I actually hope Ultimate is the final Smash of Phase 1, if you will, and that the next Smash is a long way away and revolutionizes the genre with many new features, modes, better online, story, etc. Because of this, and to make it really feel like a phase 2 rather than just another Smash sequel, I hope that they eliminate all characters from games not available on Switch (Nintendo or third party) or the next device. I want the roster to feel next gen just as much as the features. Cut everything pre-Switch unless they are making a game for it in Switch 2, then freely release said character around launch of their new game to hype it up alongside Smash. Let Ultimate be the end of Super Smash Bros. Let the next game be the beginning of Ultra Instinct Smash Bros.
In some way I agree with this. I know this is a rather unpopular opinion but I don't want a new Smash game very soon. It can take a good decade, or even longer. Smash Ultimate is already packed to the brim. I imagine the next game to be much smaller but trimmed from all the fat. However, for this to work out there needs to be a large gap in between, otherwise it would feel cheap and half-assed. Also, let's look at the concept of Smash, an arena brawler. Does this game need cutting edge technology? It can easily stay relevant on the market for a long time, even on the next Nintendo system. Especially at the current rate of diminishing returns in graphical capability. So yeah, I don't want a new Smash very soon. Also, let's give Sakurai his damn break already and let him do something new. He does great things when he wants to. Let him enjoy a breath of fresh air for once.
We're going to get A LOT of cuts in Smash 6, and not nearly enough new fighters.
Outside of that, you'll have some very popular staple characters in the franchises that will most likely stick around like Mario - Peach and Bowser; Zelda - Zelda and Ganondorf; And then, some of the popular, more Nintendo-associated 3rd party reps like Sonic, Bayonetta, and Mega Man.
I agree. The roster is pretty inflated and could easily be downsized. A new Smash game is probably going to be smaller instead of bigger, at least that's what I think.
Actually partially agree with the OP. There should be more Nintendo characters and less 3rd parties.
But please no Waluigi.