UPDATE: We’ve since been contacted by French gaming site NintendoActu who have reported that the person who captured the footage, who shall remain nameless in this article for the sake of privacy, worked at the marketing group in question. Supposedly the group is indeed working with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate assets, which lends some credibility to the leak.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is no stranger to “leaks”, and most of them are as fake as they come, but this latest discovery has everyone going “hmm.”

Originally posted to SnapChat and then promptly shared around the web, the leak shows what appears to be the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate banner. With some sleuthing, seven characters can be made out – Shadow, Banjo Kazooie, Isaac (Golden Sun), Ken, Mach Rider, Geno, and Rhythm Heaven’s Chorus Kids.

Now it’s easy to dismiss this as yet another blurry “leak”, but it’s worth noting that a few points are in its favor, most of which are collated over on Resetera. For starters, the leaker didn’t fully obscure their own name, which led internet detectives to discover they work for a French marketing firm that handles displays for various companies – including Bandai Namco, the co-developer of Smash Ultimate. You can see a full run-down here, but be warned for some NSFW language.

There’s also the fact we’ve yet to see the blank Battlefield background of the marketing banner before, and details are revealed for various characters that haven’t been uncovered before (like the tip of Greninja’s tongue.)

However, the true key to potentially validating the leak is an unusual one – The Grinch. Various marketing materials for the upcoming movie are scattered around the pertinent Smash info, including a render of the Grinch’s back which can’t really be found elsewhere on the internet. This suggests the leaker at least works at a job where they’d have access to such marketing materials.

With all that said, it’s still possible a fake leaker simply printed off their mock-up and took it into their workplace to add an air of authenticity, but outside of that it still seems like one of the most extensive leaks we’ve seen in quite some time. At least we’ll know whether or not it’s true soon enough, as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches in just over a month on December 7th.

Rating: 5
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  1. Bob says:

    The Grinch leak is the first leak for Smash Ultimate that seems like it could actually be legit. If it was just the blurry/far-away banner image I’d instantly discount it as a fake, but other things like the Grinch stuff and the relation to that french printing company due to that employee’s name and the fact that said company has worked with Bandai in the past… It’s gonna need the people who made it themselves telling us it’s fake, or someone finding fanarts that are actually identical to what we’re seeing there. I’ve seen some idiot claiming that Banjo looks too much like his fanart, but it’s not even in the same pose, and of course Banjo will fucking look like Banjo. And there’s a lot of details like the full empty stage where the banner takes place, and things like Jigglypuff’s body being fully displayed while in the current version she’s slightly hidden (and a lot of different positioning for a lot of characters that make sense with the new additions).

    I’m still going with “fake”, but that’s just because every leak should be considered fake until we get official evidence. I can’t blame people who believe it though, a lot lines up and despite the blur (due to the picture being taken from far away) it looks well made. So we’ll see.

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  2. Sarah says:

    Shit. It’s real.
    Now you all know what I’ve known for weeks.

    Rating: 5
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  3. Mike says:

    I don’t think it’s real. Banjo and kazooie cover up Mii Gunner, some characters are moved a bit, and Shadow covers Mii sword fighter and brawler

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  4. DigDougTrio says:

    If you look closely you can see that the Mii Fighters were all moved behind Mewtwo/ K. Rool. I won’t lie, I’m sad Skull Kid isn’t here but Banjo more than makes up for that. Banjo and Kazooie I never thought could be possible in real life. I am so hype.

    Rating: 5
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  5. Luke Waugh
    Luke Waugh says:

    To the guy who said that the Miis have been covered. You are wrong. They’ve been moved, they are now between K. Rool and Mewtwo

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  6. says:

    Everyone, there will be a Nintendo direct on November 8th at 3 pm PT and it will be focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This direct will be over 25 minutes long. According to my sources this direct will mostly be about the modes. But there will still be announcements for characters, stages, items, and online.

    1. Incineroar
    2. Mach Rider
    3. Shadow (echo)
    4. Ken (echo)
    5. Isaac

    New Stages
    1. Aether Paradise
    2. Mach Rider (this is the stage name)
    3. Sunset Heights
    4. Battle Harbor
    5. Venus Lighthouse

    Items – There will be more Pokémon and Assist Trophies revealed

    Online battles – For Fun and For Glory return, and there will be online tournaments.

    1. Break the Targets
    2. Home Run Contest
    3. Multi Man Smash
    4. Race to the Finish
    5. Events
    6. All-Star
    7. Boss Battles
    8. Smash Run
    9. Smash Tag (new)
    10. Spirits (new story mode)

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  7. mono says:

    @pasta guy
    keep your fake leaks to 4chan please
    also please stop trying to make incineroar happen

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