Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be coming out soon after The Game Awards wrap up, and Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aimé announced that Persona 5’s protagonist will join the roster. Joker is set to be the first DLC character for Ultimate’s Fighter’s Pass. In addition to the character, a stage inspired by Persona 5 and some music from the soundtrack will be added to the cross-over fighting game.  Joker will bring the total character count up to 76.

Fils-Aimé said that every DLC fighter will be from franchises people won’t expect, with Persona 5 being a prime example. After the announcement, The Game Awards Orchestra played the Smash theme song live. Although the other four DLC fighters have yet to be revealed, game director Masahiro Sakurai has already confirmed that all five characters have been chosen.

Persona 5 is a JRPG released in the first half of 2017, and it got second place in our 2017 Game of the Year awards. It was applauded for its stylishness and substantial content. The announcement of his addition to Ultimate comes as a major surprise considering how different the gameplay of Persona 5 from the Smash franchise as a whole.

No release window has been set yet for Joker’s arrival to the Ultimate roster, but it will likely be some time after Piranha Plant joins the battle in February 2019.


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I may be biased as a major fan of the Persona series, but this announcement sets an exciting tone for what Nintendo and the Ultimate team are going for. Joker was never on my list of characters I thought would end up in Nintendo’s flagship fighting game. But now I’m more than delighted and eagerly awaiting for the rest of the DLC characters.

Considering the unexpected announcement of Joker’s addition to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate list of fighters, what other predictions do you have for the other four DLC characters? Let us know in the comments below.


Robert Scarpinito

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