Everyone collectively lost their minds last week when Smash Bros. was finally announced for Switch. But with the announcement now out of the way, the fan theories and speculations about new characters and stages have finally started. And Funimation may have just added some fuel to the fire with their recent tweet, asking Nintendo when we could see Goku in Smash Bros. for the Switch.
— Funimation (@FUNimation) March 12, 2018
This tweet is certainly by no means any sort of confirmation that Goku will appear in the new Smash Bros. game. It appears to be more of a fun jest at Nintendo. However, many fans have wanted to see Goku in Smash ever since the Smash Ballot of 2015. Which raises a few questions. One, is Funimation serious? And two, would Nintendo let it happen?
The answer to that first question is probably a yes, considering having their character in one of the most anticipated games of the year would only be good publicity for the Dragon Ball franchise. The second question is a little more tricky though. So far in the franchises lifetime, there has yet to be a character introduced who didn’t start off with their own video game series.
For example, Sonic, Pac-Man, and Mega Man have all had their own TV shows and comics, but they all originated from a video game series. The opposite is true for the Super Saiyan Goku. Nintendo breaking that mold of having characters who come from classic video game franchises join the fight seems highly unlikely. But there is a problem with this argument. Goku technically could be considered a classic video game character.
The Dragon Ball franchise is no stranger to the world of video games, with a history of releases dating back to the Japanese Famicom. Even though the series started with a manga and TV anime there are many people that associate Dragon Ball with its rich history of video game releases. What is even more interesting about Dragon Ball’s video game lineage is that most of its titles were developed by Bandai Namco.
Bandai Namco, of course, is the developer behind many of the Smash Bros. games, which does make this pairing seem a little more likely. So could we see Goku in Smash Bros.? Well, that is still all up to speculation at this point, but if Funimation continues to flirt with the idea, then who knows what could happen.
So what do you guys think? Is it possible we will ever see Goku in Smash Bros.? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and be sure to check out more great gaming news and articles.