For Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, Masahiro Sakurai himself shared new screenshots and details via Miiverse. We actually got a fair amount of brand new details about the games, including some that were not even mentioned in the various presentations (Nintendo Direct, E3, etc.). And for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it looks like we’re getting daily updates on the official Super Smash Bros. account, in Japan.
In this post, you will find all the details, pictures and videos shared in November 2018. For the most recent updates, make sure to check out this post instead!
Today’s fighter is Yoshi. As expected, his moves are often related to eggs: he can throw eggs around, swallow opponents and turn them into eggs, and even turn into an egg himself before charging towards opponents. Thanks to his high jump, it’s pretty him for him to recover. Finally, his Final Smash sees an army of Yoshi stampede through the stage!
Yoshi first appeared in Super Mario World, released back in 1990. In that game, Mario helps him after he trapped in an egg, and so he decides to go on an adventure with him. Yoshi is actually the name of the tribe, and they come in many different colours.
Today’s fighter is the one and only Mr. Game & Watch!
And today’s item is the Flies & Hand Assist Trophy, from Mario Paint. When you use it, flies start buzzing around the stage, and a hand holding a fly swatter tries to swat them all. Make sure not to get caught by the fly swatter, or you will take a lot of damage!
This week’s music track is Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer BGM, the music used for the Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017 Trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The arrangement was supervised by Ryo Nagamatsu.
Speaking of music, it has been revealed that the singers of the main theme are Erina Koga (who happens to celebrating her 18th birthday today!) for the Japanese version, and Abby Trott for the English version. The music was composed by Hideki Sakamoto.
As for this week’s stage: it’s Suzaku Castle from the Street Fighter series. It has a large platform on the right, and two smaller ones on the right: the side you will favour will depend on your fighting style! As for music, this stage comes with tracks for 16 characters. When time is running out, or when you’re down to one stock, then the music starts getting more intense!
November 26th and November 27th
Yesterday’s fighter was Diddy Kong, who uses his light weight and agility to move around quickly. His Final Smash sees him takes to the air with his Rocketbarrel: he then starts firing his popguns, which can dish out a lot of damage… especially the final hit!
Diddy Kong first appeared in Donkey Kong Country, but it’s in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest that he made it big. In this game, he’s the protagonist, and he goes on a journey with his girlfriend Dixie in order to help Donkey Kong, who has been kidnapped.
And today’s fighter is Lucas. Just like Ness, he uses PSI powers, and in fact, some of their PSI moves share the same names. However, those moves may work differently, since the two have different abilities. When you trigger his Final Smash, he calls down meteor shower on the stage… along with Kumatora and Boney, it seems!
November 22nd and November 23rd
This week’s stage is PAC-LAND. This is an auto-scrolling one, where the scenery continually changes as the battle progresses. Will you be able to find all the hidden features from the original version of PAC-LAND?
And today’s item is another Assist Trophy: Chef Kawasaki, from the Kirby series. When used, he grabs opponents with his unusually long ladle, and then put them into a pot to cook them. This leads to health recovery items spawning on the stage… and opponents taking damage continually while he’s cooking! Of course, you can use those items to recover some of your health, but make sure to avoid thinking about the recipe!
This week’s music track is King Bowser from Super Mario Bros. 3, arranged by Koji Kondo himself!
And today’s fighter is Zelda, sporting her design from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. She’s a pretty tricky fighter, who can use various magical moves to reflect attacks and teleport. Her Final Smash allows her to seal opponents away in the Triforce of Wisdown, which insta-KO anyone with 100% damage or more!
Zelda appeared in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, first released 27 years ago (back in 1991). It had quite the TV Commercial! In most games from The Legend of Zelda series, Link and Zelda are only names: the characters themselves are completely different.
November 19th and November 20th
Yesterday’s fighter was Robin, who fights using the Levin Sword and 4 different Tomes. Unlike other fighters, Robin can only use his weapons a certain number of times (just like in Fire Emblem Awakening). In other words, if you don’t want to find yourself in trouble, make sure to keep a close eye to the battle situation and avoid using your weapons when you don’t need them. You can choose between the male and female versions of that character.
And today’s item is another Assist Trophy: Guile, from the Street Fighter series. When used, he simply crouches down… and waits patiently for any fighter to get near him, in order to deliver a Flash Kick in their face. You’ve been warned: don’t get too close to him!
Today’s fighter is Meta Knight, who is known for his many quick moves. His ability to perform a midair jump up to five times really sets him apart from most other fighters, especially as all his special moves also have a recovery aspect on top of that. Naturally, that also means you need to think careful about when to use those moves (if you want to win, that is). Darkness Illusion, his Final Smash, allows him to unleash a fast series of aerial attacks.
November 14th and November 15th
This week’s music track is Seaskape, from Splatoon. It was arranged by the one and only Hirokazu Tanaka, who gave the track a much more relaxed vibe.
