Thank god for geeks, because nobody else would have ever figured this out. Some people went digging around in the new update patch for Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and discovered a clue pointing to a new character.
According in a report on Ars Technica, the patch contained a couple of hidden, unused audio files suggesting that the classic Street Fighter character Ryu might be the next character coming to the game.
From their story:
"The files, labeled "snd_bgm_SF01_SF2_Ryu_3DS" and "snd_bgm_Z81_F_Ryu_3DS," were first discovered by a reddit user ... and were later confirmed by the editors of The Cutting Room Floor Wiki, a must-visit resource for hidden and deleted bits from classic games. Those files contain pitch-perfect recreations of Ryu's stage background music and winning quote music from Street Fighter II."
The Nintendo fighting game franchise is known for licensing characters from outside the Nintendo world, but ironically, they're rarely what you'd think of as fighting game characters. Ryu, of course, is one of the most famous fighting game characters of all time.
Get ready to hadouken the crap out of Mario.