Simon Belmont And Richter Belmont From Castlevania Join Super Smash Bros Ultimate

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In case you missed it, here's everything that was discussed during today's show.

The Direct opened with an announcement that nearly wasn't a surprise: Simon Belmont, the protagonist of the original 1986 Castlevania, is joining the fray in Ultimate, complete with his trademark axe, holy water, cross-shaped boomerang, and health-restoring pot roasts. With this expanded roster comes an expanded Amiibo lineup as well! Could this be the return of an adventure/ story mode to Super Smash Bros.

Simon's accompanying stage is Dracula's Castle, which Sakurai notes is the darkest stage in the game. While this may disappoint those who were hoping to be surprised by unexpected character additions, at least fans know that they have some exciting announcements to look forward to in regards to Super Smash Bros. You'll even be able to listen to Ultimate's music while the Switch's screen is off, which is a nice little touch. Combine this with Phil Spencer already stating in the past that he wants to see Banjo and Kazooie in Super Smash Bros. Newer items get a full description, while older ones are limited to their key art. Alucard joins the party as an Assist Trophy.

The controller was widely praised for its comfort and ease of use, which is part of the reason it was available for use in the next Super Smash Bros. game for Wii, Brawl.

Simon and Richter Belmont stake their claim on Smash Bros. At E3, we learned that all 64 characters from every past game in the series would be returning. The new Stamina Battle mode has fighters fight until all stamina is lost and there's one fighter left standing.

Lastly, and this one is a little bit looser.

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In a Super Smash Bros. first, the Stage Morph option will let players seamlessly transition between two different stages.

And if you thought that was insane, just wait 'til you hear how many musical tracks the game will feature: 900.

Another welcome addition is the inclusion of a structured Tourney mode, so players in larger groups can spend less time making brackets and more time competing. A new feature allows players to simply plug their headphones in while in handheld mode, pick your own playlist, and groove the day away (which is the technical term for listening to Nintendo soundtracks).

Finally, we come to Smashdown, which is indeed a very interesting mode.

Rage Blaster increases damage as the user takes it. The battle on this Super Mario Odyssey stage unfolds around the City Hall skyscraper, going up and down its many floors via floating platform. His Final Smash, meanwhile, is the Grand Cross; it stuffs opponents into a coffin and launches them.

Smash Bros. Ultimate will release on 7th December, including this Limited Edition.