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Who Will Be the Next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter?

Over the past couple months, there have been a multitude of rumors and speculation regarding who the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character will be. Some rumors have more legitimacy than others, and it is totally possible the next Super Smash Bros. DLC character is none of these, but the rumors and leaks have been nonstop and given such a wide range of possibilities.

In September, Nintendo announced that Terry Bogard from King of Fighters and other SNK fighting games would be the next character to join the Smash Bros Ultimate roster. Almost two months have passed since that announcement and no word yet on when Terry will be coming to the game. But with this announcement came the unveiling of a new character pack 5, meaning more characters are coming to the game in 2020. Here is a list of everyone rumored and how likely we think they are to make it all the way to the fight in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Ryu Hayabusa

Ninja Gaiden for the Xbox is one of the greatest action games of all time. Of course, those 3D games never came to Nintendo platforms, but they are based off the original sidescrolling Ninja Gaiden games for the NES. Ryu Hayabusa is maybe the most iconic ninja in gaming and there have been rumors that Ryu is coming to Smash. Multiple rumors and speculation have suggested Ryu will come in December, but there is not much actual evidence to support his inclusion.

Lloyd Irving

Who is Lloyd Irving is a good question that it may be time to answer. Lloyd is the main character from Tales of Symphonia, an absolute favorite among fans of the JRPG series and his inclusion in the game is extremely possible. There is actual evidence to support that Lloyd Irving is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Last month, voice actor Scott Menville, who played Lloyd in the original game, tweeted that he is working on a "cool voice-over project" that he had to sign an Non-Disclosure Agreement for. It seems Lloyd is a likely addition, especially considering the Tales franchise is owned by Bandai Namco, who worked closely with Nintendo in developing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

Waddle Dee

In early October an unsubstantiated leak got out regarding the inclusion of three previously unannounced fighters to Smash Bros. Ultimate. The most detailed was Bandana Waddle Dee, from the Kirby games. He's been requested by Kirby fans for years. He is rumored to  launch alongside SSBU stage based off of Kirby Clash's Dream Kingdom, as well as 3 remixes and 4 ported music tracks. Bandana Waddle Dee will also add 10 spirits: Adelein & Ribbon, Dark Meta Knight, Taranza, Haltmann, Zero, Hyness, some form of Void, Drawcia, Sailor Dee, and Morpho Knight.  More so than the other characters leaked earlier this month, Waddle Dee has the highest likelihood of being the next announced DLC character.

Rayman

Another character discussed in the October SSBU leak was Ubisoft's Rayman. Rayman has been a part of the DLC rumor mill since the game launched almost a year ago. Given how much Nintendo is trying to gather as many iconic characters as it can, reaching far beyond just characters from Nintendo exclusives, Rayman would be an excellent fit. However, there is not much evidence at the time to support his inclusion as more than just a rumor.

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Professor E. Gadd

Professor E.Gadd from Luigi's Mansion was the third character included in the October leak. He is rumored to also bring bring music and spirits from the upcoming Luigi's Mansion 3 to SSBU. Once again, the evidence is not there to support this, but the upcoming release of Luigi's Mansion 3 does lend this prediction a bit more credibility, especially if Nintendo wants to add music and characters from the game into Smash.

The Doom Slayer

Doomguy, or officially called the Doom Slayer in the new lore, has been rumored multiple times. Most notably it was rumored by a 4chan user who accurately predicted the inclusion of Hero from Dragon Quest and Banjo-Kazooie. This same leaker also predicted the Doom Slayer was being added to Smash and that another character from a major publisher that is not Nintendo may also be on its way. The Doom Slayer would retain the character's look from the 2016 reboot, but he will have access to some gear from the upcoming Doom Eternal, including the arm blade.

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A Monster Hunter

The same online poster who predicted Hero and Banjo speculated that a Monster Hunter character was on its way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The character added would be the player avatar from the game, the titular Monster Hunter. It would come with male and female variations according to the rumor. This seems like an odd choice and outside of the posters track record there is not much to support it.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out now, exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

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