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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate / Nintendo Switch
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Release Date

12/07/2018

Genre

Fighting

Platformer

Fantasy

Themes

Fantasy

Martial Arts

Fighting

Developer

Sora

Publisher

Nintendo

Overview

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is an entry in the Super Smash Bros. series for the Nintendo Switch. One of this title's main selling points is that it includes every single playable character from past Super Smash Bros. games, a feat series director Masahiro Sakurai doubts would be feasible in the future. In addition to these returning characters and the handful of new ones, the game boasts 103 stages and over 800 songs on its soundtrack.

Playable Characters

During Ultimate's showcase at E3 2018, Nintendo used the tagline, "Everyone is here!" Indeed, every fighter from the series returns, including those previously cut from the roster and third-party characters like Solid Snake and Cloud Strife. Ultimate is the first game in the series since Super Smash Bros. Melee not to cut any characters from the previous entry.

The final roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at release.The final roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at release.

New to this entry of the series are "Echo Fighters." Previously referred to informally as "clones," Echo Fighters are characters who share the same moves and properties as another character, with some adjustments. Lucina and Dark Pit from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS have been reclassified as Echo Fighters, along with new additions like Princess Daisy and Dark Samus.

Including Echo Fighters, the total number of playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is 74, dwarfing the rosters of previous entries.

Ultimate's playable characters are listed in the order in which they were first introduced in the series. However, Echo Fighters are listed immediately after the character on which they are based.

No.CharacterFranchise

1.

Mario

Super Mario

2.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

3.

Link

The Legend of Zelda

4.

Samus Aran

Metroid

4E.

Dark Samus

Metroid

5.

Yoshi

Super Mario/Yoshi

6.

Kirby

Kirby

7.

Fox McCloud

Star Fox

8.

Pikachu

Pokémon

9.

Luigi

Super Mario

10.

Ness

Earthbound

11.

Captain Falcon

F-Zero

12.

Jigglypuff

Pokémon

13.

Princess Peach

Super Mario

13E.

Princess Daisy

Super Mario

14.

Bowser

Super Mario

15.

Ice Climbers

Ice Climber

16.

Sheik

The Legend of Zelda

17.

Princess Zelda

The Legend of Zelda

18.

Dr. Mario

Super Mario/Dr. Mario

19.

Pichu

Pokémon

20.

Falco Lombardi

Star Fox

21.

Marth

Fire Emblem

21E.

Lucina

Fire Emblem

22.

Young Link

The Legend of Zelda

23.

Ganondorf

The Legend of Zelda

24.

Mewtwo

Pokémon

25.

Roy

Fire Emblem

25E.

Chrom

Fire Emblem

26.

Mr. Game & Watch

Game & Watch

27.

Meta Knight

Kirby

28.

Pit

Kid Icarus

28E.

Dark Pit

Kid Icarus

29.

Zero Suit Samus

Metroid

30.

Wario

Super Mario/Wario

31.

Solid Snake

Metal Gear

32.

Ike

Fire Emblem

33/34/35.

Pokémon Trainer (Squirtle/Ivysaur/Charizard)

Pokémon

36.

Diddy Kong

Donkey Kong

37.

Lucas

Earthbound

38.

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

39.

King Dedede

Kirby

40.

Olimar

Pikmin

41.

Lucario

Pokémon

42.

R.O.B.

N.E.S. Accessory

43.

Toon Link

The Legend of Zelda

44.

Wolf O'Donnell

Star Fox

45.

Villager

Animal Crossing

46.

Mega Man

Mega Man

47.

Wii Fit Trainer

Wii Fit

48.

Rosalina & Luma

Super Mario

49.

Little Mac

Punch-Out

50.

Greninja

Pokémon

51.

Mii Brawler

Mii Maker

52.

Mii Swordfighter

Mii Maker

53.

Mii Gunner

Mii Maker

54.

Palutena

Kid Icarus

55.

Pac-Man

Pac-Man

56.

Robin

Fire Emblem

57.

Shulk

Xenoblade Chronicles

58.

Bowser Jr.

Super Mario

59.

Duck Hunt

Duck Hunt

60.

