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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate revealed, here’s all you need to know + presentation, trailers, more

During the Nintendo Direct: E3 2018, we finally got our first proper look at Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch, which is called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It will be released on December 7th. You can check out the official website for more details about the game, including videos for the various fighters!

In case you missed it, here’s the full recording of the presentation:

And here’s the video introducing all the fighters available in this game (the number indicates the order they were added to the game):

  • 01 – Mario
  • 04 – Samus
  • 06 – Kirby
  • 14 – Bowser
  • 03 – Link
  • 02 – Donkey Kong
  • 07 – Fox
  • 20 – Falco
  • 21 – Marth
  • 17 – Zelda
  • 16 – Sheik
  • 45 – Villager
  • 24 – Mewtwo
  • 27 – Meta Knight
  • 38 – Sonic
  • 13 – Peach
  • 08 – Pikachu
  • 15 – Ice Climbers
  • 64 – Inkling
  • 11 – Captain Falcon
  • 29 – Zero Suit Samus
  • 47 – Wii Fit Trainer
  • 35 – Charizard
  • 34 – Ivysaur
  • 33 – Squirtle
  • Pokémon Trainer
  • 10 – Ness
  • 37 – Lucas
  • 60 – Ryu
  • 23 – Ganondorf
  • 32 – Ike
  • 61 – Cloud
  • 31 – Snake
  • 12 – Jigglypuff
  • 19 – Pichu
  • 25 – Roy
  • 40 – Olimar
  • 36 – Diddy Kong
  • 41 – Lucario
  • 21e – Kucina
  • 56 – Robin
  • 63 – Bayonetta
  • 26 – Game and Watch
  • 50 – Greninja
  • 59 – Duck Hunt
  • 42 – R.O.B.
  • 18 – Dr Mario
  • 28 – Pit
  • 28e – Dark Pit
  • 54 – Palutena
  • 62 – Corrin
  • 58 – Bowser Jr.
  • 43 – Toon Link
  • 22 – Young Link
  • 39 – King Dedede
  • 48 – Rosalina & Luma
  • 51 – Mii Brawler
  • 52 – Mii Swordfighter
  • 53 – Mii Gunner
  • 30 – Wario
  • 49 – Little Mac
  • 55 – Pac-Man
  • 57 – Shulk
  • 44 – Wolf
  • 46 – Mega Man
  • 09 – Luigi
  • 05 – Yoshi
  • Daisy
  • Ridley

The “Ultimate” in the title isn’t just for show: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features all the characters that ever appeared in a Super Smash Bros. game, even if they didn’t make it into all the games. Yes, every single one. Even Snake!

But don’t worry about being overwhelmed by the massive amount of characters: the starting roster will be pretty small. Even better: they’ve streamlined how you can unlock the various characters, and made it more interesting.

And in case you’re wondering: yes, the 8 players battles from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U are back!

Next, here’s some details about some of the characters appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:


  • easy to use
  • has Cappy in this game
  • can wear the Wedding and Builder outfits


  • wears the Champion’s Tunic from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • bombs are now Remote Bomb Rune (can be activated remotely)
  • Final Smash: Ancient Arrows
  • also wears the Tunic of the Wild

Ice climbers

  • they’re back!
  • once Nana is gone, you’re in for some deep trouble


  • wears his Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance outfit
  • also wears the Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn outfit
  • has slightly different voices depending on the outfit used


  • female Pikachu now available
  • Pikachu Libre also available


  • Design based on Star Fox Zero
  • Final Smash overhauled

Speaking of Final Smash, they have been overhauled: they’re now more straightforward, and “fast and ferocious”.


  • his Final Smash is similar to Fox’s, but more unruly


  • when in 1 vs 1, he always faces opponents


  • can now charge shots in mid-air. Can be cancelled, but it’s dangerous


  • Dancing Blade is faster (also applies to Roy and Lucina)
  • now fully voiced in English


  • The Shadow Moses Island stage returns

King Dedede

  • Final Smash: unleashes missiles


  • like in Super Smash Bros. Melee, its electric shocks damage it


  • design based on The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Final Smash: Triforce of Wisdom (sealing move)


  • Super Sonic Final Smash


  • received a speed boost

Pokémon Trainer

  • can now play as Female Pokémon Trainer too

Captain Falcon

  • slow-mo on strong attacks (1 vs 1 only)
  • Big Blue stage is back


  • Final Fantasy VII and Advent Children outfits available
  • Limit gauge now visible at all times

But it’s not just Cloud: various characters with gauges now have that very gauge displayed at all time on the screen:


  • you can see the remaining number of times they can use swords and tomes


  • you can see which items they have pocketed
  • 8 different versions of Villager


  • Final smash is now bigger and better

Game and Watch

  • now sports a closer look to original games

Young Link

  • yes, there’s now 3 different versions of Link in the game


  • now sprots his look from Star Fox Zero
  • his moves have been upgraded


  • Stone ability powered up (even more transformations)
  • more characters means even more copy abilities!


