Overnight, Nintendo announced five new fighters in their Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct.
Two are brand new fighters in the form of Simon Belmont (Castlevania) and King K Rool (Donkey Kong Series) and three are echo fighters (variations of existing characters) in the form of Dark Samus (Metroid), Chrom (Fire Emblem) and Richter (Castlevania).
There was so much to unpack in the Nintendo Direct, but nobody was really expecting Nintendo to reveal five new fighters. Both Simon and King K Rool in particular had been requested by fans for years.
EVERYTHING NINTENDO REVEALED ABOUT THESE NEW FIGHTERS
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.
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.
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 Metroidgames (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.