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Former NoA Employee Hints He Knows Who Next Smash Bros DLC Character Is (Update: Now Denied)

We all are left guessing who the next character could be in Super Smash Bros. What we can apparently rule out is the character is not Shovel Knight, Wolf, or Shantae and it is a newcomer that going to get a lot of people talking. Here’s what we know so far based on a number of tweets and forum posts.

  • This character is a newcomer.
  • This character is popular, but may not be the #1 character on the ballot.
  • This character would make a lot of buzz in social media.
  • This character is a first-party character.
  • This character’s inclusion shouldn’t be a surprise.
  • Although one of the guys promptly deleted the tweet, the character is not Wolf, Shovel Knight, or Shantae.
  • Apparently it’s a Newcomer + New Stage combo according to Stealth.

Update: Additional information has been supplied which suggests that “Not only is the new character not affiliated with the Smash Ballot according to those in the know, but the character is supposed to be revealed “very soon” & will supposedly be released by the end of the month.”


183 thoughts on “Former NoA Employee Hints He Knows Who Next Smash Bros DLC Character Is (Update: Now Denied)”

    1. Lel… likely not.
      It’s probably the Inkling from splatoon.
      •It wouldn’t be much of a major surprise
      •It’s first party
      •And there hasn’t been a stage for the popular character/game.
      •Plus it made it into social media, though I’m not sure what he means by “Buzz”.

                    1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                      Size is irrelevant to Ridley’s character. If it was Kraid, then I could agree with the “he’s too big” bullshit.

                      1. Have you seen the fans working version? That changed my mind about Ridley. A characters size doesn’t matter swing as Kirby and dedede are actually tiny, but Ridley proportions make him seem ridiculous trying to fit in a space where he could be a smash character. One might argue that you could change his stance but I don’t see it working :(

                      2. Actually, there’s a smaller version of Kraid if you ever played Zero Mission. But because Kraid is practically super slow and vulnerable, he wouldn’t be a good fighter either. One of the 6 bounty hunters from Hunters would be very appreciated like Sylux or Weavel who are both mortal enemies of Samus.

                                  1. Nintendo Magistrate: Lance Bulmer

                                    i want shantae in as it ould help make smash less of a sasuage fest and cater more for girls too

                                      1. Nintendo Magistrate: Lance Bulmer

                                        not exactally, there are 3 slots which mean it could be 3 females i personally wouldlike ore women in the series as there are too many men in the game

                                            1. I wouldn’t say I’m for or against them. They would work in design, but they’re not specifically recognized as Nintendo-only indies or anything that’s exclusive to Nintendo. The only reason I was fine with Ryu was that he was from a fighter game that’s most popular game was on a Nintendo console (albeit long ago).

                                            2. dude shantae and shovel knight got alot of votes so i think they are gonna be in because theres a voting poll website in smash and nintendo seen that link and they know.

                                                1. Sakurai said you can “suggest” characters. If he likes the character enough and sees enough potential in it, then he MIGHT make them a fighter. Never have they said it was a poll. They have always said it was a suggestion ballot.

                                                  1. well this is exactly what i mean the characters that people vote on just got alot of courage from nintendo and i’m not saying they can be force to be in i’m saying that sakurai have a choice to let them become a fighter.

                                                    1. Damn right I can’t stand people asking for him. He is a year or two old, he doesn’t deserve to be there at all. There’s SOOOOOOO many iconic characters who have been around YEARS before this trend of this year character.

                                                      1. He’s merely a fucking 8-bit newbie indie game that only does a few moves by default with no substance or character. If anything, Donald McDuck from Ducktails game pretty much did the same crap in the 90s.

                                                      1. I would love that if they didn’t already have 2 Marios. They should really bring back the frog suit in the next 2D Mario if there is one. Mario Maker isn’t for me lol. Not big on creating levels or playing a bunch of fan made ones.

                                                                  1. When it says 1st Party, it obviously means a Nintendo 1st Party, which means this particular fighter is NOT Banjo (a 3rd Party now) or Snake (who is a veteran anyway. This is a newcomer)

                                                                          1. Nintendo Magistrate: Lance Bulmer

                                                                            hmm, maybe prof layton, issac, i’m hoping for an inkling i know they got the outfit for the miis but the inkling would be amazing

                                                                              1. Nintendo Magistrate: Lance Bulmer

                                                                                and we are still going with the childish insults. Layton maybe third party but need i remend you he started as a Nintendo exclusive with several games he deserves a place on the roster

                                                                              2. right now alot of people talking about wolf and shantae being in smash bros still that guy on twitter that he said is just being a troll and trying to spoil everything from us fans i think it will be best for the people to vote on the characters they want in super smash bros but im not nintendo have enough money to come up with ideas for smash bros update. plus i really want shantae in smash bros i mean we do need one more girl in the game.

                                                                                  1. heh see i heard alot of reports about shantae got alot of votes in smash so i have no choice to vote on her after nintendo bring that up on here.

