The rumour mill is working overtime once again, this time churning up reports that three new additions will be joining the ranks for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch. Said rumour claims classic Metroid baddie Ridley, the Ice Climbers and Castlevania slayer Simon Belmont are bound for the franchise.
So are these rumours really to be believed. Well, they come from Gamefaqs user Vergeben, a 'leaker' who has a track record for confirming both accurate and inaccurate info when it comes to fighting games. For instance, they correctly revealed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were coming to Injustice 2 and that Grøh would be joining Soul Caliber 6.
The Ice Climbers have already made appearances in the Smash series already, so that's hardly a shocking name drop. Simon Belmont is an odd addition, but he's certainly a good fit for a fighting game with his iconic whip. Ridley is the character we've least surprised to see here, and the most skeptical about. His absence in the series has become an obsessive point of contention for hardcore fans, and with series head Masahiro Sakurai casting doubt on his inclusion in recent years, the Metroid dino remains one of the most asked for additions.
So what do you make of these rumours? Will Ridley finally be joining the ranks? Share your thoughts below...
Who's Simon Belmot?
I'm not sure about Konami characters, what with Konami not really focusing on making games anymore. Then again just selling their licenses to everyone and anyone would be in line with their latest policies...
I'd rather have news about more episodes of the Castlevania Netflix series though.
Maybe we'll first see a Metroid Prime Trailer, where they show an altered, smaller Ridley. And then they put him into smash.
@QwertyQwerty I love it! As someone who used to get genuine insider info and a researcher of sorts, this time of year is hilarious as leakers make random guesses.
It is so funny to see them call it "100% legit" and I was sat there knowing they were 100% wrong.
These days I prefer to make calculated guesses and play the guessing game like everyone else. So much more fun!
Ice Climbers is a given as the Switch is much more powerful than the 3DS, don't believe the others though. Ridley is too big and Konami seems to be focused on pachinko.
@OfNullAndVoid The main protagonist from the first Castlevania game.
Ridley did turn up in smash but not as a playable character but a boss, i think it was in the sub-space campaign in Brawl
By the time e3 gets here, there'll be 30-minute-plus videos on YouTube and lengthy articles detailing legit leaks about Smash slots given to Kratos, Goku, and Ariana Grande.
@Torakaka Isn't that Sim BELMONT?
Simon Belmot is a much better choice for Smash.... whoever he is
@GrandpaPixel Yeah, it was one of the perks of being a game tester for me.
Even more hilarious is when people get things right in the rumours and no one believes them.
These seem plausible. Well, ,Ice Climbers for obvious reasons. I never thought Ridley would be too big considering he could play like Charizard. Heck, Ridley is slimmer and is quicker than Zard.. With the new Castlevania series coming, Belmont is very possible.
If true, then huzzah! I voted for Belmont in the Official Smash Ballot.
Ridley though still seems unlikely to me, unless it’s repeating his boss appearance from the Wii/Wii U games, or as an OP assist trophy
@SmaggTheSmug Oh yeh that was hilarious. I love it when that happens. Especially when it was outlandish like BG&E 2 and then it turned out to be legit. I was in stitches
@QwertyQwerty It raises it exceedingly high. It's why I do calculated guesses. You know what my realistic expectations are? Games like Mario Party and Art Academy. And release dates.
And that was because I looked at both Franchise and Developer release times. Tempers the expectations
@JTMnM the thing is, Ariana Grande might actually be vaguely possible. Didn’t she turn up in a mobile Final Fantasy game?
Ice Climbers? Likely. Ridley, if they can make him work, why not. Metroid needs more Repräsentation. Simon Belmont, nah. I don't think he's very likely.
Do we not hear these exact same rumours before every Smash game? Excluding the Ice Climbers, of course.
@gaga64 Yeah she was in Brave Exvius last year. Who knows she might be "Labo Girl" in Smash for a we know.
...but I hope she isn't
@gaga64 That's right! A leak confirming her appearance is bound to happen any day now.
I hope it's Simon's Quest Simon. <3
Would be swell if the Ice Climbers had a comeback, but the chances of Ridley ever becoming a Smash Bros. Fighter have already been dismissed since over 3 years ago: https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2014/11/sakurai_explains_why_ridley_is_not_a_playable_fighter_in_super_smash_bros
Unless Simon Belmont costs 1$ per minute to use him, I doubt Konami would allow him in Smash. These are the same people that tried charging people for Save Files.
