A leaker on a Japanese gaming board gave details about the next DLC character that will be revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The leaker wasn't able to provide solid proof of the character's existence, so the reveal has been treated like a rumor.
That said, fans of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have begun to datamine the game and they have come across a piece of information that seems to corroborate the leaked information.
If you clicked on this new post then you probably don't care about spoilers, but we will put a warning here just in case. We will be discussing the information that has been revealed about the upcoming DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate below the crying Pikachu. You have been warned.
The initial leak revealed that Erdrick from Dragon Quest III would be the second paid DLC character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and that he would have a female alternate costume, with the Luminary from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age being another alternate version of the character. Those who purchased Erdrick would also receive a stage based on Alefgard from the first Dragon Quest trilogy.
The reason why Erdrick was chosen was due to Square Enix wanting to promote the Dragon Quest series outside of Japan, especially as Dragon Quest XI S is coming to the Nintendo Switch in the future.
It has since been revealed on Twitter that names have been added to the internal files of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the latest patch which relate to the upcoming DLC characters. One of the new names is "Brave" which is the literal translation of the Hero's character class in the Dragon Quest series.
Ok so since the secret's out, here's confirmation. Params in Ultimate confirm the code names of 2 future characters, "jack" and "brave".— jam1garner (@jam1garner) January 3, 2019
The labels for these characters:
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It's looking increasingly likely that we will be seeing a Dragon Quest representative in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is something that fans have been expecting for a while, considering how popular the Dragon Quest series is in Japan.
A Dragon Quest representative on the Nintendo Switch may also lead to other games from the series being ported to the system, such as the mobile versions of the first six Dragon Quest games.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age was one of the most underrated games of 2018, but a Dragon Quest representative on the Switch may help the game reach a wider audience. The presence of Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee helped the Fire Emblem series find an audience outside of Japan, which means that the same could be possible for Dragon Quest.