The return to one of the most celebrated fighting game franchises will be here soon and with it a new addition for the FGC to talk about. Before you make up your mind about becoming a part of the Super Smash Bros Ultimate community yourself, there are some things which will be worthy of your interest.
Things You Should Know before Buying Super Smash Bros Ultimate
With an incredibly long cast of characters, spirits, different game modes, and stages, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is shaping up to be one of the biggest games Nintendo has put out in recent memory and it almost feels like a homage to every popular video game in existence, thanks to the crossovers of the iconic characters.
1. The Roster
All characters from the previous games make a return to this majestic entry in the series with the total count being 74 at launch with the upcoming DLCs bringing 6 more characters to the mix.
Although initially, you start with 8 characters, unlocking every subsequent one is easy and all it requires is for you to simply spend some time playing the game. Apart from the 63 returning characters, the 11 new characters are:
- Ken Masters: Street Fighter
- The Inklings: Splatoon
- Princess Daisy: Mario
- Ridley and Dark Samus: Metroid
- Simon and Richter Belmont: Castlevania Series
- Chrom: Fire Emblem: Awakening
- King K. Rool: Donkey Kong
- Isabelle: Animal Crossing
- Incineroar: Pokemon Sun and Moon
Although the game offers a diverse cast with wildly different and varied playstyles, there are some exceptions.
These are called Echo Fighters or previously known as clones in the Super Smash community. It basically refers to how two characters share strikingly similar gameplay mechanics down to their moves and sometimes – even animations.
Although there are minor changes here and there, there are enough similarities to classify them as Echo Fighters.
- Dark Pit/Pit
- Dark Samus/Samus
- Richer Belmont/Simon
As a replacement for trophies from the previous games, Spirits are characters from the same franchise as that of the playable hero in question and utilizing one will award you with special perks during the battle.
Moreover, these can also be sent on missions to come back with rewards including XP and treasures. These are unlocked, again, after playing a fair amount of the game.
Once you will come across a Spirit in battle, you will need to defeat it to claim it for yourself. You can now use this in any battle you would want for a power-up.
Of the perks they will come equipped with; these will help apply to one of the three actions: attack, grab, or shield. Spirits are further divided into two types i.e. Primary Spirits and Secondary Spirits.
You can only have one primary spirit associated with your character at a given time. These Primary Spirits, in turn, can bring in multiple Secondary Spirits with them.
With such an emphasis on spirits, there is also a cinematic adventure mode titled ‘World of Light’ with cut-scenes, voice acting and all that revolves around the spirits.
We cannot wait to learn more about their nature and how that will play into the overarching narrative of the game.
The characters are dazzling enough, but the environments have a lot to add when the final product is concerned. The Super Smash Bros. series has always been known for the lively and colorful stages.
If the sheer amazement at the fact that the game will consist of 103 stages is not enough, then we are happy to tell you that there is a new feature called Stage Morph.
Stages will be dynamic and continue to change throughout the fight and even ‘morph’ into other existing ones in the midst of the battle.
However, you decide the two stages that can morph into one another before the fight.
Other changes that add to the dynamism of the map include Stage Hazards and even appearance of surprise guest characters which constantly keep the battle interesting and largely unexpected.
This will clearly change the way competitive play works since some stages are better suited to certain character’s move-sets and attacks, so there is definitely a whole lot of room for more comebacks.
Furthermore, unlike before, stages will be selected before the character screen is displayed. Thus, players would need to plan and choose their character accordingly.
Each stage will have two options for selecting the form: the Omega form (1-Platform Stage) and the Battlefield form (3-Platform Stage). Of the 103 stages, 7 new ones are introduced in the game. They are:
- Big Battlefield
- Moray Tower: Splatoon
- Dracula’s Castle: Castlevania
- New Version of Battlefield Map
- New Version of Final Destination Map
- New Donk City Hall: Super Mario Odyssey
- Great Plateau Tower: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
With around 850 soundtracks in total, every fight will feel and sound different. Thanks to new customization settings, you can create your custom playlist of favorite songs to be played on the desired stage.
