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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Sabo

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. has always been one of the greatest action party games to bring friends together. Starting all the way back on the N64, Nintendo consistently offers something new with every iteration. The creator, Masahiro Sakurai, always puts his best into his work. With the Nintendo Switch being on the market for almost two years, a Super Smash Bros. game was inevitably going to come, and while fans will always be happy, is it as good as people say?

First off, there are 74 Playable Characters, with a Season Pass of 5 characters, plus a free DLC Character of Piranha Plant with limited-time purchase of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. There are a lot of characters, and that is very much the appeal of Super Smash Bros. From well known characters like Mario and Luigi, to characters from other companies like Solid Snake, Simon Belmont, and Ken Masters, there is someone for everyone here to play. Each with their own unique Classic Mode's and 8 different Color/Costume Swaps.

The game also features an expansive Adventure Mode where the player fights waves of battles where the opponents have different attributes. Sometimes the opponent will have an assist trophy help through the match, sometimes its Pokemon, and sometimes strong wind will come and push the player off the stage. The game has Spirits, which are character buffs and special equipment that will aid the player in the Adventure Mode. Spirits can be obtained either in Adventure Mode, or from the Spirit Board. There are 1300+ Spirits to collect in all, all from every franchise showcased in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, plus a few extra.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate also contains 877 Individuals song, which add up to 28 Hours of music, all from every franchise showcased in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, plus a few extra. The songs can be adjusted accordingly to each stage, can be listened to in the Music Collection, and the Music Collection can turn the Nintendo Switch into an MP3 Player.

It sounds like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a lot to offer, but the sad truth is, unless you are playing with friends, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does not offer a lot in terms of singe player enjoyment. Most of the modes from previous Super Smash Bros. games are missing, the Trophies from previous games are missing, and there is not a lot of content in the game outside of the massive character roster and music. The Adventure Mode runs dry quick as the player will be fighting similar enemy types over and over, and the Spirits offer nothing outside the character buffs. Online can also be pretty ruff whenever playing a mode other than 1v1, but even 1v1 matches receive lag every once in a while.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has so much to offer, but not a lot at the same time. Playing with friends is the name of the game, either offline or online, but outside of that, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can be boring at times. A lot of effort was put in to the mechanics of the game, offering the first Training Mode in the series, and every character was given time to be a proper representation of their character and history. A lot of love and passion was put into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is why is sad that it misses the mark ever so close.




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