Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Last updated date: August 12, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Overall Take

Take a trip via incredible graphics in "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." This Switch game is jam-packed with content that can be unlocked and used to advance. There’s no limit to the adventures you can find in this game. In our analysis of 178 expert reviews, the Nintendo Switch Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.3
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
2,414 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Through a mix of puzzles and stage design, World of Light truly feels like a comprehensive look at Nintendo history.
- Digital Trends
August 8, 2019 | Full review
And so it's not just the improbability of the match-ups that makes Smash Bros so appealing, but more their integrity. That integrity is key to healthy competitive scene, of course, and so much of Ultimate seems to have been built with that in mind.
- Euro Gamer
Tons of unlockable content.
- Game Axis
December 26, 2018 | Full review
Refined fighting system remains both accessible and complex
- GameSpot
December 16, 2018 | Full review
The roster is massive, featuring every previous character from a Super Smash Bros. game, plus some new entries. Some characters that fans have been asking for since Melee have finally made their debut, like King K. Rool from Donkey Kong Country, as well as the menacing space pirate Ridley.
- Game Rant
Smash Ultimate’s new fighters, over-the-top battles, and thoughtfully reconfigured fighting mechanics reign supreme.
- Nintendo Enthusiast
December 10, 2018 | Full review
This is the biggest Super Smash Bros. roster yet. In fact, it might be the biggest fighting game roster ever (not counting homebrew Mugen games). Every character that was ever playable in a Super Smash Bros. game can be found here, along with some new fighters.
- PC Magazine
There are nearly 1300 Spirits in Ultimate, each of which is a character or recognizable thing from another game.
- IGN Southeast Asia
December 6, 2018 | Full review
Local multiplayer is a blast. The game’s main local multiplayer mode, Smash, is of course returning in Ultimate as well. As always, it’s here that you can go toe-to-toe with friends in local multiplayer, which is hands down the best way to play this game.
- Slash Gear
December 20, 2018 | Full review
For players wanting a single player experience that isn’t just normal smash matches, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has plenty.
- Tech Raptor
December 23, 2018 | Full review
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
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is exactly what the title implies: it’s the ultimate version of the game, offering just about everything a typical player could want from a new Smash game
- The Verge
December 6, 2018 | Full review
Spirits are at the heart of the new Adventure mode, which sees Kirby, of all characters, setting off to save the souls of his possessed friends. Nintendo cleverly uses Spirits to let you fight against characters who aren't technically in the game.
- Tom's Guide
November 19, 2018 | Full review
That Super Smash Bros. Ultimate exists is amazing in itself. Circumnavigating the mess that is licensing issues to bring a fighter where not only can those four characters – and the rest of the game’s 71-strong roster – feel fun to play, but they’re all handled in a deeply respectful way to the character’s original properties.
- Trusted Reviews
December 18, 2018 | Full review
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feels like a mic drop for the series. It packs in almost every conceivable character and stage, plus a sizable single-player mode.
- US Gamer
December 7, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
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
August 8, 2019 | Full review
Then there's online, traditionally one of the series' weak spots, which seems - from a morning's play - improved from the Wii U iteration, though does remain dependent on a decent connection. I've played through a handful of full-on four player matches with no problems, but then stepped away from the router and suffered an unplayable sludge of an encounter.
- Euro Gamer
Spirits mode is boring.
- Game Axis
December 26, 2018 | Full review
Difficult to follow the action in Switch's handheld mode
- GameSpot
December 16, 2018 | Full review
The online was notoriously laggy on day one, to the point that it was basically unplayable in many cases.While things have improved rather significantly since then, lag is still prevalent enough to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s online hugely disappointing.
- Game Rant
The repetitive nature of battles in World of Light slightly hindered my overall experience with the game. And I can’t help but think it feels like a tacked on mode that Nintendo felt obligated to include in the package, due to previous entries including modes that are similar
- Nintendo Enthusiast
December 10, 2018 | Full review
Lacks proper online ranking tiers. No online tournament mode.
- PC Magazine
The Spirit Board is great, but the post-fight minigame it forces on you to earn a Spirt feels pointless and annoying.
- IGN Southeast Asia
December 6, 2018 | Full review
Online modes leave a lot to be desired and need work.
- Slash Gear
December 20, 2018 | Full review
Playing online there is also noticeable lag, it’s even recommended by Nintendo that Switch owners purchase USB to LAN adapters.
- Tech Raptor
December 23, 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
Most notably, you can now play two-player battles with the base Switch and two Joy-Con controllers. It’s not ideal — a single Joy-Con is cramped and awkward to use on its own — but the sheer fact that it’s playable is amazing.
- The Verge
December 6, 2018 | Full review
The whole Spirits thing is confusing.
- Trusted Reviews
December 18, 2018 | Full review
This is all to say that I find Spirits just a bit... boring? I like the idea of trying to make trophies mean something from a gameplay standpoint, but they end up overwhelming the skill-based elements of Smash Bros., which I think is a mistake.
- US Gamer
December 7, 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.

