The fandom surrounding Nintendo’s prime-time fighting game series for its platforms never ceases to stop pondering, picking apart, and plucking away at the pixels, the files, and the data for . Absolutely nothing has changed with and the attempted discovery of the next character to appear in the game.
Siliconera is reporting that dataminers have been scouring through the contents of the game’s files and have been searching for what could be the next set of downloadable characters for on the Switch. According to some of the screenshots shared of the hex code, we see some of the values that relate to characters stored in references for the DLC.
According to the miners, there are three possible characters in the DLC pack for upcoming fighters based on the deciphering of certain parameters. This includes the characters: Jack, Brave, and Packu.
Now this doesn’t mean definitively that these three are the characters that will arrive in the DLC pack. They could be hooks for the call-function to load DLC characters, but it may be in relation to other characters coming down the pipeline. Most people, however, figure that the three characters are for the characters that have already been revealed, such as the “Packu” being a shorthand reference to the Piranha Plant, which we know will be a character added to the game as DLC. The “Packu” name is what many presume to relate to the spelling for the enunciation of the “Pakkun Flower” in Japan.
Others think that the reference to “Jack” may refer to two of Atlus’ characters, the first is assumed to be Joker from the highly popular PS4 JRPG, . There are also rumors that the “Jack” may relate to the demon Jack Frost from the and games. It’s possible that it might be either one or neither. What if it’s actually in relation to a character you didn’t even know was coming? Or from a completely unrelated franchise? I mean it could be Jack The Ripper from for all we know.
It also seems unlikely that Jack references Joker, since it may as well just say Joker. As for “Brave”, some are thinking it may relate to a hero from the franchise. There’s a pretty good explanation from Siliconera that the kanji for the hero in the games is oftentimes referred to with the symbols that represent an honorable man of valor, but the kanji for the name “Isao”, separated from the second symbol that relates to the hero, is also a noun for bravery, high spirits or heroism. Basically it’s a direct translation to chivalrous courage. So some believe that this could relate to .
It would actually be cooler if “Brave” was a little more literal and maybe related to something more unforeseen, like . That would be a nice little surprise for old-school Square fans that own a Switch. But Square hasn’t done anything with that series in ages, and so it probably does relate more to since just recently came out for the PS4 and Nintendo 3DS.
It won’t be long before we start seeing the DLC roll out for , so we’ll see how close the dataminers were to what Nintendo provides.