The Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is relentless with its avalanche of information, starting off with the most anticipated reveals: new characters. After beginning with the confirmation of Simon Belmont, and an Echo Fighter (clone character) in Richter, the Direct revealed the addition of Chrom and Dark Samus.
Chrom hails from Fire Emblem: Awakening, and was originally teased in a trailer for the previous Smash Bros., Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS. In the trailer that revealed the playable characters of Robin and Lucina, an incapacitated Chrom lamented, “I suppose I’ll get I’ll get my chance another day.” Today appears to be that day. Chrome will share a moveset with Roy.
Dark Samus was a staple in the Metroid Prime Trilogy, originally appearing in the previous Smash Bros. as an Assist Trophy. Naturally, Dark Samus will be an Echo Fighter of Samus. Additionally, the aforementioned Richter is an Echo Fighter of Simon Belmont, allowing the developers to expand the roster with fan-favorite characters while expending less effort on development.
Chrom, Dark Samus, and Richter join previously announced Echo Fighters Dark Pit, Lucina, and Daisy. The Direct revealed that players will be able to choose how Echo Fighters are displayed on the character select screen—they can take up their own spot on the screen, or be stacked with their respective characters that they’re based on, and switch between them in character selection with the press of a button.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release for Nintendo Switch on December 7th.
Chrom and Dark Samus join the action! These Echo Fighters are based on Roy and Samus, but they’re slightly different and have their own feel. pic.twitter.com/FmSDauIFaD
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) August 8, 2018