Is the internet reading too much into things again? Possibly, but there are some wrinkles
No fighting game creator likes to tease their fans more than Ed Boon does with Mortal Kombat, but Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo have from time to time been known for giving little tips on what comes next for Super Smash Bros. .-game.
A few days ago, the Smash director shared what appeared to be one of his daily developer screenshots, giving fans a little behind the scenes look at the dev version of Smash Ultimate, but many believe there is much more than that.
That image has two timer elements side by side with the purple crooked effect behind them, though that’s what’s on watches that caught everyone’s interest.
Both timers show a different time when they are converted to a standard clock, where the left shows 12:14, while the right is set to 10:30.
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This, of course, led some fans to think that these are the dates / times we might see the next DLC revealed for Ultimate if they are converted to the dates of December 14th and October 30th.
The particular theory does not appear to contain much water, but given that we have already received a Smash message this month for Steve, so it is very unlikely that they will show another one so soon. There was a three-month gap between Min Min and Steve reveals.
Another perspective on what time can mean also has Crash Bandicoot fans’ hopes for his recording, and the evidence is a good bit stronger than anyone else.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time was recently released as the first brand new title in the series in over a decade earlier this month, which of course has a strong focus on time and the multiverse, although there is one piece in particular that has captured the sharp eyes of players.
Doctor Nefarious Tropy is back as one of the antagonists in Crash 4 along with a new gender-biased version of himself.
What is most interesting is that both doctors have clocks on their heads that appear to show the same times as Sakurai’s timers as pointed out by VARMANi and others.
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This could simply be a nod that Sakurai has / has played some Crash 4 recently, or it may just be a coincidence, depending on how you want to look at it.
Crash Bandicoot is one of the most sought after warriors on Smash’s list right now, especially after his return to the limelight with the N-Sane Trilogy, so this would not exactly be out of the left field if this ends up being true.
Chrono Trigger fans also raise their eyebrows at the image given the game’s great focus on time travel and that the background resembles the effect used to go forward or back on the timeline, even though it’s the normal effect used for the hours.
Ahead of Byleth’s unveiling earlier this year, Nintendo shared a picture of Sakurai holding three fingers up in an atypical position, which also sent speculation in overdrive to find out what the numbers could mean.
Sakurai himself ended up explaining his numbers during Byleth’s breakdown, revealing that the director had spoken using the binary method of what everyone thought was a three, which was actually 17 for the number of titles in the Fire Emblem franchise.
If Nintendo continues the timeline of releases for Fighter Pass Vol. 2, as they have done for Min Min and Steve, we may not see the next character until January 2021 with four more scheduled for the season.
After reviewing the proof for yourself, let us know if you think this is really a coded clue, or if Sakurai was simply trying to show something like the Hands of the Timer is actually moving change in Ultimate.