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Nintendo Direct Recap – 8/6/2018

by on August 8, 2018

Well, I most certainly didn’t expect that much information at this morning’s Nintendo Direct!  Today, Nintendo announced a ton of great information about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.  If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it here.  But for now, here is a quick rundown of everything that you missed –

  • New Fighters: Simon Belmont and King K. Rool will appear in Ultimate.  Simon will have many attacks that you have seen from the Castlevania series, including the axe, cross, and holy water.  K. Rool uses a blunderbuss and throws his crown like a boomerang.
  • New Echo Fighters: Ricter Belmont, Chrom (from Fire Emblem), and Dark Samus will appear as Echo Fighters.  These fighters have the same move set as other characters, but with a different visual appearance.
  • Stages: The returning stages will have new visuals and tweaks, but there will also be new stages.  Dracula’s Castle from the Castlevania series and New Donk City Hall from the Super Mario Odyssey game made an appearance in the Direct. More than 100 stages will be in the game.  However, if you include the Battlefield and Omega forms, then Ultimate will have more than 300 stages to choose from.  Each stage can support 8 player battles and will have the option to turn off hazards.
  • Stage Morph: Making its first appearance in Smash Bros, Stage Morph allows you to seamlessly transition between 2 different stages during battle.
  • Music: You can now select tracks from each Smash Bros. series.  There are about 900 compositions to choose from.  You can also use a Handheld mode and play the tracks whenever you like, turning your Switch into a portable music player.
  • Items: New items being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate include the Banana Gun, Killing Edge, Bomber, Death’s Scythe, Staff, Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom and Rage Blaster.
  • Pokémon: Poké Balls are back, and many new and returning Pokémon may appear to assist in battle. Some of these Pokémon include Abra, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu and the enormous Alolan Exeggutor.
  • Assist Trophies: Some of the new Assist Trophies that are joining Ultimate include Zero from the Mega Man X series, Knuckles from Sonic The Hedgehog, Krystal from Star Fox Adventures, Rathalos from the Monster Hunter series, Shovel Knight from, well, Shovel Knight and the evil Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
  • New Modes: The direct discussed the Classic Mode, Stamina Battle, Squad Strike (3v3 or 5v5 skirmishes), Tourney Mode, Smashdown (when a fighter is used, you can use him or her in the next round), and Training Mode (a HUGE addition to Ultimate).

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7.  Make sure to follow Nintendo on social media and tune into GameOctane for more news about Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

What was your favorite announcement?  Let us know in the comments!

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