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

Masahiro Sakurai reveals a hint as to when Persona 5 Joker is dropping for Smash Ultimate during his Famitsu Awards speech.

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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Allisa James

Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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