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  • Summary: Inklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at homeInklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go. Expand
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  1. Positive: 95 out of 96
  2. Negative: 0 out of 96
  1. Jan 25, 2019
    100
    This truly is the ultimate fighting game, megalomaniac in scope. A huge story campaign together with cooperative and competitive multiplayer combine to form an unbelievable experience that will delight even those unfamiliar with the fighting game genre.
  2. Dec 6, 2018
    100
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate delivers the fight of a lifetime and an unfaltering experience that is ‘ultimate’ in every way imaginable. It really is something quite special, a celebration that’s rich in gaming history and, polished to perfection, the next must-have game on Nintendo Switch that you won’t want to miss.
  3. Jan 4, 2019
    95
    After the short reign of Super Mario Party, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has now become the de-facto game of choice to play at the office as well as the home. It encapsulates the timeless elements of the long running series and sprinkles a wealth of content unmatched by its contemporary rivals. Simply put, it’s couch gaming bliss.
  4. 93
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the best games of the year, a digital paradise for the fans of the franchise.
  5. Dec 16, 2018
    90
    It takes more than a little bit of programming genius to allow a game as simple and accessible as this to still keep the door open for in-depth competitive play.
  6. 90
    I'll be really disappointed if Nintendo really is shifting emphasis to turn Smash Bros. into a more "serious" fighting game. It says a lot about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that the biggest criticism that I have with it is that the intent of this game seems at odds compared with the intent of Smash Bros. entries in the past. This won't work nearly as well as a party game as some in the Smash Bros. series have in the past, but nonetheless this is a genuinely impressive fighting game with a nearly overwhelming amount of content that's going to make the more serious Smash Bros. fans very, very happy.
  7. 70
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is equal parts greatness and lacking. The sheer wealth of content and great gameplay is commended but there are big holes in what could be a great game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 51 out of 586
  1. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    The best smash bros game so far, combines everything for casual and competitive game. Without a doubt this is the best work of Sakurai.
  2. Dec 9, 2018
    10
    Masahiro Sakurai did it again.I miss a lot the targets mode and the home run contest,but we received a perfect game for competitive,with 74Masahiro Sakurai did it again.I miss a lot the targets mode and the home run contest,but we received a perfect game for competitive,with 74 characters + DLC's.The smash bros franchise achieved something near the perfection. Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2018
    10
    Intro: Oh man, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one VideoGame for the history books.

    What is it: From the early roots of only around 12
    Intro: Oh man, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one VideoGame for the history books.

    What is it: From the early roots of only around 12 Nintendo characters, Super Smash Bros. is a franchise that has become one of the most iconic titles out there. In Smash Bros. Ultimate, you start with only the main fighters from the original game. However, after you put some hours of smack down on your opponents, you start to see your 7 fighter roster turn into 75 playable characters from game series like Super Mario, Pokemon, Zelda, Fire Emblem, and Kirby along with characters like Solid Snake from Metal Gear, Bayonetta from Bayonetta, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Cloud from Final Fantasy.

    The Good: The game feels pretty good with the controls. From my knowledge, you can play the game with a few different play styles like single Joycon, v-grip, handheld, pro controller, and the ever so popular Gamecube controller. Graphics wise, the game looks stunning and very clean. Character animations look great and really has no faults. As for content, well there is plenty for everyone. As I said before, the roster for this game is huge and will get even bigger once more characters from the season pass will come into play. There are over a hundred different stages from different franchises and along with it an amazing selection of soundtracks from different games and some tracks specifically for Smash Bros. There is also a full-fledged adventure mode known as The World of Light and includes Spirits, which are used to customize your favorite fighter so they can lay a bigger smackdown on your enemies. Plus, with the addition of stage switching, assist trophies, Pokeball items, final smashes, tournaments, and online play, yeah you have a lot to do in this game and a lot to look out for when you are smacking around someone playing Bowser using Pichu.

