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Simon Belmont and King K. Rool Join the Fight in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Nintendo Switch Exclusive Features More Than 70 Fighters, 100
Stages, 900 Music Tracks and Counting…

A legendary vampire hunter and a fan-favorite villain are joining the
sprawling cast of the Super
Smash Bros. Ultimate
game. In a Nintendo Direct video
presentation entirely focused on the Nintendo
exclusive, it was revealed that Simon Belmont from the Castlevania
series and King K. Rool, the main antagonist from the original Donkey
Kong Country
games, are both joining the game as playable fighters.
In addition, the Nintendo Direct also shared additional information on
Echo fighters, new stages, new modes and one of the most impressive
collections of music ever in a single game, with more than 900 music
tracks and 28 hours of music. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

A legendary vampire hunter and a fan-favorite villain are joining the sprawling cast of the Super Sm ...

A legendary vampire hunter and a fan-favorite villain are joining the sprawling cast of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. (Graphic: Business Wire)

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the biggest games Nintendo
has ever released," said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America's Senior Vice
President of Sales and Marketing. "Between all the iconic fighters,
stages and music, it's the largest video game crossover ever produced –
and nothing short of a Nintendo fan's dream come true."

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit
Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

  • Simon Belmont: Simon's signature weapon is, of course, his
    whip, with special attacks true to the Castlevania series,
    including the axe, cross, holy water and Grand Cross Final Smash. His
    stage is Dracula's Castle, with candlesticks that release an item when
    destroyed. Alucard, the tragic hero from Castlevania: Symphony of
    the Night
    , appears as an Assist Trophy, lending his cursed steel
    in battle. Richter Belmont, a descendant of Simon Belmont and the star
    of his own Castlevania games, also joins the Super Smash
    Bros. Ultimate
    roster as an Echo fighter.
  • King K. Rool: As the beloved villain from all three Donkey
    Kong Country
    games on Super NES, King K. Rool joins Super Smash
    Bros. Ultimate
    as a playable fighter. He attacks with a
    blunderbuss that can fire cannonballs at opponents, and throws his
    crown, which acts like a boomerang.
  • Echo Fighters: Echo fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    have move sets based on other fighters, but a different visual
    appearance. In addition to Richter Belmont, two other Echo fighters in
    the game are Chrom from the Fire Emblem series (Echo fighter
    for Roy) and Dark Samus from the Metroid games (Echo fighter
    for Samus). Echo fighters can be displayed as separate fighters on the
    character select screen or stacked on top of the character they are
    echoing. When stacked, players can change between them with the press
    of a button. It's up to players to decide how they want them displayed.
  • Stages: Returning favorites with new visuals and tweaks will
    make up most of the stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but
    there are new stages in the mix as well. These include Dracula's
    Castle from the Castlevania series and New Donk City Hall from
    the Super Mario Odyssey game. More than 100 stages will be in
    the game, but because the popular Battlefield and Omega forms can also
    be selected for each stage, more than 300 total stages are available
    right from the start! Each stage in the game will also support
    eight-player battles (additional accessories may be required for
    multiplayer modes and are sold separately) and feature the ability to
    turn off hazards like the Yellow Devil in Wily Castle.
  • Stage Morph: In a Super Smash Bros. first, the Stage
    Morph option will let players seamlessly transition between two
    different stages. When you select this option in the rules, one stage
    will transform into another during battle.
  • Music: For fans that want it all, My Music lets players select
    specific music tracks for each stage. Up until now, each stage had its
    own music track. But in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, players can
    select tracks by series. If they are fighting on a stage from The
    Legend of Zelda
    , for example, they can select any music track
    included from that franchise, including new additions like The
    Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Main Theme
    . Counting game
    music tracks and other music, like in-game menus and other short
    musical passages, there are approximately 900 compositions – that's
    more than 28 hours of video game music! When playing in Handheld mode,
    music can be played even while the Nintendo Switch screen is turned
    off, turning the system into its own portable music player.
  • Items: New items being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
    include the Banana Gun, Killing Edge, Bomber, Death's Scythe, Staff,
    Ramblin' Evil Mushroom and Rage Blaster, among others from a wide
    variety of different video game franchises. Items in the game can be
    picked up and used offensively and defensively in battle.
  • Pokémon: After players throw a Poké Ball in the game, many new
    and returning Pokémon may appear to assist in battle. Some of these
    Pokémon include Abra, Solgaleo, Lunala, Mimikyu and the enormous
    Alolan Exeggutor.
  • Assist Trophies: Some of the new Assist Trophies that are
    joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate include Zero from the Mega
    Man X
    series, Knuckles from Sonic The Hedgehog, Krystal
    from Star Fox Adventures, Rathalos from the Monster Hunter
    series, Shovel Knight from, well, Shovel Knight and the evil
    Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
  • Classic Mode: The single-player mode in which players battle
    against a series of fighters will return in Super Smash Bros.
    . Each fighter has a set of stages and opponents that she
    or he will face.
  • Stamina Battle: In addition to Time Battle and Stock Battle,
    Stamina Battle is also one of the standard modes in Super Smash
    Bros. Ultimate
    . In Stamina Battle, players fight to deplete each
    other's stamina until only one fighter is left standing.
  • Final Smash Meter: In addition to regular Final Smashes that
    can be activated after breaking a Smash Ball, the Final Smash Meter is
    now a selectable option. If enabled, players can charge their Final
    Smash Meter over the course of a battle. Once the Final Smash Meter is
    fully charged, players can unleash a less powerful Final Smash attack.
  • Squad Strike: When playing Squad Strike, players will
    participate in 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 skirmishes, with each player using
    either five or three consecutive fighters in one battle.
  • Tourney Mode: Up to 32 players can participate in Tourney mode,
    making it great for parties or events with a lot of people. And since
    Nintendo Switch can be played anywhere, these tournaments can even
    take place in unexpected places!
  • Smashdown: After battling in this mode, the previously selected
    fighters will no longer be available, forcing players to have to pick
    a different fighter for the next round. This mode favors players who
    are skilled with multiple fighters and encourages others to diversify
    their rosters.
  • Training: The improved Training mode in Super Smash Bros.
    includes an exclusive stage that features a grid, used to
    help measure the distance and trajectory of special moves and fighter

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches exclusively for Nintendo
Switch on Dec. 7. For more information about the game, visit

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