Nintendo is giving gamers a holiday treat: the company today announced it will be hosting a Super Smash Bros 4 livestream on December 15, which could bring new non-Nintendo characters and other downloadable content to the hit multiplayer fighting game. At least that’s what many fans (myself included) are hoping for.
Earlier this month, Nintendo whet fans’ appetites by revealing that Cloud Strife, the lead character from Playstation’s iconic role-playing game Final Fantasy VII, would be coming to Smash Bros 4. The news was basically an announcement for Nintendo’s next announcement of new content, and now he have an official date for that second event: Tuesday, December 15.
It should also be a huge payoff for those who have been actively following and participating in the new expansions of Smash Bros content. Back in April, Nintendo allowed fans the opportunity to weigh-in on which new characters they’d like to see appear in Smash Bros 4, through an online “Fighter Ballot.” Now that the Fighter Ballot has recently concluded, there’s a very good chance we’ll see the results of the fan vote appear in the form of these new characters.
Hopeful SSB4 fighters include some of Nintendo’s old favorites: Banjo-Kazooie, Isaac from Golden Sun, Shantae, and Shovel Knight. But new third-party characters could appear from other gaming companies, such as Ubisoft’s Rayman, Sora from Disney and Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts, or even the unlikely Goku from DragonBall Z. We’ll all find out on December 15 at 2pm PT/5pm ET.
The December 15 event will mark the final dedicated Smash Bros presentation, according to Nintendo, concluding a long line of livestreams bringing new characters, stages and more. Unlike previous titles in the Smash Bros series, the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai and his team have continued to bring a consistent stream of updates to Smash Bros 4. Which constrasts to previous games in the series–once Super Smash Bros, Melee and Brawl had released they were essentially set in stone.
Along with new fighters, the Smash Bros 4 livestream on December 15 may also bring other DLC. The introductions of Cloud and Street Fighter’s Ryu have shown that Sakurai tends to reveal stages alongside new character reveals–primarily relating to the game said fighter hails from. New additions to the roster remain to be seen at this time, but having them ship with a board relevant to their franchise is not unlikely.
It all goes down on December 15 at 2pm PT/5pm ET. We’ll bring you updates as the announcement unfolds.