Even though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't out yet, it's already on the receiving end of requests for DLC characters and guest spots for certain fan-favorites. The requests managed to reach creative director Sora Sakurai, who decided to respond to the fan feedback by explaining that requests don't matter at this point because the DLC line-up is already locked into place.
The news comes courtesy of a tweet that Sakurai sent out on his official Twitter account on November 6th, 2018. He stated...
So, just to break this down and give gamers some context as to what he's talking about, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC line-up is already ironed out and complete. This doesn't mean that the characters and content is complete, simply that Nintendo outlined specifically what it wanted in the upcoming fighting game for the Nintendo Switch.
Sakurai had no say-so in the selection process of DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The higher-ups at Nintendo were the ones making the decisions, and if the decisions fit with his design philosophy, then he would work with the Nintendo execs in coming up with a plan to get the content out in a timely manner.
I have no idea how this is going to turn out because the most likely result is that Nintendo has struck some deals with other companies in order to include DLC characters based on marketing appeal, much like how the company had Cloud from Final Fantasy VII included in the last Smash Bros. outing for the Wii U, or Ryu making an appearance from Street Fighter.
Some gamers are already making some pretty wild suggestions in Sakurai's Twitter feed, even though he's not the one in charge of putting together the DLC list of characters.
At the top of the tweet chain is one of the most highly requested characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.... Goku from Dragon Ball Z.
Goku has been a highly requested character ever since Arc System Works and Bandai Namco's Dragon Ball FighterZ came out at the beginning of the year.
Others were adamant about getting Sakurai's attention by posting images of Banjo Kazooie, but since it's owned by Rare and Rare is owned by Microsoft, Nintendo would have to go to Microsoft's doorstep to get permission, and I doubt that would happen.
A few people were hoping for characters like Rayman to make an appearance, while several others began asking for more Nintendo-centric characters, such as the crew from Xenoblade Chronicles 2, which came out just last year for the Nintendo Switch.
Right now, Nintendo is being tight-lipped about who is going to appear as DLC, but the starting line-up of characters is already super massive in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It's a wild guess as to who will make the cut next, and from which franchise.