During the latest Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the company detailed a number of new features set to arrive in the casual fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. In addition to revealing more echo fighters such as Chrom from Fire Emblem and Dark Samus from Metroid Prime, they also revealed Richter and Simon Belmont, along with a stage from Konami’s Castlevania series.
The new stage features famous bosses from the Castlevania franchise, who will randomly appear as stage hazards. Occasionally you’ll even get a visit from Dracula himself, who will pop in to wreck your day.
The stage will contain 34 different music variations based on tunes from Castlevania. The reason that the developers added so many was because many of them are huge fans of Konami’s Castlevania series. So instead of just selecting a few, they selected a lot.
This brings the total musical selection up to 800 battle tracks. According to game director Masahiro Sakurai, if you include the different compositions and menu music, the total musical selection comes up to 900 tracks.
They’re also adding new tournament modes, including 5-vs-5 elimination modes for multiple players. This is similar to the elimination tournament modes that used to be in Tekken.
New training modes are also being implemented to help you gauge damage and trajectory of attacks, including offering outlines and data for e-sports enthusiasts and competitors. The new training stage joins 102 other stages that will be present in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. According to Sakurai, with the ability to change stage options and modes, the total stage variations comes up to 300.
The Classic Mode is also making a return for single-player enthusiasts. Each character will also have their own Classic Mode journey, fine-tuned for their battle prowess and abilities. It’s like a customized arcade mode for every single fighter on the roster.
And there’s a new game mode that was hinted at during the Nintendo Direct, but they will unveil that at a later date.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is due for release on December 7th for the Nintendo Switch.