Nintendo Delights Fans With More Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Reveals

New characters, new stages, new assist trophies, and oh-so much more.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

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.

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  • Avatar for LunarFlame17 #1 LunarFlame17 9 days ago
    My pre-release reactions to every Smash game:

    Original: (Didn’t know it existed. Too busy playing Final Fantasy games on my PlayStation and moping about girls.)

    Melee: What is this crap!? Why is this a launch title for the GameCube and not a new Mario game!!??

    Brawl: Hey, this looks kind of intriguing

    Smash 4: Yeah! New Smash Bros! I can’t wait!


    Anyway, it’s funny how your tastes change as you get older.
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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #2 AceOfCakez 9 days ago
    I am supremely impressed.
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #3 Wellman2nd 9 days ago
    The one thing I will say is that they have certainly gone all out for the intro animations.
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  • Avatar for SIGGYZtar #4 SIGGYZtar 9 days ago
    Is it really Gray Fox or is it Mr. X?

    And will Raiden be an "Echo Fighter" for Snake?
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  • Avatar for Kirby-Queen #5 Kirby-Queen 9 days ago
    I've played SO MUCH Smash Brothers that I finally became super fatigued from it. I was most hype for a smash game before the first smash and before brawl. Now I'm not as interested in the games. I'll probably skip this game unless there are single player reasons to stay. Bosses and a single player story campaign will have me reconsidering. Also if they add in the Kirby Super Star style arena boss rush... that'd be cool.
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  • Avatar for docexe #6 docexe 8 days ago
    The surprising thing is how Sakurai managed to drop so many bombs yet still managed to be a tease, what with that obscured mode when he showed the menu.

    Hopefully it's something single player related. Smash Board was fun for the occasional reunion with friends, but I would prefer a new Adventure mode or something like that.

    I guess we'll have another Smash Direct between here and December.
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