After Nintendo revealed a handful of new characters all at once during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct presentation earlier this month, we weren’t sure if we’d have to wait until December to actually see them in action. Nintendo’s Japanese YouTube account now has footage of several of these fighters, however — most notably King K. Rool, the fan-favorite Donkey Kong Country villain.
Two different gameplay videos are up on the channel, and we recommend at least watching the match between K. Rool and Snake. Solid Snake returns after a decade-long absence, having last appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl; but for all intents and purposes, the Metal Gear Solid veteran feels like a new character, now that he’s been rebalanced and given some gameplay tweaks. But he’s not the one to root for in the fight against K. Rool, as long as you want to see how bizarre and varied K. Rool’s moveset is.
The bulbous Kremling throws himself, stomach-first, all over the place. He uses his absurd cannonball gun, the Blunderbuss, to blast his opponent, and of course he wears a pirate hat while he’s firing it. And his Final Smash? It’s the definition of “extra.” In less than two minutes, we get to see it all. Snake never stood a chance.
Below, watch three more new fighters take the stage: Chrom (of Fire Emblem Awakening), Dark Samus and Ridley, whom we saw at E3 2018. Lucina joins Chrom to even the sides for a team-based battle. Running nearly five minutes in length, this video is great for anyone who’s curious to see two new echo fighters at work. Dark Samus is the echo of Samus, obviously; Chrom’s moves are based on Roy’s.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch as a Nintendo Switch exclusive on Dec. 7.