Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Roundup
Nintendo's special Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct has just finished, and boy did they deliver. In addition to a range of new fighters, Nintendo also revealed new Echo fighters, new stages, new weapons and a limited edition version of the game when it arrives on December 7th 2018. If you missed the show, fret not, as we've covered the biggest announcements below, where you can also watch the whole show again.
As expected, Nintendo revealed a crossover with the Castlevania series to bring Simon Belmont to the fighting roster. Armed with his signature whip weapon, in addition to his axe, cross, and holy water, Belmont will also be able to call on a Grand Cross Final Smash. In addition, Belmont's unique stage is none other than Dracula’s Castle, which features candlesticks that release an item when destroyed.
Castlevania fans will also be able to call upon Alucard in battle as he appears as a new Assist Trophy. What's more, Richter Belmont, a descendant of Simon Belmont, also joins the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster as an Echo fighter.
King K. Rool joins the fight
Just before the show ended, Nintendo revealed that the beloved villain from all three Donkey Kong Country games, King K. Rool will be joining the ever-growing roster of fighters. King K. Rool can fire cannonballs at opponents, or throw his boomerang-like crown at his foes.
Dark Samus and Chrom join as Echo fighters
In addition to Richter Belmont, Dark Samus from the Metroid series and Chrom from the Fire Emblem series join the growing list of Echo fighters. As a huge Metroid fan, seeing Dark Samus appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings tears of joy to my eyes. She is naturally an echo of Samus, while Chrom is an echo of Roy.
103 stages to battle it out on
Nintendo revealed that there will be a total of 103 stages available for fighters to battle on, with fan favourites with new visuals and tweaks making up most of the returning stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nevertheless, some new stages were also announced, including Dracula’s Castle and New Donk City Hall. In addition, Nintendo revealed that each stage in the game will also support eight-player battles and feature the ability to turn off hazards.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also allow you to seamlessly transition between two different stages using the new Stage Morph option. If selected, your fighting arena will transform mid-battle, adding an extra level of challenge to battles.
In addition to fan favourites, new items being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate include the Banana Gun, Killing Edge, Bomber, Death’s Scythe, Staff, Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom and Rage Blaster.
Everyone loves a good Pokemon, and some news ones appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate include: Abra, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu and Alolan Exeggutor.
Assist Trophies will return in Ultimate, and Nintendo revealed that some of the new ones to enter the fray include Zero from the Mega Man X series, Knuckles from Sonic series, Krystal from Star Fox Adventures, Rathalos from Monster Hunter, Shovel Knight, and the evil Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
Nintendo boasts some of the most recognisable soundtracks in gaming, and the company revealed that players can select specific music tracks for each stage using a new tool called My Music. According to Nintendo, there are approximately 900 compositions in the game (more than 28 hours). What's even more exciting is that when playing in handheld mode, Nintendo revealed that the music can be played when the Switch screen is turned off. If you want a dedicated portable music player by Nintendo, now you've got one.
It wasn't just new fighters and stages which Nintendo revealed during its Direct. The company also revealed some new and returning game modes for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. These include:
Classic Mode: The single-player mode in which players battle against a series of fighters will return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Each fighter has a set of stages and opponents that she or he will face.
Stamina Battle: In addition to Time Battle and Stock Battle, Stamina Battle is also one of the standard modes. In Stamina Battle, players fight to deplete each other’s stamina until only one fighter is left standing.
Final Smash Meter: In addition to regular Final Smashes that can be activated after breaking a Smash Ball, the Final Smash Meter is now a selectable option. If enabled, players can charge their Final Smash Meter over the course of a battle. Once the Final Smash Meter is fully charged, players can unleash a less powerful Final Smash attack.
Squad Strike: When playing Squad Strike, players will participate in 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 skirmishes, with each player using either five or three consecutive fighters in one battle.
Tourney Mode: Up to 32 players can participate in Tourney mode, making it great for parties or events with a lot of people. And since Nintendo Switch can be played anywhere, these tournaments can even take place in unexpected places!
Smashdown: After battling in this mode, the previously selected fighters will no longer be available, forcing players to have to pick a different fighter for the next round. This mode favours players who are skilled with multiple fighters and encourages others to diversify their rosters.
Training: The improved Training mode includes an exclusive stage that features a grid, used to help measure the distance and trajectory of special moves and fighter knockback.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Limited Edition
In one final announcement, Nintendo revealed that a limited version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch alongside the standard release. This limited version will include the game, an official GameCube controller, along with an official GameCube adaptor. No pricing was revealed.