Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Adds King K. Rool and Castlevania's Simon Belmont

Nintendo’s biggest and baddest fighter just added some hot new mascots to their already cramped roster. The company announced today that Simon Belmont from Castlevania and Donkey Kong’s arch-nemesis, King K. Rool, will be joining the fight in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In classic Smash style, Sakurai revealed the new characters via richly-produced cut-scene animations. Usually, these little clip reels are weird and silly, but in the case of Simon Belmont’s announcement, Nintendo decided to go for straight horror. In the opening of the Nintendo Direct, Luigi is brutally slain by a skeleton demon, before Simon Belmont tears onto the screen to f*ck spooky shit up.

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Ultimate is primed to be one of the Nintendo’s biggest games ever, with over 103 stages in total, more than 900 songs (so many, in fact, that the developers decided to include a mode to listen to your Switch on-the-go like an iPod), countless assist trophies, and new and robust fighting modes such as “Squad Strike” elimination-style battles, tournaments, and even a complex new Training mode.

In addition to Simon and K. Rool, Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai revealed three new “echo fighters,” which are playable characters that mimic an already established moveset: Richter Belmont (Simon’s echo), Chrom from Fire Emblem, and the Metroid series’ Dark Samus.

With Daisy, Inkling, Ridley, and these 5 new playable characters, that makes 8 additions to the already whopping 87-character roster–but still, sadly, no official word on the infamously beloved fan-favorite, Waluigi.

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Internet weirdos and Nintendo-obsessives alike have been demanding “justice for Waluigi”, a character who is about as vile as he is cherished. In the first announcement of Ultimate at this year’s E3, Sakurai showed Waluigi in-game as an assist trophy. Eager fans were dismayed to see him reduced to a mere mid-battle distraction, but the jury is still out on whether or not the legendary director will decide to include the villainous quasi-Mario brother as a playable character.

As winter creeps right around the corner, it might be time to dust off the ol’ Gamecube controllers and get smashing, because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to drop for the Nintendo Switch on December 7.

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