Incineroar, Ken, and even a Piranha Plant were confirmed in today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, but what else went on in the 40-minute presentation? The Spirits Mode, for one, as well as details regarding the game’s other single-player modes and online set-ups. For reference, the full Direct’s available below.
Since there’s so much to overview, we’ll condense everything into a helpful bullet-point guide:
- Spirits Mode:While collectible Trophies are no more, countless Nintendo/third-party characters still participate in gaming’s biggest crossover via this mode. Having lost their form, these classic characters can be collected in spirit form via Event Mode-style battles; for instance, Owain from Fire Emblem: Awakening is obtained from a taunt-happy Chrom wielding a Killing Edge blade. In other words, these battles channel the original characters’ personalities!
- Adventure Mode: Building upon Spirits Mode, this won’t be as story-intensive as Brawl‘s Subspace Emissary and instead focus on gameplay. Travelling across a map, you’ll collect characters and spirits alike as you challenge the forces of Galeem.
- Online Mode: As opposed to For Fun and For Glory, matchmaking is decided upon three factors: Preferred Rules (wherein players link up upon personal preferences), Global Smash Power (players are matched together according to online leaderboards), and Proximity (players are grouped as according to geographical location). Custom Battle Arenas, Co-op, the Nintendo Switch Online app, and Elite Smash — VIP matches for players with high GSPs — are also included.
- Century Smash: Based off Multi-Man Smash, this includes not just 100-Man and Cruel variations, but a retooled All-Star Mode featuring the entire cast in one huge battle.
- Assist Trophies: Sadly, Shadow the Hedgehog and Isaac (Golden Sun) remain momentary summons, but there’s plenty of other fun guests including Guile (Street Fighter), the Black Knight (Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance), Spring Man (ARMS), Akira (Virtua Fighter), and even Yuri Kozukata (Fatal Frame).
- Mii Fighter Costumes: While downloadable costumes weren’t confirmed, new costumes await in Yiga Clansmen (Zelda: Breath of the Wild), Chibi-Robo, and yes, even the Labo Toy-Con Set.
There’s plenty more where that came from, so be sure to check out not just the Direct, but the game’s vocal main theme: Lightlight. Let us know what you think of all this content in the comments below!