Masahiro Sakurai recently hosted a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct earlier this morning, which reveals new details for the game. The direct revealed several new characters as well as various other details for the game.
First, the direct revealed that both Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont from the Castlevania video game series are joining the roster. Simon Belmont will feature various moves based on his various abilities in the Castlevania game series and Richter Belmont will be his Echo Character.
Next, the direct took a look at the Dracula’s Castle Stage based one of the famous locations in the Castlevania game series. The stage will feature various bosses within the game series including Dracula, himself.
Thirdly, it has been revealed that Allucard, aka Dracula’s son, will be an Assist Trophy. Fans of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night should recognize his various attacks.
Fourthly, two new Echo Fighters were revealed. Chrom from the Fire Emblem series will finally make his playable character appearance as an Echo Fighter to Roy. Chrom originally was a part of Robin’s final smash so it is nice to see him playable this time around. Dark Samus, who was previously featured as an Assist Trophy in Smash Bros. Wii U/ 3DS will be making her appearance as an Echo Character to Samus.
Fifthly, the direct featured a look at how Echo Fighters can work in the game on the character select screen. Echo Fighters can be used in their own character slots, however they can also appear as an alternate character to the specific characters they “echo.”
Sixth, some of the stages were revealed including returning stages from previous games. One of then new stages revealed is New Donk City Hall, which is a famous locale featured in Super Mario Odyssey. Masahiro Sakurai announced that the game will feature 103 stages so expect crazy battles ahead. Stage hazards, which was previously impossible to turn off, will now be able to be turned off/on. Stages will also be able to morph into different stages, which can be chosen before a match starts. Speaking of choosing stages, players will now chose stages before they select their characters.
Seventh, the direct featured a look at the music tracks in the game. The game will feature over 800 tracks, which are featured throughout the various stages in the game. Fans will also be able to listen to the various tracks in handheld mode.
Eighth, the direct featured a look at the various battle rules. Players will know be able to save their own rule sets, which will make it easier to start matches sooner. Stamina Battles will also work as a standard battle option unlike in previous game where it was listed under “Special Smash.”
Ninth, some new battle modes were revealed. In “Squad Strike” players will be able to fight in either 3 vs. 3 or 5 vs. 5 elimination battles. “Tourney Mode” will also make a return, which looks like it will be able to be played locally. This is a great feature since unfortunately it was only available online on Smash Bros. Wii U/ 3DS. The final new mode that was revealed was “Smashdown.” In this mode players will continuously chose different fighters as the previously chosen characters cannot be used in the next battle.
Tenthly, new details for “Training Mode” was revealed. In all the previous titles in the Smash Bros. game the Training Mode was pretty self explanatory and it allowed players to practice with characters and the items in the game. This time, however the mode has been updated. In Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Training Mode will also feature an exclusive stage where players will be able to track attack and launch distances.
Eleventh, the direct took a look at the items in the game. Some of the new items include the Banana Gun, Killing Edge, Bomber, Death’s Scythe, Staff, Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom, and Rage Blaster. Poké Ball and Assist Trophy summonings were also revealed. One of the Assist Trophies featured in the direct is the powerful Rathalos from the Monster Hunter franchise. The Rathalos will also appear as a boss on what looks to be a stage based on the Monster Hunter franchise.
Lastly, the direct featured a look at one final character reveal, which is none other than King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong game series. This is extremely exciting to see since he has been a long time fan asked character and has been absent from the Donkey Kong game series for some time.
Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released for the Nintendo Switch on December 7.