Who is the ballot character?
Well, we all knew this had to come eventually. Masahiro Sakurai just announced a few days ago that December 15 would mark the final Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS Nintendo Direct. However, knowing that this is the last one we’re going to see, it’s safe to assume that they’re going to go out with a loud bang.
The only info regarding the Direct that Sakurai has confirmed is that more will be talked about regarding Cloud’s announcement for the game. That leaves a lot open to the imagination. After all, who won the Smash Ballot? Will we see more characters coming to the game? Stages? With all of the buzz and rumors that have been floating around, here are our top 5 Smash Bros Direct Predictions.
#5 – Cloud Released Immediately
I know that Sakurai said he’d talk more about Cloud, but I would go the extra mile and say that the swordsman from Final Fantasy 7 will be available for download as soon as the presentation ends. Just think back to the E3 Smash Bros Direct. Roy, Ryu, and Lucas were all announced during that video, and they were all made available right after. There’s no reason to believe that Sakurai wouldn’t do the same here. After all, it’s one of the smartest ways to get people to buy a new character. Talk about him, hype it up, then give it to the public fresh after their excitement has been stoked. It makes a lot of sense, and I’d be surprised if they announce that Cloud won’t be ready until a later date.
#4 – Smash Ballot Winner
The Smash Ballot has been one of Nintendo’s best kept secrets for some time now. It ended back in October and we haven’t heard anything about the results or who they intend on putting in the game. There’s a rumor going around that Cloud was the Ballot Winner, but I personally don’t think that. They had Cloud presentable and ready long before it would normally take to fully develop a new character had they only started after October 3rd. On top of that, Sakurai surely would have made a big deal about Cloud winning the Smash Ballot had that really been the case. I doubt he would’ve left us in the dark like that, continuing to guess only to find out that we’re not going to see any more out of left field characters for Smash Bros.
That being said, I think that we will see who did win the Ballot, or at least the top three or something along those lines. There are a few frontrunners as far as popularity goes, so I’m expecting to see their names pop up.
#3 – More Stages
Sakurai has said that they’re beginning to run out of space for stages in Smash Bros, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to pack as many as they can in the game. We’re already getting Midgar along with Cloud, and I have no other finite predictions for new stages because I certainly think that depends on what other characters get announced for the game. A while back, some data miners dug through Smash Bros and found 3 empty slots for characters and 3 empty slots for stages (6 if you include the Omega forms). Midgar takes up one (and Cloud also takes up a a character slot). So at the very least, we’ll probably see two more. As I said before, however, that depends on who else becomes a fighter in the game. That brings me to my next predictions.
#2 – Inkling Addition
Splatoon is one of the best selling games on the Wii U, and it’s no secret why. The game is fantastic, creative, and unique. It would only make sense for Nintendo to include some representation for this paintball game on steroids. I mean, Super Mario Maker got a stage. The possibility of an inkling getting in as a playable character is all but confirmed. Now if the inkling doesn’t make it in, I at least think Nintendo will go the extra mile and include a Splatoon stage. Just imagine battling with your friends while a Turf War rages in the background, with various inkstrikes and inkzookas splatting you from all directions. It would be perfect. I don’t think this will be the ballot winner, but expect them to fill one of the remaining slots anyways.
#1 – Banjo Kazooie
Banjo Kazooie originated on Nintendo platforms. Sure, they’re now owned by Microsoft now, but that doesn’t mean the dynamic duo aren’t going to get in. Phil Spencer (CEO of Microsoft) has said himself that he would love to see those characters make into Smash. Furthermore, Nintendo and Microsoft have recently partnered up to have Minecraft released on 3DS and Wii U. If any third-party character deserves to be in the game, it’s Banjo and Kazooie. If they get announced, I also think Nintendo would release a stage along with them. We have Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, and Cloud Strife. Let’s get more icons in and bring Banjo Kazooie, Nintendo’s prodigal son. Fingers crossed that he’ll come home at last.