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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting game in the Super Smash Bros. series that was released on the Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018. The game is the sixth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series (including both the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Super Smash Bros. for Wii U).

Development

The game was announced at the end of the 3.7.2018 Nintendo Direct, revealing that the Inkling from the Splatoon series are going to be new playable characters in the game. Mario and Link are the first two confirmed veterans returning in this game. Link is also set to use his Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild appearance. On the E3 2018 Nintendo Direct, it was confirmed that all the characters that have ever appeared in all the previous Super Smash Bros. games will be featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ridley from the Metroid series was also revealed in the direct, as well as Daisy, as an Echo Fighter forPeach. During the 8.8.2018 Nintendo Direct, Simon and Richter Belmont, as well as King K. Rool, Dark Samus, and Chrom were revealed as newcomers in the game. Isabelle was revealed as a playable character the following month. During the 11.1.2018 Nintendo Direct, Ken Masters and Incineroar were revealed to be the last newcomers in the base game. Downloadable content was confirmed in the same direct, and Piranha Plant was revealed to be a DLC fighter in the game. After the game launched, it was revealed that Joker from Persona 5 would be the first of five DLC fighters. Hero from Dragon Quest is revealed as the second of the five DLC fighters, as well as Banjo & Kazooie as the third of the five DLC fighters. Terry Bogard from the Fatal Fury series was revealed to be the fourth of the five DLC fighters and Byleth from Fire Emblem as the final character for the first Fighters Pass.

During the September 4, 2019 Nintendo Direct, after revealing Terry, it was announced that even more DLC Fighters beyond the five in the Fighters Pass Vol. 1 are in development, as Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will include 6 more playable characters. This number of newcomers was announced during the January 16, 2020 Presentation revealing Byleth. The first fighter will be a character from the ARMS, which was revealed during the Nintendo Direct Mini on March 26, 2020. The character is Min Min and she will be released in June 29, 2020. Steve from Minecraft was released on October 13, 2020. Sephiroth from Final Fantasy was revealed on December 10, 2020 and released on Dec. 22, 2020. Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles (announced on February 17, 2021; releasing on March 4, 2021). Kazuya Mishima of Tekken was announced on June 15, 2021 and the last character from the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 remain unannounced and are set to have all been released by the end of 2021, though their specific release dates are unknown.

Gameplay

Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Mario series and/or isn't considered to be part of the series' overall storyline.

Every fighter from the previous four installments of the Super Smash Bros. series is playable in this title. There are new fighters joining the battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Newcomers

There is a total of 26 newcomers in Ultimate.

Echo Fighters

Echo Fighters (previously called "clone fighters") are clone fighters in the game that shares a similar moveset. Lucina and Dark Pit were confirmed to be Echo Fighters along with Daisy introduced as the first newcoming fighter confirmed.

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Connections to the Mario series

There are all veterans fighters from the Mario universe with the two newcomers to the series Daisy and Piranha Plant. Daisy is the only Echo Fighter within the universe with Peach with the same attributes but different aesthetics.

World of Light

There is a sub-area called Molten Fortress based off Bowser's Castle. The locations of Peach and Bowser reference their role in the Super Mario series.

Classic Mode

Most of the fighters' Classic Mode routes and battles reference the Mario series. Mario's Classic Mode route name, "Go around the world" was translated from Japanese; referencing Mario visiting different kingdoms at Super Mario Odyssey. Donkey Kong's Classic Mode route, "Journey to New Donk City" refers to New Donk City Hall as the final stage. In Dark Samus's Classic Mode, the round references Mario Tennis Aces.

Spirits

There are different spirits from the Mario franchise, including minor characters such as Dimentio. Their spirits battles make references to the game, their personality, and appearance.

Reception

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate received "universal acclaim" reviews and was tagged as a "must-play" game on Metacritic holding a metascore of 93/100 based on 99 critic reviews.[1]

Trivia

  • This game marks the very first time a regular Piranha Plant has been playable in the entire Mario series.
  • This game marks the 100th performance credit of Charles Martinet as the voice of Mario (despite being archived voices from Brawl), a landmark for which he received a Guinness World Record for the "Most Video Game Voice-Over Performances of a Single Character".

References

  1. Metascore for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Metacritic, Retrieved March 30, 2020