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​Nintendo Direct Reveals New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters, DLC & More

​Nintendo Direct Reveals New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters, DLC & More

Today's Nintendo Direct - the last Super Smash Bros. Ultimate livestream before the game releases on 7 December - was jam-packed full of announcements.

From new characters and pre-order details to game director Masahiro Sakurai explaining DLC "Fighter Passes" and what the hell Spirits are, fans have a lot to take away from the 40-minute broadcast.

To be honest, Nintendo threw a hell of a lot at us, so here's every need-to-know addition coming your way.

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New Characters

Ken Masters

Pulled straight from the classic Street Fighter series, Ken joins the impressive Smash Ultimate roster as Ryu's slightly faster echo fighter, rocking his iconic red costume from Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo.

Incineroar

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The almost cuddly Fire/Dark type Pokémon, who's the final evolved form of Litten, fits perfectly into the Smash world. Its wrestling-like fighting style was destined to be explored further, and players will now get to throw moves like Max Malicious Moonsault: a random ringside rope pops up, forcing opponents into a deadly close-line.

Piranha Plant

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The Piranha Plant, an expert at ranged attacks, is a bonus fighter awarded to those who purchase the game early. It won't be added until February, but it's completely free. Be quick, though, the promotion is only here until the end of November.

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DLC - Fighter Passes

Priced at $5.99/£5.39 each, individual Fighter Passes net players one fighter, stage, and music pack. You can buy the Season Pass for $25/£22.49 to get five fighter packs at a slightly cheaper price, plus a Rex-themed Mii Swordfighter costume and music tracks from the Xenoblade Chronicles series. Post-launch characters aren't designed just yet, but when they are that'll be 80 fighters in the game, all together.

Credit: Nintendo
Credit: Nintendo

Spirits Mode

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A number of new characters will appear as Spirits, in place of trophies, throughout Smash's new Spirit Mode. "Spirits are a new way to power up your fighter with impossible combinations of some of your favourite characters!" They can be caught, fed, evolved, sent to caves, and combined into teams. You'll discover why certain characters turned into Spirits in the game's Adventure Mode: World of Light.

What do you think about these announcements? Which characters were you hoping for? Are you looking forward to Spirits? Will you buy the game's DLC? Let us know.

Featured Image Credit: Nintendo

Topics: Entertainment, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo Direct, Nintendo, Technology

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.