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Nintendo’s Smash Bros. Direct kicks off on August 8.

Nintendo will broadcast its latest Nintendo Direct presentation this Wednesday, Aug 8, at 7 am PT/10 am ET, and this time the focus will be solely on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Smash Direct will feature new information straight from the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai. Rumors as to what fans can expect to see have already begun circulating, with everything from expected character reveals to the possibility of an upcoming beta.

With that said, here’s what you can probably expect to see during Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct.

New Characters

While Nintendo’s big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showing during this years E3 was packed with plenty of new information and exciting character reveals, there were still a few highly anticipated characters missing from the presentation. There’s certainly no shortage of characters for Nintendo to choose from either. Waluigi, King K. Rool (Donkey Kong Country), and Geno (Super Mario RPG) are just a few characters that Smash fans have been eagerly awaiting to join the fight, but there are also plenty of other familiar faces that would make great additions to the already enormous roster.

Simon Belmont (Castlevania), Isabelle (Animal Crossing), and Shovel Knight are a few strong contenders that immediately come to mind. But there’s always a chance that Nintendo could go deeper down the rabbit hole and introduce some really surprising picks. For instance, Tingle (Zelda: The Wind Waker), Banjo (Banjo Kazooie), and a new Pokemon are some of the more heavily rumored characters that have been making the rounds lately. While we’re still not entirely sure which new fighters will be joining the roster, the good news is we don’t have to wait too long before we hear what Nintendo has to say.

New Stages

We’ve already seen a good amount of stages announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it appears as though there may be a few more on the way. If you go to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website, you can clearly see several unannounced stages in the background of some of the fighter pages.

Mario has the Odyssey stage in the background of his character portrait, and Falco has the Venom stage behind his. Sheik also appears to have the Gerudo Valley stage — featured in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS — behind her portrait, and Meta Knight has the Halberd behind his. None of these stages have been shown in trailers yet, with the exception of the Odyssey stage, which was shown briefly in Mario’s trailer but not officially announced.

Test Smash

If history is any indication, there’s a really good chance that Super Smash Bro. Ultimate will get its own beta — similar to what Nintendo did with Splatoon 2’s Testfire and the ARMS Testpunch. We’re almost certain that Nintendo’s planning something along the lines of a Test Smash for Ultimate. As to how big it will be, how many characters will be included, and when Nintendo will decide to release it is still anybody’s guess.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s release date locked in for December 7, it’s likely that we’ll see a beta drop sometime in November. That said, it’s worth considering that Nintendo could hold two beta tests, meaning that we could potentially see the first Test Smash launch much earlier than expected. At the very least, we’re pretty confident that at least one beta is on the way sometime before the big release.

For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, check out wiki guide for everything announced so far, and our latest Super Smash Bros Ultimate Blog Update conversation.

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Filip Miucin is IGN’s Nintendo Editor. Find him on Twitter @filipmiucin and every Friday on Nintendo Voice Chat.



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