During today's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate livestream, the game's director Masahiro Sakurai revealed ARMS fighter Min Min will be joining the roster. Min Min is an 18-year old ramen lover who works for the Mintendo Noodle House. Sakurai said that MinMin was requested by ARMS director Kosuke Yabuki.
What is Min Min's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate playstyle like?
Sakurai says that Min Min will excel against heavier fighters, but that she'll struggle with lighter fighters as well as those whose strength is in the air. As you might expect from an ARMS fighter, Min Min's style will be based largely around her ARMS equipment. Unlike most other fighters, where A represents normal attacks and B represents special attacks, A and B will control Min Min's ARMS independently. The A and B buttons will throw out punches separately to one another, allowing you to build a complex play style with Min Min.
You'll be able to swap out and equip different ARMS. The Ramram is a ring that attacks quickly and then returns to Min Min. It's got a wide range but low power, and you can control its movement. Megawatt is an ultra-strong ARM that has a slow movement speed but a lot of power and short range. This one's much more difficult to maneuver in the air, but if it connects, it'll deal a lot of damage and even potentially KO opponents at around 60% damage. Dragon is an ARM with its own laser projectile, allowing you to keep your opponents at a distance. Min Min's left ARM is already a Dragon, but you can make both of them Dragons. Each ARM will have its own aerial attacks and ground attacks.
Can Min Min only punch in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?
Even though Min Min is an ARMS fighter, she can also kick. If you tap the A button rather than holding it down, you'll get kicks instead of punches. Min Min has access to a rapid-fire Chun-Li style kick, a somersault kick that can reflect projectiles, and a dashing jump kick if you're running. Several of Min Min's air attacks are also kicks; she's got a downward dive kick and a jump kick. Her Up special is named "ARMS Jump", and is a simple leap that extends in distance the longer you hold it. Like Little Mac, Min Min is a ground-based fighter, so you should be using her jump to escape opponents rather than stay in the air. In fact, her Up special turns into a hook if you're using it in the air. Min Min's Final Smash move is called "ARMS Rush". The ARMS fighters gather together and unleash a flurry of punches together, concluding with a shot from the Dragon. It's similar to Mega Man's Final Smash in this regard. Sakurai says this move will also be used by the new Spring Man Assist Trophy.
What about Min Min's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stage?
Min Min's stage in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is called Spring Stadium. As you might expect, there are plenty of surfaces to bounce off and collide with while you're fighting. The ARMS Drones will occasionally carry items into the arena if you've turned items on, but you'll need to free them from the Drones to claim them. There are also jumping platforms on either side which will extend the height of your jump when you leap off them. If you collide with enemies on Spring Stadium, you'll deal damage to them.
Was there any non-Min Min news?
Several new Mii Fighter costumes were also announced alongside Min Min. Each of these costumes will correspond to a different Mii Fighter class. Ninjara from ARMS, Callie and Marie from Splatoon, and Heihachi from Tekken were all announced as Mii Fighter costumes, as well as a Vault Boy costume from the Fallout series. These costumes will be available on June 29th and will cost you $0.75 each.
Sakurai also announced some changes to the Spirit Board system. If you've got a Mii Fighter costume that corresponds to certain Spirit Board fights - i.e. Cuphead - then if you've bought the Mii Fighter costume for that fight, instead of battling an existing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character, you'll battle that Mii Fighter costume. There's also a new Rematch feature coming that will allow you to battle any Spirit Board fight you've already won again in order to achieve a higher score.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also getting some new Amiibo figures. Chief among them is Persona 5's Joker. There's also an Amiibo figure in development for Dragon Quest's Hero, with more Amiibo coming soon. Sakurai says he doesn't know how many Amiibo will eventually be produced, but that more Amiibo announcements will be coming soon.
Min Min's Challenger Pack will contain 18 themes from ARMS, two of which have been arranged for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate by the game's original composer. The pack containing Min Min, her stage, and her music will be released on June 29th and will cost you $5.99. She's the first of six new fighters that will be part of the second Fighter Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We'll bring you more on the others when we get it.
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