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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s new fighter revealed June 22

Arms character will get a deep dive from Masahiro Sakurai

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai will reveal details about the Nintendo Switch fighting game’s next character on Monday, June 22, Nintendo announced on Twitter on Friday. Sakurai previously announced that the next DLC fighter coming to Ultimate would be from Arms, the 2017 fighting game for Switch.

Sakurai’s presentation on the Arms fighter will offer an “in-depth look” at the character in a “roughly 35-minute video.” The livestream will air on YouTube on June 22 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT.

Nintendo also confirmed that the Arms character will be the only new fighter revealed during the stream, a sign that fans should temper expectations for a tease.

The unnamed Arms fighter is the first of six additional characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. All six characters will be released for Ultimate by Dec. 31, 2021, Sakurai said during a Nintendo Direct Mini presentation in January. The first Fighters Pass added Joker from Persona 5, Hero from the Dragon Quest series, Banjo and Kazooie, Terry from Fatal Fury/The King of Fighters, and Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses to Ultimate as paid content.

The Arms roster consists of 15 playable characters. While Spring Man (who appears as an Assist Trophy character in Ultimate) and Ribbon Girl were often presented as the faces of Arms, characters such as Ninjara, Twintelle, Min Min, and Helix have proven popular with fans.