As fans expected, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch featured massively in the company’s E3 2018 press conference. Not only did the upcoming fighting game get its official name, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, along with a powerful new gameplay trailer, but Nintendo also revealed more information about the game’s character roster.
During the event, Nintendo made the surprise announcement that Super Bros. Smash Ultimate will include every single character from the Smash Bros. series ever. No matter which way fans slice it, explains Nintendo, Super Bros. Smash Ultimate will include the largest roster in all of Smash Bros. history.
That means that all of players’ favorite characters will be making a return. That includes the Wii Fit trainers, Final Fantasy 7‘s Cloud, Captain Falcon, Kirby, Robin from Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing villagers, Pokemon trainers, Bowser, Link, Zelda and many more. Nintendo also confirmed that Solid Snake will also be back after rumors indicated his presence and what’s more is that David Hayter, the voice actor behind Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid series will be voicing the character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
There will also be several new additions to the Smash Bros. franchise, including the Inklings from Splatoon (male and female versions of the character will both be present). Also included is Metroid‘s Ridley, which is something that fans have been asking Nintendo to make happen for more than a decade.
Nintendo also says that it will be making it much easier for players to unlock all of these characters. Although Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will start off with just a small roster, including the characters from the original Nintendo 64 title, Nintendo says that the unlock process will be more “streamlined.” The company wants players to feel as though they are constantly recruiting new characters; given the sheer size of this roster, it won’t be too hard for Nintendo to create that feeling.
The character roster reveal took up the bulk of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gameplay reveal during the Nintendo Direct at E3 2018. But it was far from the only thing that Nintendo confirmed about the game.
Other tidbits are that Ridley and Inkling will be getting their own amiibo for the game and existing amiibo will also be supported. Speaking of support, the game will also support the Gamecube controller. Combined, this is a huge amount of info but somehow, it seems that Nintendo will still find things to show off about the game in the run up to launch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released on December 7, 2018 exclusively for Nintendo Switch.