We know that the next Super Smash Bros. will be one of Nintendo’s main features at E3 2018, but we still don’t know much about the game itself, other than that the Splatoon Inklings will be one of the new additions to the roster.
However, a recent rumor suggests that one of the most requested and least likely characters might finally make his series debut as a playable fighter.
According to a supposed leak, Metroid’s Ridley will finally be added to the Super Smash Bros. roster.
If true, this is pretty big news for the Smash faithful. Ridley’s exclusion from the series as a playable character has long been a sore point for many fans of the Nintendo-themed brawler, especially after director Masahiro Sakurai definitively stated in 2014 that Ridely was too big to function properly as a fighter.
The leak also suggested that Castlevania’s Simon Belmont will debut in the upcoming Switch version, the Ice Climbers will return to the series after their exclusion from the last entry, and that all the characters from the last game will come back for Smash on the Switch, including all the game’s third-party guest characters in Sonic, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Street Fighter’s Ryu, Final Fantasy VII‘s Cloud, and Bayonetta.
Super Smash Bros. rumors are a dime a dozen, and Ridley’s inclusion in the upcoming title is the most obvious leak to fake. So do these rumors hold any water?
Let’s look at the source. The leaker is Reddit user DasVergeben, whose claims to fame include correctly predicting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ addition to the Injustice 2 roster, claiming that Bandai Namco was developing Metroid Prime 4, and apparently leaking Star Fox: Grand Prix. These were all pretty surprising developments that, by most accounts, have panned out.
That’s not to say DasVergeben is infallible. They also “leaked” a ton of information about the Switch that has yet to come true, including the idea that Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption were both in the works for Nintendo’s hybrid console. In other words, don’t trust everything you read on the internet.
Nintendo has confirmed that Super Smash Bros. for the Switch will be playable at E3 2018, but if you’re really serious about beating up the likes of Kirby and Mario with Princess Peach, you’re going to have to get a ticket beforehand. With any luck, this will mark the first time that players can actually choose Ridley as their fighter.