In fighting game fandom, clone characters are traditionally a big no-no. Not only do they steal valuable roster space that could otherwise be given to a new or mechanically unique character, but they stink to high heaven of imaginational bankruptcy. Yet, Nintendo's all-star series, already an exception to other established genre rules, just can't add enough of them to satisfy demand.
Bespoke characters will, of course, always be preferable to simpler palette swaps - and to the team's credit, that's going to be Smash Ultimate's focus for the immediate future - but those take time and a whole lot of money, so with a character sheet already boasting more than 50 unique characters, there's bound to be some overlap.
It's for that exact reason that the term "Echo Fighter" was coined.
Without it, characters like Ken, Dark Samus and Richter could never have made the cut, but now? The floodgates are open.
All eyes are focused on the standalone DLC characters to come, but once those have settled in? Additional Echo Fighters have been neither confirmed or denied, but if the former comes true, these guys should be front of the queue.
Joe is a freelance games journalist who, while not spending every waking minute selling himself to websites around the world, spends his free time writing. Most of it makes no sense, but when it does, he treats each article as if it were his Magnum Opus - with varying results.