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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features some new gameplay modes

From Squad Strike to Tourney to Classic — and more

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Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming to Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, and though the character roster is more impressive than ever, that’s not the only new feature coming to the franchise. Ultimate will feature a host of new modes to make gameplay more versatile and exciting.

The Squad Strike battle mode is a 5-on-5 or 3-on-3 elimination-style battle, where each player uses five (or three!) consecutive fighters in a battle to decided the winner. But multiple players can also take turns.

Tourney mode will allow players to input up to 32 participants and generate a tournament bracket, perfect for large Smash gatherings.

Smashdown mode makes the selected characters from the previous battle unavailable, so players must chose a new fighter for the next round. Versatile players who play many different characters will have a chance to excel.

A new Training mode features an exclusive stage with a grid that displays launch distance and trajectory depending on damage. Fighters’ weights are factored in at moment of impact.

And of course, Classic mode, the single-player campaign where fighters go against a specific set of opponents and stages, will return.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be out Dec. 7.

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