Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is almost here and the latest edition promises to be the biggest and best in the franchise’s history.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a celebration of all the best gaming franchises. Whether you’re a Pokémon fan, a Metal Gear diehard or somehow love Sonic, it’s the game that’s got something for everyone.
When the series began in 1999 on the Nintendo 64, the roster had only 12 characters. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts 74 characters plus DLC additions, more than 100 stages and more Pokémon and Assist Trophies than ever before.
Here’s everything you need to know to ensure you’re ready to join the fight when the game is released in Australia on December 7, 2018 on the Nintendo Switch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently available for pre-order in Australia from participating retailers. The game is light on pre-order bonuses, but those who purchase and register their copy before January 31, 2019 will receive the Piranha Plant fighter for free.
- Amazon Australia: $68
- EB Games: $89.95
- The Gamesmen: $74*
- JB Hi Fi: $69
- Big W: $79
- Nintendo eShop: $89.95
*Currently on sale from The Gamesmen. Normal price $89.95.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate special edition comes with the base game, a SteelBook and a Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Switch Pro Controller.
*Currently on sale from Amazon. Regular price $199.
Limited Edition Console
Nintendo has also released a special edition Nintendo Switch console that includes a download code for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
*Currently on sale from Amazon. Regular price $494.10.
What to expect from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
A huge cast of characters
The first thing that you’ll notice about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the huge roster. Everyone that has ever appeared in a Smash game is back, and there are new additions too.
Daisy, the Inklings from Splatoon, Ridley, Castlevania‘s Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, Isabelle from Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Fire Emblem‘s Chrom, Dark Samus, Ken from Street Fighter and Incineroar will all be joining in the fun.
As previously mentioned, Piranha Plant will be available as a pre-order bonus and will be joined by at least five DLC packs that will roll out after the game’s launch. To everybody’s dismay, Waluigi won’t feature.
New and nostalgic stages
Super Smash Bros. would be nothing without its iconic stages and luckily, all the classics will be returning alongside some new battlegrounds.
Fan favourites like New Pork City, Shadow Moses, Mortimer Island and Big Blue are returning, while Moray Towers from Splatoon, Dracula’s Castle from Castlevania and Super Mario Odyssey-inspired New Donk City Hall are among the new locations that will feature.
Each of the 103 stages will have Battlefield and Omega forms, and all the old stages have been resigned to ensure they run smoothly on the Switch. Unlike other games in the series, players will be able to choose what music they want to play on any of the stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Updated gameplay and modes
It wouldn’t be Smash without Smash and Classic modes, but there are a few others to try out. Squad Strike battle mode is an elimination battle where players use a group of either three or five characters and battle it out.
Tourney mode is awesome for Friday night competitions with your mates, allowing you to generate a tournament bracket of up to 32 players. Then there’s Special Smash, which lets you and a friend play through the entire roster to see who comes out as the ultimate champ.
There is also a Training mode which allows players to test out moves and Mob Smash, which sees you battle waves of opponents to see how long you can survive.
And, would you believe it, there’s a Battle Royale mode! You fly in on Charizard’s back, drop into Hyrule and fight it out against the 74 other characters… just joking, but now I want that.
How do I play?
If you’ve never played a Super Smash Bros. game before, never fear. It’s simple to learn, but difficult to master. The basic rules are simple. You battle your opponents and build up their damage, which is displayed as a percentage on the bottom of the screen.
Once you’ve built up enough damage, you try and launch them off the stage! The more damage the fighter has taken, the further they’ll fly, and the less chance they’ll have of making it back on the stage in time.
There’s plenty of nuances to the game – from directional air dodging to pulling off a perfectly timed shield – but the more advanced skills will come with time and practice.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available worldwide on December 7 and is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.