During today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate themed Nintendo Direct, Luigi had his soul stolen from his body by Death while exploring a familiar setting from Castlevania.
This scene set Twitter ablaze with fans worrying about the fate of the hapless Mario brother, but Nintendo wants to reassure fans that Luigi is alive and well.
A tweet issued from the Nintendo UK VS account confirmed that “Luigi is okay” following the horrific ordeal.
Luigi’s ill-timed adventure in the world Castlevania foreshadowed one of the main reveals from today’s Nintendo Direct, the announcement that series protagonist Simon Belmont is joining the roster.
Belmont swooped in to save Luigi, yet wasn’t quick enough to stop Death leaving him limp. The Castlevania protagonist will also receive an Echo Fighter in his descendant Richter Belmont, who is also joining the fight.
As well as the Castlevania crossover, another long-awaited fighter was revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong Country series.
Series director Masahiro Sakurai also teased a new mode coming to the game during the direct, and it’s unclear whether it could be a single-player focused mode. For more on the legacy of single-player Smash Bros., read IGN’s article on why Adventure Mode was Melee’s most underrated feature.
Jordan Oloman is a Freelance Writer for IGN who wishes Luigi a speedy recovery. His thoughts are with the Mario family in this trying time. Follow him on Twitter.