by Evan Cerezo, Assistant Layout Editor
The newest installation in the “Super Smash Bros.” series is coming this December for $60 on the Nintendo Switch. This classic fighting series has all characters from previous installments and many references from different Nintendo games and series. As with any new game coming out, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is constantly releasing new information before it makes its way into stores.
The first and biggest piece of information is the characters as “Super Smash Bros.” is notorious for its roster of unique and iconic characters. So far, the new installation has introduced five new fighters into its game. Four of these new additions are entirely new characters, while the other four are variations of existing characters called “echo fighters.” Echo fighters are characters that are copies of original fighters, having identical movesets but may vary in animation. The Inkling, Ridley, King K. Rool and Simon Belmont are all new characters built from the ground up. Many fans are excited to see the new additions to the series, each adding their own new style of play. Chrom, Richard Belmont, Dark Samus and Daisy are the new echo fighters or reskinned variations of existing characters. While not adding much to the mechanics of the game, the echo fighters are exciting new additions of the cast, each representing a new character with the same moves as a previous fighter.
A notable addition to the franchise is the new stage select screen. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” will feature 103 stages from over 30 different series, and it features new ways of selecting the stage. Instead of picking after choosing the character, the players will instead decide the arena before choosing characters. This may seem like a small change, but it allows players to pick their characters around their environment instead of going into combat blind, granting possible advantages going into the fight. The new stage selection also features the option to choose a second stage so during the fight, the first stage will warp in the middle of the fight. The time between stage rotation can be adjusted to specific increments or left at random times.
Smaller improvements have been made to the game, which adds to the overall quality. It will feature over 800 songs on its soundtrack, a plethora of new items, and many ways to improve micromanagement of the experience. New items include new Pokémon, assist trophies and brand-new additions like the energy tank. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is adding tons of new modes for customizable battles as well. Some examples include a separate, more fast-paced 1v1 mode, special team battles, and the ability to dash while dodging in the air.
Overall, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” has expanded on the current series in such a way that has added to the franchise greatly. Between the new characters, stages and game modes, it will be a more than deserved update to the series.