Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a 2018 crossover fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. It is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series, succeeding Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. The game follows the series’ traditional style of gameplay: controlling one of the various characters, players must use differing attacks to weaken their opponents and knock them out of an arena.

It features a wide variety of game modes, including a campaign for single-player and multiplayer versus modes. Ultimate features over 80 playable fighters, including everyone from all previous Super Smash Bros. games, alongside several newcomers. The roster ranges from Nintendo mascots to characters from third-party franchises, with the game being supported with post-release downloadable content that adds more.

Planning for the game had begun by December 2015, with full development starting after the completion of 3DS/Wii U‘s downloadable content (DLC). Series creator and director Masahiro Sakurai returned along with Bandai Namco Studios and Sora, the studios that developed 3DS/Wii U, with the return of the studios speeding up the preparation process. Sakurai’s goal with Super Smash Bros Ultimate was to include every character from previous games despite the various development and licensing problems this would cause. Several well-known video game musicians contributed to the soundtrack, with Hideki Sakamoto writing the main theme “Lifelight”.

Nintendo teased Super Smash Bros Ultimate in a Nintendo Direct in March 2018 and fully revealed it at E3 2018 the following June. It later received two additional dedicated Nintendo Directs before releasing on December 7, 2018. The game received universal acclaim, with some critics calling it the best of the series. They praised its amount of content and fine-tuning of existing Smash gameplay elements, although its online mode received some criticism. By March 2020, the game had sold over 18.84 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling fighting game of all time.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Characters

The game currently consists of all 78 characters. Seven characters, Dark Samus, Daisy, Lucina, Chrom, Dark Pit, Richter, and Ken are not given their own numbers among the roster due to being Echo Fighters; they instead have the number of the fighter they are based off of along with an epsilon symbol (ε) or apostrophe (‘). The Pokémon Trainer counts as three characters, but only occupies one roster spot, with the selection of the starting Pokémon coming after you select him/her.

Additionally, this game currently has 6 DLC characters, the first DLC character being Piranha Plant, the second DLC character being Joker, who is the protagonist of Persona 5, the third DLC character being the Hero, who is the protagonist of Dragon Quest, the fourth DLC character being Banjo & Kazooie, who are the protagonists of the eponymous series, the fifth DLC character being Terry, who is from the SNK fighting series (mainly Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters), and the sixth DLC character being Byleth, who is the protagonist of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, five of which are in the first Fighter Pass.

A second Fighter Pass was announced with 6 more DLC characters under development, with the seventh DLC character being a fighter from ARMS to be revealed.

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Every fighter from the previous five games has returned for this installment. In turn, the development team stated that there would not be many newcomers. There are currently 17 newcomers, with five of them being Echo Fighters.

The starting roster consists of the original 8 characters from Super Smash Bros Ultimate with the rest of the characters being unlockable or downloadable via Nintendo eShop purchase.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Stages

With the exception of the SSuper Smash Bros Ultimate-original stages, all stages are ordered in chronological appearance and for the first time ever, all stages are available immediately from the start. Additionally, all stages can be played with up to 8 players, rather than just a select few as in SSB4. All stages have both a Battlefield form and Ω form. Ultimate features 103 stages (306 if counting Battlefield forms and Ω forms separately) at base game.

96 stages from previous games have returned overall: 7 from Super Smash Bros., 19 from Super Smash Bros. Melee, 27 from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and 43 from Super Smash Bros. 4 (18 from the 3DS version, 17 from the Wii U version, 8 from both versions), adding 7 completely new stages. Five additional stages were added to the game as part of the Fighter Pass Vol. 1 DLC alongside the respective fighters, which brought the number of stages up to 108(321 if counting Battlefield forms and Ω forms separately) with an additional six more to be released as part of Vol. 2 bringing the number up to 114 (339 if Battlefield and Ω forms were to be counted).

The five DLC stages that have been released are Mementos, Yggdrasil’s Altar, Spiral Mountain, King of Fighters Stadium, and Garreg Mach Monastery which released alongside Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry and Byleth respectively. In update 3.0.0, Ultimate gained the option to create custom stages with the Stage Builder.

Only 15 stages featured in previous games are not available in Ultimate (not including single player-only stages or previous forms of Battlefield and Final Destination). These stages are: Planet Zebes and Sector Z from Super Smash Bros.; Icicle Mountain, Mushroom Kingdom, Poké Floats and Mute City from Super Smash Bros. Melee; Rumble Falls and PictoChat from Super Smash Bros. Brawl; Rainbow Road and Pac-Maze from Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Nintendo 3DS; and Jungle Hijinxs, Pyrosphere, Woolly World, Orbital Gate Assault and Miiverse from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. While Flat Zone and Flat Zone 2 are also absent, Flat Zone X incorporates all elements of both of those stages. The World 1-2 version of Mushroomy Kingdom is also absent.

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