Nintendo just aired a Direct for Super Smash Bros Ultimate. If you missed it or wanted to go back over everything that got announced, we’ve got you covered!
The Direct started with a character reveal for Simon Belmont from the Castlevania series as well as Richter as an Echo Fighter. Simon’s reveal comes with Dracula’s Castle as a stage and Alucard as an Assist Trophy.
The Simon reveal was immediately followed up by two more Echo Fighters: Chrom (Fire Emblem) and Dark Samus (Metroid).
We also got a flurry of stage announcements including Pokemon Stadium, Garden of Hope, Brinstar Depths, Summit, Unova Pokemon League, Magicant, Gamer, Final Destination, and New Donk City Hall. In total, there are 103 stages in the game with each stage having a Battlefield and Final Destination form as well. While many old stages got reworked to look better than ever, stages from the original Smash Bros on N64 have kept an old school look similar to how they looked on the N64. In addition, Sakurai confirmed that all stages will be available right away and you can jump into 8-player smash on any stage. You can also turn on a new “Stage Morph” option and set the game to morph between two different stages during a match.
Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature the largest soundtrack yet, with a total of around 900 tracks, or 28 hours of music. You can create your own music playlists in the game, and even play music with the screen off in handheld mode!
If you have items turned off but still want to use Final Smashes, you can now turn on an option that lets players charge a Final Smash during a match that lets you unleash a weaker version of their Final Smash once their meter is filled. There are also a number of new battle modes including:
-Squad Strike: Jump into 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 character elimination matches against a friend. In this mode, you and your opponent can choose up to 5 characters at once and instead of the match ending when one character’s stocks runs out, the next character spawns right away and keeps the match going until all characters on one side have been eliminated.
-Tourney mode: This is a return of the tournament mode from Melee, where you can enter a combination of up to 32 players and CPU opponents and the game will automatically generate a tournament bracket for everyone to fight through.
-Smashdown: After a battle ends, the previously selected fighters will be grayed out and cannot be selected again by any player. You can do this just a couple times to try out different characters, or play through the entire roster.
-Training: Training mode now includes a grid to measure attack and knockback range and charts knockback distance for multiple damage percentages so you can see how strong your attacks are the higher your opponent’s damage is.
-Classic: As always, Classic mode is back where you run through a set number of battles against CPU opponents as a single character.
The Direct also showed off a host of new Pokemon that can emerge from Pokeballs including Alolan Exeggutor, Abra, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu, Pyukumuku, Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix, Marshadow, and Ditto. We’ll also get Zero from the Megaman series, Knuckles, Krystal, Klaptrap, Kapp’n, Chef Kawasaki, Gray Fox, Nikki, Shovel Knight, the Moon from Majora’s Mask, and Rathalos from Monster Hunter as Assist Trophies.
We also got a peek at the game’s menu screen, although one section was mysteriously blurred out with Sakurai noting that he “can’t talk about that yet”. There’s no telling what it could be, but many fans have been asking for a story mode after it was excluded from the 3DS and Wii U version so that’s definitely a possibility.
The Direct closed out with a trailer for King K Rool from the Donkey Kong series.
Overall we ended up with two new fighters and three new Echo Fighters with Sakurai noting that there will be more to come. We’re just four months away from release so we won’t have to wait too long for any future announcements.
The Smash Bros site has also been updated to include information from today’s Direct, which can be perused here.
Chris started loving video games at a young age, playing Super Mario World and Star Fox on his parents’ SNES. Although Nintendo (the Switch in particular these days) is still front and center for him, he also spends a fair amount of time on his PS4 and PC. He is also a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Star Fox franchises. Chris enjoys watching basketball as well and is a huge fan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Plays: Switch, PS4, PC.