Hello, all. BlackCarrot here. Before any concrete confirmation comes out, I want to speculate on the possible DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I've got a few ideas on who might make the cut, and I wanted to share them with you.
Please note: These are a combination of my own personal picks and some I think do have a fair chance to get in. With the announcement of Joker from Persona 5 confirmed, who knows what other fighters Sakurai has already confirmed.
Before we get started, I will also be including the possibility of Echo Fighters to be introduced with a few of these picks. I believe it is possible to have Echo Fighters with the play style of the DLC characters (and NOT of existing characters).
Let's begin. Long journal ahead.
Bandana Waddle Dee (Kirby series)
-This is my brother's top choice. He LOVES Bandana Waddle Dee, and it would be fantastic to have all the playable characters from Kirby's Return to Dreamland duke it out at once. Plus, he's a Spear-wielding fighter, and we haven't seen that in Smash Bros. yet. He can pool his moveset from his Spear Ability as well as the Parasol Ability as he known to wield both of them. His Spear-Helicopter move can serve as his Up-Special. As for his Final Smash, three ideas come to mind: (1) Give him King Dedede's first Final Smash, the Waddle Dee Army, (2) Giant Waddle Dee Ball, or (3) The Star Ally Sparkler.
Mipha (Breath of the Wild)
-Any of the champions would make great additions to the Smash Bros roster, but Mipha is my personal favorite. Besides, she's Spear-Woman, like Bandana Waddle Dee, and more female fighters are always welcome. Her attacks with her trident will make her stand out from the others, and they incorporate techniques from Zora Link from Majora's Mask. Her ability, Mipha's Grace, could operate as a Down Special, only being able to heal about, maybe, 10-20% damage when a meter she has fills up (fills up by taking damage or by time). Her Final Smash could have the Divine Beast Vah Ruta attack anyone in its line of sight.
Monster Hunter (Monster Hunter Series)
-We have Rathalos in the game as both an Assist Trophy and a Boss, but not much else from the Monster Hunter series. I've never played a Monster Hunter game before, so the name I have is just a placeholder. This may be my most likely pick based on just this. All I can say for certain is that Monster Hunter's costumes will derive from whatever armor you can make in the Monster Hunter Series. Final Smash will probably summon a monster just as big and strong as Rathalos.
Jibanyan (Yo-Kai Watch series)
-Yo-kai Watch is pretty big in Japan, so I wouldn't doubt that its mascot, Jibanyan was announced. As for moveset, I'm not well-versed in the gameplay or abilities Jibanyan has. I do have a great idea for his Final Smash. He uses his signature move, Paws of Fury, to trap his opponents in between him and an oncoming truck, damaging them until the truck sends him and his opponents flying. Jibanyan will be fine, only his opponents get damaged/K.O.ed. His costumes will be the TON of Jibanyan variants there are.
Robonyan or Shogunyan (Jibanyan's Echo Fighter)
-Like I said, TONs of Jibanyan variants, but either Robonyan or Shogunyan can vary in moveset to become Echo Fighters. There Final Smash can be similar, with Robanyan firing missles and Shogunyan slicing with his sword.
Heihachi Mishima (Tekken Series)
-This is one of two choices for a second Namco series representative for Smash Bros. Why Heihachi? He had a Mii Costume in the previous game, so why not? All I can say for certain that his moveset would derive from his style of martial arts seen in the Tekken games. His costumes can alternate between young Heihachi and old Heihachi. I have no idea what his Final Smash could be, but he seems like a fun choice. (If I had to choose alternate choices from the Tekken series, my logical choice would be Jin Kazama, but my personal choice would be either King or Julie Chang/Jaycee)
Nightmare (Soul Calibur Series)
-This is my second choice for a second Namco series representative. Plus, who wouldn't love another villain in Smash Bros? With Nightmare wielding Soul Edge (as seen in Soul Calibur 2), they can make him unique from other sword wielders. Such a long and heavy sword could have Nightmare on the heavy-side and more power-based attacks. That, however, would make him open to more attacks. A fair trade-off if I do say so. Besides, who wouldn't want to recreate Nightmare vs Link in the Gamecube version of Soul Calibur 2?
