Super Smash Bros. Direct 8/8/2018 brought us a plethora of reveals, including character announcements, stage announcements, new modes, and a look at the main menu (it has a dashboard). Also, you can use your Nintendo Switch as a music player while in handheld mode, because why not? This Direct delivered on so many levels, go ahead and check it out:

The Super Smash Bros. Direct started off strong in its presentation with a retro reveal of the Konami kind. Castlevania is finally receiving some much-needed representation with the inclusion of a one famed vampire hunter Simon Belmont, and his echo fighter Richter Belmont. Their respective stage is Dracula’s Castle, which will host various monsters that appear within Castlevania. Even Dracula himself will make an appearance, acting as a stage hazard, attacking players as they battle.

Dracula's Castle revealed in the Super Smash Bros. Direct.

“What is man? A miserable pile of secrets.”

Richter Belmont wasn’t the only newly added echo fighter, we’ve got two more of these clone characters revealed. Chrom of the Fire Emblem series and Dark Samus of the Metroid series will both be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Chrom actually ended up taking a backseat to his daughter, Lucina in the previous Smash title. And Dark Samus was resigned to live as a mere Assist Trophy instead of a playable character. Now, they’ll get their comeuppance as full-blown characters within the latest game.

Chrom announced in Super Smash Bros. Direct.

So, we heard you like swordsmen…

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts a selection of 103 stages. Many of which, are returning from past Smash games. Classics that many are familiar with such as Fountain of Dreams and Pokemon Stadium will be accounted for. Of course, new stages will still be apparent, albeit in a smaller fashion.

Fountain of Dreams revealed in the Super Smash Bros. Direct.

I can already hear that orchestral piece ringing true.

On the topic of stages, we’ve got an interesting new feature which was just revealed. Introducing Stage Morph, an option that allows the player to select their two preferred stages that’ll then transition into one another during a match. Sounds crazy, right? 

Stage Morph revealed in the Super Smash Bros. Direct.

Stage Morph in action during a battle.

A new option added to the rulesets is the addition of a mechanic akin to a ”Super” meter found in 2D fighting games. Final Smashes can now be gradually built over the course of a match which are indicated with a nifty bar located below your character icon. Once filled, you can unleash a slightly weakened version of a Final Smash.

New option showcased in the Super Smash Bros. Direct.

New meter gauge option for Final Smashes.

Finally, this Super Smash Bros. Direct concluded with one more character reveal. A big baddie who debuted in the original Donkey Kong Country series for the SNES. The leader of Kremlings and unabashed thief of Donkey Kong’s banana hoard, it’s King K. Rool! 

King K. Rool revealed in the Super Smash Bros. Direct.

The villain side of the roster is filling out nicely.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on December 7, 2018, on the Nintendo Switch.

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From the Hawaiian islands, Nanaue, the Prince of Sharks first appeared. This shark man was uncontested in terms of video game prowess. His notoriety of being a top-tier game wiz angered the envious locals and eventually forced Nanaue into exile. His hunger for competition and game knowledge grew as time past. This in tow, leads him to delve into the sea of writing and gaming culture.