Last week’s announcement that Persona 5’s protagonist Joker would be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character has sent the entire video game world into a tizzy. Not only is the popular character coming to the popular game, nobody overlooked the fact that Nintendo and Atlus were probably in cahoots with bringing the popular Persona 5 to the popular Nintendo Switch.
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But the story didn’t stop there. Shortly after the announcement, Persona Central writer and translator MysticDistance quoted several sources saying that, indeed, Persona 5 would be coming to the Switch. According to the source, the decision process had been underway since mid-2007, and the port will have several adjustments and additions, similar to the Persona 4 Golden port on PS Vita.
More importantly, as I guessed, the sources claimed that the official announcement of Persona 5 would come when Joker’s DLC launched for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This DLC does not yet have a release date either.
The Twitter posts have since been deleted, and MysticDistance did not state if this version would have a special sub-title.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé also stayed mum on the topic. Of course, he didn’t outright deny it when approached by IGN, but he didn’t confirm it either, giving his usual yearbook answer.
Again, from our perspective, we’ve been clear. We want all the best content on our platform. All the best content, all the best developers. And so our job is to continue growing the install base for Nintendo Switch to drive engagement of our players, to grow the audience. As that happens, then developers see the opportunity.
However, Reggie did say that Joker’s inclusion was “emblematic” of what the game was looking to do.
It’s emblematic of the approach that Mr. Sakurai and the team are taking with the DLC. He wants characters that are unique, different, to bring them into the Smash Bros. environment. So it’s going to be tremendously exciting.
Mr. Sakurai, he’s not only a student of Nintendo franchises, and obviously he’s had his hand in a few, but he’s a student of video games from a total perspective. And so he’s been the driver in really thinking about what type of character coming into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would bring just a whole different level of fun and enjoyment for the player. That’s been the approach. That’s the thinking.
Hopefully, he is also “emblematic” in that Nintendo will use Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a platform to announce ports of popular games from this generation. If that’s the case, then I know a certain android lady who would be an excellent addition to the roster, not to forget the game she stars in comes from a developer (PlatinumGames) and a publisher (Square Enix) that Nintendo has already worked with.
And coincidentally, the game would be a fabulous Nintendo Switch port. Come on, you know what I’m talking about.