Community Review: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Dropping after the Game Awards last Friday, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate quickly turned it up to become the fastest-selling Smash Bros. game ever. If you're one of those who have picked it up and sunk your teeth into some Nintendo-flavoured brawling, it's time to come tell us what you think.

The Switch finally has its Smash Bros game, featuring new fighters like Animal Crossing sweetheart Isabelle, Metroid boss Ridley and Inkling kids from Splatoon, alongside all the old favourites - EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

A Look At Smash Bros. Ultimate's New Characters

Now that Smash Bros. Ultimate is finally here, and I've gotten over being shook by it, I asked our resident Smash Bros. expert Cecilia D'Anastasio to give me a quick rundown of the new characters and their new movesets.

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With Ultimate building on some of the core concepts of the series, but still adding plenty more for even the most devoted fans of the series, Cecilia concluded that this game really was the ultimate Smash Bros. She wrote that the game would be great both for casual players looking for a fun party game with friends and family and for the series' devoted competitive community.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The Kotaku Review

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the very best of the Smash Bros. series.

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Ultimate has thrown a whole lot of surprises at us over the course of its development, including the announcement during Friday's Game Awards that Persona 5's main character Joker would be available as a DLC character. Like with all new additions, some people loved it and some people really didn't.

So what about you? Do you think that Ultimate is the best version of Smash that exists yet, or will Melee still hold the top place in your heart? Does it strike the right balance between novelty and nostalgia?

Tips For Playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has it all, and whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie coming in blind, "it all" is a lot. Every fighter from every prior Smash game is available, plus over 100 stages, a lot of wily items, a slew of quality-of-life updates and a somewhat perplexing collectables system called "Spirits." Here's how to get the most out of Smash Ultimate, which is, in my opinion, the best Smash game yet.

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    Unlocking characters has been a drag but getting there. Much like Smash Wii U/3DS once that work is done I'll be enjoying the game more having some local multiplayer.

    Easily the best smash since melee and the 64.
    Everything is spot on.
    Only failing is online mode is super limited. I don't know why they just didn't make it similar to smash mode off-line.
    But yeah this version is the ultimate smash for sure.

    I haven't played Smash since the Nintendo 64 version so when I picked up Ultimate on the weekend it was great nostalgic fun but definitely much more fast-paced and chaotic than the original. The balance of accessibility for new players whilst providing a deep strategic gameplay for competitive players is pretty much perfect.

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    I'm digging it but theres been a fuckload of lag in online matches and I'm not digging how you unlock characters. I've been doing some adventure mode and unlocking characters there but it is pretty slow going. As someone who primarily wants to play online mode, I wish they would unlock faster through there. Do they unlock at all through online? I only ever seem to get that new challenger screen when I'm exiting out of a mode.

      Every 10 mins the game will serve up a challenger. Just have to exit out of what you’re doing to get it. If you unlock characters through adventure mode and exit every 10 mins, you almost double up your unlocks. Anything unlocked in adventure mode is unlocked game wide but challengers every 10 minutes won’t unlock in adventure.

      Apparently if you just want to rush it, you can do a battle on moray towers, walk up and down the level a few times (apparently fulfils some distance requirement) and at the end you should get a challenger. Exit the game and CLOSE it, then relaunch and repeat.

      I read this online, have not tested myself.

    I am far more rubbish at the game than I would care to admit, or indeed remember myself being, but I am having fun.

    Spirits mode is a nice romp, and watching how they interpret the various characters within the confines of the playable fighters is amusing. Ho-oh especially as an always emitting fire charizard is clever.

    Unlocking characters was my favourite part. It was exciting to finish a classic mode or a few rounds of Smash and see who would show up next. I had a launch party, so the winner of the match would get to face off against a new challenger, it was pretty sweet.
    now they're all unlocked and I am sadder for it.

    Having great fun, the only fault is that it appears that the home run minigame is missing. Weirdly I was super looking forward to that part.

    Classic Mode with Simon Belmont recreating the boss fight with Dracula....amazing.

    Also the bosses that aren't hands - are pretty cool

    I love the randomness of building the roster with Smash. I picked up Simon, Bayonetta, Zero Suit Samus and others pretty quickly. If you play via adventure, then each adventure unlocks a specific character.
    I don't really do online too much, although it's been satisfying. I much prefer couch multiplayer when you can get in each other's faces!

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