Title: Super Smash Brothers Ultimate
Developer: Nintendo, Sora Ltd., BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Category: Action, Fighting, Multiplayer
Release Date: December 7, 2018
How we got the game: We pre-ordered it through Amazon
IT’S FINALLY HERE! Yeah, this game needs no introduction.
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a multiplayer fighting game like its predecessors. This installment was made from the ground-up and it’s been a blast so far. The controls are very intuitive and familiar, even if some of them are a bit oversensitive. Case in point is when you try to use the Joy-Con’s analog stick — even if you don’t believe you’re touching it in a certain direction, your character may still respond as if you are. We have yet to try the game with GameCube controllers, so I’d be interested in hearing from others what they think of those controls.
While that gets annoying, I do like the Joy-Con. I don’t miss a “regular” controller that much. Ultimate is an understatement for this game. Every single character is back, plus some brand new ones and some “echo” fighters to go along with some of the regular characters. There are a good amount of modes that are the same such as the regular Smash and Tournament, Classic mode is back, and there are some brand new modes and mechanics such as the Spirits.
One of our favorite new modes is Smackdown, which allows players to only use each character in the roster once in a series of battles. Once a character is used in one fight, they are unavailable for the following matches. It really forces players to use characters that they may otherwise not use. There is also Squad Strike, allowing teams of multiple characters in a fight.
The tournament mode is how it sounds – there’s a bracket and everyone fights to be on top. The regular Smash mode is normal battles which you can set your own rules to. There are basic rules and you can save your own rules. No more turning on the game and fixing all the rules to how you like it. You can set up multiple rule sets beforehand. The adventure mode is one of my favorites though. You move around on a map that reminds me of a board game, collect spirits by battling the characters in the game, and then free the characters as you come across them and battle them.
With the main goal of the adventure mode being to rescue your fellow fighters, you can actually unlock the fighters via the adventure instead of waiting for the new challenger approaches screen when you’re doing the other modes. Granted, I enjoy the surprise element of the new challenger battles, but by going around on the adventure mode map, there is a chance that you’ll run into one of your favorite characters that you’ve been waiting to unlock. It’s definitely interesting that there are multiple ways to unlock characters.
This game is so pretty! I’m really enjoying the character models and seeing all of the details — from Donkey Kong’s fur to King K. Rool’s scales to the fabric of Link’s tunic — is amazing. The stages all look great as well, even the ones from the N64 version of the franchise.
The old stages have definitely aged well and it’s great nostalgia. I was young when Smash 64 came out, but I do remember playing it and I remember the levels. The newer levels are so well designed and add a whole new level to the battles!
And the music is wonderful, as well! So many tunes from our favorite Nintendo franchises — and then some — are in this game. You’re able to customize which songs you would like to hear on given stages and how often. They really pump you up for fights.
Honestly, I could just listen to all the music tracks all day long. I do enjoy how there’s more to offer with the music and you can choose which songs to listen to. Most of the time you get too focused into the game and don’t hear the music that well, but it’s a nice touch anyway.
Being a fighting game, Super Smash Brothers Ultimate’s main mode doesn’t really have a story. There is an Adventure mode that details how Galeem, the lord of light, captured all of the fighters — with the exception of Kirby — to create puppets of them. These puppets must be bested in battle in order to save not only them, but also the Spirits of other video game characters that were trapped by Galeem’s light.
Which is a cool story, in my opinion. Usually the darkness is the bad guy but now it’s the light, which is a nice twist on things. I’m definitely looking forward to beating the adventure mode.
This game has tons of replay value! From playing on your own with the myriad of fighters in any of the modes to playing local multiplayer to kick each other’s butts to playing online, Smash Brothers Ultimate has plenty to do to keep gamers busy for a long time.
I don’t know what to say here. We’re going to be going back to this game for a long time.
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate gets…
5 out of 5 lives.