                                                                                          1. Again though….we shouldn’t be taking this as the sole DLC character to come out of the ballot. Sakurai did say he hoped for several characters to be included from the ballot, but not a ridiculous amount, so honestly, there’s still hope for everyone yet. Even the Britney Spears voters.

                                                                                                          1. 💃I'm a Boss Ass Bitch💯

                                                                                                            Actually that video made fucking sense . But the destruction of something can’t always be fixed

                                                                                                            1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                              Hah! Unlike Ridley, your Quadraxis’s size is relevant to his character. So I hate this phrase but “HE’S TOO FUCKING BIG!!!” lol

                                                                                                                  1. omfg no shantae?! what a waste of votes…

                                                                                                                    now i just hope its the inklings… if its k.rool… i just stop playing smash and throw this game in trash.

                                                                                                                      1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                        The worship of all things Splatoon is sickening. It’s a prime example of everything wrong with the Nintendo fanbase.

                                                                                                                        1. Yup I can’t stand it. Maybe it’s a good game, but the amount of praise it has gotten is just ridiculous and it’s just a bunch of fanboys who wanna act like Nintendo is still doing amazing.

                                                                                                                          1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                            I should be careful when I talk shit about Splatoon. Brandon Hardacre always gets upset I’m not worshiping the game like a little Nintendo stooge. Poor kid apparently is in a fantasy land where Nintendo can’t be corrupted by money to the point he doesn’t realize the money from the Wii & DLC has fucked the company in the head. I miss the days I had that mentality for Nintendo. *snickers* Oh wait! No, I don’t!

                                                                                                                          2. Finally, another person against K. Rool. He doesn’t deserve to be in Smash as a fighter. He’d just be a projectile based Bowser. Waluigi would be a better choice than K. Tool, and I don’t even want Waluigi in.

                                                                                                                        2. No one is going to mention the fact that this character “may not be the #1 character on the ballot?” I mean, what the heck is the point of everyone voting if they aren’t going to pick the winner but just do what they want? Course, that seems to be Nintendo’s style these days. So I guess it shouldn’t be a shock. Now if this character mentioned in the article is an additional character and not the one from the ballot, then ok. And this whole article is just hearsay from a former employee, so who knows if any of it is true. Can’t truly judge until the facts come out. But just something I observed from the article that I thought was interesting.

                                                                                                                          1. First of all, this is a rumour. Second, they didn’t confirm that this was going to be a character that came out of the ballot, simply one that was voted for. So it’s entirely possible, much like how people wanted Lucas and Roy and started voting for Lucas and Roy, that this was planned pre-ballot, and the character just ended up on the ballot. This by no means means that this is one of the ballot winners.

                                                                                                                            And if it was a ballot winner, wouldn’t it be more fun to work their way through the ballot winners, choosing who they wanted to put in, then working from the characters they chose with the least votes, to the character they chose with the most? It’s be more suspense filled in that regard, especially if they stated that that was what they were doing using blacked out slots on the character select in promotional media.

                                                                                                                            1. First of all, read my whole comment. I specifically stated this was hearsay and not fact. Second of all, no. It wouldn’t be more fun. If they choose their own character from among the ballot instead of what the fans voted for, that is a waste of the voters’ time. Perhaps we should do that with elected officials? Well, you won Mr. Smith, but we want to be creative, so Turd Sandwich, you’re the new President. Yeah. That’s not how voting should work.

                                                                                                                              1. Yep. Didn’t read the whole thing.

                                                                                                                                And that’s not what I was saying in regards to the voting. They do have to choose who wins, regardless of number of votes. If Goku, Britney Spears and Kirito grabbed the top 3 spots, Captain Soap, Jesus and Luke Skywalker hit 5th, 7th and 8th, and they could only choose 4th, 6th and 9th realistically, and only if they could obtain rights to those characters.

                                                                                                                                An important aspect of hype is releasing things over time. For instance if they said they would release the winners of the poll within the next 3 weeks, and released one winner per week starting with the one of the 3 with the least votes, it would generate hype, with characters increasing in interest per week, fans dying to know if who they voted for got in more than it’s even happening now. For instance, if Snake, Wolf or Shovel Knight came in third, people would literally be crapping themselves in excitement for who won over one of those characters that supposedly had top spot.

                                                                                                                                With choosing their own character from the ballot, I meant that they chose their own character that HAPPENED to be in the ballot, one that was going to be in the game as DLC alongside ballot winners regardless, but happened to have a lot of votes, not as a result of those votes. And when it comes down to it, they could throw in Metal Peach as the next DLC character for all they care.

                                                                                                                                TL:DR Winners have to be realistic, Hype is important and fun, Nintendo makes the rules.

                                                                                                                              2. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                                Imagine if Ridley won the Smash Ballot. I can already see Trollurai going “Haaaah! Not happening! Your wants are stupid! He’s “too big!” You don’t understand my vision! Blah blah blabbity blah!”