Ryu

Street Fighter

60E.

Ken Masters

Street Fighter

61.

Cloud Strife

Final Fantasy

62.

Corrin

Fire Emblem

63.

Bayonetta

Bayonetta

64.

Inkling

Splatoon

65.

Ridley

Metroid

66.

Simon Belmont

Castlevania

66E.

Richter Belmont

Castlevania

67.

King K. Rool

Donkey Kong

68.

Isabelle

Animal Crossing

69.

Incineroar

Pokémon

Five additional paid DLC fighters have been confirmed, with Piranha Plant as a free bonus to those who buy the game at launch; however, the identities of the paid fighters are currently unknown.

No.CharacterFranchise
70. Piranha Plant Super Mario
71. Joker Persona
72. ? ?
73. ? ?
74. ? ?
75. ? ?

Game Modes

The menu shown when the game begins.

The menu shown when the game begins.

Mechanically, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is very similar to previous entries. Players fight with a variety of basic and special moves in order to build up the opponent's damage and send them off the screen. Final Smashes return as each character's most devastating attack. Some have been modified to be more cinematic and quicker. Instead of using the Smash Ball item, players can opt for weaker Final Smashes that charge over time.

Smash

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The standard, traditional game mode. Up to eight players can fight together in free-for-all battles or on teams with a suite of options for rule customization.

When playing this mode, players now select their preferred ruleset, then the stage, and finally their characters.

Special Smash

Players fight with special modifiers to their fighters.

Tourney

Up to 32 players compete in a tournament bracket automatically created by the game.

Squad Strike

A 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 showdown. Players use consecutive fighters in an elimination style mode. When one fighter is KO'd, the next one takes its place.

Smashdown

Each fighter can only be used once before they are no longer selectable for future battles.

Classic

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The original single-player mode. Each character has a set, themed sequence of fights leading to the boss, unlike previous entries where Classic Mode was randomized and always ended with a battle against Master Hand.

Rulesets are also variable between characters- for example, Ryu's classic mode features only 1-on-1 stamina matches to evoke the Street Fighter series.

Mob Smash

The incarnation of Multi-Man Smash from past games. This is also where the All-Star Mode of this game lies - all currently available fighters will spawn endlessly.

Training

An improved version of the training mode that now shows more technical data for moves.

Challenges

In-game achievements that offer various rewards on completion.

Spirits

Spirits each give special effects during gameplay.

Spirits each give special effects during gameplay.

Spirits mode takes aspects of trophies, custom moves, events and stickers from past games. Hundreds of spirits representing characters from Nintendo games (and the third-party franchises) can be collected and used to boost the abilities of fighters. Spirits have rarity levels, and can give additional buffs when equipped. They can also be leveled up, combined, and sent on expeditions.

To earn a spirit, players fight a match that is intended to invoke some aspects of the spirit's personality. This can include COM behavior, items, and other special effects. For example, the Guts Man spirit pits the player against a giant Mega Man who uses throw moves often.

Spirits can also be used in battles with other players.

Adventure Mode - World of Light

Introduction to World of Light

Introduction to World of Light

While Ultimate's adventure mode has much less story than Brawl's Subspace Emissary, it still has some context as to why everyone became spirits. A godlike being, using an army of Master Hands, attacks the world. The smash fighters are unable to stop it, and they, along with the rest of the universe, lose their physical forms and become spirits. Only Kirby manages to escape, and finds himself in a new world where the other fighters have once again been corrupted.

In the game mode, players travel through several overworld maps fighting battles to reclaim spirits. Those spirits can be used to progress and explore more of the map. When a player wins a battle against a puppet fighter, that fighter is unlocked and joins the team. The mode goes through several locales, including outer space.

Online Play

The simplified online menu

The simplified online menu

Online battles return with some notable changes. Matchmaking is no longer separated into "For Fun" and "For Glory" modes. Instead, players select their preferred rules for matches. The game will attempt to match players with similar settings. Matchmaking is also determined in part by Global Smash Power, a number representing how good the player is.

Once a player has a high enough Global Smash Power, they can play Elite Smash, a place where the best of the best can fight. The results of these battles will impact balance changes to the game made in the future.

