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The first paid DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was revealed to be Joker from Persona 5. Joker’s arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was announced at the 2018 Game Awards, which also meant that the Shin Megami Tensei series was finally being represented in Super Smash Bros.
It seems that another long-running Japanese video game series may be seeing a representative in Super Smash Bros. if recent leaks are to be believed.
An anonymous user on 5Channel (a Japanese message board) posted information regarding Joker’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and details regarding the next character who will be revealed. The rumor comes to us via Persona Central, as it relates to potential new entries in the Persona series.
The 5channel leaker claimed that the Persona 5 stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be Mementos and that the reason Joker is being added into the game is because an enhanced version of Persona 5 was coming to the Switch, as well as a new Persona fighting game that is being developed by Arc System Works but had been delayed due to their work on an upcoming Granblue fighting game.
The leaker went on to reveal that the second DLC character would be Erdrick from Dragon Quest III. The player would be able to choose from both the male and female versions of Erdrick (as Dragon Quest III allowed you to choose your gender at the start of the game) and that the Luminary from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age would be an alternate skin for the character.
The leaker stated that Erdrick’s inclusion was part of an active collaboration between Square and Nintendo, as the former wants to promote the Dragon Quest series in the West and a Switch port of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is due to be released in the future.
Erdrick’s stage is said to be the city of Alefgard, which appeared in the first three Dragon Quest games.
Super Smash Bros. fans have predicted that the Dragon Quest series would be represented at some point, due to how massive it is in Japan and how Square has made several attempts to popularize the series in the West.
Cloud Strife’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U opened the door for Square Enix characters and a Dragon Quest representative seemed the most logical choice, especially as most of the protagonists look like Goku (due to Akira Toriyama acting as the character designer for the series) and this is about as close as the fans will get to see Goku in the game, barring an appearance from Crono of Chrono Trigger fame.