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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Developer(s) Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Designer(s) Masahiro Sakurai
Release date(s) December 7th, 2018 (all regions)
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
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Super Smash Bros. 4 Latest game released
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (known in Japan as 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL Great Fray Smash Bros. SPECIAL) is the fifth entry in the Super Smash Bros. series of platform fighting games, set to release on December 7th, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. It was first announced under the pending title Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch on March 8th, 2018 during a Nintendo Direct, then revealed on June 12th, 2018 during Nintendo's E3 presentation.

Fighters

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features every fighter from all older games in the series, including those who appeared only in one title prior.

Currently, a total of 74 fighters have been confirmed for the base game (Pokémon Trainer counts as one; number includes Echo Fighters.) 11 newcomers have been revealed in the base game, and DLC fighters are also in making.

Despite the massive roster, a new game will start the player off with only the eight fighters from the original Super Smash Bros., with the rest being unlockable or downloadable. However, the unlocking conditions are going to be easier and faster compared to previous games.

List of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters  
Series Picture Character Availability Costume
Mario Mario SSBU.pngMario SSBU alt 1.pngMario SSBU alt 2.png Mario Starter
Luigi SSBU.png Luigi Unlockable
Peach SSBU.png Peach Unlockable
Daisy SSBU.png Daisy Unlockable
  • New fighter
  • Echo Fighter of Peach
Bowser SSBU.png Bowser Unlockable
Dr. Mario SSBU.png Dr. Mario Unlockable
Rosalina & Luma SSBU.png Rosalina & Luma Unlockable
Bowser Jr. SSBU.png Bowser Jr. Unlockable
Piranha Plant SSBU.png Piranha Plant DLC
  • New fighter
  • Free for early purchase
Donkey Kong Donkey Kong SSBU.png Donkey Kong Starter
Diddy Kong SSBU.png Diddy Kong Unlockable
King K. Rool SSBU.png King K. Rool Unlockable
  • New fighter
The Legend of Zelda Link SSBU.pngLink SSBU 2.png Link Starter
Sheik SSBU.png Sheik Unlockable
Zelda SSBU.png Zelda Unlockable
Young Link SSBU.png Young Link Unlockable
Ganondorf SSBU.png Ganondorf Unlockable
Toon Link SSBU.png Toon Link Unlockable
Metroid Samus SSBU.png Samus Starter
Dark Samus SSBU.png Dark Samus Unlockable
  • New fighter
  • Echo Fighter of Samus
Zero Suit Samus SSBU.png Zero Suit Samus Unlockable
Ridley SSBU.pngMeta Ridley SSBU.png Ridley Unlockable
  • New fighter
Yoshi Yoshi SSBU.pngYoshi SSBU alt.png Yoshi Starter
Kirby Kirby SSBU.png Kirby Starter
Meta Knight SSBU.png Meta Knight Unlockable
King Dedede SSBU.png King Dedede Unlockable
Star Fox Fox SSBU.png Fox Starter
Falco SSBU.png Falco Unlockable
Wolf SSBU.png Wolf Unlockable
Pokémon Pikachu SSBU.pngPikachu Libre SSBU.png Pikachu Starter
Jigglypuff SSBU.png Jigglypuff Unlockable
Pichu SSBU.png Pichu Unlockable
Mewtwo SSBU.png Mewtwo Unlockable
Pokémon Trainer SSBU.pngSSBU Pokemon Trainer F.png Pokémon Trainer Unlockable
Lucario SSBU.png Lucario Unlockable
Greninja SSBU.png Greninja Unlockable
Incineroar SSBU.png Incineroar Unlockable
  • New fighter
EarthBound/Mother Ness SSBU.png Ness Unlockable
Lucas SSBU.png Lucas Unlockable
F-Zero Captain Falcon SSBU.png Captain Falcon Unlockable
Ice Climber Ice Climbers SSBU.png Ice Climbers Unlockable
Fire Emblem Marth SSBU.png Marth Unlockable
Lucina SSBU.png Lucina Unlockable
  • Echo Fighter of Marth
Roy SSBU.png Roy Unlockable
Chrom SSBU.png Chrom Unlockable
  • New fighter
  • Echo Fighter of Roy
Ike SSBU.pngIke SSBU 2.png Ike Unlockable
Robin SSBU.pngSSBU Robin F.png Robin Unlockable
  • #1, 3, 5, 7: Male
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: Female
Corrin SSBU.pngSSBU Corrin F.png Corrin Unlockable
  • #1, 3, 5, 7: Male
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: Female
Game & Watch Mr. Game & Watch SSBU.png Mr. Game & Watch Unlockable
Kid Icarus Pit SSBU.png Pit Unlockable
Dark Pit SSBU.png Dark Pit Unlockable
  • Echo Fighter of Pit
Palutena SSBU.png Palutena Unlockable
Wario Wario SSBU.png Wario Unlockable
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: Plumber outfit
Metal Gear Snake SSBU.png Snake Unlockable
Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic SSBU.png Sonic Unlockable
Pikmin Olimar SSBU.pngAlph SSBU.png Olimar Unlockable
R.O.B. R.O.B. SSBU.png R.O.B. Unlockable
Animal Crossing Villager SSBU.png Villager Unlockable
  • #1, 3, 5, 7: Male
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: Female
Isabelle SSBU.png Isabelle Unlockable
  • New fighter
Mega Man Mega Man SSBU.png Mega Man Unlockable
Wii Fit Wii Fit Trainer SSBU.pngSSBU Wii Fit Trainer M.png Wii Fit Trainer Unlockable
  • #1, 3, 5, 7: Female
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: Male
Punch-Out!! Little Mac SSBU.png Little Mac Unlockable
Super Smash Bros.
Mii Fighter
Mii Fighters SSBU.png Mii Brawler Custom
  • Customizable
Mii Swordfighter
Mii Gunner
PAC-MAN Pac-Man SSBU.png Pac-Man Unlockable
Xenoblade Chronicles Shulk SSBU.png Shulk Unlockable
  • #8: Swimming trunks (Xenoblade Chronicles)
Duck Hunt Duck Hunt SSBU.png Duck Hunt Unlockable
Street Fighter Ryu SSBU.png Ryu Unlockable
Ken SSBU.png Ken Unlockable
  • New fighter
  • Echo fighter of Ryu
FINAL FANTASY VII Cloud SSBU.pngCloud SSBU alt.png Cloud Unlockable
  • #1, 3, 5, 7: FINAL FANTASY VII outfit
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: FINAL FANTASY VII: Advent Children outfit
Bayonetta Bayonetta SSBU.pngBayonetta SSBU alt.png Bayonetta Unlockable
  • #1, 3, 5, 7: Bayonetta 2 outfit
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: Bayonetta 1 outfit
Splatoon Inkling SSBU.pngSSBU Inkling M.png Inkling Unlockable
  • New fighter
  • #1, 3, 5, 7: Female
  • #2, 4, 6, 8: Male
Castlevania Simon SSBU.png Simon Unlockable
  • New fighter
Richter SSBU.png Richter Unlockable
  • New fighter
  • Echo Fighter of Simon
Persona 5 Joker SSBU.pngJoker SSBU Alt.png Joker DLC
  • New fighter
  • #1 to 6: 'Phantom Thief'
  • #7, 8: 'School uniform'