@gaga64 Well if she can get in Smash, then so can Goku
Would be cool if true.
I've always liked the Ice Climbers, Ridley would be very deserving, and Simon is very iconic and could have a cool moveset.
...I still think Goemon is a more fitting choice for Konami is every single way... except for familiarity in the West.
@Torakaka That would be Belmont, not Belmot
I wish this were true. Actually, I just wish E3 was here already so we can stop with all the rumors haha
I voted for Simon back when Nintendo was polling for characters to be added to the roster (even though I'm sure it was a marketing gimmick and the characters were already decided). Always figured he or some other CV character (Richter? Alucard?) belonged in Smash along with other classic heroes like Mega Man.
But I'll believe it when I see it.
Simon Belmot...from Cattlevania of course!
Ridley is a must! I don't care what everyone says: In gaming everything is possible!
But where's my boy Spring Man?
Simon Belmont would be a great addition to the roster. Same goes for Bomberman
Personally, I'd like to see Miriam from Bloodstained and a lot of other indie characters make the roster.
Highly doubt it, but I wouldn't complain. Although if Konami os playing ball, I'd MUCH rather see Bomberman join in, and bring Snake back!
As for Ridley joining Smash, I feel like people forget that Ridley has only been MASSIVE in the 3D Metroid games. Yeah, he's been represented in Smash that way as well, but in Metroid 1 he was only slightly bigger than Samus, and in Super Metroid and Fusion he was maybe 3 or 4 times the size of Samus... So making Ridley only slightly bigger than Bowser as a Smash fighter would work. Although I will say I would prefer they just use Ridley as a boss character again.
Still hoping for Tom Nook here
I would love to see Simon Belmont, Alucard, or Dracula. If they put the Tmnt in there i would be super excited. Ridley is also another great roster choose. The Ice climbers need to make a return!
Konami eh? They still exist? I wonder what they make of all the excitement over Curse of the Moon. That could have been a new Castlevania game if Konami had given a damn. Such a shame, they were a tremendous force in the 80s and 90s.
I was shocked when Solid Snake was Konami's entry into the Smash roster and not Simon Belmont, the most prominent Castlevania character on Nintendo consoles. I'm still holding out for Goemon though which is my favourite Konami series. I loved the 3 games on the SNES and N64.
The thing about Simon Belmont being put into this game is... it's gonna spawn all the creepy memes. He fights with a whip. Brace yourself for all the gifs of Peach, Rosalina, and Samus being whipped...
Assuming that Smash Switch is a port (I would be super p'ed off if I can't use my ridiculously expensive Smash amiibo collection with the new game), I would expect there to be roster parity with the 3DS version, which, surprise, is still shifting units, which makes me doubt that the Ice Climbers will make a return.
THIS JUST IN!!!!!! From my Legit sources at NOA (My Uncle Reggie), Ariana is confirmed as Labo Girl as is Belmont and Ice Climbers. No Ridley or Goku, but old Kratos from New God of War. OHHHHHHH....and its also a brand new game with over 20 unlockable characters, full campaign mode with over 60 levels after everything is unlocked...I cant give out any more details...OH WAIT, it releases day after E3!!!! AAAHHHH E3 Season...My Fave!!!
Belmont would be a cool addition. Hope it's true.
@Fearful-Octopus Doubt TMNT as they were in Mortal Kombat
Simon Belmondo has been a long time request from me. I just wonder if people still remember him.
As a huge Nintendo fan for the last 20 years, I’ve never once heard the name Simon Belmot. Hope this rumour isn’t true, there’s literally a hundred more recognizable and iconic characters they could add before him.
@Shufty Yeah i forgot they were dlc for injustice 2, hopefully whatever new characters are revealed are exciting!
Ice climbers is a given, I don't want ridley and simon is an icon of a dead franchise.
I suppose of all Konami characters, Simon or Bomberman are the most logical choices for Smash. That said, I don't believe a lick of this rumor.
@mj2k18 More recognizable than Simon Belmont? Well who do you think is more worthy a spot on the roster?
