Smash Bros. Ultimate adds Street Fighter's Ken, Pokemon's Incineroar as final fighters

The Nintendo Switch brawler's initial character roster is now complete at 74, but Piranha Plant from Mario will be the first DLC fighter.

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Ken Masters is joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Nintendo announced that Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon are the final characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ken is based on his Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo incarnation and will be an echo fighter for Ryu, meaning he'll be essentially the same with a different appearance and animations, series creator Masahiro Sakurai said in Thursday's Nintendo Direct livestream.

He'll be a slightly faster character than Ryu and has a different shaped Hadoken. His two Final Smash moves are the fiery spinning uppercut Shinryuken and the close quarters Shippu Jinraikyaku combo.


Incineroar boasts some wrestling moves.

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Incineroar is a Fire/Dark type Pokemon and the final evolved form of Litten, one of the three starters from Pokemon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. He uses pro wrestling moves and his Final Smash is Max Malicious Moonsault, based on his Z-Move from the Pokemon games.

Sakurai also revealed the plan for the game's downloadable content. Nintendo is developing five sets containing a fighter, a stage and several music tracks at $6 each, and you'll be able to buy a Fighters Pass (essentially a season pass) to get all five for $25. 

The pass will get you immediate access to an in-game Mii figher outfit based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.


Piranha Plant will bite its way through battles as the game's first DLC fighter.

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You'll get a free DLC taster in the form of Piranha Plant from Super Mario Bros., but only if you buy the game before Jan. 31. If you opt for a physical copy, you'll have to register it for gold points on MyNintendo to claim the extra character. 

Nintendo brought the game's assist trophy total to 59 by adding Guile from Street Fighter, Isaac from Golden Sun, the Fly Swatter from Mario Paint and Spring Man from Arms.


Kirby is the last survivor in World of Light.

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We got the first details about World of Light (this game's adventure mode) where all the characters transformed into spirits and Kirby, the only survivor, must restore them by traveling around a map and battling their shadow forms. 

The impressive cinematic trailer even prompted comparisons to the catastrophic events seen at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.


It seems like you'll have to restore corrupted characters in the adventure mode.

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The spirits will form the basis of an RPG element within the game -- you'll be able to equip those of nonplayable characters ranging from Mega Man nemesis Dr. Wily to Sonic's partner Tails to Metal Gear Solid frenemy Revolver Ocelot.

"Players can equip primary and support spirits to power up or add additional abilities like speed or strength to their fighter during battles," Nintendo wrote in a press release. "Mixing and matching spirits will help players get the upper hand against certain opponents, adding quite a bit of strategy to battles."

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Online multiplayer matchmaking will now be based on three factors: Preferred Rules lets players choose their rules for battle and pair up with others with similar preferences, Global Smash Power is an online leaderboard that pits players against others with a similar score, and Proximity matches players who are close to each other geographically.

Nintendo is working on a mobile service called Smash World, which will let players post and watch videos, with more features to be revealed in the future.

For all things Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can check out our ongoing guide here or Gamespot's Ultimate collection of Smash content.

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First published Nov. 1, 7:14 a.m. PT.
Updates, 7:50 a.m.: Adds details about DLC; 9:21 a.m.: Includes info on assist trophies, World of Light, spirits, matchmaking and Smash World.