Smash Bros. Ultimate: 5 Moves that Will Make Simon Great

Early analysis of Simon’s coolest Castlevania attacks.

During a recent Nintendo Direct, the director of the Smash Bros. franchise Masahiro Sakurai announced the addition of Simon Belmont to the roster of his upcoming game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrives on Nintendo Switch later this year, but the reveal gave us a preview of what to expect from Castlevania’s finest whipmaster.

You can watch the trailer embedded below, and we’ve broken out five moments in the trailer that demonstrate moves we expect will be key to playing Simon effectively in Ultimate.

In this first highlight, we get to see what could be Simon’s horizontal smash or his Forward + B attack. The range looks incredible, as Simon’s whip significant outranges Corrin’s already long spear smash.

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We later see Simon toss his axe, a Castlevania staple that maintains large vertical arc the attack traditionally has. We’d guess this is Simon’s Down + B attack, which should be useful for sniping opponents on platforms above Simon, but appears even better designed as an edge guard technique, as demonstrated against poor Pac-Man.

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Simon’s also got a dive kick, demonstrated below. It looks similar to Link’s Down + A air attack, but appears to travel at a slight forward angle. Like Link’s version of the attack, Simon’s dive kick bounces the opponent into the air, and appears to set them up for a perfect Forward + B attack. The combo looks like a powerful finishing sequence.

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Long-time fans of Castlevania will recognize the spinning cross in this next clip. Simon tosses out the cross which travels a short distance forward before boomeranging back. What’s interesting here is that it appears Simon can run behind the cross, using the spinning attack as a sort of offensive shield.

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And finally, the trailer closes out with Simon’s final smash, with which Simon traps a foe in a coffin before banishing it to space. Or wherever it is Dracula goes in between Castlevania games. What’s notable here is that the final smash appears to be limited to attacking a single enemy, where some other characters’ final smashes take out multiple enemies per use. At least Simon looks cool doing it.

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What do you think of Simon Belmont, and what’s your favorite part of the reveal? Create your own highlight via the “loop” function in the video player below and share it in the comments along with any move analysis you can make. It’s never too early to start scheming strategies for Evo 2019.

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