Old characters learn new tricks in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Here’s the rundown

During this morning’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate designer Masahiro Sakurai ran through some of the changes the returning cast will see. The list never ends!

  • Mario: Cappy’s here! And Mario can wear his Wedding and Builder outfits.
  • Link: Uses remote bombs and wears the Champion’s Tunic. His Final Smash is the Ancient Bow and Arrow.
  • Ice Climbers: “Once Nana is gone, you’re in trouble!”
  • Ike: You can play as Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn versions with slightly different voices.
  • Pikachu: Female Pikachu! And Pikachu Libre!
  • Fox: Faster Final Smash and a look based on Star Fox Zero.
  • Falco: The Landmaster has been retired.
  • Ryu: Always faces opponents in one-on-one fights.
  • Samus: Charge moves can power up mid-air. You can cancel with jump or dodge.
  • Marth: Dancing Blade is faster and easier (same for Roy and Lucina). Voiced in English.
  • Snake: Shadow Moses Island is back too.
  • King Dedede: His Final Smash is a cage match with a jet hammer and missiles.
  • Pichu: Electric shock causes self-damage.
  • Zelda: More into research than fighting. Design comes from A Link Between Worlds. Her Final Smash is now Triforce of Wisdom.
  • Sonic: Super Sonic Final Smash is even better.
  • Pac-Man: Also got a speed boost.
  • Pokemon Trainer: Pokemon can be freely swapped mid-battle. Female trainer is also in.
  • Captain Falcon: Triggers slow-mo in one-on-one fights.
  • Cloud: Limit Gauge is always on-screen.
  • Bowser: He’s as big as Bowser from Yoshi’s Island during his Final Smash.
  • Game & Watch: More closely resembles his original games.
  • Young Link: Three Links for the first time in one Smash.
  • Wolf: Each of his moves have a significant upgrade.
  • Kirby: Copy ability for every single fighter.
  • Shulk: Change arts on the fly. Fiora is in his Final Smash.
  • Ganondorf: Classic design. Turns into Demon King Ganon for his Final Smash.
  • Mii Fighter: Move set tweaks and 12 voice options.
  • Pit: Uses the Lightning Chariot for his Final Smash.
  • Zero Suit Samus: Fires a laser in her power suit for her Final Smash.
  • Olimar: His helmet cracks upon taking damage.
  • Bayonetta: One costume for each game.
  • Wario: The Wario-Man Final Smash has been tweaked.
  • Donkey Kong: Final Smash is like Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.
  • Little Mac: Giga Mac Final Smash.
  • Ness: Paula and Poo appear in his Final Smash.
  • Lucas: Kumatora and Boney show up for his Final Smash.
  • Wii Fit Trainer: New face for a new game.
  • Mega Man: Proto Man and Bass are in his Final Smash.
  • Palutena: Streamlined special attacks. Her down special is a counter and a deflector.
  • R.O.B.: New gauge on his chassis for hovering fuel.
  • Lucina & Dark Pit: Dubbed “Echo Fighters” since they’re based on other fighters in the game.
  • Daisy: New “Echo” fighter for Peach.
  • Inkling: All-new fighter. Inked opponents take more damage from attacks. Wields different weapons from Splatoon. You have to refill ink because it can actually run out. Eight outfits in total, each with their own ink color.

“All in all, if you add up the changes we’re making, there could be tens of thousands.”

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