Super Smash Bros. Ultimate revealed three new characters with Street Fighter’s Ken, the Pokémon Incineroar, and the first DLC fighter Piranha Plant. Masahiro Sakurai shared additional Direct details in his Famitsu column this week. [Thanks, Ryokutya2089.]
On Ken joining
“While he may have a lot that is different from Ryu, there are players who are sensitive to the frame. Please think of him as mostly a bonus Echo Fighter.
On Incineroar joining
“I’ve always wanted to make a pro-wrestling character! He’s voiced by Unsho Ishizuka. He recorded new lines just for this game. Again, we pray that his soul may rest in peace.”
“It takes about a year after making the prototype for its release, so please forgive us for the wait.”
Removal of Trophies
“That was decided early on. I wanted to split the workforce more for other things. They required a lot more work than what people might think.”
“It’ll be easier to understand after playing. We’ll summarize the project designs after release.”
“The game is completely synchronized. Distance (between players) is a top deciding factor.”
VIP Matches (Elite Smash)
“The true game for advanced players, where they won’t run into beginners and can brag about being placed among other merits.”
“Will be available about a month or two after release.”
Strongest Ultimate enemy
“I’d like to write more about Adventure Mode if given the opportunity. The ROM is already complete.”
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases for Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018. Check here for a look at a new animated trailer.