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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

69 critics
9.14
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Score Distribution

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Mike MinottiDec 06, 2018
The online features drag the experience down a bit. If you’re someone hoping for a good online multiplayer experience with Ultimate, you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re looking for a fun fighting games to play with friends on a couch, nothing serves you better than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Jeff CorkDec 07, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn’t dramatically reinventing the franchise, but that’s all right with me; it’s a refinement of what’s come before. Some of my favorite gaming moments have centered on Smash, and it’s great to have a solid new anchor for moments yet to come – even if it means getting knocked into oblivion by a snoozing Jigglypuff every once in a while.
8.00
Mitchell SaltzmanAug 01, 2019
Hero creates an entirely new archetype in a game that already features 74 unique characters (76 including Pokemon Trainers’ individual Pokemon), one that’s heavily influenced by RNG and a player’s ability to quickly identify the best of four options presented in a menu in the heat of battle, and that’s kind of astounding. It’ll be very interesting to see how the competitive community reacts to a character so focused on luck, but on a casual to intermediate level, Hero feels like a great (if uneven) addition to the fray.
Dalton CooperDec 17, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate offers near-endless replayability, and thanks to the sheer amount of content, it’s easy to recommend to just about anyone with a Nintendo Switch. Really the only thing holding it back is its lackluster online functionality, but if Nintendo manages to iron out those issues, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may very well be the best game in the series to date.
Heath Shusterman-ZimmermanDec 19, 2018
Smash Bros.Ultimate does a great job bringing together all of the characters from previous titles. It also does well at representing a vast history of gaming. Spirits Mode did a great job of including characters in the game and giving a solid feel like a tribute to gaming history. The ability to adjust and customize a game to one’s liking certainly is a standout feature.
9.40
Tom MarksDec 06, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its name, offering the most comprehensive game in the series to date. It has an absurd amount to play, fight, and unlock – though that can be to its detriment at times. While the World of Light adventure mode isn’t reason alone to get Smash Bros., it’s still a consistently amusing and shockingly large campaign, and a worthy compliment to Ultimate’s incredible multiplayer core.
Lucas WhiteDec 11, 2018
I’ve been playing for hours and still don’t have all the characters, and I still feel like there are menu options I haven’t even touched yet. But at the same time, I feel like I’m deeply satisfied, as what I have chosen to do has scratched gaming itches for me I didn’t even know a Super Smash Bros. game was capable of. This is a massive game in both scale and cultural weight, one that wears its far-reaching subtitles as badges of pride.
Matt EakinsDec 17, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beautifully tows the line of accessibility for casual players and depth for the hardcore fans. One thing I have always loved about Nintendo is its dedication to the art, and to creativity as a whole. Good or bad, I’m always excited to see what comes next from them. As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate grows and the new characters arrive, I’ll be back on the battlefield for another round.
Kirstin SwalleyDec 10, 2018
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest accomplishment in the series thus far. It leaves a lasting impact and is hard to put down for even a second when the smashing seems to beckon fighters back. Smashing opponents has never felt so fun, fluid and easy to pick up.
William SchwartzDec 08, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is equal parts greatness and lacking.  There’s plenty to sink your teeth into on the single player side of things and playing with friends locally has never been better. The core fighting experience is as great as its ever been in a game that only Nintendo could do.  Unfortunately, a lot of what’s surrounding it can make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate frustrating.  From the character unlock system(s) to the horrible online experience there are glaring holes in what could be a great game.
Dave AubreyDec 10, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is definitely the Ultimate rendition of a beloved series. It's still the most accessible and interesting fighting game out there, and it's now better than ever. A little familiar in places, but this is the best Smash has ever been. Another essential Nintendo Switch game.
William QuantDec 13, 2018
I know Smash has become sort of the modern day Monopoly as the game you play to lose friends to and it has a serious culture around it as perhaps the greatest fighting game of a generation, but above all, it is supposed to be a living gaming museum and Nintendo toy box that can do anything your imagination desires as long as it wants to have fun. Ultimate does all of that and more, providing one of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had and almost certainly setting the bar for Game of the Year 2019.
