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Being the biggest Super Smash Bros. game in history definitely needs stuff that would make audiences freak out!


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    March 8, 2018 
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  • Well, it looks like the Nintendo Direct is going to end. Wait, there's more? Hmmm... Inkling Girl and Inkling Boy? Fighting in the white space from the first game's trailer? But why would they por—hold on. What's with the lights dimming? What's shining on Inkling Girl? Hold on... IS THAT THE SMASH LOGO IN HER EYE?! INKLINGS ARE COMING TO SMASH???!!! Oh. My. God.
    • Also the Link seen in this trailer... He's Breath of the Wild Link, not Twilight Princess Link!
    • The reveal that it's stated to be released in 2018 doesn't hurt, either. To be specific:note  December 7th, 2018!
    • And contrary to what he said during the development of the last game, Daddy Sakurai is indeed returning!
    • Also worth noting is that the teaser alone implied the return of 19 characters right off the bat, with fans identifying Mario, Link, Ness, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Diddy Kong, Captain Falcon, Kirby, Peach, Samus, Bowser, Zelda, Sheik, Wario, Pit, Marth, Pikachu, and Fox from the silhouettes shown at the end, along with the likely implication that Zero Suit Samus will also be returning. And that's before there's even a proper reveal trailer!
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    E3 2018 
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  • Who else is in the game? All of Them. That's right; Every. Single. Smash. Character. Everyone is in Smash 2018! This includes Snake, Pichu, Ice Climbers, Wolf, Young Link, the Pokémon Trainer, and all the DLC fighters from Smash 4! Disney, get Infinity War out of town and take Ralph Breaks the Internet with you. This is the most ambitious crossover in history!
    • Lucina, Dark Pit, and other new clone characters are being treated as Echo Fighters, so it's easier to distinguish which ones are clones. On that note, Daisy is premiering as an Echo Fighter of Peach. No more just being a Palette Swap for her!
    • Leaf, the female Pokémon Trainer from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, is an alternate costume! Nintendo hasn't forgotten about her after all!
    • Ladies and Gentlemen, the memes are over. Ridley is a fighter in Smash Ultimate. "Hits the Big Time" indeed.
      • In retrospect, some people have wanted Ridley to be playable even back in the 64 days. Fans have been clamoring for years on end, hoping and praying for his inclusion, until he became a colossal Base-Breaking Character. And now, nearly 20 years have passed, and Sakurai has finally found a way to make Ridley work in Smash. And now, he's finally playable. Both the Smash Bros. and Metroid fanbases exploded.
  • We have a name that's appropriate for all this epicness: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Final Smashes are now lightning fast, and several are improved—for example, Pac-Man's can loop around the playing field, and even move diagonally.
    • After King Dedede's not so impressive Final Smash in the 3DS and Wii U version, his Final Smash has been updated to be Masked Dedede! That's right, he throws his opponents in his ring and shoots a barrage of jet missiles from his hammer before slamming straight into them.
    • Certain Final Smashes have been updated to include some surprise cameos:
      • Paula and Poo/Kumatora and Boney appear and lend their energy to Ness/Lucas for PK Starstorm.
      • The 5 different incarnations of Mega Man are now accompanied by Proto Man and Bass for an even greater laser barrage.
