'Smash Bros' Nintendo Direct: New characters, modes returning

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As revealed on Wednesday morning's Nintendo Direct presentation, one of the game's new features is an option called Stage Morph.

Zero, Knuckles, Krystal, Klaptrap, Kapp'n, Chef Kawasaki, Gray Fox, Nikki, Shovel Knight, the Majora's Mask moon, and Rathalos (Monster Hunter) are new Assist Trophies. Players will have 28 hours worth of music tracks to pick from, but you won't be able to play just any theme music on any stage.

Stages are now listed in the order they were added to the series, just like the characters.

It sounds like Simon Belmont will be cracking his whip in Smash Bros.

A Squad Strike mode will allow players to do battle in 5 vs 5 or 3 vs 3 formats, and as always all game play options can be enjoyed on-the-go.

Amongst today's avalanche of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first revealed, the game promised to feature every character from the series thus far, and yet somehow Luigi was missing.

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Some say the best way to play Smash is with a GameCube controller.

New Donk City Hall from Super Mario Odyssey, complete with Pauline performance of "Jump Up, Super Star" will be a roving platform stage. The amount of content that's here, whether it's all of the characters, stages, assist trophies, or even music, borders on absurd. Dark Samus, Chrom, and Richter Belmont will play identically to other characters from their respective games. His Final Smash is the Grand Cross, which locks an opponent in an explosive coffin.

The GameCube controller, which are preferred by pro players was revealed to be compatible in Nintendo's E3 conference in June. This single-player mode is pretty straightforward, as it simply challenges players to fight through a line up of different characters, culminating with a fight against Master Hand (or at least that's the way it's worked in previous games).

Training: The improved Training mode in Super Smash Bros.

The My Music mode has been expanded to allow any music from the game series to be used on a thematic stage (eg: any Zelda theme can be used on Hyrule Castle).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch supports up to eight players and will be available December 7, 2018.

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