Today’s Nintendo Direct has revealed a lot of new features about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In addition to revealing the rest of the roster, perhaps the biggest bombshell this month is the reveal of Spirits Mode, and the World of Light, both of which tie into each other.
World of Light is a sort of story mode. It’s not as plot heavy as the Subspace Emissary from Brawl was, but the reveal trailer shows all of the fighters gathering at a ledge to face off against an army of Master and Crazy Hands, with a strange being of light at the center of it all. Everyone but Kirby is captured, and spirit duplicates of the fighters are created. World of Light then includes an overworld map that looks a bit like a cross between the Donkey Kong Country overworld, and a board from a Mario Party game. Fighters are unlocked as the player defeats their duplicates, presumably culminating into one big showdown.
The evil duplicates Kirby is forced to fight to free the other 73 fighters tie into the Spirits Mode. Spirits Mode will add RPG elements to the game. Spirits are power-ups based on other characters from the various series included in Smash Bros. The first kind are primary spirits, which range from characters like Knuckles the Echidna, to Otakon, to Cappy. Primary spirits can also include secondary spirits, which can further improve the stats of a fighter. Spirits are obtained by winning Spirit Battles, which are often rigged in a way that mirrors the specific spirit you are fighting for. The Guts Man spirit will make you fight a giant fighter, for example.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available on the Switch on December 7 of this year. You can learn more about these two game modes, and other details revealed in the Nintendo Direct here.