Smash Bros Ultimate is set to be the biggest Smash Bros. game ever. It features a huge roster bursting with over 70 iconic video game characters. It's also the first Super Smash Bros. game to come to Nintendo Switch. In this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Guide, we'll take a look at everything we know about the game so far. We'll take a look at the new Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo, the release date, and more. Now that the game is so close to releasing, we'll also be taking a look at what time Smash Bros Ultimate will release.
With the full roster finally revealed, you can see if any of our picks for seven characters we want included in Super Smash Bros Switch made it into the game. On this page you'll find all the confirmed Super Smash Bros Ultimate characters. Super Smash Bros Ultimate sees a lot of characters returning, so let's look at what we can expect.
What Time Does Super Smash Bros Ultimate Release?
Smash Bros Ultimate is finally within reaching distance, giving Nintendo fans all over the world something to look forward to. It's set to release December 7, but what time will this be exactly? Well, there has no official word from Nintendo, but if we look at some previous Nintendo first-party releases, we can get a good idea as to when fans can start playing. Previous first-party games like Mario Odyssey released at midnight EST. This was regardless of where you were in the world, so it is likely we'll see the same this time around. If we hear anything concrete, we'll be sure to update this page.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate Release Date
Nintendo announced Super Smash Bros Switch at the end of the March Nintendo Direct, broadcast on March 8, 2018. At E3 on June 12, 2018 Nintendo revealed that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate release date is December 7, 2018.
The Super Smash Bros Switch release date of December 7 gives it some real breathing room from the jam-packed November line-up of games. It's a good move from Nintendo, though few games can compete with a game as big as Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros Switch Character Roster - All Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Characters
The first wave of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters were revealed at E3 2018. We've detailed all the characters in Super Smash Bros Switch just below and updated the line-up based on what was revealed at E3 2018:
After months of squinting at the short Super Smash Bros. Switch Teaser trailer, we can now confirm exactly who will feature in the game, and it's not what you'd expect. During Nintendo's E3 2018 Direct event, it was revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature every character in Smash history. This means Snake, Bayonetta, Mega-Man, Pac-Man and more. We've listed every Smash Bros Ultimate character in our Super Smash Bros Ultimate Characters Guide. Head there to see the full roster, details on each character, what new characters are coming to the game, and more.
Ken, Incineroar, Piranha Plant Are Coming to Smash Bros.
During the most recent Nintendo Direct, the final full lineup for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was revealed. Ken, Incineroar and Piranha Plant were revealed. Piranha Plant is being released as an exclusive pre-order bonus, and will not be available in the game for those picking it up on launch day.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate Isabelle Animal Crossing
It was recently revealed that an Animal Crossing character would be coming to Super Smash Bros Ultimate on Nintendo Switch. Isabelle will join the fight, and looks to be a pretty capable fighter, if the trailer below is anything to go by.
Ridley is in Super Smash Bros Ultimate
We also got our first brand-new character in the form of Ridley from the Metroid series. Ridley has been wanted by fans for quite some time, but the Metroid boss had been thought to be too large in size to work in the game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Castlevania Content
During the most recent Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Castlevania would be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in a big way. Simon Belmont is a new fighter in the game, and Richter is also tagging along as an Echo Fighter.
King K.Rule is Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
In a truly baffling state of affairs, King K.Rule, the bad alligator from Donkey Kong Country, is coming to the game. The reveal was handled in a super bizarre fashion, with a King Dedede fake out and plenty of Kong-based humor.
What is Super Smash Bros.?
If you're wondering why Nintendo fans are so excited about Super Smash Bros. coming to Switch and don't know what the game is about, here's a tiny little primer. Super Smash Bros. is a four-player fighting game built around Nintendo characters and games - although has branched out to include guest characters from non-Nintendo franchises. As well as featuring a whole host of famous characters, the stages are based on iconic environments from Nintendo games. While simple on the face of it, Smash Bros. has a lot of depth to the combat and has built a sizable competitive scene. Smash Bros. is a big deal for fans and Nintendo, with the game likely to end up one of the top selling games on the Switch during its lifetime.
Is Super Smash Bros Ultimate Based on the Wii U and 3DS Games?
