Nickelodeon All Stars Brawl (NASB) released earlier this week, and fans have already found some very interesting information hidden in the files of the game. Dataminers have uncovered some characters and stages that were not included in the original release, including a cat that hates Mondays and some cool-looking stages.
It’s worth noting before we go any further that there is no guarantee these files mean any of the content is planned DLC, as they may be things left over from development that were scrapped prior to release. However, we do know there are DLCs planned for NASB in the future, so it may well be that these are additions to the title we can expect to see down the line.
As we already mentioned, the headline is probably the existence of an incomplete character animation and moveset for Garfield, and a stage that accompanies him, or acts as his home turf, titled "Sweet Dreams". The stage itself looks to be roughly similar to Pokemon Stadium 2 from Super Smash Bros, with a flat play area and a two platform layout that would be great for competitive play.
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Garfield, Shredder coming to NASB?
Alongside Garfield in the hidden files are plans for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain Shredder and his henchman Rocksteady, with the former also having dialogue for a role in the "arcade" portion of NASB. None of the characters are complete, but it looks as though Rocksteady is likely a scrapped entry, where Garfield is more fleshed out based on the information data miners have uncovered.
Alongside the characters and stages are also a number of alternative outfits for existing characters, and items that aren’t in the release version of NASB. With the game having been put out as soon as the devs were able to take advantage of the hype surrounding its release, in part generated by the Smash Bros community, it is possible these will come to NASB at a later date, with the developers needing first to gauge public support on release before knowing their budget for extra development.
Developers Ludosity has already confirmed there will be some form of DLC in the future, and when appearing on stream with Smash pro Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma they expressed their desire to continue to support their game in the way that Smash Ultimate has been, with future characters and presumably paid expansion passes. It seems likely they will have the support to do so, with the game already topping Steam sales charts and popular among players on Nintendo Switch.