Super Smash Bros. Ultimate(JP) is the latest entry in the Super Smash Bros. series, releasing on the Nintendo Switch on December 7, 2018 worldwide and coming after Super Smash Bros. 4. It includes all the characters and most stages from across the series. The game was announced through a teaser trailer in the March 2018 Nintendo Direct and was released on December 7, 2018. The game features 103 base stages and 74 base playable characters (with six more characters and five more stages as downloadable content), making it the largest Super Smash Bros. game in terms of content in the series.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was made available for pre-order and pre-loading from the Nintendo eShop beginning November 1, 2018. The game takes up approximately 14.3 GB of the Nintendo Switch's memory when downloaded from the Nintendo eShop.
Though on the surface the game appears to be mostly similar to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, various quality of life improvements and additions were made in order to streamline this entry for competitive play. This time, players can customize their ruleset and save it before fighting. Additionally, the stage is decided before character selection with options for Battlefield and Omega (Final Destination) variations. Damage output is increased for one-on-one fights. Directional Air Dodges return but, dodging will be slower with for increased use. When a fighter is going to fly off the screen or if certain attacks connect, the camera will slow down and zoom in on the hit. A mini-map will appear in the corner of the screen when a fighter is knocked a considerable distance.
Final Smashes have changed for several characters with most becoming short cinematic finishers, such as Donkey Kong's Jungle Rush, and Bowser's Giga Bowser Punch. They can also be used with the Final Smash Meter which fills up during the fight, however this feature can be toggled off and Final Smashes have their power reduced when you use them with the meter. The game features a new Stage Morph option which allows two stages to be selected at once, transitioning between each other during a match.
New modes including Squad Strike (a 3v3 or 5v5 battle similar to the end of Smash Bros. for Wii U's Smash Tour mode) and Smashdown (in which players are forced to select a different fighter every match they play) have been added. The game features a new expansive Adventure Mode titled World of Light, in which players travel a massive map in search of Spirits (the replacement of Trophies for this iteration; visually and functionally similar to the Stickers from Super Smash Bros. Brawl).
Assist Trophies have been changed so that some of them can be attacked and KO'd. KO'd trophies can earn points for the player that defeats them. There are over 50 different Assist Trophies, including cameos from third parties.
The game includes all 76 (74 counting Pokémon Trainer as one) characters from across the series. Players begin with the game with the original 8 characters from the first Super Smash Bros. game -- Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu. A new classification of fighter known as the Echo Fighter, who share virtually the same moveset as another fighter, is introduced. Characters below marked with an epsilon (ε) are classified as Echoes.
There are a total of 103 stages in the game. All of them have Battlefield and Omega (Final Destination) variants. Some features of the stage can be deactivated with the Stage Hazards turned off.
- Great Plateau Tower
- New Donk City Hall
- Moray Towers
- Dracula's Castle
- Mementos (Downloadable)
- Yggdrasil's Altar (Downloadable)
- King of Fighters Stadium (Downloadable)
Below are the new items introduced in this game.
- Banana Gun
- Black Hole
- Death's Scythe
- Fake Smash Ball
- Healing Field
- Healing Sprout
- Killing Edge
- Launch Star
- Rage Blaster
- Ramblin' Evil Mushroom
Assist Trophies and Pokémon
Like previous games, various characters can be summoned from Assist Trophy or from a Poké Ball with new 3rd party series getting representation as Assist Trophies. The new Pokémon are mostly from Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Main Article: List of music in Super Smash Bros. UltimateThe game includes over 900 tracks with 800 of them being used on stages, with all music from a series able to be played on stages from that same series. As in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, music can be played while the Switch is in sleep mode. This time, the music can also be organized into playlists.
- Ultimate marks the first physical appearance of Solid Snake and Joker (DLC), and the second for Bayonetta, in a game with an "E10+" rating from the ESRB, to have all appeared in a game or franchise rated "M".
- This is the first Super Smash Bros. game to have no veteran characters cut since Melee.
- So far, Sonic is the only third party character with more than one stage representing his series.
- In the German version of the game, Yoshi has been removed from the cover in order to fit the country's large rating icon. Many have joked it to be due to the character's infamous "tax fraud" meme.