                                                                                                                              3. Sakurai said you can “suggest” characters for Smash. It’s not a waste of votes. You literally just put in a character’s name and they’ll consider it. This ballot is not a poll. :T

                                                                                                                                1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                                  It’ll be a great shame, and bullshit, if this Smash Ballot was just another chance for Sakurai to troll all of us. This guy has to keep his word for the next Smash installment & not be involved in it’s development as he’s holding it back at this point.

                                                                                                                              4. First party, no surprise, media buzz…

                                                                                                                                I predict Inkling. Why? It’s very popular and Splatoon was very heavily promoted, seeing Inkling added would promote further attention to the game, hence media buzz.

                                                                                                                                That is my prediction, though I personally hope it’s actually Krystal.

                                                                                                                                1. I’m thinking of Splatoon as well. So an Inkling is likely, which matches the criteria. But I also thinking possibly about Paper Mario and Golden Sun series.

                                                                                                                                  I also voted for Krystal as well.

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                                                                                                                              6. Waluigi
                                                                                                                                . Newcomer
                                                                                                                                . Popular, but may not be #1 on the ballot. He’s less popular on the ballot than inkling, that’s for dure.
                                                                                                                                . Shouldn’t be a surprise. If wario is in the game, then why not waluigi?

                                                                                                                              7. everyone theres alot of votes who vote on wolf snake and shantae so one of those 3 might get in but im sure the employee might have some good reasons to tell his boss about this but i expected that the DLC characters and stages might be announced next week or at the end of the month besides we got a whole month to wait on the updates of smash bros.

                                                                                                                                1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                                  Yeah. They have to weed out votes that came from the same exact IP address or whatever it is they use to figure out the same person voted more than once. This ballot seriously should have been an official poll on a highly secured website to make sure no one abuses the voting process.

                                                                                                                                    1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                                      Nope. Just voted for Ridley. I am supportive of those that did put forth ballots asking for characters like Krystal, King K. Rool, etc.

                                                                                                                                  1. King K. Rool.

                                                                                                                                    He’s owned by Nintendo, there’s been a strong demand for him, DK currently only has 2 fighters, and introducing him and an associated stage would make waves.

                                                                                                                                      1. Cranky would be pretty fun to fight with, now that I’m thinking of DK characters. I’d really want to see his character reveal trailer.

                                                                                                                                    1. right now alot of people talking about wolf and shantae being in smash bros still that guy on twitter that he said is just being a troll and trying to spoiler everything from us fans i think it will be best for the people to vote on the characters they want in super smash bros but im not nintendo have enough money to come up with ideas for smash bros update. plus i really want shantae in smash bros i mean we do need one more girl in the game.

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                                                                                                                                    3. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                                      Ridley seems like a likely candidate: he’d be a newcomer, he’s popular among Metroid fans that view him as Samus’ Ganondorf/Bowser, his inclusion would definitely cause a shit load of buzz in social media because of the fact the fanbase of Ridley is split in half of people wanting him & people not wanting him, he’s first party, & his inclusion shouldn’t be a surprise because he is to Samus as Ganondorf/Bowser is to Link/Mario, he’s first party, he’s a mainstay of the Metroid franchise as he keeps coming back (Metroid Prime/Dark Samus doesn’t have SHIT on Ridley in this field), and he’s important to Samus: both past, present, & future.

                                                                                                                                      But I digress. Sakurai is a well known troll to those that frequented Miiverse during the time he was doing his daily (weekdays only) Smash posts, so I’m not going to hold my breath.

                                                                                                                                        1. Rogue Master XenoRidley X3

                                                                                                                                          The second mention of reasons was me clarifying. Some people are a bit slow & need to hear these reasons more than once because they are still stuck up on Sakurai’s excuse of “too big” bullshit. It’s clear to anyone that doesn’t have their head stuck up Sakurai’s ass that he tends to be pretty lazy when working on certain characters. *cough*Ganondorf*cough*

                                                                                                                                      1. I personally wanted Krystal over Wolf.

                                                                                                                                        Judging from this description, I’m thinking of Splatoon, which does make more sense and not surprising. But I’m also thinking of Golden Sun as well.

                                                                                                                                              1. Oh yeah, mad and jealous enough to care about replying to me moron. Get your priorities straight and grow a life kid. Peace. Not sorry one comment of mine sends you over the edge.


                                                                                                                                                  1. Lmao! Classic reply bro, you’re so upset it’s hilarious. I beg you, please respond. I want a small pond of your tears.

                                                                                                                                                    P.s. ill smoke enough for both of us, no worries broskie.

                                                                                                                                                    Peace “git” ?


                                                                                                                                                1. Welp, nice to know the ballot was pointless. Unless this was planned beforehand and we’re still going to get a character or two from the ballot.

                                                                                                                                                  From the sound of it though, it’s probably going to be Inkling.

                                                                                                                                                2. Inkling it’s inkling but Ballot winner better be Banjo Kazooie maybe Nintendo’s taking forever to announce who won the ballot to negotiate with a third party company if they could put the character in there game that’s why Nintendo’s taking long so a third party character probably won that would explain the wait so hopefully it’s banjo

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