Masahiro Sakurai's words seem to indicate the presence of more third party characters after the Fighters Pass in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • September 10, 2019 at 7:02 p.m. PDT

"These are going to be characters that are new to the series, just like Joker from Persona 5, characters you would not expect to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." These were the words that Reggie Fils-Aime left fans following the reveal for Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the Game Awards 2018.

As a result, many of us speculated that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's entire Fighters Pass lineup would be entirely composed of third party choices. Thus far, we know about Atlus' Joker, Square Enix's Hero, Microsoft's Banjo-Kazooie, and SNK's Terry Bogard. In other words, there's only one more fighter that needs to be a third party representative in order to fully prove this theory.

We now have confirmation that more DLC characters outside of the Fighters Pass' five are currently in development. Interestingly enough, Masahiro Sakurai may have dropped a similar hint to the identities of these mysterious combatants.

"Finally, it was announced that we'll be working on even more DLC fighters," stated Masahiro Sakurai following the Nintendo Direct of September 4. "To me, it feels like the finish line is sliding farther away. You may wonder 'how much longer can he be involved with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?'"

It was initially projected back in November 2018 that the DLC for the Fighters Pass would be completed by February 2020. Even then, Sakurai had pondered if he'll ever have the opportunity to take a break since he started the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate project.

Despite the fact that Sakurai is continuing to increase his workload, he stated that he is excited about the prospect of working on more post-launch content. Sakurai appears to be quite happy with the idea of pleasing as many fans as possible.

"But I'm also excited," continued Sakurai. "Adding more characters into the game means that more game worlds will be added to the series. And ultimately, that means that there will be an even greater opportunity to delight the fans."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is often (jokingly) referred to as the greatest crossover event in history. Fans have even commented that what Super Smash Bros. represents rivals the Avengers movies from the Marvel cinematic universe. Apparently, Sakurai is not done yet.

"At the same time, I feel that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now representing so many characters and game worlds, that it's become an enormous game," continued Sakurai once more. "Even if the Super Smash Bros. series continues moving forward, I doubt that there will ever be an opportunity to bring this many characters together again. And so, I want to keep improving on this record as much as possible."

This is something that Sakurai has touched upon before. He has stated his belief multiple times that the "Everyone is Here" theme is likely only going to be a one time thing for the series.

"I feel that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now representing so many characters and game worlds, that it's become an enormous game... I want to keep improving on this record as much as possible." — Masahiro Sakurai

After Terry Bogard and the mysterious fifth character of the Fighters Pass, that will bring the roster count to 80. That's a whopping number of characters that can be selected at the character screen. Even more interesting is that there are more on the way beyond this number.

But Sakurai wasn't just talking about the record regarding the character count. The phrase "game worlds" came up multiple times during Sakurai's explanation for the fans.

Adding someone like Toad or Waluigi won't increase the record of game worlds that are crossing over in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as they hail from the Super Mario Bros. universe. Likewise, someone like Dixie Kong's addition won't impact this either since we already have Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, and King K. Rool from that particular game world.

As far as Nintendo owned intellectual properties are concerned, those without roster representation include Advance Wars, Battalion Wars, BoxBoy, Captain N., Chibi-Robo, Custom Robo, Excitebike, Fatal Frame, Golden Sun, Nintendo Labo, Rhythm Heaven, and a number of other choices.

Although there are plenty of first party series to choose from, would these really be ideal for DLC? A "retro" character like Mr. Game and Watch, R.O.B., or Duck Hunt might be better suited as being part of a title's base roster.

In other words, it seems more likely that Sakurai and Nintendo intend to increase the number of crossover game worlds through 3rd party representation. Depending on whether or not you wanted more Nintendo characters, this can either be a good or bad thing.

Only time will tell us which characters and game worlds will be represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beyond the Fighters Pass' five.

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