ARMS Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the next DLC fighter and will be kicking (punching?) off the next Fighters Pass.
ARMS Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In a surprise announcement during today's Nintendo Direct Mini, it was revealed that the next DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be representing Arms. The announcement was met with surprise and disappointment, as ARMS had almost been forgotten about since its initial release in 2017.
ARMS, despite selling well when it first launched, had a short lifespan as the game did not take off as an esport as Nintendo had hoped. The novel punching system's shallow strategy and the failed multiplayer system prevented many players from enjoying the game past its initial release and single player mode.
It is not known at this time which character will represent the ARMS game, though Spring Man is already in Smash Ultimate as an assist trophy. If an Assist Trophy character can make it as a fighter, it opens a lot of possibilities to which characters can make it in future updates.
Nintendo seems to be trying to revive ARMS in some way, as they have also announced a new online open tournament for the game.
The second Fighters Pass will come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this June.