Michael DamianiDec 17, 2018
Alex SeedhouseDec 06, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate delivers the fight of a lifetime and an unfaltering experience that is ‘ultimate’ in every way imaginable. It really is something quite special, a celebration that’s rich in gaming history and, polished to perfection, the next must-have game on Nintendo Switch that you won’t want to miss.
Kat BaileyDec 08, 2018
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. Spirits don't quite land, but the battles feel better than ever. It feels like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be a Switch party staple for a long time to come.
Jason FaulknerDec 17, 2018
The only things that mar the release of Smash Ultimate are the wholly inadequate network infrastructure Nintendo has provided for the game, which makes playing online an exercise in frustration, and the at times subpar AI. Fortunately, the fundamentals of the game are rock solid, so hopefully, Nintendo will rectify these issues in future patches.
Anthony John AgnelloDec 12, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate speaks clearly and directly to each player who comes to it, regardless of whether they came to it for a competitive fighter, an easy good time, or pristine historical curation. “Generality,” said Russian character actor Konstantin Stanislavski, “is the enemy of all art.” In its specificity, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is video games’ champion and ally, a definitive statement for a series’ 20 year labor.
David MorganDec 14, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate does well to live up to its name, at least where offline content is concerned. It's with the backward, early-2000's era online experience that I take issue. The inability to easily match up with friends, or even those with similar rule preferences, severely hinders an otherwise fantastic fighting game.
Ryan MeitzlerDec 14, 2018
As the culmination of a series that has been seen on nearly every Nintendo console for almost 20 years, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate successfully delivers a comprehensive Nintendo history lesson, one of the largest rosters ever built for a fighting game, a vast amount of content for players to dive into, and of course, the sheer delight of its endlessly playable multiplayer matches. Where the series goes from here is unknown, or if it will even continue given how exhaustively that Ultimate collects everything from Smash Bros.‘s past.
Aron GarstDec 06, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes characters we’ve played for decades and remasters them into a robust, fantastically enjoyable package
RobotsFightingDinosaursDec 12, 2018
It feels almost like a sandbox game at times, which is absolutely ridiculous when you remember that this is a fighting game. The level of freedom you have to smash how you want, in addition to the fact that the game itself has a ton of replayability for single-player fans, the party crowd, and the competitive scene means that this game is an instant classic already, and they're going to expand the game more through DLC.
Chris CarterDec 06, 2018
I've used phrases that evoke the monumental achievement that is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate a few times in this review and I can assure you it's not hyperbolic. Despite that a lot of the old content isn't as hard-hitting the second, third, fourth, or even fifth time around, the fact that it's all here, and in a manageable file size, is more than enough. After this (and Geno/Waluigi DLC) Sakurai can rest easy.
PramathDec 11, 2018
An absurd amount of content—seriously, there’s enough here for years; looks great; amazing soundtrack; fantastically well playing; the roster is a dream come true; an insane amount of modes, single and multiplayer. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate epitomizes Nintendo at their very best, and serves as the perfect entry point, and the perfect coda, to the series, and to video games, and all that they have achieved until now, in one neat package.
Neal RonaghanDec 10, 2018
Elements of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are messy, with the online being a major issue, but more often than not, the daunting experience wins out with engrossing combat and a wide variety of characters and modes. World of Light maybe overstays its welcome, but it’s an enjoyable ride through an array of matches. The oodles of extra modes are great alternative ways to mess with the characters and history.
GrayshadowDec 08, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate provides not only an easily approachable fighting game but also a deeply competitive experience. The overwhelming selection of fighters, stages, musical scores, and options to choose from gives you ample reasons to keep coming back. The online multiplayer still needs a lot of work and hopefully, Nintendo is working on resolving the many connectivity issues.
