With the base roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finally revealed, all new fighter and stage wishes and speculation now falls to DLC.
Although the content itself has yet to be revealed, there are several things we do know for sure about the future DLC of Ultimate.
- There will be five DLC sets with each set including a new fighter, stage and music tracks. Each set will cost $5.99. All DLC fighters will receive amiibo releases as well.
- Piranha Plant will be available for free for early buyers and will be available to purchase in the future. This fighter is not a part of a DLC set, and therefore does not come with a stage and music. Players must purchase the digital version of the game or register their physical game card on a Nintendo Switch device by Jan. 31st, 2019 to receive this fighter for free. Piranha Plant will be available around February 2019.
- Additional content such as Mii outfits, spirits and game modes have not been announced as future downloadable content. As of now, only the Rex Mii outfit mentioned below has been announced, but this is not featured as a DLC set.
- As with the previous instalments, regular updates will be independent of DLC. Examples include character balancing, bug fixes and graphical changes.
- Echoes will not be featured in DLC sets, with only full-fledged newcomers being developed.
- There will be more new DLC fighters than in the previous games, as veterans no longer can take DLC spots with five in Ultimate as opposed to four in Smash for the 3DS/Wii U.
- All sets will be available for purchase in a reduce price bundle called a "Fighter Pass." This is not referred to as a Season Pass in any region. This bundle will cost $24.99. Each set will be made available as they are released.
- Players who purchase a Fighters Pass will receive an in-game outfit based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 starting December 7th. My Nintendo members who pre-purchase the digital version of the game with the Fighters Pass in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com before 11:59 p.m. ET on December 6th will earn 425 bonus Gold Points, double the usual amount. These points will be added to member accounts on launch day.
- DLC development is slated to end February 2020, with all currently announced DLC sets made available before then. This means known post-launch development for Ultimate will be at least 13 months long, while Smash for the 3DS/Wii U lasted about 16 months.
- The development team is neither taking requests nor hosting a character poll, as all DLC has already been decided by Nintendo
With DLC development likely underway for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, what do you hope to see added to the game in the future? We look forward to seeing your thoughts!