Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Adds Chrom And Dark Samus As Echo Fighters

The Smash roster is getting a whole lot bigger.

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Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct delivered a ton of new details about the upcoming fighting game, kicking off with the announcement of Simon and Richter Belmont as playable characters. Those weren't the only new fighters introduced during the broadcast, however; Nintendo also revealed that Fire Emblem Awakening's Chrom and Metroid Prime 3's Dark Samus are joining the roster.

Like Princess Daisy and Richter Belmont, both Chrom and Dark Samus are Echo Fighters--clones of other characters already on the roster with their own appearance and slightly tweaked moves. Chrom is based on Roy, while Dark Samus is, naturally, an Echo Fighter of Samus, boasting many of the same abilities as the bounty hunter.

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Nintendo also revealed a few more details on how Echo Fighters work. Players have two different options for displaying the characters on the roster; they can either be laid out as separate fighters on the selection screen, or stacked atop the character they're based on. If the latter option is chosen, players will be able to change between the fighters simply by pressing a button.

That wasn't the extent of the new character reveals during the Smash Bros. Direct. Nintendo closed out the presentation by revealing one more new addition to the roster: Donkey Kong's much-requested nemesis, King K. Rool. The villainous croc is an entirely original fighter, boasting moves inspired by his appearances in the Donkey Kong Country series. He can throw his crown like a boomerang and deflect attacks with his...ample stomach.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for Nintendo Switch on December 7. The game features the largest selection of playable characters and stages in the series to date, with nearly 70 announced fighters thus far and more than 100 stages. You can read more about the game in our roundup of everything we know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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