Nintendo debuted the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct video presentation today, a month before the game launches exclusively for the Nintendo Switch system. The company introduced viewers to the new modes, fighters and gameplay features that will be part of the highly-anticipated title, including details about the upcoming DLC.
On the list of new fighters that were announced today are Ken from the Street Fighter series and Incineroar from the Pokémon franchise. With the latest two reveals, all 74 playable fighters have been unveiled. If you were hoping for more fighters, don’t worry, additional fighters, stages and music tracks will be coming in the form of DLC. Piranha Plant is also coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for early purchasers. Players can purchase the digital version of the game or register their physical game card on a Nintendo Switch device by Jan. 31, 2019, to gain access to this new fighter when it is available around February 2019 at no additional cost. Piranha Plant, together with a new stage and music tracks, will be available for purchase as DLC in the future.
Nintendo also confirmed that all the new fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including future DLC, will get their own amiibo figures. This includes Ken, Incineroar and Piranha Plant, as well as the recently announced Simon Belmont and King K. Rool. The currently scheduled release timing is as follows, with details about future figures on the way: Inkling, Ridley and Wolf – Dec. 7, 2018; King K. Rool, Ice Climbers and Piranha Plant – Feb. 15, 2019; and Isabelle, Pichu, Ken, Young Link, Daisy – 2019.
Nintendo also announced an incentive for fans to pre-purchase the digital version of the game. My Nintendo members who pre-purchase the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com will earn a bonus of 300, or double, Gold Points. This limited-time offer runs now through 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 6. The bonus points will be issued on the game’s launch day.
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“There are still elements of today’s presentation that hold a lot of secrets for players to discover, but with the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only a little more than a month away, this Nintendo Direct presentation is a final look at one of the most massive games Nintendo has ever produced,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With so much to experience and discover in this game – and with a huge library of other games to choose from – we believe fans are going to be playing a lot of Nintendo Switch this holiday season.”
As for the highlights of the event, Ryu’s rival Ken is joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster as an echo fighter. This Ken is based on his appearance in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, and while he has some similar moves to Ryu, Ken is a slightly faster fighter and has a different shaped Hadoken. Incineroar, the advanced evolution of Litten, who made his first appearance in the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games, is also joining the roster. Incineroar uses pro-wrestling moves, culminating in an epic Final Smash called Max Malicious Moonsault, based on his Z-Move from the Pokémon games.
Nintendo spent a lot of time talking about SPIRITS in the game, which are getting a major overhaul in the new installment. In the world of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many video game characters lose their forms and become “spirits” that serve as a power-up of sorts for a player’s main playable fighter. There is a massive number of wildly different spirits, ranging from Chibi-Robo to Dr. Wily to Tails to Revolver Ocelot, with the giant list of characters going on and on. Players can equip primary and support spirits to power up or add additional abilities like speed or strength to their fighter during battles. Mixing and matching spirits will help players get the upper hand against certain opponents, Nintendo hopes that this will add a bit of strategy to battles. Equipping a spirit is similar to equipping a charm or accessory in an RPG, it’s a way for players to enjoy a massive amount of additional video game characters outside of selecting them as playable fighters. There will also be Spirit Battles, which is the main way to acquire spirits. After winning a Spirit Battle, players will have to complete a roulette challenge to acquire that spirit. By battling with spirits by their side, players can level up spirits, giving them extra power and sometimes unlocking enhanced forms. The more leveled up and trained spirits are, the more powerful and useful they are. Because players might collect an abundance of spirits, the game will offer recommendations for primary and support spirits, making the selection process a little bit easier.
As we mentioned earlier, new fighters, stages and music will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate through the end of February 2020 in the form of paid DLC. For $5.99, players can purchase one set, which includes a new playable fighter (not an Echo Fighter), a new stage and a variety of music tracks. By purchasing a Fighters Pass for $24.99, players will get access to five yet-to-be-announced sets, which is five new fighters, five stages and multiple music tracks, as they release. Players who purchase a Fighters Pass will also receive an in-game outfit based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 starting December 7th.
Pre-purchasing the digital version of the game with the Fighters Pass in Nintendo eShop or on Nintendo.com before 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 6 will earn My Nintendo members 425 bonus Gold Points, or double the usual amount. The bonus points will be issued on the game’s launch day.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, assist trophies do exactly what their name suggests – they assist players in battle. Each assist trophy is based on a recognizable video game character and unleashes a variety of different powers, both offensive and defensive. The total number of assist trophies in the game is 59, representing characters like Guile from the Street Fighter series, Isaac from the Golden Sun RPGs, the Fly Swatter from Mario Paint and Spring Man from ARMS.
When playing as a Mii Fighter, players can customize their outfits and voice options. Some new Mii Fighter outfits have also been added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lets players battle together with friends and family members via local wireless or online. “For Fun” and “For Glory,” which existed in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, are no longer options. Instead, matchmaking is based on three factors: Preferred Rules, which lets players choose their rules for battle and pair up with others with similar preferences, Global Smash Power, an online leaderboard that pits players against others with a similar score, and Proximity, players who are close to each other geographically. When playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online, two players can team up on one Nintendo Switch system online and take on other teams with the same setup.
With the Nintendo Switch Online app on smartphones, players can voice chat with others in battle arenas. A mobile service called Smash World is also being developed. Instead of focusing on stats, the new service allows players to post and watch videos, as well as other fun features. More details about the service will be revealed in the future. Once a player’s Global Smash Power is high enough, she or he will be invited to compete in elite in-game battles. These VIP matches are for the best of the best and offer some serious competition. Everyone who competes online will need to create a unique Smash Tag. By beating a fellow fighter, players will receive their Smash Tag to display on their profile. Collecting a bunch of Smash Tags is a great way to show off high-level Super Smash Bros. Ultimate accomplishments. Players can select pre-determined short messages, assign them to the control pad and send them to other players before and after battles. The game offers a wide selection of varied preset messages. As in previous games, players can watch other players battle in Spectator Mode, analyzing the battles of other players can be helpful in learning new strategies and techniques. Players can play other modes while they search for an online battle, and while not every mode will be available while waiting, but it’s a great way for players to keep occupied between online battles.
Players can create custom battle arenas when playing online that allow them to compete against other players in a more intimate setting. In a battle arena, there are options to join a battle, wait in line or spectate.