The official reveal of Super Smash Bros Ultimate came from the annual Nintendo Direct during E3 2018, and it was immediately clear just how big this game will be for Smash Bros fans. Everybody who has appeared in a game is going to be playable on Nintendo Switch, including the guest characters you’d thought would never show up again. There’s 66 playable characters in total, including a few newcomers. But Smash Bros Ultimate is more than just a hodgepodge of characters from every single game in the series, there’s a lot of changes and updates under the hood that aren’t immediately noticeable, but will definitely be appreciated by all fans.
For the roster itself, every character past and present gets a number of changes to their move sets and specific properties that will change the flow of competitive play. Those that just play for fun will still notice how things will be different for their favorite characters, but the tournament players will have a lot to chew on. Outside of all the fighters returning from every game, the new characters add layers to an already big game.
Ridley from the Metroid series, a highly request character for Smash Bros, is finally playable and has a combination of hard hitting attacks and devastating special moves. The Inkling uses many of the signature paint splatting moves from Splatoon, which blend quick moves and ranged attacks together in very interesting ways. In a similar way to how the Marvel vs. Capcom series went over-the-top with Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate does so with a huge roster and many new updates to everyone to make the most dynamic Smash Bros game to date.
Visually Super Smash Bros Ultimate looks good. Everything receives the same level of polish from Super Smash Bros on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but it now applies to all of the returning fighters. More details on characters and effects from attacks. A lot of popular stages from every game in the series will be accessible, such as Big Blue from Super Smash Bros Melee and Pit’s Stage from Super Smash Bros Brawl. The main stage staples like Final Destination and Battlefield will be there as well, but will have a few changes to the background to give them an updated look.
Those that are highly competitive with Super Smash Bros are going to have a lot of techniques to hone into their play style. While there isn’t any wave dashing like in Melee, you still have abilities like Air Dodges, Short-Hop Attacks and Perfect Shield that will widen the gap between players. An interesting change to the game is how Smash Bros Ultimate modifies the damage output during 1-on-1 battles. You receive more damage to your percent from attacks in single battles, as opposed to melee group battles. This allows everyone to be knocked off the stage easier in fights against single opponents.
Nintendo definitely wasn’t lying when they said it was the biggest Smash Bros game ever. There’s a ridiculously sized roster of characters, new moves and changes to use and discover, plenty of stages to fight in, and huge potential for new dream matchups. Everybody is coming to the party this time, and it may very well be the best one yet. If you wanted a bigger and better Super Smash Bros. game, then you won’t have to wait very long to get it. Super Smash Bros Ultimate will be releasing on December 7, 2018 for Nintendo Switch.
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