Rool Just Got Announced as Playable in Smash Bros. Ultimate

Sheri Evans
August 9, 2018

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.

Days earlier, Super Smash Bros. fans got an announcement of a new Nintendo Direct primarily focused on Ultimate.

"From Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Alucard arrives as an Assist Trophy in Super #SmashBrosUltimate!".

Nintendo 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.

Echo Fighters: Richter Belmont wasn't the only Echo Fighter revealed - we're also getting Chrom from the Fire Emblem series (an echo of Roy) and Dark Samus (I think you can guess who she's an echo of).

While Nintendo of America hasn't confirmed Luigi's, ahem, "okay"-ness, it's safe to say that we haven't seen the last of the plumber".

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As we assumed, Sakurai spent a fair amount of time talking about the game modes that will be available in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

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. Haha, yeah, Super Smash Bros. They're not all new, of course - in fact, all the N64 stages will reappear in their old low-poly glory - but many are, including New Donk City Hall. Ultimate. Series creator and director Masahiro Sakurai revealed tons of new details for the upcoming crossover fighter on Nintendo Switch, but he's not ready to share every secret just yet.

Interestingly enough, this won't be the first instance of Monster Hunter's Rathalos showing up in different franchise this year, as Final Fantasy 14 recently added a new quest line featuring a battle against the flying wyvern.

As the closing announcement of today's Smash Bros. You can disable all stage hazards if you like, or select two stages before a match that will unpredictably "morph" into each other. 3-on-3 or 5-on-5 battles will be available, with each player controlling an entire team. Smashdown mode forces players to choose new characters, as each elimination removes previously selected fighters from the options.

Squad Strike is an interesting new mode that allows players to go head-to-head with groups of fighters instead of just one.

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