'Castlevania' is coming to 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'

Is Luigi dead? Nintendo’s famous character has apparently been killed-off

The Direct opened with an announcement that nearly wasn't a surprise: Simon Belmont, the protagonist of the original 1986 Castlevania, is joining the fray in Ultimate, complete with his trademark axe, holy water, cross-shaped boomerang, and health-restoring pot roasts.

As if Nintendo's E3 announcement about every single playable fighter being available in Super Smash Bros. We could see new modes introduced, new characters, or whatever other surprises director Masahiro Sakurai has up his sleeves. The fan-favorite Alucard will also appear as an Assist Trophy. 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.

A lot of characters have also been added to the game as assist trophies, which are considered as a sort of special guest appearance. You can swap between them as you like via the characters elect screen. Each main Nintendo console since then has supported the controller, as have all non-handheld installments of the Smash Bros. series.

Here's some more Super Smash Bros.

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Luigi in happier times with his brother Mario in 2017’s ‘Super Mario Odyssey

In a Super Smash Bros. first, the Stage Morph option will let players seamlessly transition between two different stages.

Of course, there will also be a Tourney mode in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, but most veterans probably expected that. Just what will the mysterious Smash Bros single-player mode be? Up until now, each stage had its own music track. While sometimes overshadowed by his more famous brother "Super" Mario Mario, the green-overalls wearing plumber has starred in tens of classic video games, and he's also been the subject of many popular memes. Ultimate. Each fighter has a set of stages and opponents that she or he will face. GameCube controller, and an adapter so you can use the controller (plus any other GameCube controllers you might have) with the Switch. Smashdown mode forces players to choose new characters, as each elimination removes previously selected fighters from the options. The big question for the rest of the year, for Smash fans, is now going to be what that mode could possibly be.

We already knew that Super Smash Bros Ultimate would be one of the largest cross-over events in gaming history.

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