Special edition of 'Smash Ultimate' comes with a GameCube controller

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Returns with Castlevania's Simon Belmont and Way More Info

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Returns with Castlevania's Simon Belmont and Way More Info

Final Smashes now have a meter that can be filled to perform a slightly weaker version of the attack than the Smash Ball allows. Simon seems a touch slow, but his whip gives him a huge amount of range and it looks like he hits hard. Along with the addition of Simon is his fitting Echo Fighter, Richter Belmont, and the newest stage (Dracula's Castle). Talking about previous games, Sakurai shared the number of stages in each game of the series so far. Luckily, Castlevania series star Simon Belmont was on hand to save the mascot's harvested soul.

Well, sort of. There are actually only two *brand* new pugilists, plus three extra "Echo" fighters - altered clones of existing characters. Ultimate was the addition of King K. Rool as a playable character. Ultimate, but don't worry if that's too much righteousness for you - King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong Country series is on his way, too. With four months left to go, Nintendo wants to hold some surprises back for reveal a little later, and Sakurai just teased one of them today. The classic Pokemon Stadium, Unova Pokemon League, Garden of Hope, Brinstar Depths, Summit, Magicant, Gamer, and Final Destination stages were all confirmed to be returning. Ultimate, dubbed the "darkest stage" in the game. Echo fighters in Super Smash Bros. Music was previously tied to each stage, but now the selections are only tied to the franchise represented by the stage. Playlists can also be created in the game for playing, and used in handheld mode with the screen off. Besides a new stage based on an actual grid that helps measure distance, it can also transition into a Battlefield-style stage complete with platforms. The first the eliminate the opposing team, wins. Rathalos is the first character in Smash history that can show up as both an assist trophy and a boss character in single-player modes.

Smash Brothers Ultimate will ship with 103 stages in total, each one of which is available from the moment you start the game, can be scaled up to 8 players at once, and can be transformed via various options. The Direct also showed a glimpse of the Tourney Mode in Ultimate, which supports up to 32 players and can mix-and-match players in with CPU opponents.

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