Growing up my friends and I would all get together and have fighting game nights. The one that was always a must was Smash Bros for the Nintendo 64. So I can imagine many of you, like myself, were geeking out when they first announced Super Smash Bros Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo went the extra mile and built smash from the ground up for Nintendo Switch. We got every character ever featured in the series, along with a host of new faces, and a fully fleshed-out single-player mode.There’ s 74 fighters total, with another five coming in DLC (Piranha Plant and Persona 5’s Joker are both confirmed). If you compare it to other fighting game rosters this one blows the others out of the water. Now if you are like me there are plenty of characters that we want to see as playable and not just assist trophies. Who knows what the future holds.
Faster combat, new items, new attacks, as well as a unique single player campaign will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go. That is the beauty of the having this exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console because of its multiple ways to play. The core experience of any Smash Bros. game is the multiplayer. Whether it’s a local co-op on the couch, or smashing heads in competitive matches online against players around the world. In short it’s a ton of fun for anyone and it’s easy enough to pick up. Not to say that there isn’t a learning curve if you want to take on some of the more die hard players. That’s the beauty of the Smash series, it appeals to players of all kinds.
But there’s still so much more than just smashing. The “World of Light” mode functions as a single-player campaign, based on a cataclysmic event that rips the entire world’s souls from their bodies. Players start out as Kirby on a quest to release the possessed bodies of your friends. They’re inhabited by evil ‘spirits’and in order to add other fighters to your roster you must battle in traditional smash bros. fashion. The campaign acts as a board game where you choose your route across the World of Light map as you make your way to the final boss.
That’s not to forget the Classic Mode, with a unique series of stages and opponents for each fighter. There’s also dedicated challenge modes and All-Star Smash stages. Also the new training mode that lets you test out the exact distance, power, and angle of each of your fighter’s move-set. But whether you’re here to hone your skills, take some fun selfies, or just smash that controller to high heavens of the smash gods. Ultimate has something for you, and offers near endless replay value.
Having fresh faces adds a whole other experience. Each fighter comes with a variation on standard attacks , special attacks , grab attacks , and shields. Let us not forget to mention the ‘Smash Attack’ (a massive and over-the-top special move with the potential to brutally damage the other fighters onstage). Fighters earn this by capturing a floating orb called the ‘Smash Ball’ that wanders onto the stage. Despite the huge amount of action going on onscreen, playing Ultimate remains surprisingly fun. There’s enough luck thrown in the mix that you never quite know how a match is going to turn out. Jumping around and button-mashing remains a valid and crucially fun way to start out, given how dynamic the stages and interfering items tend to be. With that being said, any seasoned veteran of the franchise is going to have their hands full with the button mashing luck of the new generation.
There were some issues with the online game-play. Here’s hoping that just gets better after a few updates. Like with any new game there will be some hiccups on the initial launch. It’s the joy of the video game world we live in and as much as we as gamers want them to be, they will never be perfect. Smash Bros. Ultimate runs matches between each player’s hardware, rather than on a dedicated server, meaning that one player’s slow internet can be another player’s nightmare to say the least.
Just a heads up, you may never use half the settings, or end up trying 50% of the roster, or bother about collecting every ‘spirit’ character in the game. If you’re looking to criticize Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it’s that there’s almost too many fighters, modes, and convoluted options packed in to the game. We all know as gamer’s though that there’s always someone who will complain. In the end, I have and still enjoy playing Smash Bros. You know it’s a great game after you’ve played it a while and you still enjoy going over and helping your fellow gamer unlock characters on their copy of the game. So I’ll see you online.
Note: This review was written based on a purchased copy of the game. Any code or product given to GameOctane by publishers is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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Grinding in the campaign
Wanted characters not on the roster to be playable