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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – who is the ARMS DLC fighter?


Whoever it is, they’ll be able to throw a punch (Picture: Nintendo)

We will finally learn the identity of Smash Bros.’ new DLC fighter next week, but which ARMS character is most likely?

Back in March, Nintendo confirmed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s next DLC fighter would be an ARMS character, with their identity to be revealed in June.

Naturally, speculation has run wild about which of ARMS’ 15 fighters would be picked.

And now that we know that said character will be unveiled this Monday in a new Nintendo Direct presentation let’s run through the most likely suspects.

Spring Man

Is he maybe too obvious? (Pic: Nintendo)

Spring Man is the most obvious pick, since he was the first ARMS character we saw when the game announced, and he is one of the cover stars.

However, Spring Man’s inclusion is not the shoe-in it might seem as he’s already in the game as an Assist Trophy and amongst some Smash fans there’s an unspoken rule that Assist Trophy characters can’t be playable in the same game.

Sakurai himself has never directly confirmed this and you could argue that having Spring Man be playable and an Assist Trophy would be no different to playing a match with four Marios.

In fact, the game could easily disable his Assist Trophy if he is playable, as Ultimate already does that with certain Assist Trophies for certain stages.

Ribbon Girl

ARMS’ poster girl seems like another safe bet (Pic: Nintendo)

If Spring Man isn’t picked, Ribbon Girl, ARMS’ second cover star, seems like the next best choice.

She’s much more recognisable than some of her co-stars, and already has Smash appearances as a collectable Spirit and costume for the Mii Fighters.

But much like Spring Man, her inclusion would break another supposed rule that some fans have, which is that characters that started out as just Spirits can’t then become playable characters.

With how many Spirits are currently in the game (over 1,400), the possibilities for future fighters would increase even more and potentially change Smash speculation in the future.

Min Min

Like ramen? Like dragons? Then you’ll love Min Min (Pic: Nintendo)

This may surprise some of you, but Min Min quickly became a popular pick for the DLC spot.

She became a trending topic on Twitter shortly after the initial announcement, and she has lots of fans still backing her.

She was also the winner of ARMS’ final Party Crash Bash event in June last year, so Nintendo would be aware of her popularity.

Much like Ribbon Girl, she also exists in Smash as a Spirit, but this still doesn’t necessarily de-confirm her.

Twintelle

She’s beauty, she’s grace, her hair will punch you in the face (Pic: Nitnendo)

The other incredibly popular choice is Twintelle, who so far is the only ARMS character to have her own Wikipedia page.

She became an instant favourite when she was first announced for ARMS and remains so. Aside from being very good-looking, she’s also the only member of the roster whose ARMS are actually her hair.

Still having her own, actual arms could help make her a more diverse fighter in Smash and possess more options for attacks.

Again, Twintelle is a Spirit too, but unless Sakurai ever says Spirits can’t be DLC fighters, she’s still fair game.

Multiple characters

Who’s to say it’s only one? (Pic: Nintendo)

One popular theory is that the fighter won’t technically be a single character. Considering how, in ARMS, the characters all function very similarly, it’s possible that we’ll see multiple characters share a spot on the roster.

There are already two examples of this in Ultimate. Pikmin characters Olimar and Alph both play exactly the same, and Bowser Jr.’s seven palettes swaps are the Koopalings, meaning a total of eight different characters occupy a single spot.

However, if we’re feeling pedantic, a follow-up tweet to the announcement for Monday specifically reads ‘There will be no further new fighter reveals other than a fighter from ARMS in this livestream.’

Aside from letting everyone know that no other DLC characters will be teased, the Tweet suggests that only a singular character will be revealed.

Maybe we’re reading too much into this, but it may be best to assume that this is the case. That way, any extra ARMS fighters are a happy little bonus.

An ARMS 2 character

Could it be… none of them? (Pic: Nintendo)

The Smash Bros. series is and has always been the perfect place to advertise upcoming or available games.

Fire Emblem Fates’ Corrin was included in the 3DS and Wii U games to promote their title and the same can be said for Byleth, who was announced alongside Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ then upcoming DLC.

So, this has some fans thinking that Nintendo plans to hit us with a double whammy: an announcement of ARMS 2 and a new character who will make an early debut in Smash Bros.

While maybe not as exciting as an established character, it would be a smart move on Nintendo’s part to help an ARMS sequel reach a wider audience.

Another Fire Emblem character

Introducing Byle- HEY WAIT A MINUTE (pic: Nintendo)

Oh, not again, Sakurai!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available on Nintendo Switch.

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