Dante could now possibly join the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with the release of the original Devil May Cry on Nintendo Switch

Open the door to hell

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • May 9, 2019 at 11:16 a.m. PDT

Despite the original Devil May Cry releasing all the way back in 2001, the series has never appeared on a Nintendo console or handheld of any kind leaving Dante out of the running for a spot on Super Smash Bros.' ever-growing roster... until now that is.

Capcom has announced that the HD port of the first Devil May Cry will be coming to the Switch this Summer which reminded us that the series' longtime director, Hideaki Itsuno, already said he'd be open to the son of Sparda joining the likes of Mega Man, Ryu and Ken in Smash if the series made its way to the platform.

"Well, you think about it, I’m pretty sure that they — all the characters in Smash — at least have some game on a Nintendo platform, right?" said Itsuno back in February. That’s the thing. Devil May Cry has never been on [their systems], so it seems like the first thing to do would be to get Capcom to put Devil May Cry on a Nintendo platform in some way, shape or form — whatever game that might be."

Considering the timing of that response and how quickly DMC will be coming to Switch, Itsuno likely knew of the deal / development and had to play coy to keep it a secret. That alone is not enough to make it into Smash, however.

Masahiro Sakurai stated that the roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC had already been decided and finalized back in November 2018, so the plans to bring Devil May Cry to the platform would have needed to be in full swing before then.

If Dante is destined to join the other video gaming legends, his original creator might already know something about a smashing deal.

Hideki Kamiya created Dante and directed the original Devil May Cry along with other titles like Viewtiful Joe, Wonderful 101 and Okami. In December, he posted a poll online asking which of his characters fans would like to see added into Super Smash Bros. — Dante won on our end.

A notable industry insider and writer responded to that post stating that Kamiya is friends with Sakurai and does "genuinely use Twitter to survey for future projects and [collaborations]."

Bayonetta is also one of Kamiya's creations that already found her way into Smash 4 as DLC though it would be up to Capcom and Nintendo and not him as to whether Dante actually has a shot of making it in.

Dante did appear in Project X Zone and its sequel on the 3DS though apparently those sorts of spin-offs do not count for representation. Persona 5's Joker and Cloud did not have their mainline games available on a Nintendo system when they were initially announced as DLC.

Joker assumedly got in because of Persona Q2's release, Sakurai's love of the series and the upcoming Persona 5 Scramble while Cloud appeared in the Final Fantasy Theaterhythm games — though FF7 did just finally make its way to the Switch recently.

The son of Sparda has already appeared in multiple Marvel vs. Capcom titles and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale — albeit his reboot redesign — so I'd be quite keen to see what / how Sakurai would have in mind when creating a Smash move set for the demon slayer. Hell the dude already has a canon double jump.

Whether or not any of this actually come to pass, however, will remain to be seen... though rumor has it that a new Smash Ultimate reveal could be coming before E3.

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