2018 looks to be a solid year for Nintendo Switch gamers, with a roster of exciting games including a Yoshi-themed title planned for release. While that’s impressive enough, a rumour that appeared in early February suggested that Nintendo is also planning to launch Super Smash Bros Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch this year.
Then, in a March 2018 Nintendo Direct, the company confirmed that the rumour is true, and that Super Smash Bros Ultimate is headed to the Nintendo Switch later on in 2018. Will it be enough to make it one of the best Nintendo Switch games of the year?
Here’s everything we know about Super Smash Bros Ultimate, from the release date to gameplay details and the latest trailers. Meanwhile, head to our hands-on Smash Bros. review to find out what we thought when we played the game at E3.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate release date
While Nintendo decided against unveiling the release date at the initial announcement of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the company announced more details and the game's release date at E3 2018. The game is set to be released on 7 December 2018 - that's not too long to wait!
Super Smash Bros Ultimate platforms
If you couldn’t already tell, Super Smash Bros, like much of what is developed by Nintendo, is a platform-exclusive.
After all, the Nintendo-exclusive game is already available on the Wii U and 3DS so the company doesn't feel the need to re-release the older games alongside the Switch variant.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate gameplay
So, what should we expect from the Nintendo Switch port of the hugely popular Wii U and 3DS games? During the initial reveal for the game during Nintendo Direct, we were treated to a small teaser trailer and not much else. The trailer featured favourites like Mario alongside more recent superstars like Inklings from the Splatoon series. That trailer is available to watch at the top of this page!
There were leaks suggesting that it'd be the base game available on older consoles along with newer content to make it appealing to Switch owners, and largely, that turned out to be correct.
As revealed at E3 2018, Super Smash Bros Ultimate will feature every single character that has ever appeared in a Super Smash Bros title. According to Nintendo, there will be 65 playable characters in the game including crossover characters like Sonic and Solid Snake. There are also two brand new additions to the Switch game though; the Inkling from the Splatoon series, and Ridley from Metroid.
The Inkling will be available to play in both boy and girl form (with customisable clothing and style) with the attacks being focused on the variety of paint-fuelled weapons available in Splatoon 2. As a plus, inked characters will take additional damage from attacks by the Inkling. Ridley's abilities are still relatively unknown, though a brief appearance in the E3 Direct livestream suggests that he'll be an aerial-focused character with dive-bomb capabilities.
Classic characters like Mario, Fox and Falco have also had combat overhauls for the Switch release, breathing new life into veteran characters. While there are more to come, here's a glimpse at some changes showcased at E3:
- Mario: Features a throwable Odyssey hat and wedding & builder outfits
- Fox: Landmaster final smash has been replaced by a faster attack
- Falco: Final Smash summons a spaceship attack
- Marth: Quicker dancing blade attack
- Pac-Man: Faster thanks to a speed boost
Nintendo has also confirmed that you'll be able to play the game with a GameCube controller, but is yet to reveal a controller adapter that offers the ability to connect to Switch.
For more information about Super Smash Bros Ultimate gameplay, take a look at the deep-dive below from Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation.
Being months away from release, we're sure we'll hear more about what Super Smash Bros Ultimate has to offer ahead of release. We’ll be adding the latest news to this article as we receive it, so make sure you check back soon for the latest Super Smash Bros Ultimate news.