And this week’s stage is Pokémon Stadium, which makes its comeback after 10 years. As you already know if you’re long-time fan of the series, the stage has several “forms”: basic, but also Fire, Water, Rock, and Grass variations. To get the upper hand on your opponents, it’s crucial that you learn to adapt your strategy to the current form.
As for today’s item, it’s another Assist Trophy: Akira, from the Virtua Fighter series. If you’re wondering why he looks so… blocky, it’s because his model was made using the same graphic style as his original appearance (that was in 1993!). He can use a wide variety of attacks, including his iconic Tetsuzankou (that was later used as Bayonetta’s forward throw!). He says his signature lie when he leaves the fight: “Juunen hayaindayo!”.
Finally, we also get some details about Spirits, which come in three types:
- Attack: has an advantage over Grab
- Grab: has an advantage over Shield
- Shield: has an advantage over Attack
Naturally, it’s recommended to use Spirits that are strong against your opponent’s spirit team.
Today’s fighter is Little Mac, who only uses his fists to fight. He’s a special character with a Power Meter: when it’s filled up, he can use a KO Uppercut, which can really turn the battle around if used at the right time. Thanks to his Final Smash, he can transform into Giga Mac, and deliver a furious rush of punches.
Little Mac first appeared in Punch-Out!!, originally released on Arcade back in 1984. He’s a 17-year-old boxer from America, who has to defeat some major opponents in order to become the world champion. Fun fact: he did not even have a name in that game!
Today’s item is another Assist Trophy: Yuri Kozukata, the protagonist of Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water / Project Zero: Maiden of Black Water. She uses her Camera Obscura to paralyse fighter a short time. Needless to say, getting paralysed in the middle of battle is something you definitely want to avoid at all costs!
Also, we got more details about Spirits. They can be found in two variants:
- Primary: they boost the physical abilities of your fighter;
- Support: they provide special skills
It’s up to you to find the right combination of Spirits for your fighters!
Today’s fighter is Captain Olimar, from the Pikmin series. His battle style is quite unique: he actually issues commands to various types of Pikmin. Each colour of Pikmin corresponds to a different ability. Interesting detail: Olimar’s alternate appearance replaces him with Alpha, his partner!
Olimar first appeared in Pikmin, originally released on GameCube back in 2001. By the way, did you know that the name of the mysterious creatures known as “Pikmin” actually comes from the pikpik carrots, Olimar’s favourite (he’s the one who name the little fellas)?
This week’s music track is Guile Stage, from Street Fighter II (Arrangement Supervisor: Yuzo Koshiro):
By the way, in case you missed it, the official website has been updated with the English and Japanese version of Lifelight, the main theme (the version with vocals):
And today, we also got some details about an element introduced in the Super Smash Bros. Direct last week, Spirits. Those are characters that have lost their physical forms. They play a key role in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as equipping your fighter with them allows you to power them up with various abilities.
One of the way to get Spirits is to take part in Spirit Battles. Those special battles have specific conditions, generally related to the charactr you’re battling. Win those matches and you will get a chance to capture the spirit!
Today’s item is an Assist Trophy: Spring Man. Just like in ARMS, he jumps and dashes around the stage, and he uses his stretchy arms to punch everyone on his path. He can also unleash a Rush Attack when he’s in a pinch!
Spring Man first appeared in ARMS, released in 2017 on the Nintendo Switch. He’s the main character of that game. By the way, it’s not just his arms that are springy: even his very hairstyle is! His fighting spirit is quite simply indomitable.
Today’s fighter is Ken, Ryu’s Echo Fighter. The differences between the two characters are actually based on those from the original game: Ken’s Hadoken has a different shape, his Shoryuken has flames, and he’s a bit faster. Finally, he has two Final Smash attacks: Shinryuken and Shippu Jinraikyaku, depending on whether you’re standing near another fighter or not.
This week’s music track is Battle! (Wild Pokémon), from Pokémon Sun and Moon. It was arranged by Hiroyuki Kawada!
And the latest fighter is Incineroar, revealed during the Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday. Many of its special moves come from the world of pro wrestling, which is hardly surprising given its very appearance is based on a pro wrestler!
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many of Incineroar’s moves are from Pokémon Sun and Moon: Darkest Lariat, Cross Chop, Revenge, etc.. Also, its Final Smash is none other than Max Malicious Moonsault, that allows him to deal a powerful blow thanks to the Z-Power!
Incineroar first appeared in Pokémon Sun and Moon, originally released in 2016. It’s the final evolution of Litten, one of the three starters. He has a pretty good balance between attack and defense, and his burning spirit burns as strong as a pro wrestler’s!
Today’s item is another Assist Trophy: Klaptrap. Those little buggers move back and forth on the stage, and they jump at the nearest fighter… before biting them down repeatedly. But don’t be fooled by their small size: those jaws are extremely dangerous… ouch!
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