Players can also make online tags, and earn the tags of opponents they beat. Other options include spectating matches, forming a two-player team, and creating online lobbies where they can set the rules and play with friends.

Stages

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate contains 103 stages from gaming history, most of them returning from previous games. Each stage can be reconfigured into layouts resembling Final Destination and Battlefield, for close to 300 possibilities overall. Even Masahiro Sakurai admitted "we must be crazy" to include so many stages.

For stages from the original Super Smash Bros., the team wanted to preserve the feeling of nostalgic 64-bit visuals and sound. For all other stages, the environments have been vastly overhauled for modern graphics and lighting.

Final Destination's newest incarnation

Final Destination's newest incarnation

Stages are also listed in the order they first appeared in the series. However, in a series first, every stage is unlocked from the beginning, and each supports up to eight player battles. Players can also activate a Stage Morph feature, where any two stages can transition between each other.

Each DLC character comes bundled with an additional stage and accompanying music. However, like the fighters themselves, these stages are unknown.

New Stages

Stage NameOrigin
Battlefield Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Big Battlefield Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Final Destination Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
New Donk City Hall Super Mario Odyssey
Great Plateau Tower The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Moray Towers Splatoon
Dracula's Castle Castlevania Series

Super Smash Bros. (N64)

Stage NameOrigin
Peach's Castle Super Mario 64
Kongo Jungle Donkey Kong Country
Hyrule Castle The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Super Happy Tree Yoshi's Story
Saffron City Pokémon Red/Blue
Dream Land Kirby's Dream Land
Mushroom Kingdom Super Mario Bros.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Stage NameOrigin
Princess Peach's Castle Super Mario 64
Rainbow Cruise Super Mario 64
Kongo Falls Donkey Kong Country
Jungle Japes Donkey Kong Country
Great Bay The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Temple Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Brinstar Metroid
Yoshi's Island (Melee) Super Mario World
Yoshi's Story Yoshi's Story
Fountain of Dreams Kirby's Adventure
Green Greens Kirby's Dream Land
Corneria Star Fox 64
Venom Star Fox 64
Pokémon Stadium Pokémon Series
Onett Earthbound
Mushroom Kingdom II Super Mario Bros. 2
Brinstar Depths Metroid
Big Blue F-Zero
Fourside Earthbound

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Stage NameOrigin
Delfino Plaza Super Mario Sunshine
Mushroomy Kingdom Super Mario Bros.
Figure-8 Circuit Mario Kart DS
WarioWare, Inc. WarioWare Series
Bridge of Eldin The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Norfair Metroid
Frigate Orpheon Metroid Prime
Yoshi's Island Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Halberd Kirby Super Star
Lylat Cruise Star Fox Assault
Pokémon Stadium 2 Pokémon Series
Port Town Aero Dive F-Zero GX
Castle Seige Fire Emblem Series
Distant Planet Pikmin
Smashville Animal Crossing: Wild World
New Pork City Mother 3
Summit Ice Climber
Skyworld Kid Icarus
Shadow Moses Island Metal Gear Solid
Luigi's Mansion Luigi's Mansion
Pirate Ship The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
Spear Pillar Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
75 m Donkey Kong
Mario Bros. Mario Bros.
Hanenbow Electroplankton
Green Hill Zone Sonic the Hedgehog

