Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai are set to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the Smash game to beat them all. Wednesday’s Smash Bros.-focused Nintendo Direct unveiled a whole slew of new details, most importantly the addition of five new characters, including Simon and Richter Belmont of Castlevania fame, Chrom the Exalted Prince of Fire Emblem, Metroid’s Dark Samus, and the Crocodile with a Crown, King K. Rool.
Both Simon Belmont and King K. Rool are the game’s newest original characters, and probably the biggest additions to the game. To celebrate the arrival of Simon Belmont to the franchise, Nintendo is also adding Dracula’s castle as a brand new stage. The vampire lord Dracula makes an appearance as a boss in Smash Bros., while his son Alucard is an assist trophy you can find in the game. Meanwhile, new additions like Richter, Chrom and Dark Samus are considered Echo Fighters.
As if that weren’t enough, new details were revealed for the games stages, music and modes. The Direct confirms that there will be 103 different stages, with variations making it up to more than 300 stages. Most stages will be returning from previous entries, including the N64 and 3DS versions of the game. Another change to how stages work is the ability to toggle Stage Morph, a new option that allows one stage to transform into another during the middle of the battle.
Smash Bros. has always been a love letter to Nintendo and the various franchises that make up the game, especially when it comes to the music selection. There are over 800 tracks in Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is more than 28 hours of music. Previously, each stage had its own set of music. Now, all music tracks from a certain series will play if the stage is related to that franchise. Music can also be played on handheld mode, even when the screen is off.
Lastly, Nintendo revealed details about the game’s various modes and how the game plays. Sudden Death mode gets a drastic change that zooms in the camera the longer the battle goes on. Options are available to add a Final Smash Meter to multiplayer, which allows players to charge up their Final Smash for use—however, the damage your Final Smash does is dependent on how much you charge it. New modes include an elimination mode called Squad Strike, the return of Tourney mode, and Smashdown mode, which prevents players from picking previously selected fighters.
Other additions to the game include new items, assist trophies (including Zero, Rathalos, Shovel Knight and more) and Pokemon. A mystery mode was teased towards the end of the Direct, with many speculating about the return of Adventure mode. Overall, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is shaping up to be the most ambitious Smash Bros. game yet.
You can visit the Smash Bros. website to get more details on the game’s newest characters and watch the full Nintendo Direct video below.