Here’s What We Learned From Today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct

With today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct coming to an end, there’s most definitely a whole lot of information to digest. From the inclusion of legendary Castlevania characters Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont, all the way to Donkey Kong antagonist King K. Rool, there’s a whole lot going on in the world of Smash. After watching the Direct live in a lounge room surrounded by some of my best friends — who also happen to be some of the biggest Super Smash Bros. fans I know.

Let’s discuss the elephant in the room first of all; yes, Luigi absolutely is dead. Death came and took the Green Man away from us, and now he is no longer alive. On the real though, here’s everything we know about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate title on Nintendo Switch. During today’s Direct, it was announced that the title would feature two new core fighters, and an additional three echo fighters, though it remains unknown if that number will increase before the game releases.

Additional Characters

  • Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
  • King K. Rool (Donkey Kong)

Additional Echo Fighters

  • Richter Belmont (Castlevania)
  • Dark Samus (Metroid)
  • Chrom (Fire Emblem)

In a series first, Ultimate will allow players to either display the entire roster with echo fighters given their own individual icons or allow for echo fighter icons to stack for a more compressed roster. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also contain the largest stage roster in the series’ history, with a total of 103 stages after the inclusion of today’s announcements and before DLC. Some of those announcements included the likes of Dracula’s Castle, New Donk City Hall, and “Gamer”. Additionally, all stages will be available from the moment you start the game and can be enjoyed even in 8-player mode.

The game also looks to shake up the way you play, offering a substantial roster of game types with unlimited customizability over numerous fields. Whether you’re enjoying the new “Squad Strike” mode which allows for either 3v3 or 5v5 brawls, or “Tournament Mode” in a whopping bracket of up to 32 players, you’ll be spending just as much perfecting your game style as you will actually playing the game. We additionally saw the addition of a number of new assist trophies and Pokémon, only further adding to the craziness of the title.

Those who are mostly in it for the music will be pleased to find out that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features a mind-blowing 900+ song tracklist, allowing for screen-off listening, as well as playlist creation and various other functionalities. Sakurai wasn’t shy in sharing that if all that music was played in a single sitting, you’d have over 28 hours of songs on your hands. There are plenty more announcements that were shared, and honestly speaking, words simply can’t put them to justice. When you’ve got a moment, be sure to treat yourself to the latest Direct video above.

Set to release for Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018, we’re sure we’ll be seeing plenty more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news and announcements before we get our hands on it. Until then, however, those interested in checking out even more information can head over to Nintendo’s official website.

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