The highly anticipated Nintendo Direct for Smash Bros Ultimate did not disappoint. Masahiro Sakurai revealed tonnes of new content for the game and there are still plenty of features unannounced.
At E3 we learned that Ultimate would be jam-packed with content as every character that has ever appeared in a Smash game returns. Little did we know, that was only the tip of the iceberg.
New characters, stages, assist trophies, music, items, Pokemon and more were all confirmed in the Direct: here is everything Nintendo announced.
A new Nintendo Direct revealed an incredible amount of new details for Smash Bros Ultimate
The already impressive roster has increased to 67 as Nintendo sensationally confirmed five new characters who are making their Smash Bros debut.
One highly requested character confirmed this year’s game is Donkey Kong villain, King K. Rool. His announcement closed the Direct in hilarious fashion as the trailer initially teased the Kremling King, only for it to be King Dedede in costume. However, the alligator then did actually appear as he tried to get his hands on Donkey and Diddy Kong.
Donkey Kong main villain King K. Rool has been confirmed as a new character in Smash Bros
Also confirmed as a character is vampire slayer Simon Belmont who is part of a wide integration of Castlevania into Smash. Joining him is descendant Richter Belmont who will appear as his echo character.
On top of that, two more echo characters were also confirmed for the game: Chrom who is an echo of Lucina and Dark Samus who, obviously, is an echo of Samus. Sakurai showed off a neat feature in the character select screen where you can either display all characters separately or have echo fighters stacked on top of their counterparts.
Also joining Smash Ultimate is Castlevania echo fighters Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont
Two new echo fighters for existing characters are Dark Samus (Samus) and Chrom (Lucina)
As we mentioned before, Smash Ultimate has a ridiculous amount of content including an almost unfathomable amount of stages.
Smash Bros Ultimate newly shown stages
– Dracula’s Castle
– Great Bay
– Shadow Moses
– Living Room
– Flat Zone X
– Pokemon Stadium
– Final Destination
– New Donk City Hall
– Garden of Hope
– Brinstar Depths
– Unova Pokemon League
Smash 4 on the Wii U, including DLC, had the most stages of a Smash game with 56 in total (48 at launch). Ultimate blows that out of the water with a staggering 103 stages which will all be available and unlocked on releases. That number shoots up to over 300 when you take into consideration battlefield and omega forms.
There will also be an exciting new feature called ‘Map Morth’ which will allow players to select two stages which a battle will then alternate between. This adds variety to the gameplay and solves any arguments over stages. The same arguments can also be settled with a new settling which allows the loser to select the next stage.
One brand new stage announced was Dracula’s Castle, another addition from the Castlevania Series. The crazy level seems multiple monsters appear and interfere with fighters. The biggest monster of all is Dracula, a boss character who will appear on rare occasions. The stage will also incredibly feature 34 different songs from the Castlevania series.
Another piece of content from Castlevania for Smash Ultimate is the Dracula’s Castle Stage
On top of that, Nintendo also revealed there would be a map based on popular Super Mario Odyssey level, New Donk City. The City Hall map features all of the band members who, like in Odyssey, players can jump on to active them and have them perform.
Assist trophies, Items and Pokemon
Many highly requested characters have also been introduced to the game as powerful assist trophies. Some will be sad to not see them as playable characters but with the sheer size of this game’s roster, there’s no reason to complain.
Shovel Knight, Alucard (Castlevania), Knuckles (Sonic), Zero (Megaman), Krystal (Star Fox), Klaptrap (Donkey Kong Country), Kapp’n (Animal Crossing), Chef Kawasaki (Kirby), Grey Fox (Metal Gear Solid), Nikki (Swap Note), Moon (Legend of Zelda) and Rathalos (Monster Hunter ) will all appear as assist trophies. The latter will also be a boss in the game, becoming the first ever character to appear as both in a Smash game.
Highly requested character Shovel Knight will appear in Smash Ultimate as an assist trophy
Rathalos of Monster Hunter will be the first ever character to be both a boss and assist trophy
There are also plenty of new items in the game including the Banana Gun, Killing Edge, Bomber, Death’s Scythe, Staff, Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom, and the Rage Blaster.
Finally there are a few new Pokemon who can appear in Pokeballs hilariously including Alolan Execeggutor who cannot be climbed over. Also making an appearance is Abra, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu, Pyukumuku, Vulpix (and Alolan Vulpix), Marshadow and Ditto.
There’s a bunch of new Pokemon including Alolan Exeggutor who’s so tall he divides the stage
In addition to all of this, Sakurai revealed that the game will astonishingly feature over 800 music tracks feature on the stages, with this number going up to 900 compositions once you take into account things such as menu music and fanfares.
If you played every track in a row without looping or stopping, there is 28 hours of music. You can listen to all of the game’s music while in handheld mode, even if the screen on your Nintendo Switch is turned off.
One announcement which was made after the Direct was a limited edition bundle for Smash Ultimate which includes a copy of the game, a Smash Bros edition GameCube controller and a GameCube controller adapter which will allow up to four people to plug in and play. This was shown on a Nintendo UK Twitter account meaning the bundle may be a European exclusive.
A limited edition Smash Bros bundle will release with a GameCube controller and adapter
Furthermore, there are a couple of battle modes which will add another layer to the game’s local multiplayer. One esports-friendly mode will allow you to create tournaments of up to 32 players. There’s is also a battle mode for 3v3 or 5v5 which can be played as either teams or one person selecting a range of characters.
On top of that there’s a new mode called Smash Down which see’s you playing a few rounds of exhibition but once a character has been picked, they cannot then be picked again by anyone.
And if this all wasn’t enough, there is still one other major mode coming to the game which is yet to be announced. Sakurai hinted about the mode by showing the game’s main menu which had the mode blurred out. Early predictions are some sort of story or single-player mode but for now we will have to wait and see.
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