Piranha Plant Is In Smash Bros. Ultimate As A Free DLC Character (For Some)

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Now Playing: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Full Roster, DLC, And Spirits Mode Revealed - GS News Update

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features a whopping 74 playable characters in the base game, with a handful of others coming down the line as DLC. However, players who pre-order or purchase the title soon after launch will be treated to one additional character for free, and it's a very unexpected one: Piranha Plant.

The potted Mario enemy will be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a full playable character. It is able spit poison, fire a spiked ball at opponents, and even extend its neck (stem?) to perform a long-range attack. For its Final Smash, Piranha Plant summons Petey Piranha onto the battlefield to attack other players.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai says that Piranha Plant isn't yet finished, but it will be available around February 2019. In order to receive it for free, you'll need to register Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via your My Nintendo account by January 31, 2019. This will be done automatically if you purchase the game digitally from either the Switch Eshop or Nintendo's website. If you opt for a physical copy, you'll need to press the plus button while on the game's icon in the Switch menu and select the My Nintendo Rewards option.

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If you register your copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before the cutoff date, you'll receive a download code for the character via email. You'll need to redeem this code by 11:59 PM PT on June 30, 2019. Piranha Plant will also be offered as a paid DLC character separate from those included in the Fighters Pass.

The aforementioned Fighters Pass can be purchased for $25 USD and gives players five DLC fighters, as well as their corresponding stages and music tracks. Nintendo hasn't revealed who these characters will be; Sakurai says development on them hasn't yet begun and that it may take a year for them to all arrive. Each character/stage/music set will also be offered up individually for $6.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for Nintendo Switch on December 7. In addition to Piranha Plant, Nintendo revealed two other new characters for the game during its latest Direct presentation: Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon. The company also shared more details on the mysterious Spirits mode. You can read about all the announcements and watch the Direct's highlights in our news round-up.

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NSA_Protocol44

Whats next? Link's horse?

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cboye18

Why the hell did Sakurai choose Piranha Plant of all things?

Sakurai: Fvck you, that's why.

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KamiNoBeniMizu

Day-1 DLC that actually looks sweet!? Crap... damn you Nintendo...! Why didn't they keep him/her/it a secret...? *sniff*

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Baron_Machina

This character is completely out of nowhere and a super bizarre choice... and I LOVE IT. Plus that attack where he aims and launches out of the pipe looks DEADLY.

Also for people saying that the DLC is just money grabbing or cut content-

1) Piranha Plant isn't finished and can be picked up for free till the end of January.

2) The other five characters are all total newcomers who have had no dev. time yet, and who each come with a stage and more music, meaning they could be almost anybody. Honestly, IMO, that seems worth the $25.

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Dr-No

This is just a stupid cash grab from Nintendo to have to purchase fighters that are already made. Makes me not even want to purchase the game so I'm not tempted to feed this terrible one sided business model.

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Mraou

@Dr-No: They made a conscious effort during the Direct to specifically point out in painstaking detail that none of the DLC content has been 100% made yet, and that even this character won't be complete until after a few months.

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Vakiva

@Mraou: He looked pretty well developed in the trailer. They even have the plant's alt. colors, Final Smash, and plenty of moves ready. Tweaks and adjustments don't take months.

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Mraou

@vakiva: It's easy to be an armchair developer, but you know nothing about their development process, or the current situation they're in trying to finish up the base game. Also, you have to factor in the team's well-earned vacation after year's of development, etc.

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Vakiva

@Mraou: I know that this game is looking like a major disappointment and that my money is better spent elsewhere. People were shitting on Soulcalibur for this not even a month ago but they're being apologist for Smash now.

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Mraou

@vakiva: Okay, go and spend mom's pocket money elsewhere then, kid.

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rickroll10000

@Mraou: I'm bummed but I was already hype over the fact that everyone is back so I'm still getting it