Kirby (as a fighter)

Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
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Kirby returns as a series veteran. Being part of the 'Perfect Attendance Crew', Kirby is among the starting eight fighters who do not need to be unlocked first. In addition, Kirby is also the first character available in the Adventure Mode - World of Light, as he was the one to survive Galeem's initial attack.

Kirby retains his essential attributes from Smash 4 as a lightweight and versatile fighter with 6 jumps and the ability to copy the moves of his opponents, although some of his moves and physics were changed. Despite this, he is the only fighter from his series who did not have his Final Smash changed, once again using the Ultra Sword.

Move-set

Most of Kirby's attacks were retained from his appearance in Smash 4 with few tweaks, most of which were to his attributes and frame data. The following lists off each of Kirby's moves:

Standard Ground

  • Neutral - Kirby jabs his opponent rapidly, similar to Vulcan Jab. Once released, he finishes with a Smash Punch that has decent knockback.
  • Forward tilt - Kirby does a spinning kick forward - with decent range. This can be angled up or down.
  • Up tilt - Kirby kicks upward behind him, covering his head in an arc.
  • Down tilt - Known officially as 'Squish Kick', Kirby kicks forward while crouching, sweeping the floor. May trip opponents.
  • Dash attack - Kirby combusts in flame and flies forward, similar to the Burning ability, though he does not travel past ledges.
  • Forward smash - Kirby does a strong kick as he steps forward which can be angled. Based on Spin Kick.
  • Up smash - Kirby performs a bicycle kick, doing a back-flip in the process.
  • Down smash - Kirby spins with his feet out, hitting on both sides.

Standard Aerial

  • Neutral aerial - Kirby performs the 'Twinkle Star' move, spinning with arms and feet extended outward.
  • Forward aerial - Kirby kicks forward three times in succession, with the last hit dealing the most knockback.
  • Back aerial - Kirby kicks out with both feet behind, dealing a quick hit with very high knockback.
  • Up aerial - Kirby flip-kicks upward in mid-air, mirroring his up-smash, though with much less power.
  • Down aerial - Kirby drills with both feet downward, which can be used to send foes down.

Throws

  • Forward - Kirby flips with his opponent in the air, then pile-drives them into the ground. Based on the Pile Driver move.
  • Back - Kirby performs a backward suplex on his enemy. Based on the Backdrop ability.
  • Up - Kirby flies up off-screen with his foe, then crashes back down. This move is based on the Air Drop technique.
  • Down - Kirby throws his opponent to the ground and pummels them with his feet, similar to the Quick Stamping technique.

