As fans speculate on the next Nintendo Direct featuring a new fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it’s clear that the fighter-reveals are winding down. There are a few modes we still don’t know of, and the removal of the “new” tag on Isabelle from the official website and the addition of an unlisted video in the Japanese fighter playlist leaves everyone to believe that something is coming soon. But besides of a reveal of Geno, Banjo-Kazooie, or Minecraft Steve for Super Smash Bros, there is one more character that can be more shocking while still being justifiable, and that takes a step back to look at the series development origins.
According to an Iwata’s Ask column between the late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata and Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai, Super Smash Bros. was not always conceptualized as a crossover fighting game. It was originally an alternative to many fighting games flooding the industry called “Dragon King: The Fighting Game.” This was always slated to be a battle royale type of game, with percentages determining damage rather than health bars. Later on, they decided to replace the polygon stand-ins with Nintendo icons, but there could be hope to see these so-called characters again.
One of the main themes of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is to number the fighters based on their appearance in the series. For example, Mario is listed as the #01 fighter while Isabelle is listed as the #68 fighter, but there could be another reason they’ve decided to do this other than “everyone is here.” If the last fighter revealed isn’t #72 (or whichever number they’re stopping on), it could be #00, based on the development models of the game before it became the Super Smash Bros. title we know and love.
While the screenshots of this beta appear to have a model similar to Captain Falcon, it’s possible that the racer took a majority of the planned moves. He will also be the first fighter to be completely original to the series. However, the developers have nearly 20 years of Super Smash Bros history to incorporate into him. With the prototype fighter in, or, “Dragon King,” it will finally be realized that “everyone is here.”
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