At a certain point, we’re more than likely preaching to the converted when saying you should probably play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as it’s considered to be one of the most successful Nintendo Switch games of all time. Regardless of whether or not you own Smash Ultimate, or even a Nintendo Switch in the first place, the chances are you’ve played it at some point, probably at a party or social gathering where the host thinks it’d be fun to batter all of their mates at the game only they own.
Hello, I’ve been that friend before.
However, the fact is that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate makes the case for being not only one of the most influential and accessible fighting games on the market, but an absolute landmark moment that may never be achieved ever again. If you haven’t yet sampled the delights of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, consider this your message from the universe to rectify that as soon as possible.
For gameplay alone, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is unmatched in the platform fighter genre. There’ve been plenty of imitators who’ve tried to make a play for the crown over the years, like Multiversus, Brawlhalla and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, but none have been able to live up to the standard that Super Smash Bros. has maintained over the years. The simple controls, easy to understand mechanics and the healthy dose of party modes where anything can happen help ensure that everyone can have fun while playing Ultimate.
Regardless of whether you choose to play Smash Ultimate solo or with friends, either alone or online, there’s enough content on the cartridge already to ensure you’ll have hours of fun, and that’s without talking about the 11 additional characters that were added to the game thanks to the two seasons of Fighters Pass DLC. While it might be expensive to buy the full package including the DLC (especially considering Nintendo games hold their value more than any other), the price is certainly worth it.
While the gameplay of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate more than earns its value, what really makes the game worth playing and owning is the fact that it’s a little slice of history, not only for fighting games, but gaming in general. Outside of something like Fortnite, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings together more characters from so many different franchises than any other game. Arguably, it’s even better than Fortnite for that, simply because Smash Bros. contains the actual characters instead of skins designed to look like famous characters. It makes Fortnite look a bit soulless by comparison, essentially.
Never before have you been able to see the likes of Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Kazuya from Tekken, Steve from Minecraft and Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid have a scrap on a F-Zero track, making Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a landmark moment that deserves to be celebrated for as long as we’re able to. Masahiro Sakurai, the game’s own director, has stated in the past that there are no plans for a sequel, and that making a follow-up to a game that’s already so expansive will likely mean the next game would have to be scaled-down significantly.
If Nintendo does decide to break the emergency glass for more money and greenlight a new Super Smash Bros. game, we should probably expect that it’d be rebuilt from the ground-up, meaning only Nintendo characters instead of guests popping in from across the gaming industry. This is why we need to appreciate and preserve Super Smash Bros. Ultimate now while we have it, because who knows how long it’ll be before it’s gone?
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