    The Bad: If there is one bad thing I could say about this game, it would be that online can be a little laggy at times. However, it's not that big of a deal because it could be just my internet or the weight of everyone playing online trying to rack up dog tags and get to be crowned the best fighter in Smash Bros.

    Final Thoughts: This game is worth your $60 dollars. With the large roster of characters, adventure mode, unlocking spirits, and online play, this game is a great addition to anyone's present list for the holidays and is great for anyone to pick up and hard to master. If you ever find me online in this game, let's make sure that fight will be a blast. Friend code for Switch: SW-4806-1035-6126
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  4. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    This is easily the Best Smash Game I've ever played, props to the entire development team for their hard work.
  5. Dec 10, 2018
    9
    I think this game is truly amazing, and easily the best fighting game I've ever played. Unless it's a party game, then it's the best partyI think this game is truly amazing, and easily the best fighting game I've ever played. Unless it's a party game, then it's the best party game. I would say it's the second best game on the Switch, just behind 'Breath of the Wild', but 'Smash Ultimate' is my FAVORITE game on the Switch. And if you must know, 'Super Mario Odyssey' is the third best.
    This is by far my favorite and technically best 'Smash' game. This is a smooth, charming game that serves as a love letter to gaming history, between the wide array of gaming icons through the decades and their excellent representation of their games and series'. Also, I both love and hate unlocking all the characters. I loved it in the end, but at some points, when I couldn't characters I really wanted, it felt frustrating. I have every fighter now, but Palutena took me at five tries to unlock and she was the last unlock! But, it felt very satisfying to fight for the ability to use these fighters and to slowly watch the roster grow. It also gave me the ability to play as every fighter at least once, figuring out which I enjoyed playing the most.
    There's so much to do in this game as well. You've four different and unique ways to just play the core game, a few party modes, a new classic mode, and a new adventure mode in the same vain as Subspace Emissary, but not really. Let's get World of Light out of the way. World of Light is just okay. It's a huge map full of spirit battles, except you have to unlock all the fighters again, which can get somewhat tedious and exhausting. Some of the boss battle are decent, but besides that, it's nothing that really excites me. And I'm not a huge fan of skill trees. Spirits in general are fine. I enjoy when I spot a character I like and I understand the reference of the battle. Like Waluigi on a Mario Kart vehicle is four Warios that use their motorcycles often. Or how Chorus Kids are three Jigglypuffs that increase in size. It's enjoyable, but i'm not gonna pour a lot of time into it. The classic mode on the other hand is fantastic. The character specific runs are very charming and fun. The one that sticks out to me the most is Dr. Mario's run. Each battle, you fight three of a character, one with a red costume, a blue costume, and a yellow costume, just like the colors of the viruses in the 'Dr. Mario' games, which are games that I adore.
    The online is massively improved. I've experienced minimal lag and lots of fun. And the preferred rules are a blessing.
    'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' is a hugely impressive game that's oozing with charm, personality, and that classic Nintendo seal of quality, and while there are aspects that I don't find extremely fun, I still adore this game. Easily the best game I've played this year, and definitely my favorite, and with DLC just around the corner, I can't see myself putting this game down for a very long time.
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  6. Feb 16, 2019
    9
    Good qualities:

    1: Updated graphics 2: Awesome new charecters 3: brilliant campaign 4: Neat new villans 5: Creative classic mode for
    Good qualities:

    1: Updated graphics
    2: Awesome new charecters
    3: brilliant campaign
    4: Neat new villans
    5: Creative classic mode for certain chatecters

    Bad qualities:
    1: Some of the spirits are super hard
    2: no trphies, homerun contest, or shoot the targets
    3: the characters almost never interact with each other in the campaigns cutscenes
    4: i got tired of fighting master hand and crazy hand most of the time.
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  7. Feb 8, 2019
    0
    This needs Waluigi rn, he doesn't get a lot of attention from Nintendo but from fans. Waluigi must be in it or maybe deltarune.

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