Smash Bros. Ultimate Gets Two Final New Fighters, Ken And Incineroar

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Nintendo has confirmed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s final starting roster will be 74 fighters, with newly announced Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokemon being the last two additions before the game comes out.

Ken will be an echo fighter, meaning most of his moves and animations will mirror Ryu’s. He’ll have unique attack animations reminiscent of his moves in Capcom’s fighting game series, however, and he’ll also be slightly faster than Ryu. Like the latter, Ken also has two super attacks.

The first, Shinryuken, is a spinning upper cut that targets the center of the stage, while the second, Shippu Jinraikyaku, will initiate whenever the player unleashes the smash attack while next to an opponent.

Incineroar, meanwhile, will be a unique wrestling style fighter who poses for the audience after each successful move. These animations can be canceled though to keep the flow of combat going. As a wrestler, a lot of his attacks will be higher risk, higher reward, requiring patience.

The final form of Litten, a starter Pokemon first introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon, Incineroar’s throws will be slightly more powerful than other characters’, while the rest of his arsenal is made up of moves like Cross Chop, and recovery move that boosts Incineroar up and back down in a “V” shape, and a Darkest Lariat cyclone attack.

He also has an lateral throw that launches opponents off a set of ropes and back into him for a second attack.

While both characters look cool in their own right, they’re a far cry from the additional ones fans had been expecting after months of theorising based on now-disproven leaks.

Last week’s Grinch leak in particular, which gave some Smash fans hope that Banjoe Kazooie and other strange characters would be added into the game at release, turns out to have clearly been a hoax.

However, even more sceptical and cautious fans still thought Nintendo had more than just two remaining fighters too announce.

Of course, this starting roster of 74 is still the biggest in the series’ history, and Nintendo will be building off it for years to come with future DLC. After all, that’s where Smash Bros. Wii U found many of its most exciting new fighters, including Final Fantasy VII’s Cloud Strife and Bayonetta.

Nintendo announced near the end of today’s Direct that the game will have a $US25 ($35) season pass, with five new fighters to be added to the game one at a time following its release.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches on Switch December 7.


    At last we're getting another playable character from CAPCOM'S Street Fighter series and that is Ken I'm excited for that and Incineroar the wrestling Pokemon from the Pokemon Sun and Moon games.
    Very excited for that thank you very much Sakurai-San and I'm looking forward to kick some butt in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming out next month.

    Also the lyrical version of the smash theme is pretty awesome, even if it's horrendously cheesy.

    But then I also liked all of the music in xenoblade x.

    Holy rubbish. I'm on my phone and I had to scroll through SO MANY ads to find the comments. Too many guys. Way too many. 3 is about right. There is more than 25 here. It's just too many.

      Exactly why I stopped reading about 2 months ago. Only came on here today for an 'internet reacts' article to look for an 'internet reacts' article for Smash Direct.

      At this point, it's an insult and I refuse to support it.

        Hey man. I can't argue that you're wrong. I'm usually on PC where it doesn't seem to be anywhere near as bad. On the phone is just crazy.

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