On August 8, Nintendo plans to air a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct hosted by director Masahiro Sakurai, indicating a strong likelihood of a character reveal. However, due to what appears to be a mistake with an early upload, it seems the new character might be from Konami's Castlevania series.
A few weeks ago, we posted a story about Nintendo uploading music from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soundtrack to their website to show off samples of the new arrangements. Last week, the uploaded music was from Galaga, which fits with Pac-Man's representation of Namco arcade history. Earlier today, reddit user Hinata2000100 found that the track's title had been changed. While the music remained Galaga's, the title had seemingly accidentally been changed to "Bloody Tears/Monster Dance" instead.
Bloody Tears debuted in Castlevania II: Simon's Quest on the NES and is one of the most well known songs in the Castlevania series, with Monster Dance also hailing from the same game. While the title has since changed back, we have confirmed the original title change¬†ourselves. It was also noted in this video from YouTube series GameXplain.¬†
What does this mean? Unless the Nintendo YouTube account was hacked just hours before the Smash Bros. Direct, which is possible, then someone pulled the trigger a little early on what is likely a reveal for tomorrow's show. It could also be possible that the music is Castlevania's only representation in the game and is not for a specific character, but that's without much precedent.
If it is indeed a character, that would give Konami two representatives in Smash Bros., Capcom two, Sega two, Square Enix one, and Namco one.
We'll find out for sure when the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct airs on August 8 at 7:00 a.m. PDT.