- Aug 31, 2018
I said it before, and I'll say it again; I don't think a 2nd pass is happening, but given that there is a 2nd pass: I think it will be either all 3rd parties again or 4/5 3rd parties with a promotional Nintendo rep who doesn't have a spirit or any role in the game, like the Howard twins (Astral Chain), Euden (Dragalia Lost) a Galar Pokemon or (oh boy) Byleth (Fire Emblem: Three Houses). This is mainly because of the precedent that Smash 4 set. Almost every newcomer was a 3rd party who was never in the game in any way shape or form. The sole exceptions were either veterans or the 2 Nintendo newcomers that were part of a promotion of some kind. Looking at past patterns, I think there's a 95% chance that all of the raining DLC characters for Ultimate are going to be 3rd party, even if there's a Fighter Pass 2. After all, remember that Reggie said all of the DLC fighters would be like Joker, implying that the 3rd party precedent from Smash 4 would stay in place, and looking at , it's safe to say that it is the case.Kirby's current moveset? Personally, I think Smash 4's custom moves would've been a perfect opportunity to see more copy abilities for his moves. Imagine:
1. Final Cutter
2. Wing Shuttle Loop
3. Jet Jump
Those would've made great recovery options easy.
Also, I expect conversation to pick up again if we get a second fighter pass that's all Nintendo characters. At that point, I'd fully expect spirits back on the table.
Regardless, Sakurai also said that he wants to take a break during a direct (not an interview. Direct), so a fighter pass 2 is probably out of the running.