's also a gaming icon at this point.

His moveset wouldn't be too difficult as he is mostly known for spinning, shooting Wumpa Fruit out of his bazooka, performing body slams, using Ooga Booga to absorb hits, and more.

Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor's picks

Hope and expectation: Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil

Although Capcom already have a very heavy presence in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it's really a credit to how fantastic of an intellectual property library they have, and there's no wonder why Capcom's crossover games and versus series tends to go over so well with fans.

However, what's a bit of a mystery is that despite Capcom having some form of representation for their second, third and fourth highest sold franchises (Monster Hunter, Street Fighter and Mega Man, respectively), there's actually nothing at all for their number one most popular series — Resident Evil.

Not only is the popularity of Resident Evil unmistakable, but the very genre of Survival-Horror (with all of its various sub-series) is a huge part of gaming, and currently has barely any mention at all in Super Smash Bros., with the only tangible content being the Assist Trophy of Yuri Kozukata from the Fatal Frame series.

With this in mind, the extravagant DLC of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which already brought the legendary Dragon Quest series into the fold and crossed console maker barriers by getting the Microsoft-owned Banjo-Kazooie to join the fray, would be the perfect stage for one of the biggest genres in gaming, that currently stands virtually unrepresented, to become part of the Super Smash Bros. family.

While it's easy to see how Survival Horror doesn't have a massive presence in Super Smash Bros. so far, with the games typically being anything but child-friendly, we've already seen both Metal Gear's Snake and Bayonetta's ... well, Bayonetta, prove that there's ample room for more mature characters as well. We've even got plenty of firearms in the series too, so a potential Resident Evil moveset wouldn't even feel out of place.

When it comes to a series like this with a revolving cast of important characters, it's not entirely evident who would be the representative if they were to join the Super Smash Bros. family. The characters with the strongest cases are probably Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as the iconic playable duo from the very first game in the series, who have both kept making appearances for 20 years ever since, or Leon S. Kennedy, who has been the main protagonist or co-protagonist of the biggest games in the series, Resident EVil 2 and Resident Evil 4.

My personal choice would be Leon S. Kennedy, partly because he's highly relevant at the moment with the recent release of the Resident Evil 2 remake, but also because he does a great job of representing both the more classic horror-focused Resident Evil era as well as the more modern, action-focused games.

Another strong reason why Resident Evil just makes sense is the series' heavy ties with Nintendo, where they especially during the GameCube era made a massive push for the series, releasing a remake of the original Resident Evil, as well as brand-new titles Resident Evil 0 and Resident Evil 4 on the platform.

Even after main titles stopped appearing as much on Nintendo consoles, Capcom have still made sure that there's a steady release of Resident Evil titles on Nintendo's consoles, with the Chronicles sub-series during the Wii era and releasing Revelations for the Nintendo 3DS, making the solid bond between Nintendo and the Resident Evil franchise even more of a match made in heaven.

The more I consider it, the more this just makes sense as one of the next DLC characters, and personally I really hope we end up seeing it happen.

Hope: Tales of series representative

At this point, I'll be repeating myself somewhat since I already detailed my wish for a Tales of character to join the Super Smash Bros. series about a year ago, but that desire remains as strong as ever.

The Tales of franchise is one of the bigger RPG series from Japan, and has a lot of history with Nintendo, with the series even originating on the SNES.

On top of that, it's a Bandai Namco franchise, who just so happen to be the main developers helping Nintendo with Super Smash Bros. since the last iteration on the 3DS and Wii U.

Without going too deep into detail (since I already did that in our previous collaboration where I brought it up), Tales of is a series that would fit great for Smash and has a large deal of fans.

That said, I don't find it overly likely that we'll see it become part of the Super Smash Bros. series in this DLC wave (which may very well be the only wave for this game).

The main reasons I'm not seeing Tales in the future are that we've already seen two major JRPG series as two out of five slots for DLC — which makes it feel unlikely we'd see the exact same genre take up more than half of the downloadable content. The second is that, as if the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launch roster didn't make it obvious enough, Bandai Namco aren't being given any special treatment just because they're working on the game.

While I still really want to see Tales of as part of Super Smash Bros., it's just not feeling very likely, unfortunately.

Expectation: Undertale representative

I know, I know, it sounds crazy. But honestly, we've seen both Shovel Knight as an Assist Trophy and Shantae as a sticker, and Nintendo have been making a very big deal of courting indie developers for their platforms.

Undertale, one of the most popular indie games in recent years, even got its own dedicated time in a Nintendo Direct to announce that it would be coming to Switch, well after the game was already out on other platforms, meaning that Nintendo clearly value the game highly.

