The Game Awards 2018 event revealed on Thursday that Persona 5 protagonist Joker will join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game.
The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on Friday. The game will include all previous playable characters and support eight-player battles. New characters include Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s Isabelle, Metroid’s Ridley, Castlevania‘s Simon, Donkey Kong’s King K. Rool, and Pokémon‘s Incineroar.
Several other characters will join the game as “Echo Fighters” for other characters. Echo Fighters include Street Fighter’s Ken (for Ryu), Castlevania‘s Richter (for Simon), Fire Emblem’s Chrom (for Ike), Metroid’s Dark Samus (for Samus), Daisy (for Peach), Lucina (for Marth), and Dark Pit (for Pit). Echo Fighters will have moves and properties that closely match another character’s.
Piranha Plant will be available several months after launch as a limited-time free DLC character for people who register their games on their Nintendo accounts by January 21. Five additional DLC characters (including Joker) will be released after the game launches. Each character pack will include one character, stage, and song for US$5.99. A Fighters Pass will give players access to all five characters. People who purchase the pass will receive a Mii Fighter costume of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Rex, which will launch on Friday.
A Smash World app is in development for release on iOS and Android in 2019. Players will be able to post and watch gameplay videos and check statistics in the app. The app will continue to receive updates after its launch, and staff will reveal more details about the app in the future.
Sources: The Game Awards 2018 livestream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game’s YouTube channel, GameSpot’s YouTube channel