Soon, brothers and sisters—soon, Smash Brothers will return. The latest edition of Nintendo’s button-mashing mascot-crushing fun fest arrives on the 3DS and the Wii U later this year. For years, the rumor mill has been churning with possible new additions to the lineup. We already know that Mega Man and Pac-Man are joining the Smash crew. But how deep would Nintendo dig into their back catalogue? Could Birdo finally be a playable character? Would Bubbles the Bubble Fish finally get her chance at a comeback? Whither the Tatangas of yesteryear?
Now, a possible leak appears to reveal at least one key new addition to the Smash pantheon. Sketchily-sourced but convincing-looking images confirm that the dog from Duck Hunt will be a playable character. Gamers of certain age will remember the dog from Duck Hunt more specifically as “that annoying motherf–king dog that laughed when I didn’t shoot any ducks, and no matter how hard I tried to shoot the dog in the face, he kept on laughing.” (You could actually shoot the dog in the arcade version of Duck Hunt. The ’80s were weird, guys.)
The leak also promises new additions like Bowser Jr. and Shulk from Xenoblade, but disappointingly does not indicate the presence of Conker, because there really is no God. According to the leaker, the Duck Hunt Dog will actually be teamed up with some helpful ducks, which strongly implies a softening of dog-duck tensions since the ’80s.
By way of making an official statement, Nintendo of America said, “We have nothing to announce at this time. For the list of announced playable characters for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS please visit: www.smashbros.com.” So there’s still some hope for you, Evil Floating Final Boss Genie from WarioLand!