Persona 5 Joker “Coming Soon” to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Says Sakurai


At the recent Famitsu Awards ceremony, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai stated that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fight character Joker — from Atlus’s Persona 5 — will be “coming soon.” The phrase, caught by Twitter user PushDustin, was also used when he spoke about Mewtwo during a NicoNico interview back in 2015:

Interesting to note that the interview was conducted on March 22nd of that year and the fighter was first released on April 15th. Whether that’s indicative of how long it will take for Joker to launch remains to be seen.

When Sakurai accepted the well-deserved MVP award, he discussed at length how difficult developing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been on him and his staff. He also remarked that he’s impressed with the work other studios are doing. He ended his speech with the phrase, “I will forget the troubles I had, but the game remains.” A more fitting, if not completely literal, translation of that mantra would be “The problems are temporary, but the game is forever.”

While those are certainly wise words, they do carry more weight than normal as Sakurai is rather infamous for overworking himself while developing for the franchise. Hopefully, after the DLC fighters have been released, he and his staff can finally take their well-deserved break.

Lately, there has been a deluge of leaks and hints regarding the release of Joker for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, such as his fighter render revealed in a Best Buy ad and his release window no longer stating “coming in April.” Persona 5 has gotten its own share of news, as Atlus opened a Persona 5 S teaser site with a hidden message in its source code.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch, and can be purchased through Amazon. Meanwhile, if you haven’t picked up your copy of Persona 5 yet you can get the physical game on Amazon or by purchasing it on discount digitally through the PSN store. The game is available exclusively on PS4 and PS3, with more information on Persona 5: The Royal coming later this month.

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Persona 5’s Joker Release Window for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate No Longer Says “April”


According to eagle-eyed Twitter user SomeKidNick, the release window for Persona 5 hero Joker as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate no longer states the words “Approaching April.” Instead the frame in the DLC reveal trailer merely says “Approaching…” This is an interesting development considering that we are now a mere day away from April. The first screenshot below shows what the trailer looks like now:

And the second screenshot below is what the trailer looked like before:

There are several possible explanations for why Nintendo would go through the trouble of editing the text. The first reason, and one that would occur to many fans, is that Joker’s release is getting pushed back to a later date. I certainly hope this isn’t the case but if the development team does need more time to work on Joker and the other DLC fighters then it’s better to give them that rather then have them push out an inferior product.

The second reason, and the one I personally feel is most likely, is that since its pretty much April already it was changed to avoid sounding redundant. If one were to visit the site during April and see the words “Approaching April” it could look as though Nintendo didn’t even update their own promotional site with pertinent information.

Some theories are even circulating that it could happen on a date significant to the character. Excluding April 1, here are some other April dates with significance in regards to Persona 5:

  • April 9: The day Joker moves into Cafe Leblanc
  • April 11: Joker awakens to his Persona in the first Castle
  • April 18: The tutorial ends and the game starts to open up
  • April 24: The reveal date for more information on Persona 5: The Royal

Unfortunately nothing is set in stone so we’ll just have to wait until Nintendo updates us with more news. Regardless, it seems that we’ve been recently getting plenty of interesting news surrounding the release of Joker for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Earlier today a Best Buy ad revealed his render for the fighting game.

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