Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's mysterious final game type may have already been decoded; likely ties into Nintendo's recent trend of killing characters

Are we going to need to reclaim Luigi's soul from Death?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • August 14, 2018 at 5:17 p.m. PDT

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had their big Nintendo Direct stream last week which revealed new characters Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, Chrom, Dark Samus and Richter Belmont along with many more details about the massive upcoming title, but at least one thing was kept a mystery from viewers.

Nintendo and series director Masahiro Sakurai showed off the main menu for Smash Ultimate during the live stream featuring the main Smash modes, Online, the Vault and more though one section was left blurred out to which we were told we'd need to wait longer to learn more about it — looks like people may have already beat Nintendo to the punch, however.

Internet sleuths in the form of users like Noctulescent and Nintendrew appear to have already cracked the mystery hiding behind the pixelated images to show us the reported "Spirits" mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

They accomplished this feat by combing through the video frame-by-frame to look for inconsistencies and anything in the images that could be deciphered by messing with contrast and borders to piece together what could be the final look.

As to what this Spirits mode will entail will remain a mystery to us for now, but it very likely ties into some of the previous cinematic trailers for Ridley and Simon Belmont in Smash Ultimate showing characters like Mario, Mega Man and Luigi seemingly being killed off by Ridley and Death — maybe that means K. Rool killed King Dedede in his trailer too.

You can take a look at the mock up of what the final menu may look like in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the gallery below along with the sleuthing process. Let us know in the comments section whether you think this Spirits mode will serve as the game's Story Mode or something else entirely.

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Sources: Nintendrew and Noctulescent

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