E3: Nintendo focuses on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Nintendo has made Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the centrepiece of its offerings at the E3 Show.

As a result, we now know a lot more about the much-anticipated Switch iteration of the multi-character brawler. As ever, many characters have been drafted in from other games franchises – as the video below shows, the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Solid Snake and characters from Final Fantasy XV and Street Fighter will feature in the game. Nintendo has promised that: “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will include every single fighter ever featured in the series’ nearly two-decades run, making it one of the biggest crossover events in gaming history. Fans can enjoy returning favourites like Ice Climbers and Pokémon Trainer, as well as newly announced fighters like Ridley from the Metroid series and Inkling from the Splatoon series.” 

Nintendo provided other gameplay insights: “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lets up to eight players square off in action-packed battles that are all about smashing beloved video game characters off the screen. The game supports a variety of controller options, including Nintendo GameCube controllers (original or newly designed), Joy-Con, or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. With Nintendo Switch, players can throw down whenever and wherever they like in handheld or tabletop mode while enjoying online play. 

 “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate combines many stages and new items with gameplay that makes it easy for players of all skill levels to jump in. All Super Smash Bros. series amiibo figures are compatible with the game, and any fighter’s amiibo figure from other series will also be supported. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to launch on 7th December, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. It is being developed by Nintendo, Sora, Ltd., and Bandai Namco Studios, and is directed by Masahiro Sakurai.”

If that sounds irresistible, make sure you watch the lengthy video above, which constitutes the full demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that Nintendo created for E3 attendees. Nintendo revealed that cumulatively, Super Smash Bros. games have sold over 40 million units to date; the game’s official website is likely to be the best source of further information.

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Steve Boxer
Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.