      • For his Chain Attack, Shulk is not only assisted by Dunban and Riki, but by Fiora as well (in her Mechon form, no less).
      • Bowser retains Giga Bowser, his One-Winged Angel form, as his Final Smash - but while he is no longer a fully playable FS, he can now deal a single punch that seems to be a 100% One-Hit KO. It leads to the opponent getting a vicious Screen KO, and literally nothing stops it from being anything else - in fact, Bowser goes Beyond the Impossible and proves that not even the blast lines can misconstrue the KO.
  • Among the many Assist Trophies:
  • The initial reveals shown at E3 and the initial launch of the website show content from at least 86 different stages. note  While the vast majority of them are ported from earlier games, and not all stages will return, these stages are all completely remastered in HD.
    • Stages that were exclusive to the 3DS iteration of the game — such as Spirit Train — are playable in Ultimate. Furthermore, Wily's Castle features the traps from both versions of the game.
    • All stages now have Omega and Battlefield modes, which mimics the size and layouts of the Final Destination and Battlefield stages respectively.
    • It was also later shown that the player would finally be given the option to turn the stage hazards off for competitive play, even the stages' regular layouts, so players who want more variety without the hazards don't need to only choose the Omega and Battlefield versions.
    • The list of returning stages is wild, with favorites such as Princess Peach's Castle (from Melee) and Spear Pillar (from Brawl) making a return, despite their exclusion from previous Smash games. But easily the stage nearly, if not everyone, is excited for is Saffron City from the very first game, a stage that hasn't been seen since 1999.
      • In a similar fashion, one of the returning stages is Termina's Great Bay, a fan favorite which hadn't been seen since its lone appearance in Melee.
    • Both Shadow Moses Island and Palutena's Temple are returning, building hope that the entire roster will get stage taunts at last.
  • GameCube Controllers and all amiibos are compatible! In fact, all amiibo of Smash characters, even if they're from a different series, are compatible (though this was the case in the previous game(s) as well).
  • Ganondorf isn't a Captain Falcon clone anymore! That sword he keeps pulling out but never uses? Anyone foolish enough to get within range of him gets to taste that cold steel as part of his new Smash attacks. On top of that, he returns with his iconic slim build from Ocarina of Time alongside the equally iconic Demon King Ganon from the same game as his Final Smash.
  • The much maligned stamina mechanic for Pokémon Trainer HAS BEEN REMOVED! Meaning you will no longer be forced to switch out and can just play who you want as much as you want. Also, switching Mons is much faster, opening up a huge realm of possibilities for combos.
  • Not only is Snake back, but so is David Hayter.
  • Marth is being voiced in English!
  • In addition, Xander Mobus announced his return to Smash Bros. Ultimate as the Announcer! This makes him the very first Announcernote  in Smash Bros. HISTORY to actually return to his role, breaking the series tradition of replacing the Announcer every game!
  • Directional dodging returns (though it's been balanced so no Melee-style wavedashing).
  • Wario fans were pleased that his moveset has more references to the Wario Land series, with his shoulder charge coming back as his dash attack and his down throw looking like his Ground Pound in his games.
  • Little Mac's side-B (the Jolt Haymaker) doesn't send him into free-fall. We repeat: Mac's side-B won't kill him if he goes off of the stage! Just learning that piece of info can send endorphins into the brain of any Little Mac main.

