Super Smash Bros. gets new characters, stages and costumes in pre-E3 2015 presentation

By Brenna Hillier, Sunday, 14 June 2015 23:45 GMT

Today’s Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct presentation announced a ton of new changes and content – most of which is dropping today.

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Super Smash Bros. got its E3 2015 blowout today. Series producer Masahiro Sakurai had loads to share.

One of the top bits of news from the presentation was confirmation of the rumoured debut of Street Fighter’s Ryu and Fire Emblem’s Roy as DLC characters. Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s Lucas is also making a return.

Roy, a returning series favourite, has had a visual overhaul. His final smash is called Critical Hit.

Ryu is unique in that you can control him two ways. If you use traditional Street Fighter controls to trigger his special moves, they’ll be stronger than the standard control versions. He has two Final Smash moves, and is the first character in the series’ history to do so.

Sakurai also presented a range of new Mii Fighter costumes, including some drawing on Sega’s Virtua Fighter series. The Akira costume is amusingly polygonal. Jackie’s is more modern. There’s also a Heihachi costume from Tekken. (Hmm. Do I sense more company crossover DLC characters?) New Mega Man, Animal Crossing and Splatoon costumes were also shown.

On to stages now. Dream Land from the original Smash Bros. game on N64 is coming back. Nintendo also showed off a Miiverse stage, which shows posts from character-specific Miiverse communities. Suzaku Castle from Street Fighter is being added, too, as is an Omega Forms stage.

All the new characters, costumes and stages will be available from the eShop as premium DLC today. Ryu, Ken, Roy, Lucas and Splatoon bonus trophies are available as of the latest update, along with three special trophies for All Star mode.

Multiple new Amiibo were announced – Mii Brawler, Mii Swordfighter and Mii Gunner are coming soon. R.O.B., Duck Hunt and Mr. Game & Watch are due in September. Falco is coming during the holidays. Lucas and Mewtwo are inbound but have not been dated.

Nintendo said every single Super Smash Bros. character will eventually have an Amiibo.

New features are also coming to Super Smash Bros. A community tournament mode called “Tournies” will be added in August, and you’ll soon be able to record and share replays directly to YouTube.

Watch the full presentation below.

Although you’ve seen them before, here are the official versions of the Ryo and Roy trailers.

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