My Thoughts on Persona 5’s Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is finally out (and it’s pretty great). A day before its release though, it was revealed that the first of the five upcoming DLC characters for Nintendo’s brawler is none other than the protagonist of Persona 5, Joker.

*And yes, I am aware that by internet standards this news is old by now. But guess who doesn’t care and is going to write their thoughts about it anyway….. Me, obviously. I can’t very well write other people’s thoughts.*

To sum up my feelings about Joker being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, I direct you to this classic prequel meme.

Now, I’m not going to pretend like I’m a major fan of Persona who knows the series by heart. Persona 5 is, thus far, the only Persona game I’ve actually played. And even then, I didn’t get very far as I was intimidated by the game’s sheer length (though I guess I really have no excuse for not going back to it now that I’ve trudged through the campaign of Red Dead Redemption 2. I’ll get back to it). However, Joker’s addition to Super Smash Bros. not only showcases how far Persona has come as a franchise, but also can give Smash Bros. fans a collective sigh of relief, as all our concerns over the fact that Nintendo chose all the DLC characters were maybe a bit misplaced. That is, assuming Joker isn’t a one-off and the rest of the DLC characters don’t end up middle finger-y towards fans in the same vein as Piranha Plant (yes, I’m still salty about that).

Not only are third-party characters still in the cards, but so are fresh character ideas that are unexpected and different. Granted, I still (obviously) expect some of these DLC characters to be from Nintendo franchises (why wouldn’t they be?), but it’s kind of nice that the first one announced is so promising, and not just another random Pokemon or Marth clone. Maybe we can finally get Dixie Kong as an expected (and well overdue) character, and then get a bunch of surprises for the rest of the DLC (because, honestly, aside from Dixie, what major recurring Nintendo character isn’t in Smash already?).

Basically, Joker’s presence in Super Smash Bros. – like Snake’s all those years ago – opens the door to seemingly anyone. Especially seeing as Persona 5 isn’t on Switch (though I assume that his inclusion could mean a port is in the future), it feels like all the gloves are off. And that’s awesome.

Most importantly, let’s hope this means we can finally get Geno.

Author: themancalledscott

Born of cold and winter air and mountain rain combining, the man called Scott is an ancient sorcerer from a long-forgotten realm. He’s more machine now than man, twisted and evil. Or, you know, he could just be some guy who loves video games, animations and cinema who just wanted to write about such things.

6 thoughts on “My Thoughts on Persona 5’s Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”

  1. You can guess I was estatic when I saw this on the VGA stream, I fully expected to not get anyone I wanted, and here we go, my least likely wished character is the first DLC! I can understand some criticisms like SMT having bigger ties to Nintendo than Persona, but I’m almost sure we’ll get an enhanced port of P5 on Switch now that Sony abandoned that market, maybe even some ports of the previous games? It’s also undeniable P5 is just a bigger game than any of those, being Atlus best selling game by a long shot. I can’t wait to hear Meguro’s tracks in the game and hopefully have a few outside from P5 (SMT Nocturne, the Digital Devil Saga games, P2, 3 and 4 have some really good music).
    There’s some misinformation going around about what Reggie said on the DLC characters that they’ll all be from unrepped series when in reality he just said “characters new to Smash Bros”, which is sorta redundant but eh, hope that means no predictable boring stuff like more Pokemon or FE and that we’re likely getting more 3rd parties.
    But what’s very exciting about this is that Banjo looks so likely, Reggie and Spencer were being all buddy buddy on stage, it was confirmed DLC can be 3rd parties once again despite Nintendo leading the choices this time around, and they found some Rare spirits and copyrights on the game files by datamining it (no Banjo but it’s awfully suspicious when they don’t need any copyrights from Rare for the DKC stuff from my understanding). I don’t wanna skyrocket my expectations and call him a shoe-in, but he’s less and less impossible with every piece of news we get.
    I won’t hold my breath too much on a Square rep, I’d still love Crono, but besides whatever other choices they might prefer to push from them over him, they’ve been really stingy with giving Smash any sort of extra representation, there’s still only 2 FF tracks and a grand total of 4 spirits, 2 of which are Cloud in his Smash art. There’s even rumors going around that Cloud was the last character added to the base roster due to complications with Square, so that definitely doesn’t help any of their franchises chances.

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    1. Yeah, I noticed Cloud has only two songs. Lol where does Square get off being so arrogant in this day and age? Final Fantasy hasn’t exactly provided any classics this decade. Still, I still hope for Geno. Sakurai is obviously well aware of the demand (he never would have been so much as an online player icon before). So I have a feeling Sakurai is going to keep trying to squeeze Square’s arm.

      I also have my fingers crossed for Banjo, if they could get both him and Geno, it’d be the coolest thing ever.


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