Several new and returning modes are coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The announcements came this morning when Nintendo revealed that five new characters will be joining game's the roster.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is bringing back every fighter in Smash history. The game will include a massive roster of 68 characters, with Metroid's Ridley, Daisy, and the Inklings joining the action for the first time. Details on the new characters and updates made to the returning fighters were revealed at E3. Due to the focus on the game's roster, Nintendo's E3 presentation didn't include much information on the game's other features.
During a Nintendo Direct video presentation, Sakurai announced that Donkey Kong Country villain King K. Rool, Castlevania's Simon and Richter Belmont, Metroid's Dark Samus, and Chrom, one of the three protagonists of Fire Emblem: Awakening, are joining the fight. Several new modes were also unveiled, including Squad Strike, which allows players to choose between three and five characters for a single match and face off in teams of 3-on-3 or 5-on-5. When one character is defeated, the player will switch to the next fighter.
The new Smashdown Mode keeps players from using characters more than once. The point of Smashdown Mode is to encourage players to try out new fighters and diversify their rosters. Ultimate is also bringing back the popular Tourney Mode from past installments. The mode lets players compete in a tournament against other players, or computer-controlled characters. This mode was only included as an online feature in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Sakurai says that there is still one more mode that has yet to be revealed.
The total number of stages in Ultimate is 103, a shocking increase compared to the last installment, which featured 56 stages. These 103 stages can be utilized in several ways. Like the last game, players can make the stages flat and turn off random encounters. A new feature is Stage Morph, which seamlessly transforms one stage into a completely different stage (of the player's choice). Every stage in the game will support eight-player battles, which is another surprising change. Only a fraction of the previous game's 56 stages supported eight-player battles. Ultimate will also see the return of the single-player Classic Mode, Stamina Battle, and Training.
One of the takeaways from today's reveals is that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is packed full of new and returning content. Many of the fans who were disappointed with the news from E3 that Ultimate focuses mostly on nostalgia will likely be pleased by the amount of new characters and modes added to the game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for the Nintendo Switch on December 7.