Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Persona 5’s Joker Launches April 17, Update 3.0 Detailed
Nintendo’s Switch fighter is getting its first DLC brawler via Persona 5 this week.
By Jonathon Dornbush
Persona 5’s Joker is officially joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster this week — and you won’t have to wait long to play as him as he hits the game on April 17. Nintendo confirmed Joker will be available as the first of five DLC fighters as part of the Fighters Pass. The Challenger Pack 1 will include Joker as a playable fighter, a stage based on Persona 5’s Mementos location, as well as music from the entire Persona 5 series. A trailer Nintendo revealed alongside Joker’s reveal revealed a main gameplay mechanic for Joker will be the ability for him to build up a Persona meter, which will allow him to summon Joker’s main persona Arsen from Persona 5. Players need to “hold onto their rebellious spirit” to keep using Arsen, who can help Joker with counters and a glide jump ability. The Mementos stage will include cameos from many of the other Phantom Thieves, and the stage’s base color will change depending on the music being played. Joker’s Final Smash is a recreation of Persona 5’s all-out attacks.
Version 3.0, which will also be released on April 17, was also detailed in Nintendo’s latest Smash Bros. Ultimate video. It will introduce new modes, including the previously leaked Stage Builder mode. Players can build in either handheld mode or via TV Mode, and there will be “new stage elements” for players to choose from. These stages have different layers to allow players to add decorative elements. Stages will be featured in a different tab on the Stage Select screen. Version 3.0 will also introduce a Video Editor mode. Players can import videos saved to their Nintendo Switch and edit on a timeline. Players will be able to share these videos and stages in a new Shared Content mode. Players can upload and download Mii Fighters and custom stages, upvote creations, and follow specific creators. Nintendo is also introducing Smash World for the Nintendo Switch Online app on smart devices. It will allow players to view stages and videos without starting up Smash Bros. Ultimate, searching by fighters or recommendations. You can queue stages to download from the app to have them ready to download the next time you play Smash Bros. In-game notifications can be checked here, while Spirits teams can also be created via the app. Nintendo will also release extra Mii Fighter costumes as paid DLC, including costumes based on Persona 5, Persona 4, Persona 3, and Sonic the Hedgehog. They will be available on April 17 and each cost $0.75. Extra Mii Fighter costumes as paid DLC Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s News Editor and host of Beyond! Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.