7 reasons Super Smash Bros Ultimate is Nintendo’s biggest brawler yet

Fact #1: if you laid out all the characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate end to end, they actually stretch to the sun. Fact #2: it’s quicker to list the video game characters who aren’t in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. OK, these facts might be a tad exaggerated, but the point is, Nintendo’s upcoming crossover brawler features THE most star-studded roster in fighting game history. Quote us on that.

So ahead of its December the 7th release on Nintendo Switch, here are seven reasons why Super Smash Bros Ultimate is destined for greatness. And we’ll kick off with that roster…

1. There are a whopping 72 fighters

Every single fighter from the series’ history appears here, and that’s alongside new faces like Animal Crossing’s Isabelle, Splatoon’s Inkling, Metroid’s Ridley, Castlevania’s Simon, and
Donkey Kong’s King K. Rool.

2. Summon even more characters on top

Returning Assist Figures let you summon AI-controlled backup mid-battle, and Super Smash Bros Ultimate brings more to the table. Call on Monster Hunter’s Rathalos, Alucard from Castlevania, those loveable Splatoon Squid Sisters…even Shovel Knight comes to dig you out of trouble.

3. Brawl on one hundred stages

New Donk City Hall from Super Mario Odyssey is just one of the handful of new stages joining a bulging list of over 100. There’s also Zelda’s Great Plateau Tower, Dracula’s haunt from Castlevania, and the multiple floors of Splatoon’s Moray Towers.

4. Combine two stages with Stage Morph

Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s new Stage Morph feature lets you fight on multiple stages during a single battle. You might set the brawl to begin at Hyrule Castle before transitioning to Pokémon Stadium midway through. Speaking of which…

5. Summon new Pokémon

Poké Balls are a type of randomised item you can throw at enemies, and there’s whole load of new Pokemon waiting to emerge from them. You’ve got Alolan Vulpix ready to burp icy beams everywhere, the long-necked Alolan Exeggutor who’ll act as a dividing barrier, and if you find a Master Ball, legendary creatures like Lunala and Solgaleo.

6. New Echos to play as

‘Echos’ are the names given to characters who share moves. For instance, there’s Mario and Dr Mario, or Pichu and Pikachu. One of the coolest new Echos revealed so far is Dark Samus, who plays similarly to Samus but uses new animations and missile effects.

7. Play with a GameCube controller

For people raised on 2002’s Super Smash Bros. Melee, check out this Smash-themed GameCube controller. When plugged into the Switch using the GameCube adapter, it’ll give you both unparalleled precision and a warm nostalgic glow.

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