    Smash Ultimate Direct - August 8, 2018 
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  • How does the direct start? By showing off the legendary vampire hunter himself, Simon Belmont, rocking out with an awesome remix of Vampire Killer! He even has his descendant, Richter Belmont, as an Echo Fighter!
    • Taking a page from Pac-Man, Simon's Ultimate design is primarily based upon his classic NES design, rather than any of his more recent (and more controversial) modern redesigns.
    • Just like Mega Man, his walking animation is his sprite walking animation from the NES games.
    • Alucard also appears as an Assist Trophy.
    • And how can you have the Belmonts without Castlevania itself? You don't, that's how. Chaos Architecture incarnate is now a fighting stage, including encounters with several classic bosses from the series, including a special fight with Dracula himself!
      • Also showing up in the level (with him silhouetted and labeled as "????" in the Direct video): Kid Dracula.
    • The inclusion of Simon Belmont means that he can join Pit and Mega Man, fight Mother Brain, and re-create the cast of Captain N: The Game Master. And that's not even counting Link or Samus's respective Crossovers with themnote .
    • How many tracks is the stage going to get? 34.
  • New Echo Fighters show up as well. Chrom gets his chance for real! And Dark Samus is there too, joining Little Mac as a Promoted to Playable Assist Trophy. Additionally, Richter, Chrom and Dark Samus confirm that guest characters can have Echoes, Echoes can have at least one different special move, and they can have drastically different idle animations.
  • After so many years of waiting, the legendary Donkey Kong’s days in Smash have been numbered. Fan-favorite fighter King K. Rool has crashed (or should we say, krashed) the party! To say that the entire Donkey Kong & Smash fandoms have exploded would be a massive understatement.
  • There are a total of 103 stages (not counting their Omega and Battlefield forms) and roughly 900+ music tracks! This game is truly Ultimate.
    • That's so much music, you could probably use your Switch as a music player. So, as with the 3DS version, they put in a mode that lets you do just that! Complete with custom playlists!
    • Fountain of Dreams finally makes its long, long awaited return from Melee.
    • After so many years of being neglected, Kraid is finally thrown a bone. He is returning alongside his stage Brinstar Depths, now sporting a gorgeous HD redesign that shows how far graphics have come in 17 years. This also marks the first time that Kraid, Ridley, and Mother Brain can appear together in 3D.
    • There's a new feature called Stage Morph where you can select two stages that will transform into each other throughout the match.
    • Between all stages having Battlefield and Omega forms (with the stage layouts for them being standardized), and stage hazards being optional, every single stage is now tournament-legal. Competitive gaming fans with favourite stages that usually aren't legal can rejoice!
  • There's an option to have Final Smashes be accessed through a chargeable meter that allows your character to use a weaker Final Smash. Combined with their faster speed, this could allow Final Smashes to finally be legal in competitive matches.
  • The arrival of Shovel Knight as an Assist Trophy! Yeah, he's not playable (which is a shame), but it's still an honour for him, the protagonist of an Indie Game, to appear at all.
  • As expected with the return of Snake is the confirmation of Gray Fox coming back.
  • Capcom gets two new Assist Trophies: Zero and Rathalos.
    • And Rathalos is not just an Assist Trophy. He's a Stage Boss too!
    • Also, Zero's Assist Trophy reveal is accompanied by a remix of Mega Man X's Central Highway (the Intro Stage to Mega Man X1)!
  • Chef Kawasaki is an Assist, too! And his effect is essentially Cook Kirby!
  • After what seemed to be a staged based off Swapnote got cut from Smash 4 (Likely due to the controversy surrounding the app), Nikki finally becomes an Assist Trophy and she's just as adorable as ever.
  • You can make the Moon fall on everyone!
  • Ditto appearing as a Poké Ball summon after being a case of What Could Have Been from all the way back in Melee. You can bet some fans were happy to see that.
  • Between a green section that's blurred out on the main menu screen and confirmation of Dracula and Rathalos appearing as "boss" characters, Adventure Mode is all but confirmed at this point.
  • A bit of a feature that was somewhat introduced in the DLC stages of Smash 4 (where stages shared similar songs), the music selection of the stages is based on the series. For instance, any Mario stage can play any Mario related music. Want to play Ridley's battle theme on Brinstar Depths? Go right ahead. Want to play the Poke Floats theme on Kalos League? No problem.
  • Remember how eight player Smash used to be available only on a relatively small number of stages? Not anymore! All the stages are 8-fighter compatible.
  • Stamina matches, a long-neglected feature, have gotten a dramatic upgrade! It's now possible to set a Stamina match as a Stock or Time match, which means that Stamina matches are no longer locked to a single life per player per match. If you've wanted the ability to play a traditional round of Smash with the extra challenge of having a fixed amount of health per life, consider your wish granted.
  • While Smash Tour was much maligned, the final battle did introduce an interesting gimmick: Using a new character for each Stock. Fans have expressed interest in a mode that allows for it- and that's where the new Squad Strike mode comes in!
    • A similar concept, but in a different execution is Smashdown, a mode with successive battles and all previously-used characters are blocked off after their first use. An exciting way for friends to work through the roster with all kinds of character combinations!

     Nintendo Direct - September 13th, 2018 
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  • In case a player wants Smash-centric hardware, the Direct announced that there would be a Smash version of the Switch available in November, complete with a download copy of the game, and a Smash-themed dock and Joycons.
  • Ladies and gents, we have confirmation: Isabelle joins the battle! And she's not the Villager's Echo, either; she's her own separate character.
  • Fans of Animal Crossing as a whole were also pleased to see that Isabelle's trailer also doubled as the official announcement for the long-awaited Nintendo Switch version of the game, which will arrive in 2019.

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  • Music:
  • A screenshot of the Rodin Assist Trophy inadvertently revealed the return of the Delfino Plaza stage, pleasing Super Mario Sunshine and Super Smash Bros. fans alike. And previous trailers (The E3 Direct and Bowser Jr's showcase) have already confirmed that it will finally be getting a remix of the "Delfino Plaza" music.
  • Official renders of several alternate costumes were discovered online, including a new one for Yoshi based on Yoshi's Crafted World!
  • Ash-Greninja is Greninja’s new Final Smash?! Awesome!
  • Luigi now uses his Poltergust for his throws. And it's the Poltergust from Luigi's Mansion 3!

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