Special

  • Inhale - Kirby inhales, which will allow him to swallow up fighters who are close-by (within range of a grab). From there, Kirby can either spit them back out as a temporary Star Bullet, or 'swallow' them to copy their neutral special move (and gain a hat based on the fighter swallowed). Kirby can discard this move by taunting, or will lose it if he is hit by a strong attack (at random). Kirby can also inhale and spit back projectiles thrown at him, or swallow them to heal himself.
  • Hammer Flip - Kirby pulls out his hammer and swings it. Kirby can also hold the hammer and charge it instead He can move and jump while charging, but the hammer will hurt him if held for too long. Swinging it will cause good damage and knockback. The hammer is not as strong in the air, but it will hit twice if used quickly.
  • Final Cutter - Based on the last hit of the Cutter combo, Kirby takes out a blade, rises into the air, then crashes back down, releasing a shock wave on landing. Kirby can use this move to gain some height when recovering, and can grab the ledge with it, but it can be easy to intercept. When falling downward, Kirby can send his opponent flying downward with the blade if timed right.
  • Stone - Kirby transforms into a stone and crashes downward. He is invulnerable to all but the very strongest attacks and grabs while in this form, and will damage opponents he collides with while falling.

Final Smash

  • Ultra Sword - Kirby wields a gigantic sword and slashes it. Opponents who gets struck will be trapped, as Kirby then slashes several times with the sword from varying directions, finishing off with one last big strike that will send the opponents flying.

Meta Knight (as a fighter)

Meta Knight in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
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Meta Knight returns in this title, as an unlockable fighter. His alternate costumes include Galacta Knight and Dark Meta Knight outfits. Like his previous incarnation, he is a highly mobile aerial fighter with 6 jumps and special moves which can all assist further in his recovery. He gains a new Final Smash in this title known as Darkness Illusion.

Move-set

Most of Meta Knight's attacks were retained from his appearance in Smash 4, with few tweaks. A great deal of them are made up for the Smash series, though some bear reference to his moves in the Kirby series, particularly from Meta Knightmare Ultra. Meta Knight's attacks are as follows:

Standard Ground

  • Neutral - Meta Knight begins rapidly slashing about with his sword, finishing with a small uppercut.
  • Forward tilt - Meta Knight can perform up to three distinct slashes in front of him.
  • Up tilt - Meta Knight stabs straight upward, in a similar vain to the Master ability.
  • Down tilt - Meta Knight stabs forward close to the ground. Has deceptive range and can trip opponents.
  • Dash attack - Meta Knight kicks forward, coming to a stop afterward.
  • Forward smash - Meta Knight pulls back, then releases an extremely quick swipe with his sword. Slow to start-up, but releases instantly after charging.
  • Up smash - Meta Knight swipes three times upward with his sword in rapid succession. The last hit will launch.
  • Down smash - Meta Knight slashes in front, then behind himself in quick succession.

Standard Aerial

  • Neutral aerial - Meta Knight spins in a circle with his sword out, similarly to Sword Kirby's spinning maneuver.
  • Forward aerial - Meta Knight slashes three times with his sword in front of him.
  • Back aerial - Meta Knight slashes three times behind himself, with the last hit being more powerful.
  • Up aerial - Meta Knight makes one very quick slash above his head. He can do this many times without landing.
  • Down aerial - Meta Knight slashes below himself quickly. Good off-stage.

Throws

  • Forward - Meta Knight kicks his opponent forward.
  • Back - Meta Knight warps behind his opponent, then slashes them away.
  • Up - Meta Knight flies up with his opponent off-screen, then crashes back down, similarly to Kirby's up-throw.
  • Down - Meta Knight tosses his opponent to the ground, then stomps them repeatedly, similarly to Kirby's down throw.

Special

  • Mach Tornado - Meta Knight spins around, creating a vortex that will launch foes if it connects. The move travels a great distance horizontally and can be mashed to greatly increase the vertical distance it covers, similar to Dr. Cyclone, though Meta Knight cannot act again afterward until he lands. This move is similar to the Tornado ability.
  • Drill Rush - Meta Knight winds up, then spins forward in the air like a drill. He can be steered while doing this, but he should not go offstage with it.
  • Shuttle Loop - Meta Knight does an extremely quick loop in the air, being able to stab the opponent twice. Very similar to its namesake from Meta Knightmare Ultra.
  • Dimensional Cape - Meta Knight disappears behind his cape for a moment, then reappears somewhere close by. He can either strike or not strike, but he should not go offstage with this move.

Final Smash

  • Darkness Illusion - Meta Knight gains an extra pair of wings and poses in the air sending a shockwave around himself. Anyone caught in this field will be trapped, and Meta Knight will follow up by slashing them repeatedly with lightning-quick dives at the top of the stage before sending them flying with one last great hit.

