Nintendo packed a whole lot of new information about Super Smash Bros Ultimate into its August 8 Direct presentation. We met some new characters, saw some new stages, and learned about some new game mechanics. Here's a quick summary for your convenience and pleasure.
- First and foremost: There are two new fighters on the roster, and three echo fighters. The newcomers are Simon Belmont and King K Rool. The echo fighters are Richter Belmont, Dark Samus, and Chrom.
- New assist trophies galore! Look for Zero from Mega Man X, Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog, the entire damn Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Rathalos from Monster Hunter, and more.
- Old favorite stages are making a comeback, including the Pokémon Stadium, the Fountain of Dreams, and the Summit from Ice Climbers. There's a new stage, too: New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey. Yes, the song is in it. You know which one.
- Speaking of music, there are over 800 music tracks in Smash Bros Ultimate! You can even arrange them in a playlist and listen to them while you carry your Switch around.
- New Pokémon are coming. Alolan Exeggutor stretches to the top of any stage it's summoned in, Alolan Vulpix commands an ice breath attack, Abra just straight-up wills existence into a black hole, and Mimikyu pulls you into a terrible, terrible death under its cloak / costume. Solgaleo, Lunala, Ditto, and other new 'mon are in the game as well.
- Rejoice, single players: Classic Mode is back. You can engage in Super Smash Bros Melee's group battles once more.
- There are a host of new multiplayer modes as well, including a tournament mode. The intriguing new "Smashdown" mode doesn't let players select the same fighter twice. An improved Training option really lets you hone every aspect of your skills, too.
- You'll find a bunch of new items, including a banana that doubles as a gun(!!), and Death's own scythe. Death's weapon instantly reaps the souls of any fighter who are already low on health.
Lots of additional little details found their way into the presentation, too—and there's almost certainly more to come before the new Smash game arrives in December. Take a look at our extensive Super Smash Bros Ultimate guide for everything you could possibly want to know about this big, big endeavor.