Entertainment: Everyone is Here in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”

New “Smash Bros.” Game Brings Hectic Combat to the Switch

Ayinde Roberts, Staff Writer

BRIDGEWATER, VA.- There have been a number of defining games for Nintendo, but none has had such a unique impact on the gaming industry quite like the Super Smash Bros. franchise. And now, the newest entry is here with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fifth game in the Super Smash franchise, and the first game on the Nintendo Switch. The premise of the game is simple: bring a bunch of iconic characters from popular Nintendo games (and some other third-party games) and duke it out in crazy combat.

Ultimate is the best-looking game in the series, with stunning visuals and amazing details in stages for each character in the game. Speaking of characters, when the advertisements said, “Everyone is Here,” they were not kidding.

There are over 70 characters from every Smash game to choose from, and not one character plays the same. Each character has something that differentiates them from the rest of the game. Examples include Street Fighter favorites Ryu and Ken, who feel different thanks to the ability to do the button combinations for their special moves.

The story mode, or rather “Adventure Mode” is also very interesting. The mode is dubbed “World of Light,” and it involves you rescuing all of the characters to face off against the Guardian of Light, Galeem and the herald of Darkness, Dharkon. The mode, while good to kill time, isn’t as deep as the Subspace Emissary from “Brawl.”

Each fight in World of Light has different aspects that may affect your chances of victory. For instance, the enemy could be giant, or you could take damage from out of nowhere. It makes every interaction feel unique and can be incredibly difficult sometimes. It is rewarding, however, when you defeat the fighter you have been trying to unlock.

But in terms of fighting game mechanics, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the most accessible, yet complex fighting games. The combat system didn’t change too much from game to game, but there are new mechanics that are fun for casual gamers and makes the game more complex for competitive gamers.