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Joker from Persona 5 Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Playable DLC Fighter (Nintendo's Game Awards Announcement PR)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In a video that aired during The Game Awards, Nintendo revealed that Joker from the critically acclaimed Persona 5 game will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch as a playable DLC fighter. Joker is included in the first of five planned DLC packs, each containing one playable fighter, one new stage and a handful of music tracks. Each pack can be purchased for $5.99 each, but players can also purchase the Fighter’s Pass for $24.99, giving them access to all five DLC packs as they release.

The Persona games are a spinoff of the popular Shin Megami Tensei franchise, which has a long and storied history in the world of video games – with many of the games appearing on Nintendo systems. Sporting an iconic mask and a variety of weapons, Joker is the main character of Persona 5, a beloved game that won Best Role-Playing Game and was nominated for Game of the Year at last year’s The Game Awards.

The digital version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches in Nintendo eShop at 9 p.m. PT tonight (Dec. 6), with the physical version hitting stores on Dec. 7. In this massive video game crossover event, every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history is back, and they’re joined by newcomers like Daisy from the Super Mario series, Chrom from Fire Emblem, Inkling from Splatoon, Ridley and Dark Samus from Metroid, Ken from Street Fighter, Simon and Richter Belmont from Castlevania, King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong series, Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Incineroar from Pokémon, and, soon, Joker from Persona 5. Anyone who purchases and registers a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game with My Nintendo by Jan. 31, 2019, will receive Piranha Plant as a free playable fighter. With a smashing amount of content, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest Super Smash Bros. game ever. For more information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, visit https://www.smashbros.com/.

“The Game Awards coupled with the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate marks one of the video game industry’s biggest nights, so it’s the ideal place to share news about one of the most anticipated games of the year,” said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime, who announced the Joker news to The Game Awards audience. “Even as we celebrate the best that our industry has to offer, we’re looking ahead to more excitement and surprises in 2019.”

Additional Nintendo Switch announcements made during The Game Awards include:

MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE 3: The Black Order is heading exclusively to the Nintendo Switch system in 2019 for Super Hero gaming action at home or on the go. The new game, which arrives nearly 10 years after the previous installment in the series, is being developed by KOEI TECMO GAMES/Team NINJA and published by Nintendo.

Fortnite Creative is coming to the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite, and it’s a brand new way to play the hit free-to-play game. This all-new mode lets players create their own private island near Battle Royal Island and invite up to 15 friends to visit. Anything edited, moved or deleted in the world is saved from session to session, giving players total control. For all current Battle Pass owners, players can jump into Creative Mode right now via Early Access. Fortnite Creative will leave Early Access and be available to everyone at no charge on Dec. 13. Debuted tonight, Epic has added a new Point of Interest to the Battle Royale map – ‘The Block’ – that is in game now. On an ongoing basis, Epic will update The Block to highlight amazing content made by the community in Creative Mode by featuring it to all Battle Royale players for a limited time.

Mortal Kombat 11, the next game in the award-winning franchise, is launching on Nintendo Switch on April 23.

Sayonara Wild Hearts, developed by Simogo and published by Annapurna Interactive, is a euphoric music video dream about being awesome, riding motorcycles, skateboarding, dance battling, shooting lasers, wielding swords and breaking hearts at 200 mph. Every stage in the game is set to a song on a custom-written pop album. Sayonara Wild Hearts launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

A handful of games that are playable on Nintendo Switch won awards at the show, including Overcooked! 2 for Best Family Game, CELESTE for Best Independent Game, Dead Cells for Best Action Game, The Messenger for Best Debut Indie Game and Fortnite for Best Ongoing Game. For a full list of The Game Awards winners, visit https://thegameawards.com/.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

Categories: Press Releases, Consoles
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gamefreak613
Fri Dec 07 18 07:51am
Rating: 9 (Updated 2 times)

"slap in the face"? Guys... It's a game. Stop acting personally affronted by a character choice.

I think it's an amazing pick, especially because of the exclusive nature of P5 (which I do hope comes to Switch).

The game awards last night had people from all over the industry and all over the world coming together to celebrate games. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all literally stood on stage together and spoke in a sign of industry unity so that we could all celebrate games and what joy they bring us.

