On 1 November, Nintendo ran a Super Smash Bros.-flavour Nintendo Direct presentation, where they announced further features and DLCs coming to the latest edition of the popular fighting game series.
‘Spirit Mode’ is the new play type announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate¸ allowing you to earn ‘Spirit’ power-ups which can be equipped to your characters and enable a variety of abilities. The Spirits being introduced come from various levels of Nintendo lore, with everything from Gordo and Rabbid Peach to Dr. Lobe and Yama, which can all be equipped as either Primary Spirits or Support Spirits.
The abilities use a rock-paper-system of vulnerability and advantage. The spirits can also be levelled up, and an additional tactical layer is introduced as certain spirit combinations can prove advantageous.
It’s down to Kirby and the player to progress through the game and free their fellow characters
There is also good news for fans of Super Smash Bros. who often bemoan when the latest release drops their favourite character from the roster as Nintendo intends to include every fighter who has ever appeared in a SSB game, as well as new characters, coming to a grand total of 82 (24 more than the previous game).
New fighters include Incineroar, Simone & Richter Belmont, Street Fighter’s Ken and the DLC character of the Piranha Plant, with a further five DLC characters, coming in February, yet to be announced.
Nintendo intends to include every fighter who has ever appeared in a SSB game, as well as new characters, coming to a grand total of 82
Among other modes, the trailer for World of Light, Ultimate’s Adventure Mode, was also shown, appearing to depict all of the characters except Kirby losing their bodies, which are then possessed. It’s down to Kirby and the player to progress through the game and free the fellow characters. The game also allows features for co-op play, custom taunts and new stages.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on 7 December 2018 (buy the game before the end of January to get Piranha Plant for free).