Current thoughts on Ultimate DLC so far.
I still don't really care for Persona as a franchise, but Joker getting in was such a huge mindfuck that I couldn't even deny how hype it was. It's the first and only time a character was added whose home game isn't available on a Nintendo console, which seemed like a big deal at the time, and like it would open the floodgates to a whole new universe of possibilities—which it didn't really do, but still. It was a pretty kick-ass choice, and one hell of a way to begin the initial DLC cycle. He's also one of the few DLC fighters that doesn't completely suck to fight online, in my opinion, which is a plus.
Despite my lack of interest in Banjo-Kazooie, I've been pulling for Banjo fans to get their characters in since Brawl, because I've always agreed that they always seemed like a great fit for the roster. They wound up getting the most exciting trailer, too—even if the punchline relies on reusing a joke from the King K. Rool trailer. Super annoying character to fight online, unfortunately, but that doesn't take away from how good of a choice he was.
Piranha Plant was a great meme, and all my homies agree with me. Anybody who got salty about this thing was revealed has literally zero sense of humor, especially when they gave him out for free (you can complain about him not being free anymore, though). The only problem I have with Plant is that he got in before my boy Waluigi, which is pretty stupid, but whatever. Still the funniest joke character in the game.
Sephiroth is aight. After Byleth, I had a mental list of all the anime swordfighters that I would still be okay with getting added, and Sephiroth was one of those guys (the other two being Dante and Sora). It's nice having more villains to play as, and we were due for more Final Fantasy content anyway, so anime fatigue aside, this was one of the better choices they could've gone with on that end of things.
Min Min is whatever, just like the game she's from. Her presence on the roster has proven two things: DLC from newly-introduced franchises do NOT necessarily have to be the main character (even though the Arms creator said that everyone in Arms is the main character... but whatever), and that Spirits don't actually disconfirm characters at all, opening the door for other hopefuls like Geno, Rayman, or Shantae. That's cool, and Min Min's a pretty unique character with some fun gimmicks, even if she's not the hypest choice ever.
Terry is kinda whatever, too. The Fatal Fury games don't really ligiht a candle to Street Fighter, in my opinion (I still need to play some King of Fighters games, though)—and while Sakurai's presentation did manage to sell me on the concept of having him in the roster, considering the sheer amount of love they put into all his stuff, I still can't help but shake the feeling that Terry is basically just Ken with a hat.
Hero is whatever. Definitely not opposed to having Dragon Quest content in Smash, but boy, is Dragon Quest shit ever boring. It certainly doesn't help that his completely RNG-based kit is a total fucking abomination to everything I believe is good in life.
Steve is pretty dumb. I like Minecraft just fine, and I appreciate that they also gave us Enderman and stuff, but... yeah. One of the most obnoxious characters to fight online, too.
It's difficult for me to argue that Pyra and Mythra shouldn't be in Smash, and I don't even know if that's what I think—all I know is that I hate them intensely, and that Xenoblade is one of the cringiest franchises that Nintendo is responsible for publishing.
Byleth was an insult, and is the reason why I'm glad I never bought a fighter pass.