And Smash has come to represent that too! It's a game that is respected and admired across the industry and when a 3rd party character is invited to be a part of the game, they consider it an honor despite their potential rivalry with Nintendo. Smash is a game that is like no other. It shouldn't be possible, and yet here it is.

Last night had a message of cross industry cooperation and unity despite our differences and rivalries. This announcement of a character, that apparently many feel isn't Nintendo enough to be considered before other characters, is a great example of extending an olive branch on occasion, and realizing that we all just love to play games.

the_kernal
Fri Dec 07 18 02:20am
Rating: 1

Whoa, lookin' cool, Joker!

reynard
Fri Dec 07 18 02:28am
Rating: 1

Oh, yeah, I'm REAL excited about not only losing who i've always wanted playable, but I'm SO ready to pay for a DLC character from a franchise that has never had a mainline appearance on a Nintendo console.

Here I was expecting boring DLC, I wasn't expecting completely random third party nonsense like this though.

They BETTER be planning a Switch port of Persona 5 to justify this or else this is the biggest slap in the face to all legitimate, ignored characters to date.

Remember when Nintendo asked us to trust that the DLC characters will be worth it?

Nope, not when this is the first one. Not saying the others will be disappointing too, but it’s smart not to pay up front.

They BETTER be planning a Switch port of Persona 5 to justify this or else this is the biggest slap in the face to all legitimate, ignored characters to date.

*sigh* ...would a port really justify the inclusion though? Ports are easy... long term support? Not so much...

reynard
Fri Dec 07 18 02:53am
Rating: 1 (Updated 1 time)

Honestly, no, i'm just trying to mitigate the burning hatred and frustration I have for these undeserving choices that spit in the face of long ignored, highly desired NINTENDO characters.

rickola
Fri Dec 07 18 04:17am
Rating: 1

They didn't port FFVII to the WiiU or 3ds when Cloud was announced, and there's no FF7R for Switch, there's the lazy FF7 port for Switch though, Street Fighter V didn't come to Switch either, and Rondo of Blood/Symphony of the Night and the last Castlevania game didn't come to Switch either, it's safe to say that there are no plans for a port, Nintendo fans get stiffed again.

rickola
Fri Dec 07 18 04:16am
Rating: 1

I'm with you man, it's pretty bad, not even Jack Bros, Persona 5 isn't on any Nintendo hardware, Jack Frost the Atlus mascot, is in all SMT games and there's a Jack Bros game on the Virtual Boy, perfect pick, but popularity and not on a Nintendo platform wins out again.

You do know that these characters don’t actually have feelings and ambitions, because they’re fictional, right?

I am surprised at the hate this character is getting. It is a cool character that will surely be very unique in Smash, and brings even more of the gaming companies into the same game. Plus, there are still 4 characters to be revealed.

I think this 'characters have to be super affiliated to Nintendo' thing is a bit overdone. So I am glad they are picking yet another very surprising character. Plus, I have seen loads of posts wanting him as well, so he is clearly a wanted character.

Anyways, never played Persona myself, but maybe I should check them out now. Hope the rumor of them releasing on Switch is true.

The complaints are silly cause Persona is on Nintendo platforms and Altus has supported Nintendo platforms for many years now

lokamp
Fri Dec 07 18 09:46am
Rating: 1 (Updated 3 times)

...except for the factoid of none of the 'main' Persona games ever coming to Nintendo systems. At all. To this point, only the Q and Q2 spinoffs of the SMT Persona spinoff series are on Nintendo hardware, so I can at least see where these negative-tending people are coming from.

Really, at this point it's like porting Sora from the Kingdom Hearts series to Smash Bros., despite the fact that we never got any of the main-numbered entries on anything Nintendo thus far (the original, 2 and the upcoming 3). Once again, just side games...

To be fair the Kingdom Hearts spin offs are just as important as the mainline games.

