The final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct announced a new echo fighter, a new unique fighter, and a free bonus character for early investors to round out the pre-release fighter announcements.
The new echo fighter is Ken Masters from the Street Fighter franchise, and he is, of course, echoing Ryu. He’s based off his appearance in Super Street Fighter II Turbo in both his looks and moveset. His special attacks include a Heavy Shoryuken, Tatsumaki Senpukyaku, Hell Wheel, Focus Attack, and a slightly altered Hadouken. His movement speed is also slightly faster than Ryu’s, and he utilizes kicks more as opposed to punches.
The Heel fighter Incineroar from the Pokémon franchise is the last unique newcomer being added to the roster. The Fire-type starter from the Alola region has an arsenal of professional wrestling inspired moves, and even strikes poses after each successful attack lands on an opponent. His specials include a spinning move called Dark Lariat, Cross Chop which launches him into the air before he comes crashing down, and a counter. He also has a side special which features him launching his opponent into ropes as he lands a devastating blow on them. The attack he lands varies depending on the timing of the input.
Lastly (and most surprisingly) is the Piranha Plant from Mario. This strange addition is available for free sometime after launch for players who purchase a copy of the game and register it on the Nintendo website before January 31st.
More fighters are coming after launch as well. Specifically, five new characters, along with stages and additional music tracks included. Each of these will be priced at $5.99, however, there will also be a special Fighter Pass available for those who wish to purchase all the fighters at once for $24.99. While no specific dates have been given, these characters will be developed and released throughout the course of the next year.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available on December 7th for Nintendo Switch.