King Dedede (as a fighter)

King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
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King Dedede returns in this title, as an unlockable fighter. His moveset appears relatively unchanged, but he now has the ability to inhale his Gordos after tossing them, then spit them back out again. Like Kirby in Ultimate, Dedede can inhale and spit opponent's projectiles.

King Dedede's old Final Smash, Dedede Burst, has been replaced by a new Final Smash called Dede-Rush, now involving tossing one opponent into a boxing ring, then attacking them as Masked Dedede.

Move-set

King Dedede's attacks were mostly retained from his appearance in Smash 4, though some were changed. His attacks are mostly made up for the Smash series, though a few bear reference to his moves in the Kirby series. King Dedede's attacks are as follows:

Standard Ground

  • Neutral - King Dedede swipes up to two times with his hammer, proceeds into a spinning hammer move which acts as a rapid jab, then finishes with an upswing.
  • Forward tilt - King Dedede thrusts his hammer forward and spins it. This move has a very good range.
  • Up tilt - King Dedede thrusts his head upward, covering a surprising amount of space. His upper body becomes intangible by attacks during this.
  • Down tilt - King Dedede quickly rolls over the ground.
  • Dash attack - King Dedede trips and falls on his face, in a move with slow start-up but great knockback. This move is based on his body slam attack from the Kirby series.
  • Forward smash - King Dedede lifts his hammer up slowly, then sends it crashing down in front of him, dealing huge knockback if it connects.
  • Up smash - King Dedede swipes his hammer over his head in an arc.
  • Down smash - King Dedede spins his hammer around himself on the floor, hitting one side, then the other.

Standard Aerial

  • Neutral aerial - King Dedede puffs up and extends his limbs, hitting foes that make contact.
  • Forward aerial - King Dedede swings his hammer downwards in front of himself.
  • Back aerial - King Dedede swings his hammer horizontally behind himself.
  • Up aerial - King Dedede thrusts his hammer upward, spinning it like a drill.
  • Down aerial - King Dedede swings his hammer downwards beneath himself.

Throws

  • Forward - King Dedede smacks his opponent with the hammer, sending them forward.
  • Back - King Dedede tosses his opponent behind then smacks them with his hammer.
  • Up - King Dedede tosses his opponent into the air by jabbing them with his hands.
  • Down - King Dedede lifts his opponent and slams them into the ground.

Special

  • Inhale - King Dedede inhales, sucking in opponents who are fairly close to him. He cannot swallow like Kirby, but he can spit them out as a Star Bullet which deals more damage and goes further. He can also inhale and spit back projectiles.
  • Gordo Throw - King Dedede pulls out a Gordo and shoots it at his opponent with his hammer. It can be knocked around by most attacks.
  • Super Dedede Jump - Based on his jump attack from the Kirby series, King Dedede rises high into the air, then comes crashing back down, causing Recoil Stars to appear on each side of him when he lands. It can be used for recovery, but cannot grab ledges on the way down unless cancelled.
  • Jet Hammer - Based on his Jet Hammer as Masked Dedede, King Dedede's hammer sprouts an engine, and begins charging up. King Dedede can then release a powerful hammer swipe. It will start hurting him if he charges too long, though.

Final Smash

  • Dede-rush - King Dedede does a quick hammer swipe which can catch a single opponent (though it will do minor damage to anyone else close-by). That opponent is tossed into a caged boxing ring where they are barraged by missiles and then struck by a huge spinning attack by Masked Dedede using his jet hammer. This last blow breaks the cage and causes the opponent to get sent flying.

Stages

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has 103 confirmed stages so far, over 90 of which are returning ones from previous titles. See all stages on the official website list.

All stages are available from the beginning. In addition, all stages have Battlefield form (Battlefield-like layout) and Ω form (Final Destination-like layout).

New to the series is a stage option called Stage Morph. When this is enabled, two stages can be selected together, and they will automatically switch midbattle after a certain amount of time.

Kirby stages

All Kirby series stages from older titles have returned. These include the following in chronological order:

Kirby music

In this title, stages of a series can play all music tracks from the same series.

