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  • Summary: Inklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at homeInklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go. Expand
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  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    100
    This is the ultimate Smash Bros. How will they ever top it? [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 65]
  2. Dec 6, 2018
    100
    Don't ask me how Nintendo managed to put more than 35 years of experience and love into one product, but they succeeded. Smash Ultimate is not only the ultimate Smash game, the ultimate fighting game, the ultimate party game, and the ultimate collection of videogame nostalgia: it's the ultimate video game. I will continue to play this forever. At least, until Nintendo delivers another sequel.
  3. Dec 6, 2018
    97
    This is the ultimate Super Smash Bros. With an abundance of fighters, stages and modes there is always fun in fighting friends. Even when you're playing by yourself thanks to Classic Mode and World of Light if you play the second one in bite-sized chunks.
  4. Dec 6, 2018
    93
    For the first time, we could almost say that the Nintendo brawler has reached the saturation point, beyond which it is really difficult to think about what future episodes might hold.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    90
    An inconsistent online mode and situational downers don't stop Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from shining as a flexible multiplayer game that can be as freewheeling or as firm as you want it to be. Its entertaining single-player content helps keep the game rich with interesting things to do, as well as bolstering its spirit of loving homage to the games that have graced Nintendo consoles. Ultimate's diverse content is compelling, its strong mechanics are refined, and the encompassing collection is simply superb.
  6. Dec 11, 2018
    90
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is more than best-of-hits collection of Smash games past. It’s a tightly woven experience that deftly combines the old with the new and manages to meet the lofty expectations placed on it. It’s incredibly easy to pick up and play, with enough depth and nuance to keep players engaged. It’s the best Smash Bros has ever been.
  7. 70
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is equal parts greatness and lacking. The sheer wealth of content and great gameplay is commended but there are big holes in what could be a great game.

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  1. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    The best smash bros game so far, combines everything for casual and competitive game. Without a doubt this is the best work of Sakurai.
  2. Jul 19, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best Super Smash Bros game yet, the fact that you can play with all Super Smash Bros character/Fighter is a really game changer, the game perform really good both in Dock Mode and Handheld Mode in perfect 60fps. Expand
  3. Dec 9, 2018
    10
    No soy un gran fan de la saga. Es más, solo había jugado previamente al Smash Bros Brawl de Wii (el cual me encantó) y he de decir que esteNo soy un gran fan de la saga. Es más, solo había jugado previamente al Smash Bros Brawl de Wii (el cual me encantó) y he de decir que este smash ultímate lo tiene todo: variedad de modos de juego para todos los gustos, campaña original, libre y con multitud de sorpresas, descomunal plantel de personajes jugables cada uno de ellos con su estilo único.
    Un juego con infinitas sorpresas, desbloqueables, progresión... Es, sin duda, un claro ejemplo de juego 10.
    Como pega diría que el online, al menos en el lanzamiento, no funciona del todo bien. Depende de la calidad de la conexión de todos los contrincantes. Si alguno tiene mala conexión, se sufren un montón de congelaciones y ralentizaciones muy desagradables y molestas. Además el modo online es bastante simplón, pero por lo demás el juego es literalmente perfecto.
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  4. Nov 6, 2019
    9
    The most ambitious crosover in gaming. Many good characters and it is not only nintendo. It is a must have.
  5. Dec 8, 2018
    9
    This is THE game that COULD have been perfect, but you know Nintendo, for every almost perfect product they need to ruin something, and guessThis is THE game that COULD have been perfect, but you know Nintendo, for every almost perfect product they need to ruin something, and guess what, "For Glory" mode is not here anymore, the mode that allowed players to fight online with custom rule-set for a truly competitive match (3 stocks, no items, and only omega maps). I'm a bit disappointed, and seriously hope Nintendo will add this with the future patch.. but my hopes are weak.
    Beside that the game is awesome, a lot of modes to play, a lot of character (or should I say, EVERYONE IS HERE?)
    The graphics, the smoothness of the game play, and the music, everything feels super good.
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  6. Feb 18, 2021
    8
    As a newcomer to Smash this was quite overwhelming. Basically it's a fighting game with lots and lots of characters and lots and lots ofAs a newcomer to Smash this was quite overwhelming. Basically it's a fighting game with lots and lots of characters and lots and lots of options. Then there's the single player campaign with and endless stream of special power-ups en ways to enhance your abilities. The many stages have lots of things that can happen. What you end up with is a load of surprises every time you start the game, and the only way to master it is by playing hundreds and hundreds of hours to master the different fighters and to learn all there is to learn in this massive game.

    I'm still not hooked on the game, but there's no denying that this game is very big and very well-executed. There are just so many ways to play the game, and there's so much to discover. The difficulty can be set very low. And although a victory isn't very satisfying then it allows you to discover what your character can do. Classic mode automatically ups the difficulty if you win too easily.

    Multiplayer I've mainly done locally. It's fun even if you lose. There's a lot of options to setup tournaments.

    All in all this is a very extensive game. I'm not a fan but still have 50+ hours invested in it. If any game on Switch is worth buying for the content alone it's this.
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  7. Sep 29, 2021
    0
    So... Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. What can be said about it that's based and completely honest? Why don't we start with the "Fighter's Passes"So... Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. What can be said about it that's based and completely honest? Why don't we start with the "Fighter's Passes" that have been overhpyed since they were announced?

    Every single fighter within the Fighter's Passes have all been biased, weak, horrifyingly laughably bad "picks" save for Pyra+Mythra; Even outside of both Fighter's Passes, Piranha Plant is a terrible addition to this overhyped, bloated train-wreck of a "game". But I digress, what else makes this game a Skyward Sword-tier laughably bad disaster? Let's see...

    Oh, huh, what do you know? The online: Inexcusable, infuriatingly broken, barely held together by glue and overused tape. How in the name of God did Nintendo manage to make Comcast-tier servers? It baffled me then and it still baffles me to this day.

    Sakurai set out to make the biggest Smash Bros. to date, and, well... He truly accomplished such a Herculean task...

    ...Too bad it ended up being too overbloated and too much of a comedically bad train-wreck for its own good. The fighter DLC ex-packs and hilariously bad online servers that Nintendo have built really bring this game down into the depths of the Mariana Trench, bordering on the fiery underworld for how it overall is just a slow-motion, comedically laughable and terrible train-wreck. Had I known all this at the time that Inklings were revealed to be in this game, it would have saved me an insane amount of money from getting. As it is, "Ultimate" is definitely fitting as a classification of being the ultimate failure.

    I'm absolutely, insanely ecstatic to see Sakurai will finally be stepping down and away from this entire series we all love; Maybe now, we can get someone who isn't an incompetent, entitled, easily-manipulated man such as him. Get someone newer and younger and willing to stand up to Nintendo and tell them "No" to many of their stupidly backwards, entitled and biased ideas that nobody has ever asked for. Maybe then, we can have a Smash Bros. that will actually be fun and enjoyable instead of an overbloated, overhyped, shoddy mess.
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