Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is officially the name of the new Smash Bros. game on Nintendo Switch.
During the Nintendo Direct E3 2018 presentation, the company announced Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster will feature every single character to have previously appeared in the series, making up one massive list. Series director/designer Masahiro Sakurai even ran through a whole bunch of them during the Direct.
New arrivals include the Inkling from Splatoon, and of course, Samus' arch nemesis, Ridley. Ridley's announcement was definitely one of the Direct's surprises. Among other returning favourites is Metal Gear Solid's Snake, who is in fact voiced by the man himself: David Hayter.
— David Hayter (@DavidBHayter) June 12, 2018
Other returning fighters include Wolf, Ice Climbers, and Pokemon Trainer.
Ultimate sees the return of many classic stages, all of which have been touched up for the Switch. Here's nine (thanks, Nintendo Everything):
- Ridley: Brinstar (Melee)
- Falco: Venom (Melee)
- Diddy Kong: Jungle Japes (Melee)
- Dark Pit: Reset Bomb Forest (Smash 3DS)
- Shiek: Gerudo Valley (Smash 3DS)
- Yoshi: Yoshi’s Island (Brawl)
- Meta Knight: Halberd (Brawl)
- Pac-Man: Pac-Land (Smash Wii U)
- Pit: Palutena’s Temple (Smash Wii U)
It also has new stages, with The Great Plateau Tower from Zelda: Breath of the Wild being a prime example.
The game also supports 4-player free-for-all, and 8-player battles.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is being developed by Nintendo and Bandai Namco. During the direct, Sakurai talked about a few new mechanics that'll make it easier for new players to get in. One of these is the ability to air-dodge, which is particularly helpful when trying to recover from falls.
Ultimate will also support the classic GameCube Controller. What's more, a new Smash-branded Switch version of the controller will be available at some point later, though prices and exact release dates were not announced.
As for amiibo, all existing amiibo will be supported by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including ones from different series. Meaning you'll be able to use an amiibo from a different game with Ultimate, so long as it's for a character included in the roster.
A release date has been confirmed for December 7.
Announced in March of this year with a super exciting video teasing the roster, it was unclear at the time whether it was a new game or a port of the Wii U version as only a working title was provided.
The first Super Smash Bros. Invitational for Switch is being held at E3 this week, and the game is playable on the show floor. Expect to hear more details on gameplay from various hands-on.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches December 7 on Nintendo Switch.