A new Nintendo Direct focusing on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has provided plenty more information about stages, items, music, and even some more new fighters! So we’re here to sum up all the exciting new reveals! The direct runs a little over 25 mins and you can watch it for yourself below:
Castlevania is coming to Smash! Yup! Castlevania! In the form of brand-new fighter Simon Belmont, as well as his Echo Fighter, Richter Belmont. As well as the iconic Vampire Killer whip, Simon will be able to use a range of sub-weapons seen throughout the Castlevania series, including the axe, cross, and holy water. His Final Smash is the Grand Cross. While Rondo of Blood protagonist Richter is an Echo Fighter that uses the same moves as Simon, he still has his own unique look, dialogue lines and animations.
In a similar fashion, Dark Samus from Metroid and Chrom from Fire Emblem will also be joining the fray as Echo Fighters of Samus and Roy, respectively. The player can choose for Echo Fighters to be displayed as separate contestants on the Character Select screen or as stacked images on the character they are an Echo Fighter of.
Lastly for the new additions is Donkey Kong villain King K. Rool. He attacks with a blunderbuss that lets him fire cannonballs at his opponent, as well as his crown which he uses as a boomerang. He looks like a really fun new character and was a fun way to round off the Direct!
A variety of battle types will be available:
– Classic Mode – The single-player mode that pits you against a series of enemies returns! Each character has a set selection of opponents they will face in this mode.
– Stamina Battle – One of the standard modes in Super Smash Bros. along with Stock Battle and Time Battle, Stamina Battle sees you fight to deplete each other’s stamina until only one is left standing.
– Tourney Mode – Up to 32 fighters can participate in Tourney Mode, be they players or CPU contestants.
– Squad Strike – In Squad Strike, players face each other in 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 battles, using 3 or 5 characters consecutively in one super action-packed battle!
– Smashdown – In Smashdown (or as I’m going to call it, Fire Emblem Classic Mode), previously selected characters will not be available in the following round, forcing players to pick a different fighter! It’s a good idea to get to know all of Ultimate’s extensive roster so as not to be caught out in this one!
– Training – Training has undergone some changes, and now includes an exclusive stage which features a grid which helps measure the distance and trajectory of fighter knockback. Different colours indicate tracking according to different levels of a fighter’s damage percentage.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces a Final Smash Meter, in addition to Smash Balls (and the previously revealed Fake Smash Balls for extra chaos). The Final Smash Meter charges up as you fight and you can unleash a weaker Final Smash move when it’s full. You have the option to disable this ability if you want to.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s massive list of stages sees a return of favourites with some tweaks and improvements, as well as some new ones. New stages include Mario Odyssey‘s New Donk City Hall and Dracula’s Castle to accompany the Castlevania newcomers. As in the Castlevania series, you can destroy candles in Dracula’s Castle to get items!
The game has over 100 different stages, but over 300 if you include the Battle and Omega forms of each one! Every stage supports eight-player battles, and features the option to turn off the stage hazards.
As with the other aspects of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo has gone all-out on the game’s music! Players will now be able to select tracks for each stage in the My Music section. Rather than have one piece per arena, tracks will be listed by series in My Music and can then be selected for use in relevant stages. Including all the game music tracks and pieces heard elsewhere in the game, such as on menus, there are over 900 music tracks! If you played them one after the other, it would last for 28 hours, and that’s without repeats! When playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Handheld mode, you can still play music even with the screen turned off, allowing the Switch to function as a portable music player. Neat!
There are lots of new items in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including additional Pokémon and Assist Trophies!
New items include:
– Banana Gun
– Killing Edge
– Death’s Scythe
– Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom
– Rage Blaster
New Pokémon include:
– Alolan Exeggutor
– Alolan Vulpix
New Assist Trophies:
– Zero from the Mega Man X series
– Knuckles from Sonic The Hedgehog
– Krystal from Star Fox Adventures
– Rathalos from the Monster Hunter series, who will also appear as a boss
– Shovel Knight from Shovel Knight
– The Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
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