Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of my most anticipated games of the year. Not only are there new gameplay modes, but the roster is also the largest in the franchise, with some popular characters making their debut in Ultimate. While I’m ecstatic to play as Simon and Alucard from Castlevania and as King K. Rool from Donkey Kong Country, I’m holding out hope that one of my most anticipated characters will eventually be announced. I’m talking about the one, the only, Solaire from Dark Souls.
Sakurai mentioned during the Smash Bros. direct that there will be more characters announced before launch. I feel like Solaire is more than a fantastic choice to come to the game. Not only does his fighting style work well with the hectic nature of the franchise, but there’s also one big reason why I believe Nintendo is getting ready to bring him into the arena. Solaire has an Amiibo launching alongside Dark Souls Remastered in October. While this seems like a weird reason to back up my prediction, hear me out.
All five characters announced during the Direct will be getting Amiibo. Ridley, Inkling Girl, and Wolf, three other characters revealed during E3, also have Amiibo coming out. It’s safe to assume that the entire roster will have an Amiibo to accompany the game. The fact that Solaire already has an Amiibo being developed makes this choice a no-brainer. During the past two installments, Nintendo wonderfully utilized guest characters. Between Sonic and Snake in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Pac-Man, Cloud, Bayonetta, Mega Man, and Ryu in Super Smash Bros for Wii U, Nintendo has been “playing well” with other companies. It would be a smart move to add Bandai Namco to the list of companies that they have a strong relationship with.
A lot of people have wishlists for fighters that they would like to see in the game. I wanted Shovel Knight to enter the ring, but he was announced as an assist trophy during the Direct. Nintendo has a plan, but it seems to be more classic characters. And if this is the case, Solaire might be ruled out. Look at all of the guest characters I mentioned in the previous paragraph. With the exception of Bayonetta, a modern character, every single guest fighter is from a classic franchise. While Dark Souls is a fan-favorite series, is it too early to call it a classic? While I think the games will become legendary over time, I’m unsure that the Souls series is a household name right now.
Guest characters help sell a game. While there are a lot of Dark Souls fans in the world, how does it compare against Castlevania, Sonic, Mega-Man, and Street Fighter? I’m positive that a lot of people who don’t play video games often can identify these franchises. But honestly, who knows? Nintendo has been surprising gamers over the past few years. The Switch is a force of nature, blending a home console and portable device. It’s been years since I’ve seen a console take off like the Switch has. Nintendo’s third-party support has been stellar since the Switch launched. I never expected Bethesda to release Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein on the console. Bandai Namco is preparing to release Dark Souls Remastered, and there are high profile games like Monster Hunter coming as well.
It’s a great time to be a Switch owner, but it’s also fantastic to promote your partners in first-party titles. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a labor of love from the studio, and a celebration of a franchise that has been a staple in the fighting genre for almost two decades. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the culmination of everything that came before. From fans who have been there since the Nintendo 64 to people who will be playing their first ever Smash Bros. game, there’s something for everyone.
Dark Souls is one of my favorite games of all time. Another game on that list is Super Smash Bros. Melee. I’ve been a fan since the very beginning, and everything about Ultimate is making me happy. I remember sitting in the halls of E3 cheering with fellow enthusiasts as the roster was being announced. Honestly, it made me teary-eyed. Seeing everything come together in an ultimate package (no pun intended) was an emotional experience for this 28-year-old.
We’re living in a new era of Nintendo. This is a Nintendo that is here to show consumers why the company has been important to the industry since the NES. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is more than a game. It’s an event. It’s an experience that people can’t wait for. It features characters from iconic franchises that people of all ages can appreciate. Since the Solaire Amiibo was announced, I have figured his inclusion would be inevitable. While we still need to wait a few months before we know for sure, Nintendo’s recent attitude towards guest characters and third-party support leans towards yes. This would make me happy as someone who adores both franchises.
With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launching in December, how many other characters do you think will be announced? Are you a fan of Dark Souls? Do you think that Solaire has a chance to come to the game because he has an Amiibo? What characters would you like to see added to the roster? Be sure to leave a comment below.
Andrew Gonzalez is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of Xbox Enthusiast. When not writing about Xbox, he’s usually reading comics, talking about Taylor Swift, and dreaming of the perfect Jet Force Gemini Reboot. You can follow him on Twitter. @AJGVulture89