According to previously reliable Twitter user PushDustIn, the pop up displays are set to run until September 15. The last time similar ads appeared for the most recent Hero DLC, the character was released within a week.
Nintendo has previously said the Banjo-Kazooie DLC will be released in autumn/fall 2019, so any drop ahead of the season’s official start on September 23 would represent an early release.
On Sunday Nintendo uploaded a holding page for Smash Bros. Ultimate’s 4th DLC character, suggesting it could be preparing to ramp up its marketing for the add-on content.
The listing also suggested the next fighter could be related to developer SNK. SNK is best known for its cult fighting game series King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown, as well as arcade shooter Metal Slug.
Sakurai announced the release details for the Hero character DLC in July, via an unscripted, ad-hoc video which appeared in deep contrast to Nintendo’s usual slick video presentations.
In his latest Famitsu column, Sakurai explained that he no longer has the budget for high production video presentations, something he first joked about in the Hero presentation itself.