Today's Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct could contain an announcement for Castlevania's Simon Belmont.
Potential evidence for the presence of everyone's favorite vampire hunter was discovered by a Reddit user named hinata2000100. A piece of music named "Galaga Music Medley" was uploaded to the official Smash Bros Ultimate YouTube channel, and briefly renamed "Bloody Tears/Monster Dance", both tracks from the Castlevania series. The link was quickly removed and the error was rectified. Still, the timing is interesting considering that there's a Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct only a few hours away.
Both "Bloody Tears" and "Monster Dance" have previously appeared as music tracks in Castlevania games. These tracks originally appeared in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, with "Bloody Tears" quickly becoming a series mainstay and reappearing in games such as Super Castlevania IV, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Wii fighting game Castlevania Judgment.
This wouldn't be the first time Simon Belmont has been rumored to appear in a Super Smash Bros game. Whisperings about his inclusion in the franchise go back to the Wii's Super Smash Bros Brawl when the series first started including third-party characters. Belmont, as a Konami property, wouldn't be too unusual a choice for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, considering Solid Snake is once again playable in the game. The timing of this announcement would also chime pretty well with the upcoming second season of Netflix's Castlevania animated series.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be released for Nintendo Switch on December 7th this year. The game contains the largest roster for a Smash Bros game yet and will allow players to play as every single playable character from the franchise's history, including Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS DLC characters. In the game's announcement at E3 2018, series creator Masahiro Sakurai warned fans not to expect too many new characters, as the game already has the largest roster in franchise history. Still, one or two might be nice, and if Simon Belmont is indeed in the game, that's one more reason to pick it up.
Would you be happy to see Simon Belmont joining the already giant roster? Is there any other character that you're hoping to see announced today?