Nintendo dropped some major news during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and the biggest bombshell was their showcase for next iteration of the Super Smash Bros.series, which the company has dubbed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The game’s creator Masahiro Sakurai calls it “the biggest crossover in gaming history.” It will feature every character from past Super Smash Bros. games — spanning all the way back to the very first edition for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. This comes out to over 60 fighters, including Nintendo’s legendary plumber, Mario, as well as Princess Peach, Pikachu and three different versions of Zelda’s Link.
The characters aren’t simply being copied and pasted into the game, as Nintendo has updated many of them with new costumes, features and mechanics — so this is far more than just a fresh coat of paint.
On top of that, two additional characters are also joining the fray this time: Inklings, from “Splatoon 2,” and Ridley, from the “Metroid” series.
The game is the first Super Smash Bros. game to be released on the Nintendo Switch. It will be available on December 7 2018.