After six long months of non-stop voting from around the world, the wild ride that is the Super Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot has finally come to an end.
Since its launch in April, numerous fan polls have been conducted to gauge for potential fighter picks, notable industry figures and indie developers have been pushing for their mascots to join the brawl, and community speculation over upcoming content has been at an all-time high.
With the ballot now closed, and the Japanese submissions page offline with other regions likely to follow, the final decision rests with the game’s director, Masahiro Sakurai.
Following the release of Mewtwo mid-April, then that of Lucas, Roy, and Ryu in June, Sakurai has teased that “several more [fan service] characters” are coming for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. ShinyQuagsire, who decrypted the post-Mewtwo update on Smash 3DS and first discovered the Roy and Ryu sound files, has since found three empty character slots on the 3DS version, following this week’s update.
The September 30th update saw the release of new Mii Fighter costumes and the Super Mario Maker stage on both platforms, as well as the Pirate Ship stage from Brawl on the Wii U and the Duck Hunt stage on the 3DS.
You can also listen to our final thoughts on the ballot on one of our latest Nintendo Week podcasts here.