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Image courtesy of Nintendo

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate"'s last fighter is being announced Tuesday, bringing the game's whopping 82-character cast to a close.

Why it matters: The final fighter, which will be added via DLC, signals a possible end to more than just the game's roster.

  • "Smash Bros. Ultimate" launched in 2018 to critical success, growing to become the best-selling fighting game in U.S. history. To date, it's sold more than 24 million copies.
  • The Switch game expands on the franchise's legacy of bringing together iconic characters in a multiplayer brawler.

The big picture: Nintendo has diligently supported "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" with new content since its launch.

  • Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has previously said that there's "no way" future Smash Bros. games will feature as wide a roster as "Ultimate," which combines characters from franchises spanning Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem, Mario, Persona, Sonic, Street Fighter and more.
  • In May, Sakurai wrote a Famitsu column reflecting on time off and retirement (though he later clarified that he didn't currently have plans to retire from the game industry), leading to buzz about his future involvement in the series.

The details: The event kicks off at 10am ET tomorrow. Sakurai will host.

  • The broadcast will last for roughly 40 minutes and will be streamed.
  • Sakurai has been teasing the character reveal on Twitter, saying it may be different than what fans know or expect.

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The big face-off between Halo, Call of Duty and Battlefield

"Halo Infinite." Image: Microsoft

The video game horse race to watch this fall is between “Call of Duty: Vanguard,” “Battlefield 2042” and “Halo Infinite,” three shooter games from giant franchises that keep bumping into each other on their way to release.

Driving the news: Two of the expected mega-games will intersect tomorrow, as Activision’s “Vanguard” and EA’s “2042” both run online showcases at 11 a.m. ET to reveal new modes.

Updated 1 hour ago - World

Reports: Up to 17 U.S. missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and were due to travel to another destination when the gang struck in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

2 hours ago - World

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne spent longer under lockdown than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.