The Kirby series has 38 music tracks: 32 available at start and 6 unlockable. (The five Kirby's Dream Land tracks are now counted as a single Kirby Retro Medley.) The following lists every Kirby music track:

Playlist No. Track Source Type Availability Notes  
1 Green Greens (Melee) Kirby's Dream Land Remix (Melee) Starter
2 Green Greens (for 3DS / Wii U) Kirby's Dream Land Remix (for 3DS / Wii U) Starter
3 Kirby Retro Medley Kirby's Dream Land Original Starter Medley: Green Greens / Castle Lololo / Float Islands / Bubbly Clouds / Mt. Dedede. (Newly added in Ultimate.)
4 King Dedede's Theme (Brawl) Kirby's Dream Land Remix (Brawl) Starter This track plays during King Dedede's Classic Mode staff roll.
5 King Dedede's Theme (for 3DS / Wii U) Kirby's Dream Land Remix (for 3DS / Wii U) Starter
6 Staff Credits - Kirby's Dream Land Kirby's Dream Land / Kirby Super Star Remix (Ultimate) Starter This track plays during Kirby's Classic Mode staff roll. (Newly added in Ultimate.)
7 Boss Theme Medley - Kirby Series Kirby Series Remix (Brawl) Unlockable (Vault: Shop)
8 Ice Cream Island Kirby's Adventure Remix (for 3DS / Wii U) Starter
9 Butter Building (Brawl) Kirby's Adventure Remix (Brawl) Starter
10 Butter Building (for 3DS / Wii U) Kirby's Adventure Remix (for 3DS / Wii U) Starter
11 Gourmet Race (Brawl) Kirby Super Star Remix (Brawl) Starter
12 Gourmet Race (64) Kirby Super Star Remix (64) Starter Known as "Dream Land" in previous titles.
13 Gourmet Race (Melee) Kirby Super Star Remix (Melee) Starter Known as "The Fountain of Dreams" in previous titles.
14 The Great Cave Offensive Kirby Super Star Remix (for 3DS / Wii U) Starter
15 Meta Knight's Revenge Kirby Super Star Remix (Brawl) Starter This track plays during Meta Knight's Classic Mode staff roll.
16 Vs. Marx Kirby Super Star Remix (Brawl) Unlockable (Vault: Shop) This track plays during Marx boss battle.
17 Planet Popstar Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Original Starter
18 0² Battle Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Remix (Brawl) Starter
19 Forest Stage Kirby Air Ride Original Unlockable (Adventure Mode: chest) Remix of the theme from Kirby's Adventure.
20 Celestial Valley Kirby Air Ride Original Starter
21 Frozen Hillside Kirby Air Ride Original Starter
22 City Trial Kirby Air Ride Remix (Ultimate) Starter (Newly added in Ultimate.)
23 The Legendary Air Ride Machine Kirby Air Ride Remix (Brawl) Starter
24 Forest/Nature Area Kirby & The Amazing Mirror Remix (for 3DS / Wii U) Starter
25 Squeak Squad Theme Kirby: Squeak Squad Remix (Brawl) Starter
26 The Adventure Begins Kirby's Return to Dream Land Original Starter
27 Through the Forest Kirby's Return to Dream Land Original Unlockable (Vault: Shop)
28 Sky Tower Kirby's Return to Dream Land Original Starter (Newly added in Ultimate.)
29 Dangerous Dinner Kirby's Return to Dream Land Original Starter (Newly added in Ultimate.)
30 CROWNED Kirby's Return to Dream Land Original Starter (Newly added in Ultimate.)
31 Floral Fields Kirby: Triple Deluxe Original Starter
32 Fatal Blooms in Moonlight Kirby: Triple Deluxe Original Starter (Newly added in Ultimate.)
33 The World to Win Kirby: Triple Deluxe Original Starter
34 CROWNED: Ver.2 Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe Original Unlockable (Vault: Shop) Known as "C-R-O-W-N-E-D (Reprise)" in the original game. (Newly added in Ultimate.)
35 Venturing Into the Mechanized World Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Unlockable (Vault: Shop) (Newly added in Ultimate.)
36 Pink Ball Activate! Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Starter (Newly added in Ultimate.)
37 Kirby Battle Royale: Main Theme Kirby: Battle Royale Original Starter (Newly added in Ultimate.)
38 A Battle of Friends and Bonds 2 Kirby Star Allies Original Starter Regular boss battle theme (full version) from Star Allies. (Newly added in Ultimate.)

Items

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Kirby Items

A number of Kirby series items appear in this title. These are as follows:

Items

  • Bomber (new): It walks around the stage and may fall off the ledge like what it does in the Kirby series. When picked up, it will explode in 1.5 seconds. It deals more damage to fighters at the center of the explosion, but won't damage the fighter who picked it up.
  • Dragoon Parts A, B, C
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Star Rod
  • Superspicy Curry
  • Warp Star

Assist Trophies

  • Chef Kawasaki (new): He grabs fighters with his ladle, and if successful, puts them into his Cook Pot and cooks them. Then, the cooked fighters are launched off the pot along with several food items produced. This resembles Cook Kirby, Kirby's Final Smash in Brawl. He may also instead throw plates at opponents if his ladle misses.
  • Knuckle Joe
  • Nightmare

Game Modes

Smash

Spirits

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Spirits is the new mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this mode, the player can collect Spirits in the form of their official illustrations and use them in Spirits battles.

