Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC character to be revealed January 16 in livestream with Masahiro Sakurai

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 14, 2020 at 6:23 a.m. PST | Comments: 20

After months of waiting, we now know when to expect to see the final character of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first Fighter Pass, and it's coming very, very soon.

The Nintendo Versus Twitter account revealed this morning that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC character will be revealed and showcased on the morning of January 16 in a special live stream hosted by Masahiro Sakurai.

The stream itself is scheduled to take place Thursday morning at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET with a video presentation from the Smash director lasting around 35 minutes in total.

Interestingly, this is the first time that Nintendo has opted not to announce / reveal the DLC fighter ahead of time as they had previously done with Piranha Plant, Joker, Hero, Banjo-Kazooie and Terry Bogard which puts us all in a unique position.

Nintendo's teaser image doesn't really give any extra clues as to the possible identity of the 80th roster member considering it just says "Mr. Sakurai presents ???" with the generic Smash logo in the background though his picture within shows him holding up three fingers — which may or may not mean anything.

There have been some clues, however, that point to a certain Capcom character joining the ranks though it still remains hopeful speculation at this point. It might be best not to read below the image if you don't want to be potentially spoiled on their identity.

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Possible hints and coincidences have been popping up over the past week or so in regards to Devil May Cry 3's upcoming release on the Nintendo Switch and its protagonist Dante.

First off, Devil May Cry Producer Matt Walker posted a video a week ago to tell fans to look forward to some special announcements regarding the port with three dates attached: January 16, January 30 and February 13.

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Obviously, that first date matches up with the Smash stream announcement today though it doesn't really stop there either.

Brian Hanford, V's voice actor in Devil May Cry 5, also recently appeared on a podcast where the subject of Smash Bros. came up, and he potentially alluded to Dante's inclusion in the massive crossover series.

"To be part of Marvel vs. Capcom or Super Smash Bros. or both, which is what Dante is going to be... come on. This is what I want," said Hanford in the interview.

Capcom already has three representatives in Smash Ultimate with Mega Man and Ryu carrying over from Smash 4 along with the newer Ken Masters also from the Street Fighter series though there is also some Monster Hunter love in there too with a Rathalos boss / Assist Trophy.

Longtime DMC Director Hideaki Itsuno said almost a year ago that he'd be open to Dante joining the ranks of Smash legends though he noted that the series would have to appear on a Nintendo console first... which it did just a few months later.

Even Dante's creator Hideki Kamiya, who already managed to get Bayonetta into Smash, has also spoken out in the past about which potential characters of his fans would like to potentially see as DLC in Ultimate.

We do seem to know what one of the DMC3-related announcements is going to be which may throw a wrench in all of that. The game's official Switch page shows off screenshots of what appears to be Dante with the ability to switch freely between styles in combat — something he gained in DMC4 which has never been featured in 3 outside of fan mods.

This means that despite the coincidences, all three of these dates may indeed just be tied to new / bonus features for the slated February 20 release date.

If Thursday's announcement turns out to not be Dante, then this will essentially be the first time that Nintendo has managed to fully surprise us with a DLC announcement since Joker at The Game Awards 2018.

Either way, we're going to learn what the future of Super Smash Bros. holds for us all in just two days.

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