Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Last updated date: May 14, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 31 expert reviews, the Nintendo Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate placed 1st when we looked at the top 3 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.2
2,017 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
More so than any previous game in the 19-year Smash Bros history, Ultimate is all about gathering as many iconic characters as possible from all over gaming – stretching far past its Nintendo-only origins – and letting you pit them against each other however you’d like.
- IGN
December 6, 2018 | Full review
This is the ultimate Super Smash Bros. With an abundance of fighters, stages and modes there is always fun in fighting friends. Even when you're playing by yourself thanks to Classic Mode and World of Light if you play the second one in bite-sized chunks.
- Metacritic
Ultimate remains surprisingly accessible too, with enough luck thrown in that you never quite know how a match is going to turn out. Jumping around and button-mashing remains a valid – and crucially, fun – way to start out, given how dynamic the stages and interfering items tend to be.
- Tech Radar
January 30, 2019 | Full review
There are a large variety of items and power-ups to mix things up (if you want to) and interesting, dynamic stages to fight on (also if you want to). You can find complexities past this, of course--once you quickly experience the breadth of a character's skillset, it allows you to begin thinking about the nuances of a fight (again, if you want to)
- GameSpot
December 16, 2018 | Full review
Ultimate has its fair share of smaller-scale adjustments for competitive players, including a modified perfect shield mechanic, but even at beginner level the game just feels responsive and precise, no matter which character you pick. It’s an electric, bombastic presentation all around, with fights punctuated by dramatic camerawork and sudden freeze-frames when a risky strike hits home and opponents rocket into the sky in a puff of smoke and particles. The soundtrack is stuffed full of recognisable tunes and high quality remixes from all over – the Castlevania collection is simply astounding.
- The Guardian
December 12, 2018 | Full review
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has every single fighter in the series available to play, even if they share an identical move-set to someone else. There are more than 70 different fighters to choose from, and though it can be a little overwhelming to pick your main and start honing your skills, it’s impressive that the development team would even consider such a feat.
- Digital Trends
December 10, 2018 | Full review
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is at its best when you’re throwing down locally, and it gives the Nintendo Switch yet another excellent local multiplayer game.
- Trusted Reviews
December 18, 2018 | Full review
There are so many modes with new stuff, like tournaments (up to 32 entries) and a unique concept called Smashdown where you and your opponent have a series of matches with the caveat that each character can only be selected once. You can go full-on King of Fighters by doing 3-on-3 or even 5-on-5.
- Den of Geek
December 20, 2018 | Full review
For the most part, each character feels unique. Some are copies of others in a sense, but individual movesets create distinct-feeling fighters. The weighty feel of bigger characters and the glass-cannon speed of smaller contestants remains, and it feels more important than before thanks to an uptick in speed.
- Bleacher Report
December 10, 2018 | Full review
It’s a multiplayer game with several characters, called fighters, who battle it out on platforms, called stages. Up to eight players can play at a time locally. There are a total of 76 fighters who can all jump, grab, do damage, and dodge. Aside from that, each has more complicated and individualized moves, like shooting a laser gun, breathing fire, or gleefully bouncing you off a wrestling ring rope with enough force to hurl you around the stage.
- Kotaku
December 6, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
However, the level-select UI itself isn’t ideal. It’s literally just a giant grid of barely discernible pictures of each stage organized by the date of their debut Smash Bros. game.
- IGN
December 6, 2018 | Full review
There is one significant struggle that Ultimate comes up against, however, which lies in the nature of the console itself. Playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the Switch's handheld mode is simply not a great experience. In situations where there are more than two characters on screen, the view of the action often becomes too wide, making the fighters too small to see properly, and it can be difficult to tell what you or your opponent is doing.
- GameSpot
December 16, 2018 | Full review
Ultimate’s biggest problem by far, however, is the online functionality, especially considering Nintendo has begun charging for online services. Perhaps it’s because of people’s variable wifi speeds, perhaps it’s the match-ups across international distances, but almost every game I played turned into a slow-moving slideshow where attacks initiated full seconds after hitting the button.
- The Guardian
December 12, 2018 | Full review
Multiplayer is at the heart of the Smash Bros. experience, and this is still the case in Ultimate, though it’s also where the game could still use some work. Local battles work flawlessly, as you’d expect from Nintendo, but when things go online, the experience is more mixed. We used Wi-Fi rather than a LAN adapter and ran into a few hitching and disconnecting issues, as well as trouble getting our matchmaking preferences to consistently be honored.
- Digital Trends
December 10, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, the game loses something when it’s about anything more than its core local multiplayer experience.
- Trusted Reviews
December 18, 2018 | Full review
The only major modes that haven’t made a return are Home Run Contest and Target Test.
- Den of Geek
December 20, 2018 | Full review
One of the biggest complaints about a game might be the presence of too much quality content, it means the game is a resounding triumph.
- Bleacher Report
December 10, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Gaming icons clash in the ultimate brawl you can play anytime, anywhere! Smash rivals off the stage as new characters Simon Belmont and King K. Rool join Inkling, Ridley, and every fighter in Super Smash Bros. history. Enjoy enhanced speed and combat at new stages based on the Castlevania series, Super Mario Odyssey, and more! Having trouble choosing a stage? Then select the Stage Morph option to transform one stage into another while battling—a series first! Plus, new echo fighters Dark Samus, Richter Belmont, and Chrom join the battle. Whether you play locally or online, savor the faster combat, new attacks, and new defensive options, like a perfect shield. Jam out to 900 different music compositions and go 1-on-1 with a friend, hold a 4-player free-for-all, kick it up to 8-player battles and more! Feel free to bust out your GameCube controllers—legendary couch competitions await—or play together anytime, anywhere!Genre action and fighting.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 10
2. BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Tekken 7
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Capcom Street Fighter V
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 5

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