If Hero is released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this Wednesday then what does that mean for a Nintendo reveal at EVO 2019?

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 29, 2019 at 7:07 p.m. PDT

Masahiro Sakurai will be demoing Dragon Quest's Hero in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in some sort of 22 minute demonstration tomorrow, July 30, 2019.

Although it was planned that the release date for the character would be revealed then, it's been leaked that version 4.0.0 — and likely Hero along with it — will be released on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.

Many of us were expecting the date drop for the Hero to occur on Sunday, August 4, 2019 during the finals of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at EVO 2019. Could it be that Nintendo has something else in store for fans instead?

Since we already know the next character in the Fighters Pass after the Hero, we're in a somewhat unique situation right now. We've already seen a good bit of Banjo-Kazooie's gameplay during the trailer that revealed them back at E3 2019.

Notably though, the only details about Banjo-Kazooie's release date that was unveiled during this trailer was "Fall 2019." This season will begin on Monday, September 23 and end on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

Having said that, Nintendo also previously stated that the Wii U version of Smash 4 was targeting a Winter 2014 release window. Instead, it became purchasable in America on November 21, 2014.

The first day of winter in 2014 was December 21. So what day does Nintendo consider the first day of "Fall 2019" to be? All of a sudden, maybe it doesn't seem too outlandish for them to release an exact date for Banjo-Kazooie at EVO 2019.

Although many of us are excited to start playing the Hero since it's the next Smash character, it goes without saying that the Dragon Quest series is more popular in Japan than it is in North America.

Revealing information about Banjo-Kazooie at EVO 2019 — a major fighting game event held in the United States — does make sense. Based on the trailer, Banjo-Kazooie looked like they were already close to completion.

Is it possible that Nintendo is prepping for an August or September release window? Perhaps we'll find out soon.

After Banjo-Kazooie, we still have two more characters that will be released as part of the Fighters Pass. Is it too early to reveal the identity of the next combatant before Banjo is made available?

This would be a rather unique scenario, but not completely unheard of. For example, Bayonetta and Corrin were shown prior to Cloud's release in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Perhaps this will be an opportunity to show off new or old modes that are also coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Along with Joker's release, we were granted access to the new-and-improved Stage Builder mode and better replay editing tools.

It's entirely possible that Nintendo is seeking to release the Dragon Quest's Hero sooner rather than having us wait on the rest of the content. Of course, there's currently no evidence to support such claims.

The last scenario, which is unfortunately looking like the most likely one, is where Nintendo announces... absolutely nothing. Remember that EVO 2018 was the first year where they had an announcement ready at this yearly event and it was merely the reveal that a Smash-focused direct was coming later that week.

Seeing as how Nintendo doesn't have a pro league or provides as much support to the competitive scenes as Capcom or Bandai Namco for their fighting games, there's very little that suggests Nintendo plans on changing this in the near future.

While it seems like it'd be somewhat anti-climatic that there'd be no big surprise during the finals for the last game at EVO 2019, this is probably a reality we should be bracing ourselves for. Hope for the best, but expect nothing.

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