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS

Stage NameOrigin
3D Land Super Mario 3D Land
Golden Plains New Super Mario Bros. 2
Paper Mario Paper Mario Series
Gerudo Valley The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Spirit Train The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Dream Land GB Kirby's Dream Land
Unova Pokémon League Pokémon Black/White
Prism Tower Pokémon X/Y
Mute City SNES F-Zero
Magicant Earthbound
Arena Ferox Fire Emblem Awakening
Reset Bomb Forest Kid Icarus Uprising
Tortimer Island Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Balloon Fight Balloon Fight
Living Room Nintendogs
Find Mii Find Mii
Tomodachi Life Tomodachi Life
Pictochat 2 Pictochat
Mushroom Kingdom U New Super Mario Bros. U
Mario Galaxy Super Mario Galaxy
Mario Circuit Mario Kart 8
Skyloft The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
The Great Cave Offensive Kirby Super Star
Kalos Pokémon League Pokémon X/Y
Coliseum Fire Emblem Series
Flat Zone X Game & Watch
Palutena's Temple Kid Icarus Uprising
Gamer Game & Wario
Garden of Hope Pikmin 3
Town and City Animal Crossing: City Folk
Wii Fit Studio Wii Fit
Boxing Ring Punch-Out
Gaur Plain Xenoblade Chronicles
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt
Wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew
Pilotwings Pilotwings Series
Wuhu Island Wii Sports Resort
Windy Hill Zone Sonic Lost World
Wily Castle Mega Man 2
Pac-Land Pac-Land
Super Mario Maker Super Mario Maker
Suzaku Castle Street Fighter II
Midgar Final Fantasy VII
Umbra Clock Tower Bayonetta

Items

The Super Smash Bros. series is known for its chaotic items which can change the flow of matches, and Ultimate is no exception. Ultimate also sees the return of Assist Trophies and Poké balls, items that summon another character to aid the player who used it. The roster of possible characters has also grown from past games, with 55 Pokémon and 59 Assist Trophies. Assist Trophies can now be KO'd, which adds a point to the score of the player who did so. As always, these items and the many others in the game can be turned off at will.

Assist Trophies

NameFranchise
Akira Virtua Fighter
Alucard Castlevania
Andross Star Fox
Arcade Bunny Nintendo Badge Arcade
Ashley WarioWare
Black Knight Fire Emblem
Bomberman Bomberman
Burrowing Snagret Pikmin
Chain Chomp Super Mario
Chef Kawasaki Kirby
Color TV-Game 15 Color TV-Game
Devil Devil World
Dillon Dillon's Rolling Western
Dr. Kawashima Brain Age
Dr. Wright SimCity
Flies & Hand Mario Paint
Ghirahim The Legend of Zelda
Ghosts Pac-Man
Gray Fox Metal Gear
Guile Street Fighter
Hammer Bro Super Mario
Isaac Golden Sun
Jeff Earthbound
Kapp'n Animal Crossing
Knuckle Joe Kirby
Knuckles Sonic the Hedgehog
Klaptrap Donkey Kong
Krystal Star Fox
Lyn Fire Emblem
Metroid Metroid
Midna The Legend of Zelda
Moon The Legend of Zelda
Mother Brain Metroid
Nightmare Kirby
Nikki Swapnote
nintendog Nintendogs
Phosphora Kid Icarus
Prince of Sablé Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
Rathalos Monster Hunter
Riki Xenoblade Chronicles
Rodin Bayonetta
Samurai Goroh F-Zero
Shadow Sonic the Hedgehog
Sheriff Sheriff
Shovel Knight Shovel Knight
Skull Kid The Legend of Zelda
Spring Man ARMS
Starfy Starfy
Starman Earthbound
Sukapon Joy Mecha Fight
Squid Sisters Splatoon
Takamaru

The Mysterious Murasame Castle

Thwomp Super Mario
Tiki Fire Emblem
Vince Art Academy
Waluigi Super Mario
Wily Capsule Mega Man
Yuri Kozukata Fatal Frame
Zero Mega Man

Music

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate makes history with over 800 music tracks (around 28 hours) available to listen while playing the game. The My Music function returns, allowing players to adjust how often individual songs play on each stage. In past games, each stage had its own exclusive group of songs. In Ultimate, however, a stage can play any track from its own franchise.

The game also contains a sort of music player for the songs in game. Music can be organized into custom playlists. Players can then listen to music with earbuds when the Switch is in sleep mode. Despite the astronomical amount of music in Ultimate, Sakurai remarked that compression technology has advanced so that music only takes up a fourth of the space it did in the previous game.

Notably, the music staff was given nearly free reign to arrange whatever franchises they chose. As a result, Castlevania and Mega Man have many new songs, while franchises like WarioWare and Bayonetta were not so lucky. Final Fantasy's music is still limited to two songs ripped from Final Fantasy VII, likely due to rights complications.

Additional music is included in the DLC packs.