- Jul 29, 2018
I don't think secret characters will ever be a thing again in Smash, but I agree that I think we'll likely see characters aimed more towards the Japanese audience. E3 was more aimed towards a Western audience, so it made sense to include Ridley then. Ashley and Isabelle do fit the description of "popular in Japan" enough for them to be contenders for playable characters. Ashley as an original character, Isabelle likely as an echo.I don't believe in secret characters this time. Even secret characters like Duck Hunt had trailers in directs. Keeping him secret would be a huge thing, but at the same time, it would be an error to not exploit the hype he would generate before the release.
For this direct, as said previously on this thread, we can definitely bet on popular in japan characters. Not necessarily the most popular, but a big one still. Ashley and Isabelle are indeed the perfect fits for that, it's similar to Rosalina's reveal I think.