Heck, KH3D is arguably as important if not a bit moreso than KHII or KH COM since it's literally the direct prequel to 3. It's on the same level as BBS importance wise, so I'd be willing to give Sora some leeway

dannykazari
Fri Dec 07 18 06:35am
Rating: 2

Damn, was not expecting all this saltiness. But I guess when most visitors to this site probably haven't played P5 I guess that's to be expected.

t27duck
Fri Dec 07 18 06:40am
Rating: 1

Why Nintendo is dumb enough to give advertising to their biggest rival with an inclusion of a PS exclusive character is beyond reason. Waist of a slot, a spit in the face of Nintendo fans, and complete incompetence on planning.

Persona is not PS exclusive.

harmonie
Fri Dec 07 18 07:24am
Rating: 1

I'm in between here... I loved Persona 5 and think that Joker will make a unique character and am personally excited for him. I mean after the final SSBU reveals were Piranha Plant and my most hated Pokemon Incineroar it's nice to have something *I* like for once.

However... Also being a Nintendo fan and seeing franchises like Golden Sun cast aside again, I do feel annoyed that they keep on picking third party characters with very little basis on Nintendo platforms. Cloud was by far still worse than this, but still... They are directly advertising Persona 5 here (not Persona Q2, where Joker appeared on a Nintendo platform), a Playstation exclusive.

The amount of third party characters in Smash really needs to be limited and needs to be limited to characters who really make sense, like Sonic and Megaman. Having Cloud and Joker just does honestly feel like a slap to the face. Even though I really like Persona 5, I completely understand where people are coming from. I want Nintendo characters in Super Smash Bros. It's sad to see so many Nintendo characters shafted for third party characters that are really advertising Playstation games.

gamefreak613
Fri Dec 07 18 07:51am
Rating: 9 (Updated 2 times)

"slap in the face"? Guys... It's a game. Stop acting personally affronted by a character choice.

I think it's an amazing pick, especially because of the exclusive nature of P5 (which I do hope comes to Switch).

The game awards last night had people from all over the industry and all over the world coming together to celebrate games. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all literally stood on stage together and spoke in a sign of industry unity so that we could all celebrate games and what joy they bring us.

And Smash has come to represent that too! It's a game that is respected and admired across the industry and when a 3rd party character is invited to be a part of the game, they consider it an honor despite their potential rivalry with Nintendo. Smash is a game that is like no other. It shouldn't be possible, and yet here it is.

Last night had a message of cross industry cooperation and unity despite our differences and rivalries. This announcement of a character, that apparently many feel isn't Nintendo enough to be considered before other characters, is a great example of extending an olive branch on occasion, and realizing that we all just love to play games.

In the end we are all gamers no matter what system we play.

elfteiroh
Fri Dec 07 18 10:32pm
(Updated 1 time)

"In my heart, I am a gamer"
T_T

pxryguy
Fri Dec 07 18 09:48am
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

Thank GOD someone is speaking like a rational person. It IS just a game, a game which is going to have 80 characters when it's said and done. What other companies besides Nintendo put so much thought and care in a game like Smash? No one, that's who. It's a love letter to Nintendo fans and the gaming industry in general. The amount of entitlement is staggering. I'm not bothered one bit by Joker's inclusion, even though I've never played a Persona game. It's silly to assume that the DLC slots won't be taken up by other Nintendo characters. I'm not sure why I'm even bothering to type this, it's going to fall on deaf ears anyway. Just enjoy the game people, it was a labor of love, Sakurai deserves all the respect he's earned for the amount of work he's poured into this series.

I hear you and I'm glad you bothered typing this out. I'm grateful for every inch of this game and can't really complain about anything considering it was never a guarantee we'd get it at all.

Not only is it yet another 3rd party (seems all the DLC characters will be) its another character from a JRPG series... *sigh* oh well at least Nintendo saved me $25 I can spend else where so thats a plus.

What if the next three are dream characters for you?

They won't be because Reggie said that the DLC will be from new games not currently represented in Ultimate. He wants the 3rd party "WTF! Internet reaction" characters. My dream characters for DLC were Dixie Kong, Bandana Dee, and Captain Toad. Looks like none of them will be coming. But like I said I'm not upset the base roster offered enough for me and this round of newcomers for Ultimate were much more up my alley than the ones added for Wii U/3DS.

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