Spirits can be equipped to a fighter, which function like Stickers in Brawl. Spirits also replace the collectible Trophies in previous titles. Spirits can be obtained in various ways, including Classic Mode, Adventure Mode, Spirit Board, Summon, Challenge rewards and Vault's Shop.

Types of Spirits

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There are four kinds of Spirits: Primary, Support, Fighter and Master. Their strength and rarity are ranked from low to high: Novice (1 star), Advanced (2 stars; known as Hope in the Japanese version), Ace (3 Stars) and Legend (4 Stars).

  • Primary Spirits enhance the fighter's strength (with an extra boost if the fighter and the Primary Spirit are the same series). They are divided into four types: Attack, Grab, Shield and Neutral. Types have advantage against one another (except Neutral): Attack>Grab>Shield>Attack. Primary Spirits have 0-3 slots to equip Support Spirits and gain additional skills. Some Primary Spirits have their own skill as well. Primary Spirits can gain experience and level up. Some of them can be enhanced into new forms when reaching Lv. 99 the maximum level. An enhanced form has increased strength and a new skill, but their level will be reset to 1 after enhancement.
  • Support Spirits give additional skills to the Primary Spirit. They cost 1 or more slots.
  • Fighter Spirits feature the main fighters. They cannot be used in any battle, so they serve as collections only. They can be obtained via Classic Mode (game clear may reward the fighter's own Fighter Spirit) or Vault's Shop.
  • Master Spirits serve as NPCs who host facilities. They are obtained by defeating them in their respective Adventure Mode battles.

When the player starts a new save file of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, a random Advanced Primary Spirit will be given.

Adventure Mode

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The Adventure Mode of this title is called World of Light, and can be played by only one player. In this mode, all characters in the Super Smash Bros. universe, except Kirby, have lost their bodies and been turned into Spirits by Galeem, Lord of Light. the player starts the game with Kirby and saves the Spirits and the world.

A feature exclusive to World of Light is the Skill Tree, which can give fighters additional skills by investing Skill Spheres. While most of the Spirits in the game are fought in World of Light, there are a few which are absent in it and can only be obtained via Spirit Board, Summon, etc.

Spirit Board

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Spirit Board is a mode to obtain Spirits outside of the Adventure Mode. It has a Target List with up to 10 random targets. Each target requires the player to defeat a fighter possessed by a Spirit, with special rules like the Event matches in previous titles.

After defeating the possessed fighter, the player has to play a minigame to shoot the the possessed fighter with a special gun. The possessed fighter has a rotating shield. If the gun hits the fighter, the player can obtain the Spirit; if it hits the shield, the player loses the minigame. However, broken shields will remain in rematches so the player will have a better chance to win next time. In addition, there are items that can destroy part of the shield or slow down its rotation.

Each target has a timer of 5 minutes to accept (except Legend Spirits with 15 minutes), and when the time is over, they will be replaced by new random targets. When a target is finished, there will be a timer for respawn as well. There are items that can reshuffle or fill the targets.

List of Kirby series Spirits

There are 59 Kirby series spirits in this title (No. 323-381 in Collection).

