Major Revelations in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8/8 Direct

Even with a supposed leak of a fighter in the late hours of yesterday evening, Nintendo managed to still come off strong with plenty of new reveals for their upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, launching worldwide December 7. Here’s the quick rundown.

Two New Fighters – Simon Belmont and King K Rool – Grace the Stage

Because the only thing that really matters is new fighters, here’s two new ones to get you interested. With Nintendo’s last reveal of Ridley during E3, we have two new fighters coming to the field, one being Castlevania’s Simon Belmont (and his respective Echo Fighter Richter) and the other being Donkey and Diddy Kong’s nemesis King K Rool.

Simon will feature his classic whip weapon and have his own featured stage, Dracula’s Castle, which brings in 34 soundtracks from the Castlevania series, and a chance to find Dracula himself as a boss. King K Rool, in a humorous reveal video, uses a blunderbuss cannon in combat. 

Echo Fighters: Chrom, Dark Samus, and Richter Belmont

Need I say more? Echo Fighters, which have move sets based on other fighters, are a new feature added to Smash Bros. Ultimate, and this Direct unveiled three new faces: Chrom from Fire Emblem Awakening, Dark Samus from the Metroid series, and Richter Belmont, based on Simon, both of whom appear to echo each other.

Echo Fighters can stack on top of the character they’re echoing, which means that they can switch each other with the press of a button. This does not mean that they can be freely switched in battle, but as more of a menu feature.

New Stages from Super Mario Odyssey and Castlevania

Super Mario Odyssey’s New Donk City Hall makes its way to the game, and features the song Jump Up Super Star that debuted in Super Mario Odyssey. Mentioned earlier, Dracula’s Castle makes its way to the game as well with 34 soundtracks from the Castlevania series, and an opportunity to fight Dracula as a boss. How to fight him will surely be unveiled in future.

Speaking of stages, with the battlefield modes and Omega stage options, there are over 300 stage combinations to choose from – all unlocked out the gate. Stage hazards, in addition, can be turned off.

Stage Morph and Music – Lots and Lots of Music!

We can now use a new feature called Stage Morph, which seamlessly transitions between two chosen stages in battle.

There are over 900 tracks in this game, a staggering number that also can be played as an MP3 player on the go with the Switch. Tracks are now organized by the game they appeared in, not just by stage. Returning is the feature that allowed players to choose the frequency at which songs showed up on stage.

Items, Pokémon, and Assist Trophies

Item highlights included the Killing Edge weapon from Fire Emblem, Banana Guns, Death’s Scythe, the Rage Blaster, the appearance of Alolan Exeggutor, Solgaleo, Abra, Lunala, and Mimikyu.

New Assist Trophies are available, with the highlight trophy award going to Rathalos from the Monster Hunter series, who appears as both a boss and a trophy, a series first.

New Game Modes and Updates

  • Classic Mode returns – fight a gauntlet of fighters in single player.
  • Stamina Mode – fighters lower their opponent’s stamina until one player is left standing.
  • New Final Smash Meter – a bar that, when enabled, will fill during battle and can unleash a weaker Final Smash. Only one Final Smash will occur on the screen at a time.
  • Squad Strike – 3v3 or 5v5 squads assemble. Feels like the Regimental Shokugeki from Shokugeki no Soma. 
  • Tourney Mode – in the ultimate party game playoff, Nintendo unveils the option to have a tourney scrambler that can hold up to 32 fighters complete with its own bracket generation system.
  • Smashdown – fighters taken out in this mode can no longer be selected. Will teach and encourage players to try out new characters.
  • Training mode – shows players more in-depth options like how far a character will launch based on their weight. Essentially, a cool physics simulation?

Well, for a thirty minute video, there was a ton of information to unpack. Stay tuned for more as the game gets closer to launch. Now, where exactly are Rex and Pyra/Mythra from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Can we have Rex pair with Nia and Pyra/Mythra as Echo Fighters?

Published by Brandon Bui, PharmD

Brandon Bui is the Editor-in-Chief and owner of Gamer Professionals. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from California State University, Fullerton, and is a Doctor of Pharmacy. Frighteningly obsessed with his Nintendo Switch and Breath of the Wild.