Nintendo just wrapped up a Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct where it went into more detail on its big fighter, confirming the Castlevania crossover that introduces Simon Belmont as a new fighter plus plenty more.

Belmont, who made his debut on Nintendo hardware back in 1987, will wield his whip as a signature item and the Grand Cross forming his Final Smash, and his echo fighter - a character with a similar moveset but a different skin - will be none other than Richter Belmont, from Rondo of Blood amongst other Castlevania games.

Belmont will also have his own stage, Dracula's Castle, which features cameos from the vampire himself. It'll be one of 103 stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is an all-in bundle of everything that's ever featured in the series and plenty more besides.

There will also be some 34 music tracks with a Castlevania theme, including old favourites as well as a few new takes, and they're part of a soundtrack which will boast over 800 compositions. A music player is included which will allow you to listen to tracks with the screen off, turning your Nintendo Switch into a portable audio player - just one that's dedicated to Nintendo-themed tracks.

Other new echo fighters confirmed include Fire Emblem's Chrom - who'll be an echo of Ike - and Dark Samus, who will - of course - be an echo of Samus. \

And one final reveal came in the form of Monster Hunter's Rathalos, who'll be an assist trophy.

Oh, and as one last surprise, Nintendo confirmed that Donkey Kong's King K.Rool is also making his debut as a fighter. All this, and still no sign of our beloved Birdo...

Nintendo also confirmed there will be a limited edition bundle to accompany Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's release, which will include an official GameCube controller as well as an official GameCube adaptor.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate comes out on December 7th. Will there be any more big reveals between now and then? Given the amount of information already out there on the game, I'm doubtful.

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