Having trouble choosing a stage? Then select the Stage Morph option to transform one stage into another while battling—a series first! Plus, new echo fighters Dark Samus, Richter Belmont, and Chrom join the battle. Whether you play locally or online, savor the faster combat, new attacks, and new defensive options, like a perfect shield. Jam out to 900 different music compositions and go 1-on-1 with a friend, hold a 4-player free-for-all, kick it up to 8-player battles and more! Feel free to bust out your GameCube controllers—legendary couch competitions await—or play together anytime, anywhere!
by Jef Cork
From its humble Nintendo 64 beginnings, Super Smash Bros. has been a delightful neutral zone for players looking for top-tier competition as well as friends who just want to kick back and watch Princess Peach knock the stuffing out of Bowser. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the culmination of everything that’s come before, offering a massive roster of classic characters and stages and subtle additions that make the game feel fresh. Whether you haven’t played Smash since your dorm-room days or you breathlessly await each new entry, Ultimate is not to be missed.
Gather together the most comprehensive collection of brawlers and stages in the (ahem) ultimate celebration of all things Smash
The action looks great as it whips by, but entering camera mode lets you fully appreciate the astonishing amount of visual detail. It’s too bad World of Light’s map didn’t get the same attention
Hundreds upon hundreds of songs pulled from iconic Nintendo franchises and obscurities, makes this a retro fan’s dream, plus some fun third-party cuts
The Switch’s tiny thumbsticks aren’t the best way to play. Fortunately, plenty of alternatives (including the almighty GameCube controllers) are available
A wealth of tweaks and new additions like the World of Light campaign help to keep Ultimate from feeling like a greatest-hits retread
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