This can be done via the ‘My Music’ feature in the settings. Furthermore, filtering these soundtracks are also easier since they are now sorted via the franchises they belong to.
The soundtracks are a combination of the old and the new, with remixes added here and there.
You can find the complete, detailed and comprehensive list along with the category of original Super Smash games which they were first introduced in.
5. Game Modes
In addition, the classic single-player mode that has been present in all Super Smash games, the traditional Versus Mode, and the World of Light campaign discussed above, the following new modes will be introduced in Ultimate.
An Arcade Mode type play-through, each battle will be required to be played as a new character until all the fights are finished, and you can claim the crown.
Starting as either a 3 vs. 3 or 5 vs. 5 Team Battle, the format for the battle is elimination. The last standing fighter takes it all for the team.
As the name suggests, a tournament uses a top 32-player bracket format at the most.
Practice combos, play around with the map and learn a whole lot while polishing up your existing knowledge in this training mode.
Being the staple of the series, SSBU will bring back all the original and iconic items while adding new ones to the mix as well. These are:
- Black Hole
- Launch Star
- Banana Gun
- Magical Staff
- Healing Field
- Bomber: Kirby
- Death’s Scythe: Castlevania
- Smash Ball (Lethal if Touched)
- Ramblin’ Evil Mushroom: Earthbound
- Pokemon: Mimikyu, Marshadow, Ditto, Lunala, and Pykumuku
Additionally, there will also be several new characters that will solely exist as assist trophy items to be collected. They are also listed below:
- Andross: Star Fox
- Black Knight: Fire Emblem
- Chef Kawasaki: Kirby
- Ghosts: Pac-Man
- Gray Fox: Metal Gear Solid
- Guile: Street Fighter
- Isaac: Golden Sun
- Jeff: Earthbound
- Kapp’n: Animal Crossing
- Klaptrap: Donkey Kong
- Knuckles: Sonic
- Knuckle Joe: Kirby
- Krystal: Star Fox
- Lyn: Fire Emblem
- Midna: The Legend of Zelda
- Moon: The Legend of Zelda
- Nikki: Mii
- Rathalos: Monster Hunter
- Riki: Xenoblade Chronicles
- Shovel Knight
- Spring Man: ARMS
- Starfy: The Legend of Starfy
- Thwomp: Super Mario
- Tiki Fire: Fire Emblem
- Wily Capsule: Mega Man
- Yuri Kozukata: Fatal Frame
- Zero: Mega Man
7. Other Relevant Info.
When we talk about the new gameplay changes, we can sum it up by saying the game will feel ‘faster’ since animations have been shortened for numerous moves including Final Smash, Air Dodges, Full Hops, and Pummels.
These aren’t the only actions to be sped up as taunts, screen KOs and guard breaks also take less time to be initiated so we can expect a more aggressive and offensive gameplay from this entry in the series.
Changes were also made to how the Pokemon Trainer character works with there now being two genders to choose from.
Moreover, the three Pokemon: Charizard, Ivysaur and Squirtle can now be switched when it comes to their order even in the midst of the battle.
Allowing players of all skill levels to adapt, rules can be tweaked for each mode with options of either choosing the Smash Ball or Smash Gauge, item spawns and their order, the settings for stage hazards and a bunch of rules for matchmaking online.
As always, the game will support GameCube controllers along with Pro controllers and Joy-Con.
Furthermore, the game will also allow you to use toys-to-life or so-called Amiibo figures. With the game’s launch, you will have access to Inkling Girl’s, Wolf’s and Ridley’s Amiibo figures.
Soon after, in February 2019, the Piranha Plant will also join the line-up of these figures. Nintendo has also promised other upcoming Amiibo figures in 2019.
As for the player count in a single match, both local and online play supports up to eight players.
The Piranha Plant can only be obtained if the game is purchased before January that means you will have three weeks from the game’s release on Dec. 07 to get your copy if you want to get your hands on the poison spewing plant from the Mario series.
Regarding DLC for the game, we have yet to know what characters are yet to be revealed. However, we do know there will be 6 of them and each one comes with their own stage and multiple music tracks.
Each character will cost $6 but if you want the whole lot, you might find the season pass more reasonably priced at $25.