'Smash Bros' Nintendo Direct: New characters, modes returning

Judy Cobb
August 9, 2018

Today, during a Super Smash Bros Direct, Nintendo announced several new characters for Ultimate, alongside the inclusion of 103 stages. Simon Belmont and King K. Rool are coming as brand new fighters, while Richter Belmont, Chrom, and Dark Samus are joining as Echo Fighters. No date has been announced yet, but keep your eyes peeled for any updates! Ditto turns into fighters on the battlefield in a purple form.

While "Music" is still the same as it was before, it also updated with the first Castlevania track for Smash: an arrangement of Bloody Tears & Monster Dance together as one.

"Items" is ready to show you its wears as well - now featuring a small sampling of the weapons, tools, pickups, and more that can make your fights as insane and varied as can be. Playlists can also be created in the game for playing, and used in handheld mode with the screen off. Richter Belmont would later join the fray while also giving a glimpse of Dracula's son Alucard. 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 battles will be available, with each player controlling an entire team.

Another welcome addition is the inclusion of a structured Tourney mode, so players in larger groups can spend less time making brackets and more time competing.

And if you thought that was insane, just wait 'til you hear how many musical tracks the game will feature: 900.

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▲ The new training mode shows grids and indicators that predict an opponents launch distance ▲ The bottom left was purposefully blurred out. The big question for the rest of the year, for Smash fans, is now going to be what that mode could possibly be.

Though we've covered almost every thing that was announced today, it's also worth watching the Direct to see it all in action. The two play the same aside from differing looks and sounds: during the reveal, Masahiro Sakurai noted that the fearsome Vampire Killer whip gives them the longest-range standard attacks in the game, with the drawback that it leaves them vulnerable if they miss.

Luigi Mario is one of the most beloved characters in popular media. The craziest thing is that Nintendo isn't even done revealing things.

New Modes: A number of new competitive options were also revealed, including... This would make Super Smash Bros. While we wait for the next batch of announcements, let us know if you're excited for this game. Head down to the comments section and share your take!

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