One of the questions frequently asked by Super Smash Bros fans about the Switch game was whether or not it would be a completely new game or based on the Wii U/3DS editions. When Smash Switch releases it will have been approximately four years since the Wii U/3DS game launched, which is evidently more than enough time to create a new entry in the series. It was confirmed during E3 2018 that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a whole new game in the series.
When Will we See Super Smash Bros Ultimate Gameplay?
The wait for Super Smash Bros. Switch gameplay is over, with Nintendo finally showing off the game at E3 2018. You can see the first gameplay footage below.
After the reveal that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would feature every single Smash Bros. character from the series so far, our next thought was naturally what stages would be included. A handful of stages were shown off during Nintendo's E3 2018 Treehouse event, and then even more followed soon after, which we've gathered into the following list:
- Great Plateau Tower (Zelda: Breath of the Wild)
- Moray Tower (Splatoon)
- New Donk City (Mario Odyssey)
- Dreamland (Kirby)
- Hyrule Castle (Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
- Saffron City (Pokemon)
- Yoshi's Island
- Big Blue (F-Zero)
- Brinstar (Super Metroid)
- Corneria (Star Fox)
- Final Destination
- Flat Zone (Game & Watch)
- 75M (Donkey Kong)
- Bridge of Eldin (Zelda Twilight Princess)
- Castle Siege (Fire Emblem)
- Distant Planet (Pikmin)
- Flat Zone 2 (Game & Watch)
- Frigate Orpheon (Metroid Prime
- Green Hill Zone (Sonic the Hedgehog)
- Fourside (Earthbound)
- Great Bay (Zelda: Majora's Mask)
- Green Greens (Kirby)
- Jungle Japes (Donkey Kong Country)
- Kongo Jungle (Donkey Kong Country)
- Mushroom Kingdom 2
- Pokemon Stadium
- Onett (Earthbound)
- Peach's Castle (Mario 64)
- Temple (Zelda: Adventure of Link)
- Venom (Star Fox)
- Yoshi's Story
- Halberd (Kirby)
- Luigi's Mansion
- Lylat Cruise (Star Fox)
- Mario Circuit (Mario Kart)
- Mushroomy Kingdom
- New Pork City (Earthbound/Mother)
- Norfair (Metroid)
- Pictochat (DS)
- Pokemon Stadium 2
- P.T. Aero Dive (F-Zero)
- Shadow Moses Island (Metal Gear Solid)
- Skyworld (Kid Icarus)
- Smashville (Animal Crossing)
- Spear Pillar (Pokemon)
- Summit (Ice Climbers)
- Wario Ware
- 3D Land (Mario)
- Arena Ferox (Fire Emblem)
- Balloon Fight
- Find Mii (3DS)
- Gerudo Valley (Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
- Living Room (Nintendogs)
- Magicant (Earthbound)
- Pictochat 2 (DS)
- Prism Tower (Pokemon)
- Reset Bomb Forest (Kid Icarus)
- Spirit Train (Zelda: Spirit Tracks)
- Tomodachi Life
- Tortimer Island (Animal Crossing)
- Unova League (Pokemon)
- Big Battlefield
- Boxing Ring (Punch-Out!!!)
- Coliseum (Fire Emblem)
- Duck Hunt
- Flat Zone X
- Garden of Hope (Pikmin)
- Gaur Plain (Xenoblade)
- Great Cave Offensive (Kirby)
- Kalos League (Pokemon)
- Mario Circuit
- Mario Galaxy
- Mario Maker
- Midgar (Final Fantasy 7)
- Mushroom Kingdom U
- Pac-Land (Pac-Man)
- Paletuna's Temple (Kid Icarus)
- Skyloft (Zelda: Skyward Sword)
- Suzaku Castle (Street Fighter)
- Town and City (Animal Crossing)
- Wily Castle (Mega Man)
- Wii Fit Studio
- Wrecking Crew
- Wuhu Island (Wii Sports)
- Umbra Clock Tower (Bayonetta)
We'll update this list with more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stages as we get them.