Evan SleadDec 06, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes its name literally, as everything that fans have loved from the series is present and accounted for this time around. It’s the party brawler that lets friends go head-to-head with their favorite game characters, now on Nintendo’s impressive hybrid console. Spirits, featured in the World of Light story mode, introduce an exciting role-playing element for a new level of strategy and creativity. Thankfully, this and other new additions only add to the winning Smash Bros. formula, never taking away from what works.
JeremyFeb 15, 2019
There is no denying it - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to the name and more. With refined fighting mechanics and a plethora of singleplayer and multiplayer content, it's one big happy reunion for the smashing Nintendo universe. Everything has led up to this!
Andrew StretchDec 23, 2018
Super Smash Bros Ultimate is just as the name suggests, the Ultimate Smash experience. All the characters and stages have returned. A better balance across all 74 playable characters. Returning single player game modes as well as a whole new story mode that merges Super Smash with RPG elements. This is a game that you'll want to play with friends on the big screen, or on your own anywhere.
Edmond TranDec 07, 2018
Situational downers don't stop Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from shining as a flexible multiplayer game that can be as freewheeling or as firm as you want it to be. Its entertaining single-player content helps keep the game rich with interesting things to do, as well as bolstering its spirit of loving homage to the games that have graced Nintendo consoles. Ultimate's diverse content is compelling, its strong mechanics are refined, and the encompassing collection is simply superb.
9.50
Jae LeeJan 04, 2019
After the short reign of Super Mario Party, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has now become the de-facto game of choice to play at the office as well as the home. It encapsulates the timeless elements of the long running series and sprinkles a wealth of content unmatched by its contemporary rivals. Simply put, it’s couch gaming bliss.
Dan N. ScarboroughDec 18, 2018
All in all, Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a very versatile fighting game, with whole lotta modes and options, rich and diverse content and refined core mechanics. It still prioritizes pure and undiluted fun over the competitive values, but we loved it and played it just because of that.
James PaleyDec 06, 2018
This is a portable, high-speed party brawler with a massive roster and a host of game modes. Whether you’re into couch co-op or online play, this game comes in hot and heavy. Maybe you, like me, have skipped the last couple entries. Maybe you’re equally unsure about this one. Take it from me: you don’t want to sleep on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo has knocked it out of the park with this one.
Reuben MountDec 18, 2018
As it stands, I cannot give it a clean slate, but I can insist that absolutely everyone who owns a Switch should play this. Played offline, with a group of friends is more fun than it has ever been, with the biggest and most exciting roster ever, and a whole host of new and returning items to keep the action as chaotic and unpredictable as ever. If you only get one title for the festive season, it should be this.
Kieran HarrisDec 06, 2018
Ultimate lives up to its name - it's the definitive Smash experience. It also helps to solidify what was a fairly limited first-party line-up for Nintendo following the launch of heavy hitters Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild in 2017. It brings together more than 100 stages and all of the fighters as well as introducing an all-new RPG-like spirit system that helps expand customisation tenfold and provides a satisfying fix that we are sure completionists won't be able to get enough of.
Chris Hyde Dec 06, 2018
By combining familiar gameplay with some new ideas, there's something in here for everyone. Smash Bros. is back and has never been better.
Jason ColesDec 06, 2018
Ultimate feels like one of the best written love letters to gaming that there has ever been, the care and attention given to each of the games represented is incredible. This is quite simply a must-play game, one that will keep you going for hundreds of hours with its single player alone, and with multiplayer that will keep you going for thousands.
GameCentralDec 06, 2018
Easily the best Smash Bros. ever made, with a fantastic new story campaign and a near infinite range of characters and options for multiplayer.
Emily SowdenDec 06, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a well-balanced and endlessly exciting addition to Nintendo's roster.
Alex OlneyDec 06, 2018
So how does it all stack up? Vocal concerns about past games have been actively addressed, every single fighter from the series is present (even Pichu), the customisability is overwhelmingly vast and it’s all topped off with super-solid single-player modes to boot. We’re not sure how you could make a more robust or pleasing Smash game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate truly is the ultimate instalment in the series, and it makes you wonder where Sakurai can possibly take this franchise next.
