A new patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrived last night, and along with some minor tweaks, it added a surprise new stage. It's called Small Battlefield, and it's exactly what it sounds like: Battlefield, but smaller.
In a tweet translated by PushDustin, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai says that the new stage was made with one-on-one combat in mind.
"When fighting [one-on-one], Battlefield feels a bit wide, and Final Destination feels like it's lacking," wrote Sakurai. "So we came up with a middle option with two platforms."
It's cool to see Sakurai acknowledging the more competitive side of Smash, especially as players are now forced to hold tournaments online and keep the couch competition alive over the internet. He also notes that some improvements have been made to the online experience, though the extent of that is a little unclear. Hopefully it has to do with the netcode, which has been notoriously spotty in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Of course, players are already having fun with the new, smaller Battlefield. Sometimes referred to as "smol battlefield" because the internet is a weird place, memes have already started to surface about the tiny new arena. My personal favorite is this player theorizing about a Battlefield with Battlefields for platforms. It's even downloadable, so you too can play on Battlefield while you're playing on Battlefield.
Alongside the addition of Min Min, the ramen-based Arms fighter, Smash Bros. fans are having a solid summer of content. The scene is still somewhat recovering from the wave of allegations that rippled through it earlier this year, but at least we have a new arena to compete in and hopefully some more solid netplay.