The fatigue of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was palpable up until its release. With Direct after Direct, it seemed like Nintendo was spinning their wheels in the snow in an effort to remind everyone to go out and buy what we all know was going to be a smash hit — pun intended. 

Upon its release, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had me eating my words. The game admittedly does come packed with an overwhelming amount of content, but the rollout of content comes at a pace that makes you feel accomplished when unlocking the staggering amount of playable characters throughout your play time. 

If you’re still on the fence about picking up a copy of the newest entry in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, here’s our take on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

Characters, Characters, Characters! 


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In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you have the chance to play as 74 characters — both returning and new. For those coming back to the franchise after a decade, it may seem overwhelming, but there’s such a variety of fighter styles, choices and experiences to be had that can hook even the most casual player. With fan service to multiple franchises that are — and are not — Nintendo staples, there’s a fighter for everyone. 

More Modes And More Fun!


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Aside from local and online battles, there are a multitude of ways to play this time around. From the newly introduce Spirit Mode and the adventure mode, World of Light, to tournament styles and classic modes, the longevity of the game will take players new and old into the next generation of consoles. 

Pacing Done Right


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As mentioned before, one thing that (pleasantly) surprised me was the amount of pacing this game has. If you are wanting to unlock each fighter ceremoniously, World of Light’s progression is for you. If you want to unlock them at random every 10 minutes or so, diving into the game and getting acquainted with the newly unlocked characters can help you be a well rounded fighter. 

With all that Nintendo packed into this game, critics will be hard-pressed to find warranted concerns about the game’s performance, playability and longevity. Have you picked up your copy yet?