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Team Ninja's retweet of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Spirit Board event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate could have interesting implications

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 8, 2021 at 7:15 p.m. PST • Comments: 21

The latest Spirit Board event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate adds the Impa (Age of Calamity), Master Kohga and Diminutive Guardian Spirits in celebration of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. Though Age of Calamity uses Nintendo's Legend of Zelda property, the game was actually developed by a division within Koei Tecmo.

What's interesting is that the Tweet announcing this Spirit Board event has been retweeted by Team Ninja, another Koei Tecmo division. There's an implication here that suggests that Nintendo is working on something in collaboration with Koei Tecmo.

Before the addition of these Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Spirits, the only Koei Tecmo representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was Yuri Kozukata, the main character of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, but only as an Assist Trophy.

It's worth mentioning that the Fatal Frame series is co-owned by Koei Tecmo and Nintendo. The Mio & Mayu Amakura Spirit also makes an appearance within the game.

Up until now, nothing related to Koei Tecmo has been added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate following its release. It's a bit difficult to say how much of a say Koei Tecmo has with Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, but this does suggest that some sort of collaboration is still going on.

Since the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Spirit Board events featuring new Spirits from 3rd party developers have been added from Daemon X Machina (Marvelous), Resident Evil (Capcom), Astral Chain (PlatinumGames), River City (Arc System Works), Cuphead (StudioMDHR), Trials of Mana (Square Enix), and Octopath Traveler (Square Enix).

Of course, there are also a few other third party Spirits that have been in the game since launch. When considering these, we can add companies like Ubisoft and WayForward Technologies to the list.

In any event, the addition of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Spirits could suggest some sort of continued collaboration between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo in regards to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Some time ago, there were rumors that stated that a certain ninja from a Koei Tecmo intellectual property would be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster as a DLC character. While Ryu Hayabusa has had appearances dating as far back as the NES, his relevance has waned a bit in recent years.

The addition of a Dead or Alive character seems a bit farfetched considering the exclusion of Fatal Fury's Mai Shiranui from Terry Bogard's King of Fighter stage since the game is intended for "good boys and girls."

Characters from the Dynasty Warriors or Romance of the Three Kingdoms series also probably wouldn't work since the characters are based on historic figures.

As for Nioh, the series has never appeared on a Nintendo console since its debut in 2017 so we probably shouldn't expect a Nioh representative in Smash's roster.

This means that Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hayabusa would be the most likely candidate if Koei Tecmo were to see the honor of a playable fighter. In any event, it seems the existence of this Spirit Board event has effectively (for fan purposes) disconfirmed Age of Calamity Impa for Smash.

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