Evan NorrisDec 21, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arrived with a promise, embedded in its title. It's now safe to say Masahiro Sakurai and company have crafted the ultimate incarnation of the world's best platform brawler. As much an homage to the video game industry as it is a finely-tuned, polished, hugely replayable fighter, Ultimate is a terrific option for fighting fans, local multiplayer partiers, online braggarts, and students of gaming history.
8.00
Az EliasDec 28, 2018
There is more bang for the buck in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate than almost any other game - especially fighting games - since, well, probably the last Smash Bros. When you start lamenting a lack of new stages, hardly any extra music tracks from certain franchises, and a scarce amount of adventure cutscenes, you start to sound overly picky when there are nearly 900 songs, over 100 stages, and the solo quest is over 20 hours long.
Jordan BiordiDec 06, 2018
Seriously, the sheer amount of content to be found within this game is staggering. From the roster to the stages; the music, the amount of Spirits, game modes, and so much more Smash Bros Ultimate is the definitive Smash Bros experience and a must own for fans, newcomers, and Switch owners alike.
Brett MedlockDec 10, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a great party game that has a beating heart of a really complex fighter within it. It’s faster, prettier, and jam-packed with content. While the single-player World of Light mode disappointed, every other aspect of the game is showered with tender love and care. Not only is it the best Smash Bros. game of all time, but it makes me ponder on how Nintendo will top this in future iterations. I suspect that this is a game most Switch owners will be keeping on their micro SD card for years to come.
TobyBergerDec 19, 2018
So yes, I believe this is quite easily the best Smash game of all time. It’s got it all, and the Switch only helps compliment what makes Smash Bros. so damn fun. It’s the perfect console for the fighter, and is one of the best value for money propositions I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking on. It’s been an arduous wait, but it’s been well worth it — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is absolutely brilliant.
Ben SalterDec 09, 2018
It was probably the last time you bought Smash Bros. With deeper single-player content, an improved online offering and a massive roster of characters and stages, comprising all of those from the previous games and then some, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the complete package. I’m not sure how Nintendo could surpass this, and it probably doesn’t need to, as alongside Mario Kart 8, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is unrivalled on the local multiplayer stage.
Baz MacdonaldDec 07, 2018
With Super Smash. Bros Ultimate, the development team set themselves the lofty goal of bringing together an incredible amount of the franchises back catalogue of characters, stages and other miscellanea. With this much fan service-focused content, there was always the danger that the game would get buried beneath it.
Shannon GrixtiDec 06, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is ultimate in every sense of the word. World of Light is fantastic, Challenge Mode is satisfying and there's so much love and detail in absolutely everything in the game. Whilst having 60+ characters and 100+ stages sounds overwhelming, it's the perfect celebration of everything Nintendo and will be hard to top going forward.
9.50
Mike ReyesDec 10, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimates es ese increíble juego multiplayer que todos esperaban y, además, un genial título para jugarse de manera individual gracias al apartado de sus espíritus. Sin importar si gustas de jugar en solitario o con la pandilla, éste es juego que simplemente no debes dejar pasar. Porque sí, hablamos de que éste es ya el mejor Smash que ha habido en la historia. Así de simple.
9.50
Javi AndrésDec 06, 2018
SSB Ultimate ha cogido el impulso de casi 20 años de trabajo para aunar en un único título la mayor enciclopedia jugable de los videojuegos y de paso juntar estilos, a la par que se atesta todo de modos de juego, luchadores, referencias y configuraciones. Increíble para los novatos, y soñado para los expertos.
Pedro Pérez CesariDec 13, 2018
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate se siente como la experiencia definitiva de la saga gracias a su robusta oferta single player; su frenético multijugador y su sólido sistema de combate. Además, es un juego ideal para cualquier tipo de jugador, desde el más casual hasta para el más clavado en su escena competitiva.