Smash Bros. Ultimate adds fan faves Simon Belmont, King K Rool, tons more

If you thought Nintendo's upcoming mascot-battler game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate couldn't get any bigger, its creators had a Konami-tinged surprise on Wednesday: Castlevania's Simon Belmont as a brand-new playable Smash fighter.

Belmont was arguably the biggest announcement to come in the latest news-filled Nintendo Direct video series. Smash Director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that the character's classic whip gives him the longest standard melee attack ever seen in the series, at the cost of speed—and that it can be freely waved around, just like in the SNES classic Super Castlevania IV. His other attacks take advantage of classic "magical items" like the axe (complete with its thrown arc), ground-burning holy water, and straight-thrown blue cross.

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