Top 10 Most Anticipated New Characters In Smash Ultimate

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Who's ready for all the newcomers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?! Today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Anticipated New Characters in Smash Ultimate. For this list, we're looking at the new characters set to join in Nintendo's immensely popular fighting series, but we're only including the characters who are new to this instalment, so characters like Ridley, King K. Rool, Daisy, Chrom, Piranha Plant, Incineroar, Simon Belmont, etc.!

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Top 10 Most Anticipated New Characters in Smash Ultimate

These new additions are sure to bring the pain. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Anticipated New Characters in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.”
For this list, we’re looking at the new characters set to join in Nintendo’s immensely popular fighting series. But we’re only including characters we’ll be able to play as, so no Assist Trophies.

#10: Ken Masters

One of the original echo fighters in the world of gaming, Ken Masters has been sought after by fans since Ryu (Rhe-U) debuted in the last game. There are several aspects of the character that may give him an edge over the original poster boy. For one thing, Ken moves a bit more quickly than Ryu. And for another, Ken’s attacks vary slightly in comparison. Just like in his Street Fighter iterations; his Shoryuken (Shor-yu-ken) attack is infused with fire, but his other attacks differ in appearance as well. We wouldn’t be surprised if this echo fighter got more play time than the original.

#9: Piranha Plant

We could have named 100 characters who could, and should appear in the next “Smash,” and we never would have guessed the Piranha Plant. And that’s honestly one of the things that make his reveal so great. This Mario enemy will have a lot more move variety than one would expect. It can shoot poison, throw spiked balls, fly, and has a surprising amount of range for a potted plant. Its final smash will bring out Petey Piranha from “Super Mario Sunshine.” The best part? This character will be available as free DLC by registering your game online. And free is always good.

#8: Isabelle

Beyond the Villager, there’s no “Animal Crossing” character that deserves to be in “Smash” more than Isabelle. And for fans of her series, you know she’s paid her just dues. In “New Leaf,” she operates as the mayor’s secretary, (and you’re the mayor). As a fighter, however, she’ll use any item at her disposal to get the KO. Similarly to the Villager, Isabelle will use ordinary objects like a bucket of water, a party popper, a fishing rod, and pom poms. While there’s no shortage of adorable fighters in “Smash,” Isabelle may just take the top spot.

#7: Chrom

It seems like no matter who Nintendo adds from the world of “Fire Emblem,” they always make excellent fighters. And this will no doubt be the case with Chrom, the last of the three main heroes of “Awakening” to appear in “Smash,” after Robin and his daughter, Lucina. He’ll appear as an echo fighter for Roy. Although, like other echo fighters, his move set will be slightly different. His Up-B attack resembles that of Ike and his speed is in line with that of Marth. Also, adding another swordsman to the game is never going to be a bad thing.

#6: Incineroar

Fans of “Pokémon Sun & Moon” will know exactly why the inclusion of this fire/dark type is something to get excited about. Choosing the fire starter Litten at the beginning, will lead to one of the most brutal combatants in the game. And it’s this ferocity that should make him a new fan favorite. Though it does have fire attacks, Incineroar prefers to get up close and personal with opponents. Its attacks will be heavily influenced by those of pro wrestlers, with the pose striking after each one lining up with the fanfare. For players who like strong grapplers, Incineroar seems like a safe pick.

#5: The Inklings

The very first new characters announced for “Smash Ultimate” is still one of the most exciting. It’s not surprising that Nintendo would include the Inklings, given how popular “Splatoon” has become over the past couple of years. Just like in the game, the Inklings will use all manner of guns and other weapons to attack their opponents. Players will have to think strategically, as the strength of each attack depends on how much paint is in your tank. But each opponent will take more damage depending on much ink they’re already covered in. And with weapons like the splat bomb, the inkbrush, and the splattershot, the Inkling should be one of the more beneficial fighters.

#4: Daisy

Though she may be another echo fighter, Daisy will be an echo fighter for Princess Peach, which is definitely not a bad thing. Peach is one of the more well-balanced fighters in the game with a counter, a projectile, an excellent smash attack, and the ability to float. But the inclusion of Daisy will be important for another reason. With her, the lineup of classic Mario characters is almost complete as her first appearance was in “Super Mario Land” for the original Game Boy. Even though she’s probably best know for her “HI I’M DAISY!” quote in “Mario Kart: Double Dash”. Now all we need is Captain Toad.

#3: King K. Rool

If they were going to include a new slow, heavy hitter in “Smash,” they couldn’t have chosen a better character than this. As Donkey Kong’s most notable villain, King K. Rool has been desired by fans of the classic platforming series for a while. Though the wait appears to be worth it. Most of his moves will be clever references to his game appearances, such as his crown throw from the first “Donkey Kong Country” and the boxing glove from “Donkey Kong 64.” His gold-plated belly looks like it will be particularly annoying to go up against. Also: How awesome is his remixed theme?

#2: Simon Belmont

Some of the best entries in in the “Castlevania” series have appeared on Nintendo consoles, and with the series recently making a comeback on Netflix; the inclusion of this hero makes total sense. But we’ll actually be getting two heroes for the price of one. As Simon uses a variety of weapons in his games, the best of them will making their way into “Smash.” His standard attack will be the long-range whip, though the boomerang-like cross, holy water, and axe will come in handy as well. Both Simon and Richter seem to have gotten fans extremely excited, as their agility and variety in attacks will make them hard to combat.

#1: Ridley

Of the characters fans have craved to have playable in “Smash” the most, this “Metroid” villain just may be at the very top. And with a moveset like his, it looks like the hype surrounding him is well worth it. His regular B attack will charge up and shoot fireballs, his Down-B will pierce multiple enemies through his tail, and his Side-B will drag fighters across the ground before hurling them. Not only that, but he looks to be the most agile heavy character yet, like a more easily-controllable Charizard. Ridley is one of the most dastardly, terrifying villains of gaming history. And his “Smash” debut has been a long time coming.