– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When the new Super Smash Bros. name was announced during a Nintendo Direct earlier this year, it wasn’t clear in what form it would be. Would it be a whole new game or just an updated version of the most recent version? Well, it turns out a little bit of both.

During the recent E3 Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that the new game would be called Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it’s a fitting title. More than a true sequel, it looks like this will literally be the “ultimate” edition that brings together every character that’s ever existed in the franchise, in addition to a handful of new lines like Inklings, Daisy, and even the long-awaited Ridley.

Here is the complete list of characters:

Mario, Samus, Kirby, Bowser, Link, Donkey Kong, Fox, Falco, Marth, Zelda, Sheik, Villager, Meta Knight, Mewtwo, Sonic, Peach, Pikachu, Ice Climbers, Inkling Boy, Inkling Girl, Captain Falcon, Zero Suit Samus, Pokemon Trainer Boy, Pokemon Trainer Girl, Wii Fit Trainer, Ness, Lucas, Ryu, Ganondorf, Ike, Cloud, Snake, Jigglpuff, Pichu, Roy, Olimar, Diddy Kong, Lucario, Lucina, Robin, Bayonetta, Game and Watch, Greninja, Dr Mario, ROB, Duck Hunt, Pit, Dark Pit, Palutena, Corrin, Bowser Jr., Toon Link, Young Link, King Dedede, Rosalina, Mii, Wario, Little Mac, Pac-Man, Shulk, Wolf, Mega Man, Luigi, Daisy, Yoshi, and Ridley.

However, it’s also important to note that many of these characters have multiple costumes, like Link, who can don his more classic outfit in addition to his Breath of the Wild look. One other cool detail is that the game will be compatible with GameCube controllers, though there is no word on a potentially wireless GameCube controller.

All in all, those hoping for a whole new experience may be disappointed, but when all said and done, this game looks to be more of a refinement of everything that’s come before, with “thousands” of little changes being scattered throughout.

When can you smash? December 7, 2018.

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SOURCE: Nintendo

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.