Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s first Fighters Pass offered wide variety of new challengers, from Persona 5’s Joker all the way through to Byleth from Fire Emblem.
The second Fighters Pass is set to be even bigger, packing six new characters instead of the usual five - although it’s believed to be the last too.
While it might be a while before the first DLC character is revealed according to comments from game director Masahiro Sakurai, here’s the most strongly rumoured (and confirmed) new fighters.
Nintendo has confirmed an ARMS character is joining (Picture: Nintendo)
Nintendo has confirmed the first character in the new Fighters Pass will be from Switch exclusive title ARMS - although they haven't revealed which fighter from the game's roster it will be.
The ARMS fighter will be announced and released for Smash Ultimate in June 2020, so it might be a while before we see any other characters released.
Is Crash Bandicoot set to arrive in Smash? (Picture: Activision)
One of the early rumours for the second Fighters Pass was Crash Bandicoot, who has recently undergone a remaster rebirth with the N. Sane Trilogy and Crash Team Racing.
This emerged from Twitter user MandyCanNot, who previously correctly claimed Fire Emblem’s Byleth would be a DLC character, so there’s a strong possibility this could turn out to be true.
It also makes a lot of sense considering he’s a hugely popular character who would easily slot into the world of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Could this also coincide with a new Crash Bandicoot game announcement? We wouldn’t rule it out.
Dante was strongly rumoured for the previous Fighters Pass (Picture: Capcom)
Devil May Cry’s Dante looked almost guaranteed as the final fighter for the first DLC pass, but it turns out Capcom simply had excellent marketing timing to promote Devil May Cry 3 special edition on Nintendo Switch.
Or was this all a rouse for a future announcement? Dante feels like an obvious fit for Smash Ultimate at this stage, and with all the special releases of Devil May Cry on the Switch, it feels almost odd he isn’t there already.
Capcom has Mega Man and Street Fighter’s Ryu and Ken in Smash already too, so could Dante be the company’s final fourth entrant?
No More Heroes 3 releases on Switch this year (Picture: SUDA 51)
With the release of No More Heroes 3 on Switch this year, the likelihood of protagonist Travis Touchdown making an appearance in Super Smash Bros. has never been higher.
There were leaks earlier this year which claimed Travis Touchdown was in contention for a spot, supporting rumours based on developer Suda 51 meeting up with Sakurai in 2019.
A simple meeting between friends? Or planting the seeds for a Smash crossover?
As No More Heroes 3 is a Nintendo Switch exclusive, it makes enormous sense for Travis to appear in Smash - serving as essentially an in-game advertisement for a series which is often overlooked.
Sora is one of the most requested characters (Picture: Square Enix)
Sora from Kingdom Hearts is one of the most requested characters for Nintendo’s brawler, although his chances took a swift nosedive following reported meetings between Nintendo and Disney Japan.
Speaking on Kinda Funny, former Game Informer senior editor Imran Khan stated Nintendo had attempted to make Sora in Smash a reality - but the idea was shut down by Disney Japan.
It’s possible this hasn’t been ruled out altogether though. There’s no evidence to support Imran’s claims and this conversation could have taken place during development for the 3DS and Wii U versions, as Ultimate is not specifically mentioned.
While Kingdom Hearts 3 wasn’t released on Switch, the franchise has a history with Nintendo platforms - with Dream Drop Distance an exclusive to Nintendo 3DS.
Nier: Automata has achieved cult classic status (Picture: PlatinumGames)
Nier: Automata’s 2B is another hotly requested character for Smash Ultimate, with ‘leaks’ suggesting the android could be in contention for the roster.
An image began to circulate on social media earlier this month claiming to show 2B in Smash Ultimate, who is described as a “combo heavy character” who “moves about as fast as Cloud”.
The image itself is highly questionable though, with many pointing to how 2B’s model in the picture looks very similar to the character model in SoulCalibur VI.
2B's model in this "Smash leak" just looks like her model from Soul Calibur 6.— Dove Phillips (The Scorpion Queen) (@MistressDove) March 6, 2020
Maybe I'm just going crazy but that's what it looks like to me. pic.twitter.com/FZa5u8RrLE
While Nier Automata isn’t available on Nintendo platforms, developer PlatinumGames has a very good relationship with the company - with upcoming title Bayonetta 3 a Switch exclusive.
Bayonetta is already in Smash, so could 2B be a second representative for PlatinumGames in the title? Or could The Wonderful 101 or Viewtiful Joe be a more likely possibility?
You can pre-purchase the second Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate now.