Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s newest character is Isabelle, the mayoral assistant shih tzu from 2013’s Animal Crossing: New Leaf. She was announced during today’s Nintendo Direct.
Isabelle is the ninth all-new character who will join a roster comprising every fighter who has ever appeared in the Smash Bros. series over its 20-year history. That’s more than 70 characters, meaning the number of totally new stars in Ultimate will be smaller than those who debuted in Melee (14), Brawl (18) and Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS (24).
Isabelle previously appeared in Smash as an assist trophy character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. Here she is in action:
Daisy, Chrom from Fire Emblem, Dark Samus and Ridley from Metroid, the Inklings from Splatoon, King K. Rool from Donkey Kong and Richter and Simon from Castlevania are the eight previously announced characters who will make their first appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7. This explainer has everything we know about the series’ Switch debut. As for Animal Crossing’s own Switch entry? That’s coming next year.