Very soon we will get all the Smash Bros. characters on Nintendo Switch since Super Mario Bros. Ultimate since on December 7 the game will hit the stores.
At the beginning of the month, Masahiro Sakurai, game’s director, presented in Thursday’s Nintendo Direct live stream last two characters to join the ensemble. Those were Ken from Street Fighter series and Incineroar from Pokémon. A few days ago, Nintendo Switch released a trailer announcing everything we can expect from the game and we can’t wait for the release date just a couple of weeks away. The trailer below explains every detail that we have been wondering for a while now, from new characters to online modes, as well as DLC plans.
Nintendo consoles always featured a game where characters fight each other. It actually became a sort of tradition since Nintendo 64 and turned out to be one of the most lucrative moves in the gaming history. Just remember that Wii Smash Bros sold over 13 million copies.
Smash Bros. definitely got its charm from including even the characters that are not as famous or popular. This title is enjoyed by everyone, really, no matter if they are casual or professional gamers. What made the game more exciting was that it started gathering unexpected characters since GameCube’s version. So, basically, getting such a riveting title on Nintendo Switch not only makes a lot of users happy but also builds the anticipation of wondering what to expect from the game.
As to what playable characters to look forward to, just start making a list since all of them will be there. Namely, every fighter ever featured in Super Smash Bros. is going to be available to players which includes DLC fighters as well, like Bayonetta and Ryu, and of course, Solid Snake is back as well. That will account for 74 characters which will get some tweaks in their moves, play style and attributes.
Some announced changes will include that Zelda’s look will be based on A Link Between Worlds, Pokémon trainer will be able to switch whenever they want, Falcon Punch of Captain Falcon will start a slow motion, and Mario will wear Cappy but won’t have any new moves based on Super Mario Odyssey. And this is only some of the novelties players can expect on December 7.
Certain characters will be introduced into the game as Echo characters. Basically, Echo characters are somewhat improved versions of characters which don’t have a separate move set. Some of the Echo characters are Daisy, Chrom, Richter and Dark Samus, for example.
But the character that many will rejoice to see is the Donkey Kong villain King K. Rool. It took years and numerous fan requests so this character would finally have his Smash debut.
When it comes to DLC plans, Nintendo revealed those as well. Following the launch, five fighters will be available and each will come with new music and stage. It will be available as a bundle for $24.99 or for $5.99 apiece. However, one fighter will join the game for free after the launch if you buy the game before January 31 next year. That character is Piranha Plant and we can’t wait to see how that one will turn out since it’s currently developed by the company.
Smash Bros. Ultimate stages will come with some new additions, as well. With a total number of 103 stages, Nintendo will gather around those from Wii U and 3DS into one place. However, thanks to the variations the game will actually feature over 300 stages and each will have Omega form. For those who don’t know, Omega form allows players who want to have fewer random elements to simplify the stages.
Another cool feature to look forward to is the morphing of stages. Namely, players will be able to choose two stages before the match and then try to adapt to constant jumps from one stage to another. The good news is that you won’t need to unlock any of these numerous stages since they will be available from the start.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also have an impressive number of modes, including a single-player. This single-player mode called “World of Light” will be the follow up to the Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s “The Subspace Emissary” and fans waited for it for quite some time. In “World of Light” you will play a number of characters who are fighting against an entity that turned video game characters into Spirits.
Another interesting mode is Spirit Mode. This one is an interesting one and actually allows for all the characters to be collectible Spirits. They will be assigned to you in the Spirit Mode and there is a ranking system for spirits, of course, depending on their rarity and strength. Spirits give special abilities to your character and you can upgrade that strength during the game.
Other Smash modes will include the return of eight-player fights, Squad Strike with 3v3 or 5v5 team fights and Tournament with automatically generated brackets. Smashdown, however, is a new mode and players will get to go through the entire roster. In this mode, a character can be used once and can’t be used again. Quite a revamp is coming for the Training Mode which will have a designated stage which will analyze data about characters.
It’s still not a sure thing since we will probably find out when the game is out, but it seems that there will be some improvements to the Smash online. What we do know is that the game won’t split online players in competitive and non-competitive, but rather three factors will determine your opponent. The rules you set before the matches will help you to pair up with other players that are right for you. This matchmaking system will give priority to players in your area, however, to ensure the game’s stability. Of course, private matches with friends are also there and it’s something you are already familiar with if you played other fighting games.
Nintendo Switch mobile app is going to give you support for voice communication since Smash Bros. Ultimate doesn’t have one. Besides this app, the players will also have at their disposal Smash World which will allow them to share the footage of their gameplay with one another.
So, as you see, there is a lot to hope for in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. More importantly, this seems to be a captivating game that will take a lot of your free time. And the release date comes right on time for the holiday season when you can really relax and play matches with friends or against them.