Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct Reveals New Characters From Street Fighter and Pokemon

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct Reveals New Characters From Street Fighter and Pokemon

"Bah Gawd King, we've got a hot match here!"

The Super Smash Bros Ultimate Nintendo Direct introduced two more characters, and they're heavy-hitters. Ken from Street Fighter follows his buddy, Ryu, into the ring. Not to be outdone, Pokémon's Incineroar joins the fray, too.

Ken is an echo fighter of Ryu, though there are numerous differences: As per the Street Fighter games, Ken's Dragon Punch is stronger than Ryu's (it's on fire, y'know), his Hadoken bears a different shape, and he's generally a faster fighter. His Final Smash is the Shinryuken, which creates a huge firestorm. If an enemy is close by when he initiates a Final Smash, he'll initiate a Shippu Jinraikyaku (another firestorm. Protip: Don't get caught in either one).

Incineroar, the Heel with a Big Heart, is the third evolution of Litten from Pokémon Sun and Moon. He's a grappler, and nearly all his moves would be at home in WWE—particularly if the wrestlers on that show ever find a way to set themselves on fire while performing. Incineroar brings the Darkest Lariat (a spinning move from Pokémon Sun and Moon), and a Cross Chop that leaps up into the air and comes crashing down. Best of all, Incineroar can spawn wrestling ropes anywhere to bounce rivals off them. With correct timing, you can perform an Irish whip that smashes your foes as they come spinning back towards you.

Incineroar's Final Smash is the Max Malicious Moonsault, his Z-Move from Pokémon Sun and Moon. Incineroar comes crashing down from on high and douses his foes in fire. Hope you enjoy third-degree burns.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is out on December 7. We've got Super Smash Bros Ultimate guides galore, so bathe in their glory.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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