Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct: Dark Samus and Chrom Announced as Echo Fighters

New Echo Fighters Dark Samus and Chrom have been announced for Super Smash Bros Ultimate during the August 8 Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct presentation. Echo Fighters are essentially palate swaps of characters; in this case, Samus from the Metroid series and Roy from the Fire Emblem franchise have been given slight variations of themselves to use in-game in the form of Dark Samus and Chrom respectively.

Director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed the news during the August 8 livestream, with Dark Samus, from Metroid Prime: Echoes and Chrom, from Fire Emblem Awakening, getting their own space to shine.

Those who aren’t fans of these Echo Fighters, essentially a re-design using another character as a starting point to build off from, can stack up all Echo Fighters in the character select screen so the litany of original fighters are given the spotlight compared to their Echo Fighter counterparts. It’s a neat way to sweep them under the rug if you wish.

However, should you wish to have every single character in the game present on the character select screen, you can do so. It speaks volumes of the sheer amount of customization available to players upon release

Whether more Echo Fighters are on the way is unclear at this stage. What is for certain, though, is that Nintendo and Sakurai have found a way to shoehorn in as may fan-favorite requested characters as humanly possible without upsetting the game’s balance too much. Now where’s Waluigi, you cowards?

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