‘Super Smash Bros Ultimate’ Release Date Revealed, Ridley Confirmed

Nintendo is shining its brightest light at E3 on Super Smash Bros Ultimate, with more details and roster reveals announced during its E3 2018 presentation, including the Switch game's release date, Dec. 7. There was a lot of information to digest during the video presentation, so here’s a rundown of what was revealed.

RETURNING CHARACTERS

Every character from every Smash game will be in Ultimate, even those like Pichu and Wolf will return. Snake from Metal Gear will also return for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

NEW CHARACTERS

The biggest news was the inclusion of Ridley in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Ridley is from the Metroid series and is Samus’ arch nemesis.

Daisy also makes her way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Echo Fighter. Like how Lucina is Marth’s Echo Fighter, Daisy will be Peach’s and have similar movesets, but there will be some subtle differences between the two.

STAGES

A ton of returning stages with upgraded graphics will be included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. New stages like Moray Towers from Splatoon and Great Plateau Tower from Breath of the Wild will be included.

Battlefield and Omega forms of stages will be available that will change how stages play.

NEW TECHNIQUES

There are subtle differences in the mechanics. Air Dodge has been improved to make it easier to grab ledges and avoid damage. However, too much dodging will decrease your intangibility.

Perfect Shield will trigger when players release the shield button, but they’ll need to time it perfectly.

OTHER TIDBITS

  • Damage dealt in one-on-one battles will be increased.

  • Leaders will be have a flashing light on them during battles.

  • GameCube Controllers can be used with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

  • All the amiibo are compatible even from a different series.

  • Pikachu can now be female.

  • Fox's final smash is different and overall are faster.

  • Falco's final smash.

  • Samus can now charge in midair and can be cancelled.

  • Marth's dancing blade is faster and easier (also for Roy and Lucina).

  • Snake and Shadow Moses Island returns.

  • King Dedede's has a new final smash.

  • Pichu returns and still damages itself.

  • Zelda has a new final smash.

  • Sonic's Final Smash is much faster than before.

  • Pac-Man's Final Smash is also faster.

  • Pokemon Trainer can switch between Pokemon and can play with a female trainer.

  • Cloud's Limit Gauge will be present at all times.

  • Robin's limit with weapons is shown.

  • Players can see what Villager pockets.

  • Bowser's Final Smash is bigger and better.

  • Wolf's moves have been upgraded.

  • Players can choose Shulk's arts skill on the fly.

  • Mii Fighters had their moves balanced.

  • Pit has a new Final Smash.

  • Zero Suit Samus has a new FInal Smash.

  • Rodin is now an assist trophy.

  • Wario's Final Smash is overhauled.

  • Donkey Kong has a new Final Smash.

  • Little Mac has a revamped Final Smash.

  • Ness and Lucas has a new Final Smash.

  • Mega Man's Final Smash included Protoman and Bass.

  • ROB has a new gauge on its body that determines how long it can float.

  • Lucina and Dark Pit are now considered Echo Fighters.

  • Squid Sisters are assist trophies.

  • You can knock out assists but some can't be defeated.

  • Bewear, Solgaleo are confirmed to appear in Pokeballs.

  • Bomberman is an assist.

Before Nintendo’s E3 2018 Direct, the only confirmed roster members were Mario, Link and the Inklings from the Splatoon series. Fans attending E3 2018 can book an appointment to play the new Super Smash Bros. at Nintendo’s booth all week.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Nintendo Switch is set to release Dec. 7.

Are you excited for Super Smash Bros Ultimate coming to Nintendo Switch? Which of the confirmed characters are you looking forward to playing as? Let us know in the comments section below.