Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC update: Fighters Pass 2 reveal pulled from March Direct?

Nintendo Switch fans face an extra long wait for news on the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Fighters Pass 2 DLC.

Nintendo was expected to reveal new Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC characters during its heavily rumoured March 2020 Direct conference.

Unfortunately, however, it looks like the Coronavirus crisis may have put an end to this idea.

According to Japanese blogger Ryokutya2089 (via Daily Star), COVID-19 may have a major impact on Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s development.

Indeed, Super Smash Bros Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai may announce the new fighters, but no work will be done for the foreseeable future.

“Sakurai had plans to present information about new fighter(s) to a publisher(s), but that’s been put on hold now,” reads the translated blog post.

“If someone at the office is found to have COVID-19, then the whole building would be shut down and development would be put on hold.

“There is a possibility that Nintendo will announce the new fighter(s) as planned, but no development work will be done.

“COVID-19 will have a huge impact on a lot of games, and a lot of titles will be impacted.”

Available for £22.49, the original Fighters Pass features five DLC challengers in total.

This includes Byleth from the Fire Emblem series, as well as Fatal Fury mainstay Terry Bogard.

That’s in addition to Joker from the Persona series, Hero from various Dragon Quest games, and Banjo & Kazooie. Piranha Plant also launched as DLC, although not as part of the Fighters Pass.

As for Fighters Pass 2, reports suggest that Waluigi will make an appearance as a downloadable character.

The rumours gained traction after video producer Brian David Gilbert campaigned for a game dedicated to the cult favourite character.

Nintendo CEO Doug Bowser would reply to the video with a clapping emoji and purple heart, which suggests we’ll see more from Waluigi soon.

Other rumoured characters include Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa and Overwatch favourite Tracer.

As for Nintendo characters, we’d love to see Dr. Kawashima from the Brain Training series in Smash, or perhaps even Captain Toad.

Shovel Knight is another character that would be a good fit for Smash Bros, especially given the success the franchise has had on Switch.

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