Fighter Spirits
Primary Spirits
Collection No. Spirit Artwork Source Rank Type Skill Slot Notes  
335 Gooey Kirby's Dream Land 3 ★2 Advanced Neutral Xmark.png 3
336 Nago Kirby's Dream Land 3 ★1 Novice Grab Xmark.png 2
339 Whispy Woods Kirby Super Star Ultra ★3 Ace Shield Fire Weakness 1
340 Kracko Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land ★2 Advanced Grab Electric Attack ↑ 3
341 Nightmare's Power Orb Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land ★2 Advanced Grab Can be enhanced into Nightmare Wizard at Lv. 99 2
342 Nightmare Wizard Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land ★4 Legend Grab Jam FS Charge (Final Smash Meter Charge) 2
343 Dark Matter Kirby's Dream Land 2 ★4 Legend Attack Xmark.png 3 Swordsman Form.
344 Gryll Kirby Super Star Stacker ★1 Novice Grab Xmark.png 1
345 Dyna Blade Kirby Super Star ★4 Legend Shield Jump ↑ 2 Not fought in Adventure Mode. Can be summoned.
346 Heavy Lobster Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced Shield Xmark.png 1 Not fought in Adventure Mode. May appear in Spirit Board.
347 Marx Kirby Super Star ★2 Advanced Grab Can be enhanced into Marx (True Form) at Lv. 99 3 Obtained after defeating Marx in his Adventure Mode boss battle.
348 Marx (True Form) Kirby Super Star ★4 Legend Grab Magic Attack ↑ 3
351 Daroach Kirby: Squeak Squad ★3 Ace Attack Can be enhanced into Dark Daroach at Lv. 99 3 Not fought in Adventure Mode. Can be summoned.
352 Dark Daroach Kirby: Squeak Squad ★4 Legend Attack Fire & Explosion Attack ↑ 3
353 Masked Dedede Kirby Super Star Ultra ★3 Ace Attack Xmark.png 2 Not fought in Adventure Mode. Can be summoned.
354 Galacta Knight Kirby Super Star Ultra ★4 Legend Shield Sword Attack ↑ 0 Not fought in Adventure Mode. Can be summoned.
355 Magolor Kirby's Return to Dream Land ★3 Ace Attack Xmark.png 3
356 Landia Kirby's Return to Dream Land ★2 Advanced Attack Jump ↑ 3 Can be summoned.
357 Queen Sectonia Kirby: Triple Deluxe ★3 Ace Grab Xmark.png 2 Not fought in Adventure Mode. Can be summoned.
360 Waddle Dee Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced Neutral Can be enhanced into Bandana Waddle Dee at Lv. 99 3
361 Bandana Waddle Dee Kirby's Return to Dream Land ★3 Ace Neutral Battering Items ↑ 3
362 Waddle Doo Kirby Super Star ★1 Novice Attack Xmark.png 1
364 Poppy Bros. Jr. Kirby Super Star ★1 Novice Grab Xmark.png 1
365 Gordo Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced Shield Xmark.png 0
366 Scarfy Kirby Super Star ★1 Novice Shield Can be enhanced into Angry Scarfy at Lv. 99 1
367 Angry Scarfy Kirby Air Ride ★2 Advanced Shield Unflinching Charged Smashes 1
372 Bonkers Kirby Super Star Ultra ★3 Ace Attack Xmark.png 1
374 Meta-Knights Kirby Super Star Ultra ★3 Ace Neutral Sword Attack ↑ 3 One of the required Spirits to summon Galacta Knight.
375 Mr. Shine and Mr. Bright Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land ★2 Advanced Neutral Fire Attack ↑ 3 Not fought in Adventure Mode. Can be summoned.
379 Knuckle Joe Kirby Super Star Ultra ★3 Ace Attack Fist Attack ↑ 1
380 Prince Fluff Kirby's Epic Yarn ★1 Novice Grab Weight ↓ 1
Support Spirits
Collection No. Spirit Artwork Source Rank Cost Skill Notes  
326 Warp Star Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced 1 Super Launch Star Equipped Not fought in Adventure Mode. May appear in Funky Kong's shop.
327 Star Rod Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land ★3 Ace 2 First-Strike Advantage
328 Ultra Sword Kirby's Return to Dream Land ★3 Ace 2 Chance of Double Final Smash Not fought in Adventure Mode. May appear in Sheldon's shop.
329 Robobot Armor Kirby: Planet Robobot ★2 Advanced 1 Weapon Attack ↑ May appear in Sheldon's shop.
330 Halberd Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS ★4 Legend 2 Armor Knight Not fought in Adventure Mode. May appear in Funky Kong's shop. The only Support Spirit with the Armor Knight skill.
331 Dragoon Kirby Air Ride ★4 Legend 1 Giant Killer Obtained by completing the Adventure Mode challenge "Win in all the battles." After that, it may appear in Spirit Board or Vault's Shop.
332 Rick Kirby's Dream Land 3 ★2 Advanced 1 Stats ↑ after Eating
333 Kine Kirby's Dream Land 3 ★2 Advanced 1 Toss & Meteor
334 Coo Kirby's Dream Land 3 ★2 Advanced 1 Air Defense ↑
337 Pitch Kirby's Dream Land 3 ★1 Novice 1 Unira Equipped May appear in Terry's shop.
338 ChuChu Kirby's Dream Land 3 ★1 Novice 1 Super Leaf Equipped
349 Moley Kirby Mass Attack ★1 Novice 1 Drill Equipped
350 Dark Mind Kirby & The Amazing Mirror ★3 Ace 2 Franklin Badge Equipped First Form.
358 Susie Kirby: Planet Robobot ★2 Advanced 1 Beam Sword Equipped She is one of the Spirits who can unlock the security gate of the Base in The Light Realm.
359 The Three Mage-Sisters Kirby Star Allies ★2 Advanced 1 Battering Items ↑
363 Bronto Burt Kirby Super Star Ultra ★1 Novice 1 Floaty Jumps
368 Rocky Kirby Super Star Ultra ★1 Novice 2 Instadrop
369 Wheelie Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced 1 Dash Attack ↑ Not fought in Adventure Mode. May appear in Funky Kong's shop.
370 Bomber Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced 1 Bomber Equipped
371 Bugzzy Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced 1 Strong Throw
373 Mr. Frosty Kirby Super Star Ultra ★1 Novice 1 Freezie Equipped
376 Plasma Wisp Kirby Super Star Ultra ★1 Novice 2 Hothead Equipped
377 Tac Kirby Super Star Ultra ★2 Advanced 1 Item Gravitation
378 Chef Kawasaki Kirby Super Star Ultra ★3 Ace 2 Stats ↑↑ after Eating
381 Elline Kirby and the Rainbow Curse ★2 Advanced 1 Fairy Bottle Equipped Can be summoned.

