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Lengthy Nintendo Direct stream for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Nintendo Switch titles is dropping tomorrow

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 16, 2021 at 6:19 a.m. PST • Comments: 28

After just over two months since Sephiroth was first revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we now know when we'll learn about the next fighter coming to Fighter Pass Vol. 2 — and it's quite soon.

Nintendo announced this morning that the first lengthy Nintendo Direct in well over a year will be dropping tomorrow, February 17, which will partially focus on Smash Ultimate.

The stream itself will begin at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET and is scheduled to last a whopping 50 minutes in total, making it the largest Direct we've gotten in quite some time.

What's fairly interesting to note is that Nintendo says "information focused on available games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," which doesn't specifically mention that a new fighter reveal is coming though that is the most likely assumption.

There's a chance that the developers could reveal something else like a Fighter Pass Volume 3, but it'd be a bit early for that considering we're only half way through the second pass currently.

Plus, Director Masahiro Sakurai previously said that Ultimate would be finished after this season of content, and the continuous cycle of development dating back to Smash 4 will come to a close.

As for other currently available games, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury might get a nod seeing as though it just released. Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Pokémon Sword / Shield are also prime candidates for new content as well though they have nothing announced.

SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium may get a shout out since it's releasing tomorrow as well though there's not much else fighting game related slated for the first half of 2021 on Switch.

After having lengthier breaks in between the first two characters of the second pass with Min Min from ARMS and Minecraft's Steve, it seems as though the developers have returned to a cycle of announcing a DLC fighter about every two months again.

There have been plenty of Smash-related rumors over the past few years, like many whispers about Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa, but Sephiroth's reveal in December makes just about anything feel possible for who's going to be lucky number four.

This next fighter will join the ranks of the aforementioned DLC plus the first Fighter Pass that included Persona 5's Joker, Dragon Quest's Hero, Banjo-Kazooie, Fatal Fury's Terry Bogard and Fire Emblem's Byleth.

Interestingly, tomorrow will also serve as the first big Nintendo Direct since September 2019, so it's sure to be a momentous day for anyone looking forward to new games for their Switch.

Streaming will be handled on Nintendo's various Twitch and YouTube channels.

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