After days of speculation and reams of online leaks and rumors, the final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct proved that the Grinch Leak was wrong... though many fans probably wish that it was real.
The last three characters announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were Ken from the Street Fighter series, Incineroar from the seventh generation of Pokémon games, and the Piranha Plant from the Super Mario Bros. series, who will be free for a limited time after the game's release, before becoming a paid DLC character.
Ken is an Echo Fighter of Ryu and shares most of his moves, which is true of many of Ken's appearances in the Street Fighter series. Ken is slightly faster than Ryu and has his own unique kick commands. Ken also shares Ryu's trait of having two Final Smash attacks, although Ken's are far more visually impressive to look at.
Incineroar is a brand new character to Smash Bros. It is the fully evolved form of the Fire-type starter Pokémon from Pokémon Sun & Moon.
Incineroar is a grappler type character who specializes in throws and poses after each move, which can be canceled out. In combat, Incineroar uses his Darkest Lariat as spinning move to knock back enemies and can strike from the air with Cross Chop, which is similar to Little Mac's side-B in that it can send you hurtling off the side. Incineroar can also make foes run the ropes, which causes a turnbuckle & ropes to appear on the field, as well as being able to use Revenge as a counter, which boosts the strength of its next attack.
Incineroar's Final Smash is his Z-Move from Pokémon Sun & Moon - the Max Malicious Moonsault.
Ken and Incineroar will be available for free in the base game at launch, but the first DLC character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be the Piranha Plant from the Super Mario Bros. series. It will be available as a free character for a limited amount of time when it becomes available, before becoming a regular paid DLC character.
The Piranha Plant can spit blasts of poison gas the enemy, fire spikey balls from its mouth, and can stretch its body for long-range attacks.
Piranha Plant's final attack involves turning into the gigantic Petey Piranha, who can trap enemies within its cages.
There are many fans who are likely disappointed that Isaac and Shadow aren't Echo Fighters and that Banjo-Kazooie & Geno are not playable characters. It feels like the effect of the final Direct has been muted by the raised expectations of the Grinch Leak.
There are still at least five DLC characters to go, so some hope remains that Masahiro Sakurai will have something more interesting to announce than a plant.