The Final Mr. Sakurai Presents for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is scheduled to air on October 5, 2021. During the broadcast, we’ll learn about key details regarding the contents of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2’s final challenger pack, as well as how to play the associated character and when the pack will be releasing.
Back in July of this year, an anonymous poster who claimed to work for a certain company stated that Nintendo had called them to request the rights to several tracks from a particular game series to be used during a “digital event” that was scheduled on October 5 of this year. Due to the correct prediction of the date for the digital event, many are taking this as possible confirmation on who the last DLC fighter is for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Be warned that specific information regarding a potential leak will be directly referenced after the jump.
“Actual info here: I work for Disney Music,” said the anonymous poster on 4chan. “Nintendo called last week to request rights to several tracks from Kingdom Hearts to use in a ‘digital event’ on October 5. Sora is the last Smash character.”
If true, then this means that Nintendo had planned for this digital event as far back as July 2021. Of course, this does seemingly line up with something Masahiro Sakurai said during the presentation that showcased Tekken’s Kazuya in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“But finally, the next DLC fighter will be the last one. There won’t be any more after that,” declared Sakurai. “It’ll be a while before that announcement, but it’ll be available this year as planned, so please be patient.”
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Masahiro Sakurai is known for being a meticulous and skilled project planner. It honestly wouldn’t be too surprising to hear that he might’ve had a certain date in mind in regards to the final challenger’s reveal schedule as far back as June or July of this year.
In the past, it was revealed that these Mr. Sakurai Presents broadcasts are typically recorded months in advance by Masahiro Sakurai himself. The timeline does appear to be lining up reasonably well with that in mind.
Sora appears to be a relatively popular candidate based a non-scientifically conducted polling system used by a Reddit user for the purpose of determining the most requested characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the U.S., European and Japanese regions. Kingdom Hearts’ Sora ended up being the most highly anticipated character for the U.S. and Europe, and placed second for Japan.
Before the announcement of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, Shinji Hashimoto of Square Enix told a certain fan that “Sora is not planned for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” Of course, it’s kind of ridiculous to expect Hashimoto to be truthful if Sora really was a planned addition for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Furthermore, even if that was the case during the era of the first Fighters Pass for the game, plans might’ve changed for the Fighters Pass Vol. 2.
However, if Sora were the last character then it would mean that Square Enix would have two characters represented in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 being that Final Fantasy 7’s Sephiroth was added via Challenger Pack 8. Notably, a company didn’t get two reps in the first Fighters Pass and it has only happened for Nintendo in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 with Min Min and Pyra & Mythra.
Sora’s addition would also boost the number of Square Enix characters to 4, which would be the highest for any third party company represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster.
Of course, “fan rules” like these rarely ever hold up. Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo have never confirmed these to be actual factors when it comes to character selection.
To get Sora into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, negotiations with Disney would also be necessary. It’s said that Disney can be notoriously difficult to work with when it comes to their intellectual properties.
The issue with non-video game representation would also have to be addressed in some form since Sora tends to be inseparable from certain Disney characters, namely Donald and Goofy. It’d certainly make sense to have Donald and Goofy appear in Sora’s Final Smash, but the most ideal solution would probably be to omit their presence entirely.
For me personally, I’m not entirely convinced that Sora is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s last fighter because somebody successfully predicted the “digital event” on October 5. While that part of the post is certainly true, it doesn’t mean everything else stated is accurate. Still, it’s certainly in the realm of possibilities for this to be true.
It’s also worth mentioning that, even if the anonymous poster is being truthful, the Kingdom Hearts tracks might not necessarily be for a character reveal. The Final Mii costume wave is also slated to be unveiled on October 5. If Sora is revealed as a Mii costume, a Kingdom Hearts track would likely play during his costume showcase.
What do you think? Will Sora be announced to be the last character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.