Simon Belmont, King K. Rool and More Details from ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Direct

Tons of new information regarding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was shown during the Aug. 8 Nintendo Direct, including roster additions, music, stages and more.

Director Masahiro Sakurai gave a rundown of what fans can expect when the next installment of Smash comes to Nintendo Switch in December, starting with a new characters and Echo Fighters. The latest additions include Simon Belmont of the Castlevania series and King K. Rool from Donkey Kong Country.

Here’s everything revealed during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct.


NEW CHARACTERS

Simon Belmont brings an array of items and attacks ripped straight from the classic games to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Belmont’s specials include his Holy Whip, which can be controlled similarly to Sheik’s whip. However, this weapon is a bit slow, and leaves Simon vulnerable.

Holy Water, Uppercut and Holy Cross are his other special attacks. Belmont’s Final Smash is called Grand Cross, which puts the opponent into a coffin before he unleashes a barrage of attacks.

Richter Belmont will also join Smash Ultimate as an Echo Fighter of Simon. He will have his own look and feel, but will be modeled after Simon.

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Sakurai also revealed two other Echo Fighters, Chrom and Dark Samus, who will accompany Roy and Samus. Each will be a variation of the characters they are modeled after. Dark Samus, for example, glides across the ground and seems much lighter.

The stream revealed that Echo Fighters can be displayed on the character select screen as separate characters or in the corner of the character they are echoing.

The end of the Direct featured another cinematic trailer revealing King K. Rool. He has a counter move, can hurl his crown like a boomerang and can launch cannonballs at opponents.

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STAGES

Simon Belmont’s stage is Dracula’s Castle. There, items will appear if a candlestick is hit by an attack. Bosses from the Castlevania series will also appear randomly in the stage. There will be 34 music tracks from the Castlevania series, both old and new. Dracula himself will appear in Simon’s stage, but it’s unknown what will cause the king of the vampires to arrive on the battlefield.  

Beyond Castlevania, many of the stages in Smash Ultimate are returning favorites, such asw Pokémon Stadium, Garden of Hope, Brinstar Depths, Summit, Unova Pokémon League, Magicant, Gamer and Final Destination.

New stages like New Donk City Hall from Super Mario Odyssey will also be included. The classic N64 Smash stages will return and the development team retained their original look.

There will be 103 stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Every one will be available from the start. Players can transform each stage into Battlefield and Omega forms, and the game will also include the option to turn off Stage Hazards. A new feature called Stage Morph will allow for a stage to change into another in the middle of a match. The choice of stages can be selected before characters are chosen.

MUSIC

There are more than 800 tracks in total to choose from. However, the options for each stage are limited to the series in which the music originates from. So a Legend of Zelda stage will only play tracks from that series.

Players can make their own playlists and listen to every track in the game in the library. You can even play the music when the Nintendo Switch screen is off in handheld mode.

RULES

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces the option to change battle rules before a match. You’ll be able to save preset rules to make things easier.

Sudden Death has been changed to have the camera slowly zoom in on the characters to give a more dramatic feel.

Final Smash meters are a new battle feature in Ultimate. A gauge underneath a character’s percentage will slowly fill up during a fight, and it’s possible to unleash a weaker version of a Final Smash. However, no two Final Smashes can be activated by different players at the same time, so time it carefully.

BATTLE MODES

The presentation showed a mysterious mode in the Start screen Sakurai wouldn’t talk about yet. We did find out more about other new and returning modes.

  • Squad Strike is a five-on-five or three-on-three elimination battle.
  • Tourney Mode automatically sets up a clash between a chosen number of players and NPCs. Up to 32 players can participate in Tourney mode.
  • Smashdown is a new battle mode that forces players to choose a different character after every match.
  • Training mode will have its own exclusive stage with a grid that displays launch distance. Red line is at zero percent and blue line is at 100 percent damage. The character’s weight will also be taken into account.
  • Classic Mode will return.

ITEMS

Along with new stages, there are new items, Assist Trophies and Pokémon that will be introduced in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

  • Banana Gun fires one powerful bullet, but looks like regular slip Bananas.
  • Killing Edge is a sword that periodically glows, indicating a power boost.
  • Bombers can be thrown and will explode on contact or in mid-air
  • Death’s Scythe will instantly K.O. fighters who have high percentage
  • Staff, is a projectile weapon that deals more damage to opponents the further away they are
  • Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom reverses your opponent's controls.
  • The Rage Blaster gun deals more damage the higher your damage percentage.

NEW POKEMON

  • Alola Exeggutor
  • Abra teleports players
  • Solgaleo unleashes a massive fire attack
  • Lunala unleashes Moongeist Beam
  • Mimikyu uses its Z-Move on opponents
  • Pyukumuku counters opponents attacks
  • Vulpix and Alolan Vulpix launch fire and ice attacks
  • Marshadow
  • Ditto transforms into its trainer and fights alongside you

ASSIST TROPHIES

  • Alucard, son of Dracula
  • Zero
  • Knuckles
  • Krystal
  • Kplatrap
  • Kapp’n
  • Chef Kawasaki
  • Gray Fox
  • Nikki
  • Shovel Knight
  • Moon (from Majora’s Mask)
  • Rathalos (from Monster Hunter)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release Dec. 7

What do you think of the new characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? What was your favorite part of the Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments section below.