The appearance of Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog in Super Smash Bros. Brawl started a trend of third-party characters being added to the series. The third-party characters have become some of the most anticipated Super Smash Bros. characters, as they can include pretty much anyone.
It seems that Masahiro Sakurai is less concerned with hitting the big names in Super Smash Bros. Ulitmate as he is with fulfilling the needs of the fans who have been waiting a long time for lesser-known characters.
Ridley, Simon & Richter Belmont and King K. Rool may appease the die-hard gamers in the audience, but they don't have the mass market appeal of someone like of a Lara Croft or even a Minecraft representative.
It seems that Masahiro Sakurai may be delving even deeper into the pool of obscure video game characters for his next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pick, as he shared a picture from the official Japanese Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website that hints at a representative from the Golden Sun series.
The picture in question shows Link, Marth, and Shulk facing off against Rathalos from the Monster Hunter series, who has been added to the game as an Assist Trophy. The composition of all of the characters on the battlefield is almost identical to a battle in the Golden Sun games.
This picture had led fans to speculate that Isaac from the Golden Sun games will be one of the characters appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The reason why Isaac is the most likely choice is that he has previously appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an Assist Trophy.
Isaac would be an unusual choice for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as the game is already filled with sword-wielding anime characters. His psychic powers might have been interesting if it weren't for the presence of Ness and Lucas in the game, as that is their whole gimmick.
Masahiro Sakurai has been surprising the video game community with his choices for the new characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Isaac would certainly have that reaction as well, even if the Golden Sun series has long since fallen into obscurity.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch will be released on December 7th.