If you own a Nintendo Switch, you need to get Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s as simple as that. It’s the crown jewel in Nintendo’s party game line-up – the ‘Infinity War’ of video games… the most ambitious crossover episode of all time.
From the incredible World of Light single-player mode (which simply blows all previous versions of Smash Bros. games’ solo modes out the water!) to the robust, highly customisable multiplayer modes in the game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a credit to Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai’s development team.
Every fighter has a deep, complex and satisfying move pool, and the care and attention that has gone into making every fighter ‘fit’ into the Smash world whilst maintaining their original flavour is deeply impressive.
Whether you’re a fan of Splatoon or a Wario apologist, you’ll find something to entertain you in practically every fight you engage in. Whether you want to see eight Luigis battling it to the death, or a technical one-on-one game of Pikachu Vs. Solid Snake, the game – somehow – has you covered.
Characters from Mario, Final Fantasy, Star Fox, Metal Gear Solid, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pokemon, Street Fighter and more all star in a chaotic fighting game that offers one of the best-value packages we’ve seen in a game for years.
Whether you want to play on your own in the fun, empowering World Of Light single player mode (you start with Kirby and have to unlock other characters by battling them), or jump straight into the multiplayer chaos that the series is known for, you’re in for a treat.
Thanks to a roster of over 70 characters that can battle it out on over 100 stages, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a mouth-watering prospect for Nintendo veterans and newcomers alike.
You’ll have just as much fun mashing buttons and seeing the ensuing on-screen carnage as you will learning every technical backdash, special move and combo. Even more difficult tasks like learning to recover once you get hit off the stage are made simpler thanks to the very very long and very very deep World of Light mode, that effectively acts as a tutorial to newcomers to the franchise, nudging new mechanics and new characters into your hand bit by bit, slowly but surely making you a Smash virtuoso.
The fact that the game comes with 800+ tracks of music that you can listen to whilst your Nintendo Switch is in Standby mode is also – for the Nintendo fandom – a massive boon: sitting at work listening to Pokemon medleys is actually a pretty good bonus for a game that’s already loaded with content.
It kind-of sums up the whole Super Smash Bros. Ultimate philosophy: Nintendo didn’t have to add that feature, but they did. Because this game is a celebration of everything that’s wonderful, silly, happy and good about video games.
The new single-player mode eases new players in, and the seemingly endless list of challenges teaches you how to ‘git gud’, with the 1000+ (!) Spirits – made from characters cameoing from a plethora of other games – each having their own special, unique conditions to unlock and battle.
We can’t overstate how impressed we are with Smash Ultimate. It’s the ultimate (no pun intended) party game – something that’s going to offer players late nights and early mornings of unadulterated, joyous fun.
We have put over 30 hours into this game over the time we’ve been reviewing it, and we’ve still only scratched the surface of what’s on offer. But we’re in love with it: whether you want to sit for day-long sessions, chiseling through the surprises and treats of World of Light, or whether you simply want to boot it up for 20 minutes to have a crack at a Classic Smash mode (each character has their own unique 8-stage ‘story’), this game has something for everyone/
Get yourself a game of Smash, seven mates and a crate of beer and you could have one of the best nights of your life. Just make sure the neighbours aren’t in to hear you yelling at each other as you get knocked off the stage.