Outside of the big indie push and Nintendo going the extra mile for both Shovel Knight and Shantae, who honestly seemed like massive long shots to get any mention in Super Smash Bros. at all, there are two major things that make me think that Undertale has a good chance.

The first one is that Undertale did something that very few western games manage to do — it actually became popular in Japan. This isn't entirely unprecedented, but anyone who knows the gaming industry of Japan knows that very few western games manage to become hits there, and while Undertale may not have lit the charts on fire like triple A games usually do, it sold over 100,000 copies in just one week, only counting digital, and only on PlayStation 4 and Vita. That's a pretty big deal for a western-developed indie game.

The second reason is that the music of Undertale has become a massive sensation all across the internet, with the most notable song being Megalovania, which is pretty much one of those video game songs that anyone who's into games has heard at this point, only a few years after the game's release. You may be wondering why music is an argument for why a game would join Smash, we know that Castlevania was a very popular pick for inclusion because of its music.

In short, while the stars didn't align for any indie characters in the base game, DLC is a whole different ballgame. Shovel Knight and Shantae would seemingly be out of the running because they're already in the game in different forms (though just because nobody has been promoted from Assist Trophy or Spirit to playable in the same game before it doesn't mean it can't happen), Undertale seems like an even bigger deal than both.

To be clear, I've never played Undertale and honestly have little interest in doing so, either. But looking at what we've seen so far, I think Undertale has a very good shot at joining Super Smash Bros. via DLC. I'm guessing Sans would be the most iconic character, since he's the only one I know the name of, and I'm as much of an Undertale noob as you could find.

Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills' picks

Dante

I can honestly say that I've already gotten essentially every character I've ever wanted into Smash by this point with the recent inclusion of Joker, Bayonetta in Smash 4 and of course Cloud — though I would have preferred Warrior of Light, Cecil or Terra for their stronger Nintendo ties initially.

I'm content with where we are for the roster, so I have one pick that I think is likely and one that is more of a final dream pick with a Monster Hunter character and Devil May Cry's Dante.

We've already seen how Dante's expansive moveset can be adapted for a fighting game thanks to Marvel vs. Capcom, and I'd be very keen to see how Sakurai's team could change things further. It'd be awesome to see the legendary demon hunter weapon or style switch on the specials though it almost feels like a pipe dream.

Devil May Cry has had very little representation on Nintendo platforms seeing as though the first title was just now made available on one for the first time ever. You could say the same for Persona 5, Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy 7, however.

The series' longtime director has already said he'd be open to Dante joining Smash if his games came to the Switch, and here we are. Series creator Hideki Kamiya has also expressed interest in recent months as to which of his other characters fans would like to see in Smash with Dante, Viewtiful Joe, Amaterasu or Wonder Red.

I'd love to see Dante and Bayonetta actually in a game together.

Monster Hunter

Monster Hunter has been probably the biggest third-party success on Nintendo platforms in recent years with all of the previous 3DS titles selling in the millions each on average, so it'd be no surprise to see a hunter from the series in Smash especially now that we've gotten another Japanese favorite in Dragon Quest's Hero.

The Monster Hunter was one of the coolest and most interesting characters in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, so I'd definitely like to see them reworked for Smash with the ability to do things like place traps and obviously smack people around with their big weapons.

Monster Hunter already has representation in Smash Ultimate by way of the Rathalos beast, so it only feels natural that a full character would be the next logical step of that equation — especially at a time when Monster Hunter World is Capcom's biggest success ever with the Iceborne expansion on the horizon.

I'm honestly not sure which weapon style I'd want to see since there's plenty of winners in the bunch, but I'd hope they'd keep the MvCI choice of having multiple armor sets similar to the Hero's implementation.

Nico 'SuperQue' Smith's picks

My prediction on the final two DLC spots in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are fairly simple. I think they can now be fairly outside the box, seeing how many characters we never dreamed would make it in are now gracing our screens in Smash Bros.

First, I predict another character from the Donkey Kong series. I expect to see someone from Donkey Kong Country or 64 make it in. Personally (and selfishly) I hope for Lanky or Chunky Kong.

But realistically I expect Cranky or Dixie Kong. They have an easy moveset to incorporate and fit the current M.O of the rest of the cast.

The last DLC character I expect is Rayman. After we were fooled last time, I think it will happen.

Rayman is available on Nintendo. This is a simple character who matches the other characters already present in the game.

He's definitely a fan favorite as well. Rayman comes from a traditional platforming game too, so incorporating him should be seamless.

I will say I hope another villain is included like a Dr. Eggman. In my wildest dreams, we would get Sora from Kingdom Hearts.

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