Three years ago Nintendo gave fans the opportunity to vote for the characters they wanted to see as DLC in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Fans voted over 1.8 million times, and Bayonetta was eventually crowned as the winner, but the story might not end there. With a new Super Smash Bros. title headed to Nintendo Switch later this year, that old Fighter Ballot could still end up being relevant today.

As it turns out, there’s some text at the bottom of the Japanese Fighter Ballot that indicates Nintendo is hanging onto that data for future use. The line in question reads: “The information received from this vote (Henceforth known as Submission Data) will be used for consideration for this software’s fighting characters, etc and for reference for future software.

With each new iteration of Super Smash Bros., Nintendo has to consider which new characters they should add. This time around they can use all the data they’ve collected from the Fighter Ballot to help guide those decisions. Nintendo never released the data they collected from the Fighter Ballot, but an analysis of similar polls made by fans shows that King K. Rool, Banjo and Kazooie, and Shovel Knight were all popular choices. 

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