Games & More

  • Classic Mode: In this title, every fighter's Classic Mode has their unique subtitles, routes, rules and bosses. In general, each route has 6 fighter battles, the bonus stage and the boss battle. (For some routes, the boss is not fought in the final round.) The Intensity level is still present with a few twists: It can start from 1.0 to 5.0 and will increase as the rounds go further (up to 9.9). Can be played by two players.
    • Kirby Route - Gourmet Clash: Kirby fights other gourmet fighters. In these six 1 VS 1 fighter battles, both sides start with 35% damage and there is a lot of food in the stage.
    • Meta Knight Route - Two Sides of the Same Coin: Meta Knight fights both hero fighters and their villain doppelgangers in free-for-all battles, which refers to Meta Knight's role throughout the Kirby series.
    • King Dedede Route - Royal Rumble: King Dedede fights other royal fighters. The Japanese subtitle (おうってなぁに?) means "What Is a King?", an irony on Dedede being a self-proclaimed king.
  • Training
  • Mob Smash (known as Multi-Man mode in previous titles)

Online

  • Quickplay
  • Background Matchmaking
  • Battle Arenas
  • Spectate

Vault

Trivia

  • This is the second Super Smash Bros. title with official Chinese support. The first one is the original Super Smash Bros., localized and released on iQue Player in 2005.
  • Several Super Smash Bros. Ultimate accessories are also released:
    • Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set (Nintendo Switch system + Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded Joy-Con controllers and dock + a download code for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game)
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Special Edition Nintendo Switch Pro Controller
    • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition GameCube Controller
  • In Challenger Approaching Intro Video, Meta Knight appears together with Mewtwo. This could be a reference to the similar Kirby Super Star sub-game Revenge of Meta Knight (メタナイトの逆襲) and Pokemon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (ミュウツーの逆襲), both depicting them as the main antagonist.
  • In the Japanese and Chinese versions, Echo Fighters are called Dash Fighters and are labeled with the dash punctuation mark in their number (e.g. 13 Peach and 13' Daisy). In the English version, they are labeled ɛ, which stands for echo (e.g. 13 Peach and 13ɛ Daisy).
  • Pit's new Final Smash, the Lightning Chariot, is similar to how the Dragoon is used in the Super Smash Bros. series. The Lightning Chariot strikes from the back while the Dragoon strikes from the front.
  • The storyline of World of Light is similar to an unused scenario for Super Smash Bros. Brawl's The Subspace Emissary, which was mentioned by Masahiro Sakurai in an Iwata Asks interview.[1]
  • Dark Meta Knight doesn't appear as a Spirit despite his appearance as an alternative costume of Meta Knight.
  • In Classic Mode - Meta Knight route, he will fight two Meta Knights in Galacta Knight's and Dark Meta Knight's costume respectively as Round 6 opponents. If Galacta Knight's or Dark Meta Knight's costume is selected as the player's, the opponents will become the default Meta Knight and the Galacta Knight/Dark Meta Knight not chosen by the player instead.

Video Gallery

Nintendo Direct


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - E3 2018
(Presented by Masahiro Sakurai)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct 8.8.2018
(Presented by Masahiro Sakurai)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct 11.1.2018
(Presented by Masahiro Sakurai)

Game Trailers


Adventure Mode: World of Light (English version)

Adventure Mode: 灯火の星 (Japanese version)

Main Theme: Lifelight (English version)

Main Theme: 命の灯火 (Japanese version)

Overview Trailer feat. The Announcer

New Fighter Trailers


Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch!
(Inkling)

A Piercing Screech
(Ridley)

Vampire Killer
(Simon and Richter)

The Rivals
(King K. Rool)

All in a Day's Work
(Isabelle)

Clash of Flames
(Ken and Incineroar)

Piranha Plant Pipes Up!
(Early Purchase Bonus)

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL
Dairantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Supesharu
Great Fray Smash Brothers SPECIAL
Traditional Chinese 任天堂明星大亂鬥 特別版
rèn tiān táng míng xīng dà luàn dòu: tè bié bǎn
Nintendo All-Star Great Fray SPECIAL
  • SPECIAL is translated from the Japanese title.
Simplified Chinese 任天堂明星大乱斗 特别版
rèn tiān táng míng xīng dà luàn dòu: tè bié bǎn
Korean 슈퍼 스매시브라더스 얼티밋
Syupeo Seumaesi Beuradeoseu Eoltimit
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate


External Links

References

  1. "I had envisioned a more serious tone for the story. Something with some misfortune like a single character escaping total annihilation of his squadron and then fighting back while rounding up his allies. Ultimately, we worked together and successfully organized our ideas into the storyline for The Subspace Emissary." —Masahiro Sakurai (Iwata Asks: Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Need for a Story)