Smash Bros Ultimate DLC: Banjo-Kazooie, Joker, and all of the post-launch content material coming this 12 months

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the most important, and presumably the most effective, Smash Bros preventing recreation to grace our Nintendo consoles. Half a 12 months on from its launch, you would be forgiven for pondering the Smash Bros practice has slowed, however not so: with common Smash Bros Ultimate DLC making its technique to the sport, there’s loads motivation to maintain revisiting the hit preventing recreation with its rising roster of characters, outfits, soundtracks and levels.

With over 75 characters already playable, you are unlikely to actually run out, however Nintendo is utilizing its DLC packs to carry some actual fan-favorite characters into the fray. E3 2019 definitely did not disappoint, with trailers dropping for the subsequent two DLC fighters, courtesy of the Dragon Quest collection, and even – we nearly could not imagine it – Rare’s iconic bear and chook buddies, Banjo-Kazooie.

So what downloadable content material / DLC can gamers hope to get in 2019, and what’s already obtainable? Here’s our listing of every part on the playing cards, and how one can be sure you don’t miss out.

Smash Bros Ultimate DLC characters

The actual draw of Smash Bros DLC is within the fighters. Nintendo has teased a complete of 5 fighters coming over the subsequent 12 months, with all however one introduced thus far – and a Winter 2019 launch window for the ultimate one trying doubtless…

Piranha Plant (obtainable for obtain)

A potted plant might not seem to be the most effective match for an action-packed preventing recreation, however Piranha Plant is a traditional Mario nemesis going again a long time – Nintendo definitely likes to play by its personal guidelines. You can see a few of Piranha Plant’s strikes within the video under, together with a monstrous Final Smash that includes Petey Piranha.

Players who purchased Super Smash Bros Ultimate by the tip of January 2019 had an opportunity to obtain the fighter early, however Piranha Plant is now obtainable on the Switch eShop for $4.49 (£4.49 / AU$7.80).

Joker (obtainable for obtain)

No, not that Joker. Nintendo teased the trickster from Atlus’ paranormal RPG Persona 5 shortly after Ultimate’s launch, with a nifty animated teaser you may see under. Smash Bros’ model of Joker retains the graphic artwork fashion of its supply materials, with some trendy slides and jumps, handguns, and a few supernatural forces that can assist you win the battle…

Persona 5 is a PS3 / PS4 unique, although, making Joker’s look on a Nintendo console all of the extra intriguing – and fuelling hypothesis that Persona 5 might be coming to Nintendo Switch.

Hero (coming Summer 2019)

For all of the followers of the Dragon Quest franchise over its 20-plus years heritage bought an actual deal with at this 12 months’s E3: affirmation of not one however 4 Dragon Quest heroes in a single DLC pack. Nintendo’s personal DLC web page is scant on information, however the trailer reveals off the unnamed protagonist from Dragon Quest IX galloping into battle, with the heroes from varied Dragon Quest titles swapping out for a slice of motion – with the choice to pick assaults and spells from that battle menu you will know so nicely. You may even forged Kacrackle!

While the concept of swapping characters out mid-battle is thrilling, it is extra doubtless that the opposite three heroes are further ‘skins’ for a bit extra selection, even when their movesets stay primarily the identical.

Banjo-Kazooie (coming Autumn 2019)

Damn straight. After years of clamoring for Rare’s iconic chook and bear duo to affix the Smash Bros collection, Banzo-Kazooie is lastly right here. While Rare is now a subsidiary of Microsoft, the beloved developer was beforehand intently tied with Nintendo, and it is heart-warming to see one in every of its most well-known creations welcomed again into the household.

It seems like Kazooie will have the ability to assist out with jumps and ranged assaults, with Banjo utilizing fists and objects for extra close-range assaults. Here’s hoping we lastly get to hit Mario over the top with a banjo, similar to we all the time dreamed.

Smash Bros Ultimate Challenger Packs

Technically you don’t simply get a brand new fighter with every DLC pack. The new fighters (Piranha Plant excluded) every are available a bundle referred to as a ‘Challenger Pack’, which throw in a brand new stage and thematic soundtracks alongside the brand new character. You can purchase every of the 5 Challenger’s Packs individually for $5.99 (£5.39 / AU$7.80). 

Alternatively you should purchase an all-inclusive Fighters Pass for $24.99 (£22.49 / AU$32.50), which nets you every pack because it arrives, in addition to a Mii Fighter outfit primarily based on Xenoblade 2’s Rex.

Smash Bros Ultimate DLC leaks and rumors

So what of the remaining unannounced characters? Rumored leaks come by recurrently, with some extra dependable than others. We’d heard requires Banjo Kazooie so typically we’ve up hope of it truly taking place – nevertheless it simply goes to indicate Nintendo can nonetheless shock us. (While we’d like to see Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon seem on the roster, both may be an excessive amount of to ask for.)

Some proactive datamining of Smash Bros Ultimate appears to have preempted the Joker announcement (below a file title ending ‘Jack’), whereas one other file labelled ‘brave’ might arguably consult with the Dragon Quest fighters listed above. You can learn the entire conspiracy concept over at GamesRadar.

Could we see Doomguy on Switch? (Image credit: Bethesda)

Could we see Doomguy on Switch? (Image credit score: Bethesda)

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There are additionally reports of the shotgun-wielding demon-slayer from Doom that includes within the listing – and given Bethesda’s rising library of ports to the Nintendo Switch, we predict this one truly appears fairly doubtless. With Doom Eternal releasing November 22 this 12 months, we have got loads of time for a Smash Bros trailer with the demon-slaying Doomguy to look.

It’s value mentioning that the confirmed DLC listed above is barely the road-map for 2019, or presumably briefly into 2020 new 12 months. Nintendo are unlikely to let new content material dry up solely, so we might be seeing a gentle drip of latest fighters – or different recreation modes and customization choices – coming in the long run.