Siegfried Schtauffen (Nightmare's Echo Fighter)
-As the warrior who became Nightmare when taking hold of Soul Edge, Siegfried has been known to have a very similar moveset to Nightmare. He can wield his own sword or Soul Calibur itself. Who knows? That's all I have to say.
Shantae (Shantae series)
-We all need an indie game representative in Smash Bros, and since Shovel Knight is just an Assist Trophy, Shantae is next choice. Don't let her being a Spirit in Ultimate diminish her chances. Mewtwo and Lucas were trophies in Smash 4 before they were announced as DLC. Her first game was on the GBA, so why not? And again, more female fighters. Shantae can use her magic and transformations to fight, giving her a unique moveset from everyone else. I've only played Half-Genie Hero, so whatever she can do in her other games, she can as her specials or Final Smash.
Saki (Sin and Punishment series)
-Since Saki does not return as an Assist Trophy, perhaps this may be a sign that he's getting the upgrade just like Little Mac did. It's possible, you know? His moveset can mirror what his Assist Trophy can do. He can boast in both long-range and close-range attacks, so then maybe his defense and recover could be brought down. IDK. His Final Smash could be a transformation he is capable of(?) Sorry, I'm not well versed in the original Sin and Punishment.
Isa Jo (Saki's Echo Fighter)
-Isa Jo is Saki's son who debuted in Sin and Punishment: Star Successor. We can have another father and child pairing like Chrom and Lucina. So, yeah, similar moveset and Final Smash were both assume their own transformations and attack... somehow.
Medusa (Kid Icarus Series)
-This is NOT meant to be an Echo Fighter of Palutena. Sure, she may be like Ness/Lucas and Villager/Isabelle, but here me out: In Smash 4, Palutena had the most diverse alternate moves you can assign to her. Whatever Special Moves Palutena can't do, give them to Medusa. Her Final Smash can have her head pop-off and transform to turn her opponents to stone then knock them out. To be honest, I'm not holding my breath for Medusa, but you know, more villains, more female fighters.
Felix or Sveta (Golden Sun series)
-With Issac returning as an Assist Trophy, two ideas came to mind for a Golden Sun fighter. (1) Felix, the antagonist turned protagonists from the second Golden Sun game. He's a Venus Adept like Issac, but for Felix, he could utilize more Earth Psynergy attacks. His Final Smash could call upon a Summon, a powerful being with devastating attack power. (2) Sveta, Jupiter Adept from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. As a Morgal, she's half-human/half-animal, and that would give her a unique moveset along with her Wind Psynergy attacks. Her transformations could mirror that of Corrin's. Either one is fine by me, but Sveta is my choice between the two. She's an awesome character.
Amaterasu (Okami series)
-This would make Capcom's third rep, but I think Amaterasu's worth it. She can pool in movesets from her Brush Techniques like Cherry Bomb and Vine and her weapons. I'm not sure what her Final Smash could be, though. Again, I won't hold my breath for Amaterasu, but it's fun to dream.
Shield Knight (Shovel Knight series)
-I was devastated when Shovel Knight became an Assist Trophy, but as I came up with this list, a thought occurred to me: Shield Knight has never gotten the spotlight she deserves. That's why I'm choosing her over Plague Knight, Specter Knight, and King Knight. It would be awesome to see what they come up with as her moveset.
FE: Three Houses Representative. Only because Fire Emblem is huge in Japan.
Final Fantasy Representative. I don't know any other characters.
Waluigi, Shovel Knight, and Bomberman. I know their Assist Trophies, but I love them.
That's all. Man, this took forever to write. Comment on anything you'd like to add.