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E3 2018 - EVERY character, assist trophy, stage, and item coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Characters, stages, gameplay changes, items, oh my!
Product: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate | Publisher: Nintendo | Format: Switch | Genre: Fighting
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So you've just watched the Nintendo Direct at E3 and thought, wow, that was a lot of stuff about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! Maybe a little too much, even...

Don't fret! We here at Pocket Gamer have combed through the entire presentation, and you can check out literally everything that has been announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right here in this article.

That's every single character, stage, item, assist trophy, and new technique of gameplay change coming to the game. Aren't we good?

#1 Characters

Every single character from the Super Smash Bros. series is making a return to the game - yes, including DLC characters.

There's over 60 in total, and you can check them all out below:

  • Mario
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Fox
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Zelda
  • Sheik
  • Villager
  • Meta Knight
  • Mewtwo
  • Sonic
  • Peach
  • Pikachu
  • Ice Climbers
  • Inkling
  • Captain Falcon
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Squirtle
  • Charizard
  • Ivysaur
  • Lucas
  • Ness
  • Ryu
  • Ganondorf
  • Ike
  • Cloud
  • Snake
  • Jigglypuff
  • Pichu
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Diddy Kong
  • Lucario
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Mr Game and Watch
  • Greninja
  • Dr Mario
  • ROB
  • Duck Hunt
  • Pit
  • Dark Pit
  • Palutena
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr
  • Toon Link
  • Young Link
  • King Dedede
  • Rosalina
  • The Mii Fighters
  • Wario
  • Little Mac
  • Pac-Man
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Mega Man
  • Luigi
  • Yoshi
  • Daisy
  • Ridley

#2 Stages

Old and new stages are included in the game, and all of them have received a graphical boost to match up to the Switch's power.

You can also play all of them in Battlefield or Omega modes, removing any distractions and stage effects and giving you the classic competitive experience on every single background.

Below are the named stages and the franchise they come from:

  • Prism Tower - Pokemon
  • Green Greens - Kirby
  • Spear Pillar - Pokemon
  • Mario Galaxy - Super Mario Galaxy
  • Midgar - Final Fantasy
  • Kongo Falls - Donkey Kong
  • Lylat Cruise - Star Fox
  • Princess Peach's Castle - Mario
  • Spirit Train - The Legend of Zelda
  • Frigate Orpheon - Metroid
  • Green Hill Zone - Sonic
  • New Pork City - Earthbound/Mother
  • Wrecking Crew - Wrecking Crew
  • Tortimer Island - Animal Crossing
  • Moray Towers - Splatoon
  • Great Plateau Tower - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

#3 Assist Trophies

There's going to be over 50 Assist Trophies in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and this time around you can K.O. some of them, earning you a point (if you're the kind of person who plays with points and not stocks).

Nintendo only showed off a few of them, but you can be excited for:

  • Squid Sisters
  • Knuckle Joe
  • Metroid
  • Ghosts
  • Lyn
  • Waluigi
  • Andross
  • Nintendogs
  • Riki
  • Bomberman
  • Starfy
  • Burrowring Snarget
  • Midna
  • Sukapon

#4 Items and Pokemon

Items are a key feature of any Smash Bros. entry, and there's a bunch of new ones being included this time around, including:

  • Fake Smash Ball
  • Black Hole
  • Launch Star
  • Healing Field
There's also new Pokemon being added to the Pokeballs, though we only saw two in action. Those were:
  • Bewear
  • Solgaleo

#5 Techniques

Nintendo has made a few tweaks to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to make the competitive game that bit more interesting for hardcore players - which could also indicate a renewed interest in esports from the developer.

Among the techniques confirmed to be in the game, both new and old, there are:

  • Holding the basic attack button for an endless flurry of attacks
  • Smash attacking to cancel out of a dash
  • Ladder attacks
  • A directional air dodge, which will help when recovering from off-stage - though overusing the dodge will now increase your recovery frames during a dodge, making you more vulnerable
  • Short hop attacks
  • Smash attack by pressing A+B
  • Perfect Shield is now only triggered when you release the shield button at the right time
  • Damage has been increased in 1-on-1 battles to improve the speed of the game
  • Timed battles now sees the player in the lead emitting a flash on occasion to signify that they are in the lead


Reviewer photo
Ric Cowley 12 June 2018
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