Super Smash Bros. Fighter’s Pass 2: Who’s Joining the Battle?

Eli Moore, Entertainment Editor

Nintendo’s premiere fighting game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, is the most played game on my Nintendo Switch, and I believe that to be fully justified. With its addictive gameplay, simple-to-pick-up combat, and single-player modes in the forms of Classic Mode and World of LightSmash provides truly something for everyone. And even before the game was officially released on December 7, 2018; there was already DLC announced.

DLC, or Downloadable Content, allows a player to get more content out of the game that was not in the base game. In Smash‘s case, it supplies us with 11(!) new fighters, and to purchase them all costs around $60. Each of the fighters fell unique, from Persona 5‘s Joker with his unique Rebellion Gauge, or Final Fantasy VII‘s Sephiroth, with an eight-foot long sword and a variety of different attacks based on spells used in his home game.

As of now, which is early April 2021, nine out of the eleven Fighters have been released, the most recent being Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. And as we’re slowly running out of fighters to be put into the game, it’s left many to speculate. So without further ado, here’s my speculation for the final two fighters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Narrowing It Down

While fans love to speculate over who’s entering the fray next, a lot of the rules that they conceive are rarely put into pass. But one rule has been officially canonized by Masahiro Sakurai, the game’s director. The character must be from a video game first, and not any other form of media. So, characters like Iron Man, Naruto, and Charlie Brown cannot make it in.

One of the most popular picks for the Fighter’s Pass is Ubisoft’s Rayman. With his fun art style, tight platforming, and popularity with people of all ages, Rayman has been a commonly requested fighter. To be completely honest, this is probably my first pick for a fighter. Rayman could have a unique moveset that would definitely set him apart from the other fighters.

Another requested fighter is another platforming legend, Ryu Hayabusa, hailing from Ninja Gaiden. While we already have a Ryu in Smash (Capcom’s own Street Fighter icon), Ryu Hayabusa could bring a lot to the table with his kit, from his utilization of throwing stars, quick speed, and his overall ninja aesthetic. But, he wields a sword, making him the fourth swordie of the Fighter’s Pass 2. So, the possibility of him making an appearance is possible, but unlikely.

Probably the single-handedly most requested fighter is Crash Bandicoot. Hailing from the eponymous platformer from Naughty Dog, Crash has always been requested for addition, even dating back to the days of Super Smash Bros. Melee. But, there is one flaw to his addition: his moveset. Crash possesses a move where he spins around in a circle, damaging enemies. And another Smash character, Incineroar, possesses the move with the exact same properties. Is this a deconfirm for Crash? No. But it certainly lowers his chances.

My final pick for Fighter 10 of this pass is Rillaboom, the fully-evolved Grass starter, hailing from Generation VIII of Pokémon. And with Pokémon’s 25th anniversary on the horizon, and with it being the highest-grossing media franchise included, it makes its inclusion even more likely. We already have two fully evolved Fire types (Charizard and Incineroar) and a fully evolved Water type (Greninja), so it only makes sense to round out the trio with a Grass type.

Conclusion

With the official end of the Fighter’s Pass on the horizon, it’s left people to think about who’s to be included, and I think that this is probably the best bets for who’s to be added.

What do you all think? Let me know in the comments section down below.