The surprise announcement of Persona 5's Joker being DLC in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate caught many fans off guard but was a welcome addition to the already-massive roster of characters. However, it seems that the character is causing some unforeseen issues with Nintendo Switch consoles, as some users are reporting system freezing issues while using the character.
So far, the issue only seems to be affecting the game's classic mode, occurring when a player attempts to end the game with Joker's Final Smash move. After that, the game soft locks, forcing players to either exit out of the game and relaunch, or restart their Switches entirely. Needless to say, it's not a great look for Nintendo, especially right after Super Smash Bros. new level editor was flooded with NSFW stages.
Luckily, the issue is only affecting Joker and no other characters. Given the nature of the problem, it seems likely that Nintendo will quickly release a hotfix that solves it, as its a relatively minor issue that shouldn't take too long for the developers to figure out. There's always the chance that the bug is trickier than it lets on, but that seems unlikely.
Bugs aside, Joker is an incredibly fun character to play. He's quick with a nice suite of abilities and seems to work well in both low and high-level play. While the jury's still out on whether or not Persona 5 will be coming to the Switch, at least having Joker's character in Smash Bros. Ultimate means that Atlus and Nintendo have a healthy relationship, which may lead to the game making its way to the system.
It'll be interesting to see if future DLC characters continue to introduce new bugs into Smash Bros. Ultimate. The full DLC roster has reportedly leaked, and the rumored characters are interesting, to say the least. While those leaks must be taken with a massive grain of salt, the potential additions seem awesome, and it'd be disappointing to see their launches muddled by more glitches like this. However, given Nintendo's track record it seems likely that they'll triple check the next characters to ensure there aren't any issues.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch.