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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. NF 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. Apr 28, 2020
    10
    Yeah, the title doesn't lie, this is the ultimate fighting game. If you own a Nintendo Switch and don't have this game, what the hell are youYeah, the title doesn't lie, this is the ultimate fighting game. If you own a Nintendo Switch and don't have this game, what the hell are you doing? This is the best in the series, and is as close as you can get to perfection for a fighting game. It is so well balanced, easy for casuals and core gamers to pick up, and its just fun. I have logged over 530 Hours of playtime since December 27, 2018 when I first got the game, and I plan to log even more because there is infinite replay-ability here. You NEED to play this game before you die, trust me! If they could just clean up some bad stages like Great Cave Offensive, this would be my favorite game of all time. Expand
  3. Dec 30, 2018
    10
    Wow, what a hype train this lead to. It's amazing to think that 2019 is gonna be the series' 20th Anniversary. Anyways, I'm getting a bitWow, what a hype train this lead to. It's amazing to think that 2019 is gonna be the series' 20th Anniversary. Anyways, I'm getting a bit sidetracked here.

    This game is one of the best Smash games I ever played. It's packed full of content. Let's talk about the negatives first, the online isn't that great although they're working on it. And sure Home-run Contest and Target Smash/Blast are gone, but for me, they're just modes I play with every single character then don't visit after.

    Now to the positives, oh boy where do I begin? 74 (Pokemon Trainer counting as one) characters to play as, 103 stages (soon to be 108 with the new DLC), redone Classic-mode, Spirits, an Adventure mode, etc. There are too many things to talk about in this game. Sakurai wasn't kidding when he said it's more for your buck. And there's still DLC yet to come.

    In conclusion, what are you doing standing there in your chair reading this review, go get Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pronto! And if you do have the game, then Happy Smashing. (That sounds so wrong)
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  4. Aug 6, 2019
    9
    This review is from the perspective of someone who's played hundreds of hours of local multiplayer and a bit of online. Note that I'm a moreThis review is from the perspective of someone who's played hundreds of hours of local multiplayer and a bit of online. Note that I'm a more casual player who's "pretty good" in terms of casual play, but not great in anything more than that. Also, I've barely played any other fighting games apart from Smash.

    Smash Ultimate is a genuinely great local multiplayer game. The characters are diverse and interesting, and there are lots of options for casual play. The amount of items, stages, and characters is absolutely incredible, and leads to an experience with a lot of variety. For the core multiplayer experience, there is a lot there for you, and it's always fun when you're in the right setting.

    Really what helps this game is that Smash often acts as a "universal language" among people, whether or not they play games often. As a local multiplayer option, it's the best I've found. Everyone knows how to play at some level, and this is further benefited by the fact that the Switch has detachable controllers. This can be useful for 1v1 battles, although it should be considered that usually you will learn to beat other casual players if you play the game enough. After hundreds of hours of playing, I consider myself to be a "great casual player", which doesn't mean that I'm good at the game, but I'm far better than other friends that don't own a Switch. If you have a friend who's around the same skill level as you, that constant competition won't wear out very quickly. With other people at various skill levels, doing a free-for-all leaves open the possibility for anyone to win, especially with team battles, items, etc.

    As a singleplayer game, though, Ultimate is mediocre. World of Light is alright, and classic mode is fine too, but you won't get much play out of the game with just singleplayer. As for online, it adds much more to the experience, but it still is nothing when compared to the standard local multiplayer. It's easy to get tired of online, but you can play for hours locally without any problem. Without the local multiplayer, this is likely a 6/10 or 7/10 game.

    The game does feel great! The physics are perfect, in my opinion, and going back to Smash 4 is honestly painful in comparison. As I said before, the characters are diverse and have a lot of satisfying attacks, further heightened by HD rumble. In my opinion, it's by far the most fun Smash game to date.

    In conclusion, Smash Bros. Ultimate is a must-have game if you're going to be in a lot of situations for local multiplayer. If people are coming to your house, or you bring your Switch to school or work, this is the perfect game. The short rounds make fitting the game into small periods of time easy, and the universality of Smash as a series makes it perfect for any occasion. As a singleplayer game, it's not great, but for multiplayer you can't do much better.
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  5. Dec 9, 2018
    9
    I can play 8 players with my whole family, with pretty much every character and map in Smash Brothers history. The controls are more or lessI can play 8 players with my whole family, with pretty much every character and map in Smash Brothers history. The controls are more or less the same, and handling is about 95% equivelent.

    This is the best Smas Bros game ever IMO. Well done Nintendo, you still do some things right.
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  6. Jul 20, 2020
    8
    Score: 8
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  7. Apr 8, 2021
    0
    Poor online and toxic gaming community. For a game meant to be played with other the the player base is the biggest problem. Too many toxic players.

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