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Super Smash Bros. Direct reveals roster expansion, stage morph

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Poster for Bandai Namco's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo have just finished their latest Direct detailing information on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In the twenty-seven minute presentation, franchise director Masahiro Saskurai revealed a wild variety of news for the Switch exclusive.

Simon Belmont, of Castlevania fame, is joining the battle. He will be equipped with his famous whip which allows for a longer range but will lead him more open to damage. Richter Belmont will be his Echo Fighter. Finally, Sympthony of the Night's Alucard will appear as an Assist Trophy. The Castlevania characters are joining fellow Konami superstar Solid Snake.

The Donkey Kong Country antagonist King K. Rool is also joining the Smash roster. The character has been long rumoured to be making an appearance since a leak on 4chan of all places earlier this year. The rumour mill suggests that Dixie Kong may be announced in a future Direct.

Chrom of Fire Emblem Awakening and Dark Samus of Metroid fame will be echo fighters. Echo Fighters are clone's of existing main fighters. They will have the same move set with some slight variants. Chrom, Dark Samus and Richter join announced Echo Fighters Daisy, Lucina and Dark Pit.

Over 103 levels will be available in the game and Masahiro Saskurai made a reference to keeping Nostalgia alive with Nintendo 64 level sand stages will be displayed in release order.

The last Smash Bros game for the Wii U and 3DS contained 56 stages including the DLC. For the first time a Stage Morph option will be present allowing for "seamless transition between two different stages", meaning that stages will change mid-battle.

NintendoSuper Smash Bros. characters parading in stadium for comedic effectSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate

Over 800 musical tracks for levels spanning across the franchises will be included. Weirdly, a method of using the Switch as an MP3 player to listen to all the music is included. In total, the game will contain over 28 hours of music.

A limited edition version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released containing a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a Nintendo GameCube controller, and a controller adapter. All five newly announced characters will be getting Amiibos in the future.