How the Grinch Leaked the Smash Ultimate Roster

A recent rumor stated that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be getting another new character in the form of a Square Enix representative, which many believed would be Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. According to a new leak, this looks to be true, but what people didn’t see coming were the six other newcomers.

Earlier today, images surfaced of what appeared to be the final artwork displaying the entire roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not only is Geno present, but also Shadow the Hedgehog, Banjo-Kazooie, Isaac from Golden Sun, Ken, Mach Rider, and the Chorus Kids. The image was initially shared on a Snapchat story that was quickly deleted, but not before someone saved it.


While this may just be an elaborate hoax, multiple signs point to this actually being real. The image was shared by an employee of a French print company that specializes in media advertising and promotional material. The employee’s name was visible in the Snapchat video, and he was identified as Eric B. Fans then found Mr. Eric B’s LinkedIn page and pointed out that he cited Bandai-Namco, developers of Ultimate, on it. The page has been set to private as of now.

The image of the complete roster was very blurry, but being a screenshot of a Snapchat story, you can’t expect it to be crystal clear. Some have also pointed out that the image might not be a large poster or some other kind of promotional piece as most thought, but rather an armband, which would explain the blurriness.

What really corroborates this leak, however, are the never before seen materials. An large image of an empty version of the Battlefield stage can be seen, and Nintendo hasn’t shown that before. There were also multiple promotional items for the upcoming Grinch movie that haven’t been released yet. If they’re legitimate, this would prove that the leak did in fact come from a marketing company and that these are completely real. While the Smash leak itself seems pretty legit with all the evidence, it’s the Grinch promotional materials that’ll be the damning evidence if they’re real.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch on December 7 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

Author: Diego Perez

Diego Perez is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Texas. Although he's working toward a degree in Telecommunication Media Studies at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, Diego spends his free time playing and writing about games. He's been writing about games for over two years at this point, and his work has been published at websites like The Outerhaven and Attack of the Fanboy. When he's not playing games, he's talking about games, and Diego does both a lot.

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