All The Big Super Smash Bros Ultimate Announcements From The Nintendo Direct

Nintendo delivered in a 40 minute presentation that was set to reveal every last little bit of information about Super Smash Bros Ultimate (that literally did just that).


In the way of characters, Ken, Incineroar and Piranha Plant were revealed with the two formers characters being available at launch and Piranha Plant being a pre-order bonus coming in February.


The last remaining mode is called ‘Spirits’ and it’s a mode where you essentially complete ‘Spirit Battles’ collect Primary and Secondary spirits that help level up your characters stats. These range from Chibi-Robo to Tails. You can also level up spirits by using them in battle and get different results by combining them with other spirits.


Nintendo is playing this down by literally saying that it’s not quite Subspace Emissary from Brawl, but it’s essentially what they’ve been teasing since the first reveal. The mode revolves around characters losing their body and transforming into spirits. It looks to have cutscenes, a world map and lots of epic battles.


Nintendo confirmed that 5 DLC packs would come in 2019. Each pack would contain a fighter, a stage and a few music tracks. A season pass would also be released to ensure that you get each of these characters at release.


Nintendo confirmed that your Amiibo shelf is about to get a lot fuller with three sets of Amiibo set to launch in December and 2019.

  • Inkling, Ridley and Wolf – Dec. 7, 2018
  • King K. Rool, Ice Climbers and Piranha Plant – Feb. 15, 2019
  • Isabelle, Pichu, Ken, Young Link, Daisy – 2019


Ultimate will have 59 Assist Trophies. Some of the more notable ones that were revealed are Isaac from Golden Sun, Guile from Street Fighter, Fly Swatter from Mario Party and Spring Man from ARMS.


Nintendo confirmed that online would no longer be split into ‘For Fun’ and ‘For Glory’ instead matching people based on their preferred rules, global smash power and proximity. A new service called ‘Smash World’ would also be coming to the online app which will bring videos and other features.


Nintendo revealed a bunch of smaller details from the game that we’re going to put below for you to enjoy.

  • Mii Fighters: When playing as a Mii Fighter, players can customize their outfits and voice options. Some new Mii Fighter outfits have also been added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
  • Elite Smash: Once a player’s Global Smash Power is high enough, she or he will be invited to compete in elite in-game battles. These VIP matches are for the best of the best and offer some serious competition.
  • Smash Tag: Everyone who competes online will need to create a unique Smash Tag. By beating a fellow fighter, players will receive their Smash Tag to display on their profile. Collecting a bunch of Smash Tags is a great way to show off high-level Super Smash Bros. Ultimate accomplishments.
  • Short Messages: Players can select pre-determined short messages, assign them to the control pad and send them to other players before and after battles. The game offers a wide selection of varied preset messages.
  • Spectator Mode: As in previous games, players can watch other players battle in Spectator Mode. Analyzing the battles of other players can be helpful in learning new strategies and techniques.
  • Background Matchmaking: Players can play other modes while they search for an online battle. Not every mode will be available while waiting, but it’s a great way for players to keep occupied between online battles.
  • Battle Arenas: Players can create custom battle arenas when playing online that allow them to compete against other players in a more intimate setting. In a battle arena, there are options to join a battle, wait in line or spectate.
  • Other Features: There is a wide variety of other modes and settings in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, including:
    • Help – Living in the easy-to-access dashboard, Help mode offers in-game guides and tips.
    • Mob Smash – This mode lets players battle an army of fighters on different stages. Players can even select the music tracks associated with a given stage that they want to listen to while battling.
    • Replay – Players can save replays of their battles and even create shareable videos from them.
    • Tips – This menu offers quick tips and tricks that players will see on loading screens. When viewing, the tips can be sorted by category or fighter.
    • Challenges – By completing specific challenges, players earn in-game rewards. In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the challenges are arranged to look like a comic book.
    • Battle Records – The Records menu tracks battle history, with the option to view battle data separately for online and offline play.
    • Shop – Players can redeem in-game currency for music tracks, spirits and a variety of different items.
    • Language SupportSuper Smash Bros. Ultimate supports 11 different languages. Applicable fighter voices and names are specific to whatever language is selected.
    • Custom Balance – When battling against other players on the same system, players can adjust the strength of their fighters. This completely optional feature comes in handy if players want to adjust strength to ensure a fair fight.