These would be nice additions...if true.
Good grief do I hate rumor season....
@Fearful-Octopus How about his great-grandfather Trevor, or the Devil Forgemaster Hector, or even Dracula's own son, Alucard, or even Soma Cruz, or how about Shanoa, Charlotte, or even Richter Belmont?
But at least the Ice Climbers can all breathe a collective "KYOPE!"
And if Ridley were confirmed, then everybody's gonna break the Switch's Online Network by having Ridley-vs-Ridley-vs-Ridley-vs-Ridley-vs-Ridley-vs-Ridley-vs-Ridley-vs-Ridley matches! All because you WANT to cause Samus Aran SO MUCH anxiety that having to face an endless army of Ridleys will break her spirit, crush her hopes, and destroy her will to live!
@patbacknitro18 @Shufty @Fearful-Octopus
Just a reminder; the Smash Roster will only include characters who originated in a Video Game. This was confirmed as part of the ballot last time so TMNT, Goku and the like don't qualify.
Ridley will definitely make it but not as a playable. Simon Belmont is free marketing + licencing fees for Konami so don't see why they wouldn't want this.
@YoshiAngemon Samus has survived this long she can handle the stress! 😂
@AJWolfTill Ok never thought of it that way makes sense. What character would you want to see?
if people want ridley the only thing they have to hope for is the fake ridley that was removed from the first game but data is still there its much smaller.
The excuse for Ridley was bull the entire time and the ground based combat in the new Metroid just further proves it. How people can give Sakurai a free pass for completely inventing moves for Wii Fit Trainer but continuing to bellow Ridley is too big I'll never know. Ridley should have been in way above her. Same for Dixie.
@Fearful-Octopus well, I forgot which game they were in. Right dev at least.
@Fearful-Octopus Maybe Metroid Prime 4 needs to have Samus fight against multiple Ridley clones. Maybe a Ridley Clone infused with Metroid DNA.
Long time CastleVania player here. One of my earliest memories of playing on the Super Nintendo is jumping platform to platform whipping enemies as Simon Belmont. Very happy to read he is rumored for inclusion! Now if they could just add Isaac from Golden Sun...
Just put in Dr. Wily or Proto Man already...
As to the rumour: How does that leaking thing work exactly? Does this 'Vergeben' person just start a rumour? Because there was no sources given, not even some sort of logical reasoning behind the 'leak'. Sounds pretty fishy.
Also typos in the article (and title), but that's hardly news when you look who wrote it.
Don't play with my emotions about Simon Belmont. I've wanted him and his whip mechanics in this series forever!
My wish list...Hyrule Warrios Ganon...Solid Snake...Banjo and Kazooie..King K Rool...Dark Samus...Dillon...King Arthur...Megaman X ....
@AJWolfTill As I said. If Ariana Grande could be in Smash as the person I was mentioned said could happen, then so could Goku.
@QwertyQwerty Me too, but you have to admit this one isn't ridiculous and could happen. Would be cool.
Simon Belmont could be OP. Just stun-lock everybody with triple shot holy water.
@mauhlin12 I thought holy water only worked against the undead?
The moment you see Ridley in a "leak" about Smash Bros. , it's fake. Although Ice Climbers are not a surprise, and Simon Belmont would be a great Konami rep. if Snake doesn't come back.
#FAKENEWS! Trump's presidency, sadly, is more real than this.
@mj2k18 He's one of the biggest characters of the Castlevania franchise, and starred in Castlevania, Castlevania II, and Super Castlevania IV.
With that said, Alucard tends to overshadow him due to Symphony of the Night, and the Belmont clan as a whole tends to take a backseat in the Metroidvanias.
So, if you only played the Metroidvanias, then you might not have any idea who Simon is.
Also, it could be argued that Trevor overshadows Simon due to Castlevania III and the Netflix show, and Richter might be more well known due to Rondo, and the fact that he shows up in many of the Metroidvanias in some way.
Have you played any Castlevania game?
@MongolRaider Holy water works wonders against everything in the old CastleVanias, but that was 30 years ago. Maybe Waluigi has discovered the antidote since then.
Rabbid Peach for Smash.
