It was nearly impossible to predict the ultimate DLC fighter lineup. Rather than going with characters owned by Nintendo, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate team has mostly integrated characters from other businesses, such as Persona 5’s Joker, Dragon Quest’s Hero, and Microsoft’s Banjo-Kazooie, as announced at E3 2019.
All bets on who the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be off. It’s going to be the ultimate DLC fighter, but some fans believe they might have received a teaser in Shantae 5’s newly released opening animation.
Shantae developer WayForward recently published Shantae 5’s opening animation at Anime Expo 2019, created by Studio Trigger, a known animation studio.
There is a scene depicting Shantae looking at a window in the opening animation, but not just any ol’ window, a window that looks a lot like the famous Super Smash Bros. logo. Now, it might be a coincidence, it might be a homage, or it might be a teaser of stuff to come.
The latter seems the least probable, but on this bone, there is enough food to make the rounds in the society of Super Smash Bros.
Now, Shantae is hardly the most recognizable character, but with Nintendo, the series goes far back. In other words, it’s certainly possible that she’s the next or one of the next DLC characters coming to the platform fighter, but I wouldn’t take that bet on the bookies personally, mostly because she’s already a spirit fighter in the game.
Unfortunately, we will likely not hear about the next DLC personality of the game until after Banjo-Kazooie becomes live, so it may be pretty long before we see if there’s anything to it.
Of course, as a Super Smash Bros, it is completely feasible that Rayman could wind up. The ultimate personality of the DLC. Basically, any protagonist of a video game is a chance, as we discovered when Cloud Strife arrived in Super Smash Bros., and Rayman publisher Ubisoft has a powerful connection with Nintendo already.
While this brand new Super Smash Bros. The ultimate discovery of Rayman is interesting, it doesn’t really convince one way or the other.