Nintendo announced the addition of two new characters, Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon, to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster during its final Smash Bros. Direct presentation today; apart from announcing the availability of Piranha Plant as a pre-order bonus, and the introduction of five other fighters as DLC.
Ken is an Echo Fighter and has as his rival Ryu, who had hitherto represented Street Fighter in the Super Smash series. His avatar in Ultimate is the same as the one he donned as a part of Fighter 2 Turbo. A different shaped Hadoken and a faster speed distinguish Ken from Ryu, apart from some other differences. Ken has been endowed with two Final Smashes: Shinryuken and Shippu Jinraikyaku.
Incineroar, for his part, is one of the starter Pokemon from the series’ latest installments, Sun and Moon. This character’s moves have been inspired by pro wrestling, and include powerful throws, apart from the clichéd move of a pro wrestler’s posing after every attack. Its neutral Smash attack is Darkest Lariat; and its Final Smash is Max Malicious Moonsault, which is a more powerful version of its Z Move from Sun and Moon.
Ken and Incineroar’s addition has expanded the Super Smash Bros. Roster to include 74 playable characters. Ultimate has introduced a number of other new characters to the series, like Ridley from Metroid, Simon and Richter Belmont from the Castlevania series, and Animal Crossing’s Isabelle.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is all set to launch for Nintendo Switch on December 7. Nintendo is also releasing a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch bundle this Friday, November 2, which comes with a Smash-themed Switch dock and set of Joy-Con controllers, along with a digital copy of the game; although the game shall not unlock before December 7.