@mauhlin12 Or maybe Dr. Mario could counter Simon by throwing a water pill in his direction 😅
let that be true please! Just like megaman, mario, samus. Simon belmont is also a gaming icon.
The Ice Climbers are basically a given since this will be a console only Smash not hinder by limitation like SSB4, Simon Belmont being included is a nice take, that also means the rumor Castlevania game for Switch is becoming real after all if true since Bloodstained is taking away their money and Ridley as a playable villain character would be a treat to have.
@CuriousUserX90 You do realize sakurai changes his mind all the time your reasoning is bull. If this rumor is true with enough effort and dedication, Ridley is possible. He also said he wouldn't never add an animal crossing character due to them not being a fighter or being to adorable, yet they were still added. Sakurai constantly goes against things he said. Plus even more proof is in what you said it was 3 years ago he said that. Lmao.
I do wonder about Dom sometimes, how is Simon Belmont an odd choice? We've had guest stars such as Snake who have virtually no history with Nintendo, yet when the star of Castlevania which has had a close connection to many Nintendo systems pops up then that's odd?
I do hope it's true, imagine how great the stage could look with Vampire Killer playing in the background, Simon will have is whip and all the power ups as special moves, this could be amazing
I have hoped for Simon for years, but right now... I won’t give my hopes up!
@carlos82 Bloody tears for the soundtrack surely?
Sorry to be "that guy," but I really wish you didn't put the names in the headline with rumors like this. E3 is one of the most anticipated events of the year for me, and this kind of just spoils it if it's true, and it's a waste of time if it isn't. Same goes for Starfox GP.
WAH WAH WAH BWAAAAAAAAAAAAH....Waluigi and Rabbid join the battle!
Ridley has been in the last two smash console games. As a boss in the Wii version and as an ally or hazard on the Metroid stage in the Wii U version. So if they shrink him down to fighter size they have the assets from both the other games so it is possible. But probably not.
I've been stumping for Simon's inclusion since the Wii days. I hope that one is true. Simon isn't an odd pick at all. He's probably one of the most obvious picks since Nintendo has been adding in franchises outside of their own. Castlevania 1 and 2 on the NES, Super Castlevania IV on the SNES. Simon is Nintendo.
I'd be well up for Professor Layton. Considering how big those games were on the DS+3DS I think he'd be right at home. Having the puzzle solve cut to black animation complete with deadly finger thrust would be a hilarious final smash XD
@AJWolfTill Awesome, i never played a Professor Layton game before, but one of my cousins love the series.
Ridley... Ridley?! Ridleeeeeeeyyy!!!! Please, let this be true!
Honestly why don't they use that new guy from Bloodstained, Konami clearly doesn't give a CAKE about good Castlevania games anymore.
@roy130390 I can only hope, Ridley is my favorite boss character from pretty much any game series haha.
I highly doubt that Ridley will ever be included as long as Sakurai remains involved with the series in any capacity. It's not just about pure size (as Olimar proves). It's about relative size in comparison to his own nemesis (Samus) as well as his previous appearances in Brawl and Smash 4 as humongous boss characters. Scaling down his size in comparison to them just wouldn't look right.
And they can include as one of his alternate skins, how he looked in Captain N: The Game Master cartoon. Just kidding. They might make an obvious reference, but not an outright duplicate of that particular character design, since someone would have to get permission from DIC, Shout Factory, or whoever currently owns the rights to Captain N. More likely, Simon's skin alts would make him resemble the other Belmonts, or other protagonists from the various Castlevania games.
Ice Climbers returning is not really surprising.
Metroid does need more representation, but the only characters that come to mind are the Hunters from Prime Hunters, Prime 3, Adam, that African American dude that asks if you "remember me?", Kraid, Ridley, Crocomire, Phantoon, any other SM boss I forgot(I know there's others), the Luminose, the Ing, Chozo, Mother Brain, or the protagonists from Federation Force. Realistically, I don't see only the Hunters from Prime Hunters, Prime 3, Federation Force protagonists, or boss characters making the cut. One just come to mind: a Space Pirate would make a very changable character, if this Smash will have character customization, like 3DS/WU (Smash).
I hope they keep Mega Man, Pac-Man, and Sonic.
Shantae might be a fun addition.
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