  • Monado art change on the fly, by using button + direct (instead of quick succession of button presses)
  • Fiora added to Final Smash


  • design based on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Final Smash: transformation into Demon King Ganon

Mii Fighter

  • their proportions were adjusted
  • moves enhanced for all types
  • now features 12 voice options
  • to be useable in online battles?


  • his Final Smash now features the Lightning Chariot

Zero Suit Samus

  • Final Smash: uses her Power Suit to fire a giant laser


  • when he takes damage, his helmets gets cracks, but those disappear after a while


  • both Bayonetta 1 and Bayonetta 2 costumes are available (shots fired are slightly different)
  • Rodin available as assist trophy


  • Transformational Final Smashes no longer include regular moves


  • rapid fire punches (DK Jungle Beat style)

In case you haven’t noticed, the presentation points out that the characters now features even better facial expressions.

Little Mac

  • Giga Mac Rush as Special Smash


  • Paula and Poo as support in Final Smash
  • Jeff as assist trophy


  • Final Smash: Kumatora and Boney as support

Wii Fit Trainer

  • new face, as requested by the Wii Fit developers

Mega Man

  • all hazards from both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS version in the Dr Wily stage
  • Proto Man and Bass as support in Final Smash


  • set special attack for each move
  • Down Special now works as both counter and deflector


  • now has a fuel gauge that shows how much further it can hover

A “new” type of fighter was introduced: Echoes Fighters, a fancy name of clone characters like Lucina or Daisy, a brand new character (an Echo Fighter based on Peach).


  • they can ink opponents to deal more damage
  • they can use various weapons from the Splatoon games as Smash and Special attacks:
    • Inkbrush
    • Blaster
    • Slosher
    • Splattershot
    • Splat Bombs
    • Splat Roller
    • Killer Wail (Final Smash)
  • can run out of ink, so you need to press the B button while guarding to go in ink and fill up your gauge
  • they have 8 different outfits, and each one has its own associated ink colour
  • Squid Sisters appear as assist trophee, with the camera closing up on them during the performance

Speaking of Assist Trophies, there’s been a major change: you can not only K.O them, but you also get some points for doing so. Be careful though: some of them really cannot be K.O.ed at all, so don’t bother trying!

Over 50 characters appear as assist trophies, and of course, there’s even more Pokémon in Poké Balls and items, too. In fact, there’s even a Fake Smash Ball now!

Next, here’s some of the stages appearing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:

  • Prism Tower
  • Green Green
  • Spear Pillar
  • Mario gGalaxy
  • Midgar
  • Kongo Falls
  • Lylat Cruiser
  • Princess Peach’s Castle
  • Spirit Train
  • Frigate Orpheon
  • Green Hill Zone
  • New Pork City
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Tortimer Island
  • Moray Towers
  • Great Plateau Tower

Of course, the returning stages all featured improved graphics. Also, all stages now have a Battlefield and an Omega Form, too

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features new techniques, such as:

  • Press and hold for rapid Strikes
  • Smash Attack to cancel your Dash
  • Ladder Attacks
  • Directional Air Dodge: increased mobility, but excessive dodging leaves you more and more vulnerable.

Finally, two more changes: in 1 vs 1 battles, attacks deal more damage than with more players. Finally, dring Time Battles, the fighter in the lead will sometime flash.

But that’s not all: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also compatible with the GameCube controller. A “new” version of the controller will be released, but if you already own one (when they were released alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U), you will not have to buy a new one: you will be able to use your trusted controller!

Next: amiibo. The game is compatible with all amiibo of all characters present in the game, including the figures not from the Super Smash Bros. series of amiibo. And there’s some new amiibo that will be released for Inkling Girl, Ridley, but also Daisy, Snake, and more.

Just like in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, you will be able to scan an amiibo to add a Figure Player to the game, and then level it up. Even better: you can transfer amiibo data from those games to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out on December 7th worldwide. The Upcoming Games page has been updated!

Source: Nintendo


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