A Tweet from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has announced that the DLC line-up for the title has been decided and that it was Nintendo who chose who will be joining the roster.
The Tweet reads: “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s DLC line-up is now complete. This time the selection was made entirely by Nintendo. I decide if we can create a fighter based on their selection, then come up with the plan.” The DLC for the previous entries Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U included a fighter ballot, which allowed fans to decide on which characters they’d like to see included.
Masahiro Sakurai also Tweeted a response to the flood of fan requests. “It’s great to dream about your favorite character joining the battle and I appreciate your passion, but please try to stay on topic when replying to tweets and refrain from flooding us, and other users, with requests when we’re not specifically asking for feedback. Thank you.” Sakurai admitted to referring to popular characters on the ballot when building the roster for this title, which has only prompted fans to become even more eager when pushing for their favorites.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature five yet-to-be-revealed DLC characters. Each DLC fighter will be sold for £5.39/$5.99, and will also include a stage as well as music tracks. A Fighter Pass that includes all the DLC will also be available for £22.49/$24.99, with Sakurai stating in the recent November Direct “I hope only those who are confident in its value will purchase it.”
There’s no way of telling exactly how many characters Nintendo initially presented Sakurai with, what series they’re from, or if this reduces the chance of any wildcard picks such as Cloud or Solid Snake. Nintendo may opt to go for more recent characters to promote upcoming titles, or they may have picked fan favorites to ensure good sales on the DLC. We won’t have a definitive answer until all of the DLC is shown by February of 2020.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases for Nintendo Switch on December 7th, 2018.