This has backed up the claim that Ryu’s best friend and rival, Ken, will appear as an Echo Fighter. This term has been coined by game director Masahiro Sakurai, and refers to fighters that have been largely based on another in the mascot brawler.
“Notice the epsilon symbols next to Lucina and Dark Pit’s numbers? Each of these fighters are based on another fighter in the game,” Sakurai explained in the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct. “We’re treating these fighters a little differently, and have decided to call them Echo Fighters.”
In the reportedly leaked screenshot that has surfaced online today, we can see Ken appear alongside PAC-MAN, Pichu and Bulbasaur. The off-screen photo appears to show a build that is still in development, with debug menus present on-screen.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release exclusively for Nintendo Switch worldwide on December 7th.