Story - 90%
Graphics - 91%
Audio - 89%
Gameplay - 94%
Replayability - 95%
If you are a Nintendo fan then you will know the best fighting game from Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the fifth instalment and the first to be released on the Switch.
The Super Smash Bros. series is famous for its chaotic battle where up to 8 players can brawl it out on screen. There are different goals depending on the mode or setting to win the battles, these can be to be the last one standing from an amount of lives, or just drain your opponents’ power and finally survive the time limit.
The series is also famous for incorporating all Nintendo characters across various games and franchises and this time around the line-up is even bigger than ever with the introduction of Spirits which we will talk about further down.
One thing I love about this series is all the different game modes, sometimes it can feel overwhelming but there is so much to do that it can justify paying full price for the game. So let’s talk some game modes:
Smash – Select your stages, set the rules, and smash with up to eight players total!
Squad Strike – Create a team of 3 or 5 fighters and take on your opponent’s squad one by one in a multi-fighter battle.
Tourney – Fight your way to the finish in a 32-player tournament! You can even choose the type of brackets you’d like for your tournament.
Special Smash – You and a friend can play through the full roster to see who comes out on top in Smashdown. And in Custom Smash, you can set all kinds of options for your battle.
Classic Mode – Choose your fighter and smash your way through increasingly difficult enemies for great rewards.
Training – Hone your skills on any stage, including a Training-mode stage that shows you exactly how far your opponents fly.
Mob Smash – Waves of opponents will continue to appear as you launch them off the stage. See how long you can survive!
As you can see there are tons of ways to play but there is more… Introducing Spirits!
Spirits are characters with certain abilities that can boost your fighter, you get a Primary Spirit which raises your fighters attack power. The Primary Spirit character will also be a certain type, Attack, Grab, Shield or Normal. Some types have advantage over other e.g. Grab is strong over Shield and Shield over Attack and Attack over Grab. Normal is just that normal, no advantages or weakness.
The other type of Spirits is Support spirits. The can be equipped to however empty slots the Primary spirit has. Support spirits can give your fighter additional skills or abilities. These can be giving you an equipped weapon, to increasing foot attack or even some immunities like immune to strong wind etc. These can really give you a tactical advantage so choose wisely.
There is a whole Spirit mode where you can take on Spirit challenges, fighting against spirits and when defeated you free them to add to your collection. You can also do additional things with your spirits like feed them snacks to level them up, send them out to look for treasure or have them train in the dojo. The last thing you can do is dismiss a spirit, then they will leave behind cores that you can use to summon new ones.
Spirit Adventure Mode
This is by far my favourite mode; this new mode has a whole story tied to it. Basically, everyone has been captured by evil and are being forced to be puppets of evil. You start your journey with a small hero with a big heart (and mouth) to free everyone. As you journey along you free (unlock) spirits and fighter alike to grow your collection.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best game in the series yet and lives up to the name. There is so much to do and collect. Amiibo figures are also still supported together with Mii characters. If you own a switch and are a fan of fighting games then needs to be on your Christmas stocking list.
Reviewed on: Switch
Available on: Switch
Age Rating: PG
Publisher/Developer: Nintendo / Bandai Namco
Estimated RRP: R1125
Release Date: 7 December 2018
- Love the new Spirit mode
- So much to do, great content
- Would’ve like a tutorial