Since the early 1980’s Nintendo has introduced many franchises to people of all ages. In 1999, we received Nintendo’s first fighting game which brought so many of their famous characters to the ring. Sure, the game hasn’t really changed from the objective of “smashing” your opponents off the stage, but what’s been really impressive in each game is the way they continue to pay homage to the first party Nintendo universe that has sustained itself over decades.
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate is a port in spirit, but also a massive upgrade from its Wii U relative from last generation. The game starts you with the original eight fighters from the N64 classic. As you play against your friends and/or AI, you have the potential to unlock a total of 69 unique characters and there are a staggering 100+ stages that you can battle on. These stages all come from the Nintendo universe and have a personality of their own, sometimes so much so, that it can make it a challenge to stay alive as you’re so focused on the stage itself. If you love all of Nintendo’s franchises, you’ll find yourself constantly smiling. Many have called Super Smash Bros Ultimate a Nintendo museum and I couldn’t agree more. If you found the Wii Fit game silly, why not pick Bowser and thrash the trainer off a bridge onto the Mario Circuit bridge to get hit by people racing. It’s all here!
If you’re new to the series, the game uses three main buttons for jumping, melee, and special moves. Your moves are chosen by using your directional pad/stick in combinations. It’s as shallow or as deep as you want it to be as the title is capable of being a fun button masher for kids or a competitive fighter at the highest levels.
Ultimate excels over it’s Wii U older brother by adding new modes and options to tailor to the fighting experience of your liking. A new campaign mode has been added which is a single player RPG experience where you can free locked spirits and move through the world learning more about the story. If you prefer multiplayer, there’s support for local and online multiplayer for up to eight players at a time as well. In short, there’s near endless single player and multiplayer content here for everyone.