Nintendo Announces New ‘Super Smash Bros’ and Everyone but Daisy Ridley and Kim Jong Un Are in It

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Nintendo kicked off the first official day of the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) with the announcement of a new entry in the “Super Smash Bros.” game series, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” As is often the case with Nintendo stuff, fans on Twitter lost it, both in excitement and in the volume of jokes.

One of Nintendo’s weirder franchises, “Super Smash Bros.” is a fighting game featuring lots and lots of the video game company’s best-loved characters — like Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Link from “The Legend of Zelda” and a mess of Pokemon — think “Street Fighter,” but with loveable mascots wailing on each other.

Over the years, the series has expanded beyond the most familiar Nintendo icons to include deep cuts like characters from “Ice Climber” (remember that one, fellow old people?), and more recently even characters from franchises owned by other companies, like Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog. The new version of “Smash Bros.” escalates that considerably by including every character who has ever appeared in a “Smash Bros.” game, giving players upwards of 60 characters to beat each other up with.

That’s quite a lot of characters to pick from, as many fans pointed out.

Fun fact: “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” also throws in two new playable characters: Daisy, the princess who Mario chased from the 1989 Gameboy title “Super Mario Land,” and Ridley, a giant red space dragon and frequent “Metroid” series bad guy that vocal fans have been begging to see included in “Smash Bros.” games for years.

Also fun fact: if Daisy and Ridley sound familiar to those of you who aren’t Nintendo superfans, there’s a really good reason for that. In fact, we’ll let the myriad “Star Wars” jokes about that coincidence explain why.

And also, because the internet, here are some other jokes for you to enjoy:

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