A new Super Smash Bros Ultimate Direct is planned for November 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
During the 40 minute long presentation, Director Masahiro Sakurai will divulge new information about the game before its release.
After the presentation, a post-show with Nintendo Treehouse will show off live gameplay of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Pokemon Let’s Go: Pikachu & Eevee, Yoshi’s Crafted World and Diablo III: Eternal Edition.
We’ll definitely get more info on new fighters. According to GameSpot, every fighter in the game will be revealed before launch. So if there are a bunch of characters still to be revealed, you can expect a good chunk of time devoted to each one.
Here are our predictions on what news will be announced during the Direct.
A recent leak may provide some insight into which characters will be announced. If you don’t want to be potentially spoiled, you should turn back now.
According to the recent leak, the new characters will be Shadow the Hedgehog of Sonic Adventure 2, Ken of Street Fighter, Geno of Super Mario RPG, Isaac of Golden Sun, Mach Rider of Mach Rider, KOS-MOS of Xenosaga, The Chorus Kids of Rhythm Heaven and Banjo-Kazooie of Banjo-Kazooie.
According to GameXplain, the leak comes from an allegedly full banner art for the game released on Snapchat by an employee from French printing company Marina PLV that handles promotional art for game companies. However, GameXplain pointed out that the poster has inconsistent shadows and has been blurred to possibly avoid scrutiny. Since then, Marina PLV released a statement saying that the employee who allegedly leaked the art hasn’t worked for the company for two years. They also said that they have worked with Namco Bandai, the co-developers for Smash Ultimate according to IGN, but are not working with them for Smash Ultimate.
The characters in the leak aren’t out of the realm of possibility. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been on board with Banjo-Kazooie being in Smash for a while now. Isaac isn’t listed as an assist trophy on the official website yet despite appearing in Super Smash Bros Brawl. Shadow the Hedgehog also hasn’t been listed as an Assist Trophy despite appearing in Brawl as well as Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Even the idea of The Chorus Kids being in Smash has some backing according to our report.
What struck us about this leak is that there’s no mention of a new Pokemon fighter. The last few Smash games have included at least one new Pokemon fighter at launch from whatever Pokemon generation the game released in. Lucario from the fourth generation (Pokemon Diamond & Pearl) was in Brawl and Greninja from the sixth generation (Pokemon X & Y) was in Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS. Since the eighth generation is releasing in 2019 according to The Verge, a Pokemon from this generation, the seventh generation (Pokemon Sun & Moon), would be included.
Either way, we can expect more of an explanation on how certain fighters will work or how they’ve been changed from the previous game. Isabelle in particular hasn’t been given much of an explanation on how she differs from Villager other than the new moves shown off in her reveal trailer.
One thing we can definitely count on is the reveal of the Secret Mode that was blurred out during the last Smash Bros Direct. According to our report, the mode is possibly called “Spirits” and might involve boss battles. We may also see the return of other modes like Stage Builder, Event Mode, Break the Targets and more as well as clarification on how previously announced modes like online play and Squad Strike will work, which are still unknown as GameXplain points out.
We might get a demo. Nintendo released a demo of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS on the eShop with Club Nintendo members receiving the code early according to IGN. Nintendo could do something similar with My Nitendo where users could log on to get their code.
You can also count on more announcements on new items, Pokemon and Assist Trophies. We won’t get any new info on new stages as all 103 stages have been listed on the official website.
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