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Nintendo shows off Smash Ultimate’s features


On August 8th, Nintendo published  the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, starting with the rooster’s newest addition, Simon Belmont from the Castlevania Series, Simon uses the iconic vampire killer as his main weapon, and the axe, holy water and cross as special attacks. Not only that, but Simon comes along with Richter Belmont and Alucard, who also joins the smash fighters, Richter as an echo character and Alucard as an assist trophy, Richter is an echo carachter of Simon, much like Lucina is to Marth or Ganondorf to Captain Falcon in Melee. Nintendo went all out with this collaboration, this can be seen in the Castlevania stage, which features the game mechanic of receiving items if objects like candlesticks are attacked, classic enemies like the mummies, Medusa, Frankenstein’s monster, Flea man, the werewolf, Death, Carmilla, and Dracula himself as the boss of the stage, the stage also comes with one of the most important aspects of the series, the music, the stage features 34 music tracks of new and classic tunes.

The Belmonts are not the only newcomers to the fight, Sakurai announced the addition of both Chrom and Dark Samus as echo fighters, but something that must be pointed out, is that Chrom seems to be an amalgamation of Marth and Ike, using abilities from both of these fighters.

Smash Ultimate will boast the highest number of stages in the entire series, having 103 stages in total, all of them as regular and omega stages. In comparison, Smash for the Nintendo 64 has 9, Melee for the GameCube has 29, Brawl for the Wii 41 and Smash for the Wii U 56. Ultimate also comes with the new feature of stage morph, which allows you to choose two stages, and while playing, these stages will come into play one after the other in the middle of the fight.

Going back to music, Ultimate counts with more than 800 tracks of music, not counting fanfare and menu music, these 800 tracks amount to 28 hours of melodies if played non stop.

As for the assist trophys,honestly, there’s too many new ones to make mention of them all, but I will talk of two that stand out, Shovel Knight from Shovel Knight, an indie game which plays as the games of yore, if you haven’t tried it, I certainly recommend to do so, the game is a lot of fun and comes with free expansions for the story. The other would be Rathalos, a monster from the Monster Hunter series, Rathalos comes also as a boss in the Monster Hunter stage of the game, and this stage does bring high hopes of hearing of  an announcement of a hunter coming as a new playable character in the game.

To bring the video to a close, Nintendo showed one last new fighter, King K. Rool, Donkey Kong’s arch nemesis and highly requested petition by the fans. King Rool fights using gadgets from the Donkey Kong Country game and his own prominent belly to attack and counterattack.

That would be it for the most pressing matters that the Nintendo Direct brought to the table, but there’s more details mentioned in said video, if you have time, take a look in the link at the start, I hope you’re as exited as me.



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