Smash Bros Ultimate GameCube Controller Compatible
During E3 2018, we received a ton of new details about the newly named Smash Bros. Ultimate. One of the most requested features that comes with every new entry in the series is that of GameCube Controller functionality. Luckily it was confirmed that you can play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a GameCube Controller. There will be a deluxe edition of the game which will come packaged with the new GameCube Controller.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirits Mode
After months of speculation, Spirits Mode was finally confirmed in the latest Nintendo Direct. It's not quite what was expected, essentially acting as a Challenge Mode that sees players battling set enemies under specific conditions. The rewards are Spirits, new forms of stickers that grant bonuses and buffs when applied to a character. Spirits can be used to personalize a character, and create unique flourishes to special moves
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Story Mode - World of Light
Thanks to the final Smash Bros Ultimate direct, we know what the story mode looks like. It's called World of Light, and looks to directly tie into the Spirits mode. Nintendo revealed an awesome trailer for the mode, which shows hub worlds, and players battling against evil versions of beloved characters.
Given that Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the most important titles for the system, not only this year but in its lifetime, there's a lot of pressure on Nintendo to deliver the goods. If Super Smash Bros. Switch doesn't include a story mode, fans will likely not be happy at all. We still don't have any confirmation of a story mode in Smash Bros Ultimate, so we will have to wait until closer to launch.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo Functionality - Ridley amiibo, Wolf amiibo, Inkling amiibo
Nintendo has confirmed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have Amiibo Functionality. All Smash Bros. amiibo will work in the game. In addition, all versions of any character in the game will also work. Players can tap the amiibo to level up
Nintendo has revealed the Ridley amiibo, the Wolf amiibo, and the Inkling amiibo. You can check them out below:
Ridley, Inkling and Wolf are coming to the Super Smash Bros. series of #amiibo! These amiibo will arrive 12/7 and will retail for $15.99.— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) July 12, 2018
Looking for an original Super Smash Bros. amiibo? Many of these will also be re-released starting later this year and will be $12.99 pic.twitter.com/Pd32ehkuCZ
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Assist Trophies
It's clear that Nintendo is going all in on Assist Trophies in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A few more were just announced, many featuring characters that have been long-requested by fans. Here are some new Assist Trophies set to feature in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Zero from Mega Man X
- Alucard from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
- Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog
- The Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
- Rathalos from Monster Hunter
Super Smash Bros Ultimate Music
The latest Nintendo Direct Presentation went all in on the music of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There are over 800 tracks to chose from, and the music can be played and listened to even while the Nintendo Switch system is locked.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Pokemon
A load of new pokemon are being added into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They can be summoned in to wreck the collective day of your oponents, and include the newly introduced Alola Forms. Here's a list of the new pokemon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Alolan Exeggutor
- Alolan Vulpix
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Items - Banana, Death's Scythe
During the most recent reveal presentation, it was confirmed that there will be new items available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There's a banana that doubles as a gun, a bomb that you have to hold up for a certain amount of time for it to detonate, and also Death's own scythe.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Modes
We now have a pretty good idea as to what modes will be included in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We've included them in the following list:
- Classic Mode - A single-player mode in which players defeat a procession of fighters.
- Smashdown Mode - An elimination moe of sorts in which players cannot use the same fighter in two conscecutive games. It encorages players to use fighters they wouldn't ordinarily pick.
- Training Mode - An Improved Training Mode will be available, with distinct markers to aid in mapping out move trajectory and advanced fighting skills.
- Tournament Mode - Your classic tournament mode, with a dizzying level of customization available to the player.
There Are No Collectible Trophies in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
During the most recent Nintendo Direct, Sakurai mentioned that there are no Collectible Trophies in the game. This is because of how time intensive they were to develop, and because there are now a whopping 59 Assist Trophies to play around with. Spirits certainly seem to make up for the lack of Collectible Trophies as well, allowing players to collect characters not featured as fighters.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Smash Tags
Beating your opponent just got even more satisfying with the arrival of Smash Tags. You'll receive your oponnent's tags after beating them, building up a collection of your own. If you are beaten, you won't lose yours, but the other player will get a copy of them to show off their victory.
With what we've got so far, it's getting easier to say what Smash on Switch will be. We've now received the complete character roster, though we don't know all of the stages that will appear yet, and there's no word on every game mode that will be in the game though, though 8-player battles have been confirmed for the game. We'll likely hear more in the lead up to launch.