I think it was a pretty safe bet to assume that Nintendo would spend a good portion of their E3 Direct today breaking down what to expect from their upcoming Super Smash Bros. game. What I didn’t expect though was just how much we got from their upcoming Super Smash Bros. game. But the name is apt and says it all – this is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Ultimate is not an overstatement. With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai and his team at Sora are looking to create a game that celebrates and encapsulates the entirety of the series’ near twenty year existence. And at the heart of the game is, of course, the characters.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo is bringing back every character that has ever entered the series as a fighter. A little more than two and a half minutes through Nintendo’s Smash showing, Solid Snake’s reappearance is confirmed. And with Snake came the words “Everyone is Here!” The hype was real.
Snake, Pac-Man, Ryu, Bayonetta, Cloud, Mega Man, Sonic – every third party character returns. And they are all available with the base game at launch. No character will be behind a DLC pay wall (to start). Although you will have to play through the game to unlock your additional fighters.
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Sakurai stated that with the inclusion of every fighter ever, he’s hoping fans won’t be too demanding with pleas for new fighters. The game’s director did show off Daisy as a new combatant though. However, she’s an “echo” (clone) of Peach. But the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showcase did conclude with one big new addition (who said big!?) – Ridley.
A gorgeous CGI trailer shows Samus leading Mario and Mega Man through a dark, open corridor. Mario and Mega Man begin getting picked off one by one until only Samus remains. She sees the space dragon headed for her and a close up shows the panic in Samus’ eyes. Her perennial adversary is here to haunt her within the Smash Bros. series now too.
The game is being developed with upwards of “ten thousand” changes being made. All the series’ previous stages are making reappearances too, with updated graphics on each and every one. Final Smash moves are being adjusted. Every character’s will now be much quicker and straight forward. No more dancing around the screen as Super Sonic or hoping to land a blow with a cumbersome tank as Fox. The moves are much more efficient and automatic now.
The entire presentation is roughly 25 minutes in length and it’s a crucial watch for any excited fan of the series. The majority of the time spent is the developers taking a deep dive on the roster and explaining what has changed since we’ve last seen these characters – some of them (Young Link, Pichu, Wolf) over ten years ago.
Nintendo dropped a release date before they bowed out too. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes to Switch on December 7th, 2018.