RUMOR: RogersBase (Ex-NoA), Stealth, Shofu, & More Know Who's Next as Smash DLC

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Neoxon

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Apparently RogersBase (former NoA employee), Stealth, Shofu, & few others know who the next DLC character is. What I gathered from the tweets was that, if they're not trolling us, is that...
  • This character is a newcomer.
  • This character is popular, but may not be the #1 character on the ballot.
  • This character would make a lot of buzz in social media.
  • This character is a first-party character.
  • This character's inclusion shouldn't be a surprise.
  • Although one of the guys promptly deleted the tweet, the character is not Wolf, Shovel Knight, or Shantae.
  • Apparently it's a Newcomer + New Stage combo according to Stealth.
One of our own, NotLiquid, also did a recap on the rumor (links included)
So just to recap on what we know so far -

Roger over at Roger's Base, a person who is seemingly known to have sources within NoA, tweeted about learning some really exciting Nintendo news that he's not allowed to come out with. However, within some closer circle of his it seems like the news spread a little bit, and at least Stealth (another person who has had industry sources in the past) and Zef (a Smash scener) have seemingly found out about the news from him. It should be noted that those two are the only ones who explicitly mentioned it to be Smash news and that Roger hasn't mentioned anything about it being Smash (also pointing out that he doesn't know anything of the Smash Ballot's outcome). That said, a tweet aimed at Shofu did hint at another "Japan Time" going down. Zef also made the point that this information ain't likely to leak unless the source comes clear with it, as there was nothing recovered from the last patch to suggest that the character is hidden away like Roy/Ryu. Warchamp7 (SmashBoards admin) also seems to think Zef as a trustworthy source since he acknowledged the mills they were spinning. Either way, all signs point to this being some kind of Smash news and that it has to do with a Nintendo newcomer who is likely to cause a lot of buzz despite not necessarily being the most voted for.

"So why do we assume it's Splatoon?"

The game is evidently poised for another major update soon as the person who has been datamining the game for a while is expecting a major update to hit in mid-October, and that might have to do with Octolings being playable in the game. That said, with the Smash rumors now circulating, they seem to be convinced that this is going to result in a major Splatoon Direct that details the news and reveals them as a playable character for Smash. Again, this is speculation, but what it boils down to is basically a truckload of "where there's smoke, there's fire". With the Inklings meeting all the checkboxes that the tweets mention it seems like something bigger might be in store. GameXplain also raised the point that Nintendo don't really have much of a holiday schedule at all so it'd make a lot of sense to leverage their existing products (Smash, Splatoon) with a lot of DLC going into the holidays.

I don't know where that leaves the Shovel Knight rumor personally. I could make the assumption that if he is in he'll be slated as one of the "ballot newcomers" maybe later next year. It seems somewhat reasonable that he might still exist in some form (especially considering how passive Yacht have been in regards to talking about the ballot compared to WayForward who wouldn't shut the fuck up about it and begged people even in Kickstarter e-mails to vote for Shantae) but that if that would ever be true, it would still be ways off. I'm personally indifferent about the veracity of that rumor though.

Incidentally as I'm writing this, Smash is scheduled for another online maintenance tomorrow. Presumably something to do with that 1.1.2. Diddy patch.
To add to this, Sean, one of the artists for Smashified, also knows who the next character is & claims that we will know who it is "very soon". And as for who Stealth is, he did leak the April 1st Nintendo Direct earlier this year.
 

Jawmuncher

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So it's snake? finally.


But in all seriousness the next DLC will only be one character?
Was hoping for another double like at E3.
 

Neoxon

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So it's snake. finally.

But in all seriousness the next DLC will only be one character?
Was hoping for another double like at E3.
Not only is Snake not a first party character, he's also not a newcomer.

As for your serious question, it looks like it'll just be a reveal that will be released at a later date (much like Mewtwo & Lucas' reveals).
 

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Must be Splatoon. What other series has generated such a huge buzz on (especially Japanese) social media in the last fee years?
 

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Not sure if this needed a new thread so soon tbh (especially after that locked SK thread) since a lot of discussion in the community thread right now has devolved into quite a lot of speculation, though some conclusions would make more sense than others.

Still though, this week should be interesting.
 

Neoxon

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Must be the Inklings. What other series has generated such a huge buzz on (especially Japanese) social media in the last fee years?
This is the most likely scenario. The Inklings are the only ones who fit each & every one of the bullet points listed.
 

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I still prefer my idea of it being Callie or Marie with the result being determined by a Worldwide Splatfest.


But I have very evil ideas.
 

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The Inklings are definitely the front runners based on all of the rumors that have come out. They seem to fit all of the descriptions perfectly, and it makes sense that Nintendo would push to get them in this game as they're experiencing a pretty surprising surge in popularity with the success of Splatoon.
 

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I'd argue that Waluigi could fit all those.
I can see him fitting all of them except the stage thing. I mean, I guess they could just do something Wario or Mario related for his stage, but I don't think he has any strong association with anything to warrant it.
 

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I'm also thinking Inklings. I imagine the reveal will happen in the next few weeks so that's exciting!
 

Neoxon

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Normally I'd say that he'd fit all of the criteria as well, but then I remembered that King K. Rool may very well have gotten the most votes in the ballot (granted, votes aren't gonna guarantee a character a spot, but you get my idea). As such, I don't think it's him.

It's probably the Inklings.
 
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