Super Smash Bros Ultimate hands-on preview, news, trailers and more

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the next entry in the iconic fighting series, and it’s coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch in 2018. Receiving an ample spotlight at E3 2018, it’s clear the Japanese company has plenty riding on how fans take to the truly massive crossover.

The series’ previous outing on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS was arguably the best yet, bringing with it a superb roster of fighters and stages. And now, Ultimate is set to blow it out of the water with over 10,000 changes and truly overwhelming amount of content. 

Trusted Reviews has compiled everything you need to know about Super Smash Bros Ultimate including all the latest news, release date, gameplay, trailers and our hands-on preview.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate release date – When is it coming out?

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018.

This means it will be available alongside the company’s online subscription service, which makes perfect sense in driving players to sign up.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Preview

Smash Bros Ultimate is the most complete collection the series has ever seen. Every single fighter ever seen in the series all brought together in one game, plus some debutants to boot. Add to that an incredible number of stages, assist characters, items and everything we’ve ever loved about this franchise, Nintendo is going all out to make the Nintendo Switch entry definitive. The E3 2018 demo is beautiful and bombastic, but it does raise the question on where on earth the series goes in the future.

Jumping into some four-player smash, it’s as chaotic as you’ve always remembered it. Of course, Ridley is my first port of call, and the iconic villain is fun to control but doesn’t have the fluidity of others on the roster. Ridley will be one for experts, as moves are slow but certainly pack a punch. It feels like Ridley will belong in the Ganondorf camp where, when used correctly, will be absolutely devastating.

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Speaking of, once again Ganandorf feels massively overpowered. Let him charge up an attack and you’ll be flying off the screen in seconds.

My new favorite character is almost certainly Inkling, despite the match in which I played as her being my worst performance. She’s quick, agile and her moves are most certainly going to drive other players insane. She can freeze players in ink using the Splat Roller, which gives players an opportunity to land a barrage of attacks while planted. She’s not a high damage-dealer, but the speed makes up for it.

Ryu and Snake were next up and both were excellent fun. Ryu, in particular, is amazing to control with all his moves being exactly where you’d want them to be. Shoryuken on the up special, Hadoken as the basic special and Tatsumaki Senpukyaku as the toward special. He controls more precise than I could have ever hope for.

But of course, amongst all this precision, is the utter chaos of a Smash Bros. game. At times you’ll completely lose your character’s position on-screen, and often barely know what is going on amongst the madness, especially when assisting characters and screen-filling items are added to the mix, but that’s all part of what makes Smash so special, and it’s almost perfected in Ultimate.

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The criticism which can be levied at Ultimate at this point is it doesn’t really do anything new, rather it does literally everything the franchise has ever done in one package. It’s naturally the best-looking Smash there’s ever been, but it’s also going to feel very familiar at the same time. Being a compendium or almost ‘greatest hits’, it has an almost unintentional feeling of being a phenomenal endpoint for the series.

It’s hard to imagine a game such as this getting a sequel because it’s so definitive. It’s so complete and utterly chock-full of everything a Smash fan could ever want.

First Impressions

This is the most refined, definitive and biggest Smash Bros. game there has ever been. To bring together pretty much everything the series has ever seen in one package is a bonkers but brilliant idea.

The only question is how on earth Nintendo plans on topping this if they ever do so.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Trailer – How does it look?

E3 2018 saw Nintendo release over 25 minutes of Super Smash Bros Ultimate. There’s so much to take in as we’re provided with new information on fighters, stages, assist trophies and more.

You can check it out in all its glory below:

Super Smash Bros Roster – who is confirmed?

Ultimate has a staggering amount of familiar faces alongside a few new ones joining the crossover’s fray. We’ve listen every single one of them below –

  • Bayonetta
  • Bowser
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Captain Falcon
  • Charizard
  • Cloud
  • Corrin
  • Dark Pit
  • Diddy Kong
  • Donkey Kong
  • Dr. Mario
  • Duck Hunt
  • Falco
  • Fox
  • Ganondorf
  • Greninja
  • The Ice Climbers
  • Ike
  • Ivysaur
  • Jigglypuff
  • King Dedede
  • Kirby
  • Link
  • Little Mac
  • Lucario
  • Lucas
  • Lucina
  • Luigi
  • Mario
  • Marth
  • Mega Man
  • Meta Knight
  • Mewtwo
  • Mii Brawler
  • Mii Gunner
  • Mii Fighter
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Ness
  • Captain Olimar
  • Pac-Man
  • Palutena
  • Peach
  • Pichu
  • Pikachu
  • Pit
  • Pokémon Trainer
  • R.O.B. the robot
  • Robin
  • Rosalina
  • Roy
  • Ryu
  • Samus
  • Sheik
  • Shulk
  • Snake
  • Sonic
  • Squirtle
  • Toon Link
  • Villager
  • Wario
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Wolf
  • Yoshi
  • Young Link
  • Zelda
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Daisy
  • Ridley
  • Inklings

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Gameplay – Any big changes?

Players familiar with Super Smash Bros will feel right at home with Ultimate, as it maintains the same fast, frantic and competitive rhythm the series has boasted for decades. During its E3 2018 showcase, game director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that tens of thousands of changes have been made to existing characters and mechanics.

The good news is this is far more than a port of the Wii U version like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. Visuals have been upgraded significantly and a number of new stages and fighters are joining the fray, too. This includes the long-awaited return of Solid Snake and The Ice Climbers. No matter how you slice it, the amount of content on offer here is staggering.

It remains unknown whether Super Smash Bros Ultimate will adopt all of the modes featured in the Wii U release or possibly introduce a few new additions. Personally, we’d love an Arcade or Story Mode so playing without friends still comes with ample rewards. We’re bound to hear more ahead of its release.

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