The big takeaways from the Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct #DailyHotTake

At last, Nintendo has graced eager fans with 40 minutes of info on the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Everyone was hoping for some long-awaited character reveals and for Sakurai to finally shed some light on the peculiarly title Spirits game mode. Are fans happy? Spoiler alert: No, they never are. But here’s what we had to say about the Direct.

Ken from Street Fighter is revealed

Echo fighters are characters in Smash Ultimate whose moves closely resemble another fighter. Ken’s reveal as an echo fighter makes sense. He’s a great addition, though not one many fans were hoping for.

Incineroar takes the stage

The final fighter revealed for Smash Ultimate is the final evolution of the fire starter from Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Incineroar wasn’t really on anybody’s radar but he’s ultimately a great pick and makes sense considering that there hasn’t been a new Pokemon reveal for Smash Ultimate yet.

Peer-to-Peer Connections

Smash has always had a poor internet infrastructure. It doesn’t seem things are getting better this time around.

Piranha Plant revealed as the first of 6 DLC fighters

Smash is the greatest when it gets weird. Wii Fit Trainer and Duck Hunt were the out-of-left-field picks from the last game, but nothing so far was nearly as astonishing. Piranha Plant is unconventional and that’s why we love it.

5 DLC packs will be released in 2019

There will be 5 additional opportunities to have your favorite character added to Smash. Each content pack will contain a new fighter, a new stage, and a selection of new music.

Adventure Mode: World of Light

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so far is living up to its name. We’re stoked to play it when it comes out on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7. Until then, follow us on Twitter and track all our thoughts throughout the week using the hashtag #DailyHotTake.

Written by Marcus Garrett

Marcus created Top Shelf Gaming to celebrate the awesome things about the video game industry while challenging the areas of the video game community that could be improved. He loves playing guitar and eating tacos, but never at the same time.

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