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38 things you should know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A quick rundown to get you excited for December

We’ve had a few days to calm down from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s lengthy appearance in the Nintendo Direct, but in case you were looking for a quick guide to all the things we know about the game, here’s a list:

  1. The game features a roster of more than 60 characters.
  2. This includes EVERY character who has ever been in a previous Smash Bros. game.
  3. That even includes DLC characters.
  4. There are characters from more than 30 game IPs.
  5. That means this game is the biggest gaming crossover in history.
  6. Ridley is totally new for SSBU.
  7. Inkling is also totally new for SSBU.
  8. This is a completely new game developed just for Nintendo Switch.
  9. All moves have been retooled and tweaked, and all characters have been rebalanced.
  10. GameCube controllers are supported, and adapters and controllers will be re-released.
  11. All Amiibo figurines are compatible, too.
  12. Eight-player battles are back.
  13. Link has his Breath of the Wild costume, and Zelda has her Link Between Worlds costume.
  14. Super Mario Odyssey’s wedding and building costumes are available for Mario.
  15. Cloud has both his Advent Children and Final Fantasy 7 costumes.
  16. Lady Pikachu (and Pikachu Libre) have an adorable heart shaped tail.
  17. Star Fox and Wolf are now based on their Star Fox Zero appearances.
  18. Pokemon Trainer can change Pokemon freely and won’t be penalized for not switching (and you can play as a girl trainer).
  19. Characters with very similar move sets are now called “echo fighters.”
  20. Waluigi is an assist trophy, so he’s still not a playable character.
  21. Starting roster might be as small as original N64 game.
  22. The process for unlocking fighters has been streamlined and popular characters will constantly show up.
  23. Final smashes are much quicker.
  24. There are plenty of returning stages: Peach’s Castle, Spirit Train, Frigate Orphan, Green Hill Zone, New Pork City, Big Blue, Wrecking Crew, Mortimer Island and Shadow Moses.
  25. New stages: Moray Towers from Splatoon and Great Plateau Tower from Breath of the Wild.
  26. All stages have battlefield and Omega forms now.
  27. You pick the stage before you pick the fighter.
  28. Some of the new items: black hole, launch star, and a fake smash ball that will kill you if you hit it.
  29. In timed battles, the fighter in the lead will sometimes flash.
  30. You can do directional dodges in air, a feature from Melee.
  31. Excessive dodges will now make you vulnerable.
  32. Perfect shield happens when you release the shield button and allows you to counter attack.
  33. The number of lives left is displayed much larger on the screen.
  34. Charge attacks can be charged in mid-air, but it makes you vulnerable.
  35. Short hops can be executed by hitting the A button with your jump.
  36. You can attack while on a ladder.
  37. Bandai Namco is working on the game again.
  38. Available December 7th, 2018.

You can find out more about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate here.