As it turns out, being a Spirit within Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does not de-confirm a roster spot. ARMS fighter Min Min has officially been confirmed by Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai as the first character in the game’s Fighters Pass volume 2.
It's ramen time! Hailing from the legendary Mintendo Noodle House, Min Min joins #SmashBrosUltimate as DLC fighter 6!
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) June 22, 2020
Initially teasing that an ARMS representative was coming during the Nintendo Direct Mini last March, the info was kept top-secret by Nintendo up to this point. With the events leading up to now and the COVID-19 pandemic causing a substantial stir in the gaming industry, it was no longer guaranteed that the DLC fighters would meet their assumed release dates. Thankfully, Min Min was left undeterred, as she will still be released by the end of June—on the 29th—as promised.
Along with Min Min, additional Mii Fighter costumes were revealed in conjunction with the DLC package. Players can purchase Mii costumes based on Callie and Marie from Splatoon, Heihachi from the Tekken series, Ninjara from ARMS, and in the most shocking reveal of all, Vault Boy from the Fallout series.
A small, but noteworthy detail was also included for the game in the next update. Players will be able to replay Spirit challenges whenever encountered through the Spirits List menu in the game. While never elaborated as to if this could potentially ease the burden of having to wait for rare Spirits to appear on the Spirits Board, it is a more convenient way to brush up on one’s Spirit-wielding strategies—and obtain an accumulative high score, too.
Sakurai explains during the livestream that the decision to include Min Min was mostly due to Kosuke Yabuki, the producer of ARMS, wishing for her to be included. He goes on to explain that he, himself, was considering Ninjara, as well. This may or may not have led to the decision to include Ninjara as a Mii Fighter costume.
ARMS was originally released June 16th, 2017, during the infancy of the Nintendo Switch’s lifespan. It received moderate success both financially and critically, selling 2.1 million units as of September 2018 and with a 77 on Metacritic.
Min Min and the previous DLC fighters can be purchased through the Fighters Pass DLC page on the official website.