Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: All New Stages Revealed During August Nintendo Direct
By Kevin Knezevic on
Nintendo's first Direct broadcast since E3 2018 was dedicated entirely to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it was packed with a ton of new information about the upcoming mascot fighter. Series director Masahiro Sakurai delivered the presentation and offered a much closer look at many of the game's features, revealing a variety of new items, modes, and even five brand-new characters making their Smash debut--among them Simon and Richter Belmont from the Castlevania series.
While Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features a huge number of changes and gameplay tweaks, its defining feature is its extravagance. The game boasts the largest roster in the series, with nearly 70 playable characters confirmed to date. That isn't the only metric by which Ultimate eclipses previous Smash games, however. The title also has an extensive soundtrack that consists of more than 800 songs, as well as a huge assortment of Pokemon, items, and Assist Trophies, including Monster Hunter's Rathalos.
Just as impressive is its selection of stages. As Sakurai revealed during the latest Direct, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features 103 battle arenas, which amounts to more than 300 levels if you include each stage's Battlefield and Final Destination variants. This lineup primarily consist of returning stages from every previous Smash game, including the series' 3DS installment, although Ultimate also introduces several new ones of its own. Nintendo revealed two such stages at E3--Great Plateau and Moray Towers--and we got a look at another pair of new levels during the latest Direct: Dracula's Castle from the Castlevania series and New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey.
In addition to those two level, Sakurai showcased a variety of returning stages that had yet to be revealed, ranging from Melee favorites like Brinstar Depths and Fountain of Dreams to Magicant and Unova Pokemon League from Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Sakurai also gave fans their first look at the newest iteration of Final Destination. Click through our gallery to see all of the new and returning stages revealed during the August Smash Direct.
Unlike previous installments, the stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will all be available right from the outset and won't need to be unlocked. This time around, the levels will also be arranged in the order in which they were introduced in Smash series. Most of the stages feature some type of environmental hazards, but players will have the option to toggle these either on or off in Ultimate. They'll also be able to select a new option called Stage Morph, which causes a stage to transform into a different one mid-match.
There were plenty of other details and new information from the latest Nintendo Direct; you can catch up on everything with our roundup of all the Direct announcements. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for Nintendo Switch on December 7. For more on the game, be sure to check out our roundup of everything we know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so far.