Nintendo kicked off their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct today by killing their premier mascot's younger brother. In a shocking display of brutality, the Grim Reaper itself appeared to reap Luigi with such force that his soul became visible as it exited his body. Luckily, the Reaper's reign of terror proved to be short lived with the intervention of renowned vampire hunters, Simon and Richter Belmont, both of whom will be playable characters when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases later this year.
Masahiro Sakurai, the director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, took to the camera to discuss the appearance of Castlevania in the Smash Bros. franchise. Castlevania itself brings an additional 34 music tracks and a special stage that incorporates random boss appearance from across the vampyric series. Alucard will also appear as an assist trophy with a bevy of blood-sucking ability
Chrom from Fire Emblem: Awakening and Dark Samus have also been added to the roster as echo fighters, slight variations on classic combatants.
Sakurai then went on to reveal a great number of returning stages like Summit, Pokemon Stadium, Guar Plains, and more. Some new faces made an appearance, too, such as New Donk City Hall. A colossal number of stages have been included, 103 unique stages, each with two variations. Players can now select an option to morph the stage during a match, causing the battlefield to shift and change over time.
Oh, and all of those stages and menus contain over 900 music tracks - over 28 hours of music. A soundtest mode can be accessed that acts as a music player on the go with the Switch's screen turned off.
A number of gameplay improvements have been revealed. Stamina Battle has returned as one of the standard smash modes. Rule presets can be made to enable quick access to favorite configurations. The screen in Sudden Death slowly zooms in to increase the sense of urgency. Tournament support has been added, too! The new training mode takes place on a grid to help get a feel for the impact of different moves, with an option to turn on trajectory tracking.
Oh, they have also added a banana gun - it's a gun that looks like a banana that shoots a powerful banana bullet. Probably one of the best things ever.
A whole slew of new pokemon have been added to Smash Bros. with new faces like Lunala and classics such as Abra finally getting their chance to shine.
Monster Hunter appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, too! Rathalos, a giant dragon creature, appears as a boss and an assist trophy, marking a first in the Smash Bros. series.
Before the end of the Direct, Sakurai teased a mysterious mode that Nintendo had blurred out on the main title screen. Then the screen faded to black... and they revealed Donkey Kong Country nemesis King K. Rool! Long requested for the fighting game franchise, Rool uses a variety of underhanded pirate tricks, seems to command a colossal laser cannon, and is generally everything players ever wanted from a giant lizard man.
Check out the Nintendo Direct for yourself - and also please get someone to check on Luigi. He was clearly very much not okay.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on December 7 for Nintendo Switch.
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