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An Overview On Nintendo Switch Games

With video gaming constantly evolving, it is dizzying to keep up with the latest number one games. There are countless platforms to play games on, and recently, the Nintendo Switch has become quite high on the popularity list. With a soar in popularity, there have been a myriad of games released to appease the gaming community. With over 2,000 games offered for the Nintendo Switch, find out which games are at the top and surprise your gamer with a few of the best Nintendo Switch Games this year.

The Nintendo Switch is a gaming console composed of a console and a handheld device. The awesome thing about the Switch is the portability of it. There are no wires attaching the handheld device to the console. This allows you to game from many different places and, positions around your home, depending on the range. In addition, it is extremely easy to take on-the-go with you to play with pals.

Of course, this gaming console is not for everyone and has its pros and cons. There are so many personal preferences for those who game and buy gaming consoles that it is important to know what the Nintendo Switch offers for consumers.

For those who enjoy the first-party games that Nintendo has created, the Nintendo Switch is the console for you. This includes “Super Mario Odyssey”, a great game that all ages can enjoy. In addition, “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild” is also one of the best Nintendo Switch first-party games that users will love.

If you are the type who is always on the go, then the Switch is definitely for you. With a super portable handset that features a built-in screen and attachable Joy-Con controllers, you can take this from living room to vacation in a snap. This is a huge advantage over other gaming consoles of its class.

The Nintendo Switch is also known to be a favorite of indie game players. Coined as “Nindies” by Nintendo, there are countless options for indie game lovers. A few of the Indie games that are most popular with Switch users include: “Stardew Valley,” “Axiom Verge” and “Shovel Knight.”

Perhaps the biggest pro to the Nintendo Switch is the charging cable. It is a super common, USB Type-C that you can find almost anywhere and easily replace for not a lot of money. In addition, it works with Type-C power banks to give it a longer life to use on-the-go.

Now that you’ve heard the pros, let’s talk about the cons of the Nintendo Switch. There are always a few elementary features in the first release of a new product, and that’s what you’ll find with the Switch.

First, the graphics are not the best of the best. Though it features 720p resolution, you won’t have high definition in some of the games. When compared to its competitors that are less mobile and more stationary, this is one of the features that knocks it down a bit.

Depending on what you are playing, the Switch can have a shorter battery life. It is advertised that the battery lasts anywhere from 2.5 hours to 6 hours. This isn’t ideal, especially when you are traveling or playing a long game.

An additional negative to the system is the expensive accessory costs. The controllers are slightly more than their competitors, and if you want a charging grip for the Joy-Con, you’ll pay extra for that too. This is a huge con to the system.

Finally, if you are a multiplayer game-lover, the Switch is a bit behind. Their chat feature costs you an annual subscription fee to their online service but even that seems to be a bit slow. This is tough for multiplayer enthusiasts.

That sums up the pros and cons for the Nintendo Switch, but let’s take a look at a couple more of the best games for the Switch that game-lovers are going crazy over. “The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is an upgraded version of one of the classics. This game has endless intrigue and impressive graphics for users to enjoy. Next, you should really take a look at “Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy-Nintendo Switch Standard Edition.” This game features a fan favorite, Crash Bandicoot, and he sure does have all the moves. Players of all ages will find this game fun and exciting. There are hours of fun to be had with these Nintendo Switch Games.

DWYM Fun Fact

There are several neat things to know about your Nintendo Switch. First, it has an excellent defense against piracy. The system has a series of notifications during the login process that can help it detect piracy and stop it. This is great news for those who play by the rules and pay for their games.

The console also supports games from other systems, such as N64 and GameCube, for a more diverse selection. The Switch logs your gaming time, so you can cut back or increase your gaming time depending on habits, time and performance within the games.

One final fun fact: More copies of “The Legend of Zelda” have been sold by Nintendo than actual Switches themselves.

The Nintendo Switch Game Buying Guide

  • When you are ready to start purchasing games for your Nintendo Switch, be sure to look at those customer reviews. The reviews will help you to know the best value and overall experience of each game.
  • Many gamers recommend getting a good case as well as a screen protector for your Switch.
  • When a game does not require Wi-Fi, turn it off to preserve some of the battery.
  • If you find a game you like that requires lots of storage, invest in a Micro SD card to accommodate it.
  • Recommended accessory is an external battery to keep the Switch going even after its short battery life ends.
  • Plugging in keyboards and external accessories will also extend the battery life when you are home.