New Fighters
Ken (Street Fighter)
Incineroar (Pokemon)
Piranha Plant (Super Mario)*
*This fighter only available for a limited time and must be redeemed via game registration on the Nintendo website.

The Mii fighter now has extensive voice and costume options. Some of the costume options include the Yiga Clan set, the Splatoon 2 set, Ribbon Girl, Chibi Robo, Toy-Con, and Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (with the purchase of the DLC Fighters Pass).

Super Smash Bros. Roster
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Assist Trophies
Shadow (Sonic)
Color TV-Game 15
Yuri Kozukata (Fatal Frame)
Isaac (Golden Sun)
Black Knight (Fire Emblem)
Thwomp (Super Mario)
Spring Man (ARMS)
Wily Capsule (Mega Man)
Flies & Hand (Mario Paint)
Tiki (Fire Emblem)
Vince (Art Academy)
Guile (Street Fighter)
Akira (Virtua Fighter)

Super Smash Bros. amiibo
Photo Credit: Nintendo

To supplement Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a new line of amiibo figures will be released over the coming months.

12/7/2018 – Inkling, Ridley, Wolf
2/15/2019 – King K. Rool, Ice Climbers, Piranha Plant
2019 – Isabelle, Pichu, Ken, Young Link, Daisy

Super Smash Bros. Spirits
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Meant to replace Trophies from previous Smash Bros. titles, Spirits augment main fighters by increasing a fighters power, allowing them perks like higher jump or better item durability, or giving them better defense for stage hazards. Spirits are acquired by choosing them from the “Spirit Board”, and fighting an already-existing fighter with more strength or better perks with different stage conditions. These spirits can be leveled up, sent off on explorations, or trained to become stronger, and even released to gain resources for other Spirits. Some of the many Spirits are listed below:

Cranky Kong (Donkey Kong)
Revali (The Legend of Zelda)
Polterpup (Luigi’s Mansion)
Flare (Custom Robo)
Smeargle (Pokemon)
Gordo (Kirby)
Guts Man (Mega Man)
Owain (Fire Emblem)
Lip (Panel de Pon)
Able Sisters (Animal Crossing)
Hal Emmerich (Metal Gear Solid)
Bullet Bill (Super Mario)

Online Play

The online play in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is more robust, allowing the player to select battle conditions before play to be matched with other players wanting a similar fight. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also utilizes players’ geographical locations to reduce ping for a better online experience. Players are ranked online by their Global Smash Power (GSP) which changes dynamically based on the number of total players and their level of play. Better players can join Elite Battles, reserved for only the highest level players.

Each player has a Smash Tag, which can be collected from other players after a winning match. These tags are collectibles, but can be sold for in-game currency to be used on other features like more music or items for Spirit mode. Players can also set messages to use before fights. Unfortunately, “I’m using Tilt Controls!” doesn’t seem to be an option in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Spectator mode also makes a return, being joined by 2-player online battles, and special matchmaking lobbies. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also connects to the Nintendo Switch Online app, and a new service called Smash World to share gameplay clips is set to release in 2019.

Other Features

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings back some older game modes, like Century Smash and All-Star Smash, both available right out of the box. Replay allows players to save game clips, and the loading-screen Tips and Tricks are available at any time. Challenges can unlock special rewards. There are extensive options for the game, like variable brightness, the ability to change how ally players look during online battles, as well as 11 language options.

Super Smash Bros. DLC
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have downloadable content over time. The singular sets, priced at $5.99 USD, will contain one fighter, one stage, and some music tracks to accompany them. The Fighters Pass, which includes every individual set (5 fighters, 5 stages), will be $24.99 USD. At this time, all of the DLC characters are unannounced and in development.

Super Smash Bros. World of Light
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Adventure Mode…?

Replacing Adventure Mode from previous Smash Bros. titles, World of Light features a large map, varying battles, and a simple story of how Spirits came to be. Not much information was given, but it looks to be a fun and adequate experience.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available 12/7/2018 on Nintendo Switch.

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