- This game marks the 100th performance credit of Charles Martinet as the voice of Mario (despite being archived voices from Brawl), a landmark for which he received a Guinness World Record for the "Most Video Game Voice-Over Performances of a Single Character".
- Ultimate marks the official return of Banjo-Kazooie's (DLC) appearance on a Nintendo platform since Banjo-Pilot after Microsoft's purchase of Rare in 2002.
- Banjo was intended to appear in Melee until such purchase started to take effect.
- Although Banjo-Kazooie was created by Rare, its ownership credit is actually Microsoft which owns all rights to all Rare properties. This was also the case for Diddy Kong and King K. Rool who were created by the same company but are owned by Nintendo itself.
- Crazy Hand
- Galleom (Returns from Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
- Giga Bowser (Returns from Super Smash Bros. Melee)
- Master Hand
The game was first revealed during a Nintendo Direct broadcast on March 8, 2018, in which the Inkling was hinted to be a newcomer. Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the series, revealed afterwards that the game was in development for an unspecified amount of time beforehand. According to him, the game was not ready to be shown beyond the working title during this first trailer. The project plan was finished in late 2015, while development on the Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS DLC was still ongoing.
The game was fully unveiled at E3 2018 during Nintendo's presentation, with "Everyone Is Here!" (all previous fighters were returning) as the main focus. The changes to the fighters were presented in-depth by Masahiro Sakurai, with Daisy and Ridley being revealed as new characters. Starting with this date, Nintendo started a series of near daily updates to the Super Smash Blog which detailed various parts of the game each day along with a new music arrangement each week.
Another Nintendo Direct (this time entirely Smash-oriented), on August 8, 2018, went into more details about the modes and revealed the Belmonts, Chrom, Dark Samus, and King K. Rool.
A Nintendo Direct on September 13, 2018 revealed a hardware bundle with an Ultimate styled dock and set of Joy-Con Controllers. Isabelle was revealed as a newcomer.
In the final pre-launch Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct on November 1st, 2018, Ken and Incineroar were revealed and the mysterious Spirits mode was detailed. At the end, it revealed the game's Adventure Mode. The trailer shows Galeem (The antagonist), with an army of Master Hands. Galeem sends out beams of light that brutally murder almost every character instantly and the entire galaxy, except for Kirby, who is shown to be the protagonist in the Adventure Mode, in which he must revive and rescue the other fighters.
During The Game Awards 2018, Nintendo revealed the first challenger pack introducing Persona to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with the fighter, Joker.
At E3 2019, Nintendo announced Hero and Banjo & Kazooie to be joining as DLC, as well as being released in Summer and Fall respectively.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 1.3 million copies on its first weekend in Japan, making it the best Japanese launch in the history of the Super Smash Bros. series. It is the biggest Nintendo launch in the region excluding Pokémon. The game sold over 3 million copies in the US in its first 11 days in the market, breaking the record of the fastest selling Nintendo Switch game as well as the fastest selling Super Smash Bros. game in the region. According to Nintendo, in the same 11 days period, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate became the fastest selling game on a Nintendo home console in Europe. As of the end of December 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 12.08 million copies, immediately making it the third best selling Nintendo Switch game behind Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey. As of January 31, 2019, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold 12.08 million units worldwide, making it the third best-selling first-party game on the Nintendo Switch. By the end of September 2019, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 15.71 million units.
- In contrast to the music in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, the new arrangements in Ultimate are mainly orchestral and live performed, many of which are mostly freelance composers.
- Hideki Sakamoto, the composer of the "Lifelight" theme song, has previously arranged two tracks for Super Smash Bros. 4.
- Aside from Sakamoto, other composers from his company, noisycroak Co. Ltd., has also provided music arrangements, including boss themes from the World of Light mode.
- Some soundtracks, such as the "Super Mario Galaxy" and "DK Rap" tracks, have been edited due to their extensive length.
- Ultimate is the second game to have an edited soundtrack due to inappropriate language; the "Mass Destruction" soundtrack from Persona 3 has been edited from its original version. The "DK Rap" track from Super Smash Bros. Melee was also changed for similar reasons, though it is a remix.
- The best-selling Smash Bros. game of all time with 13.81 million copies sold worldwide, beating out Brawl.
- Also the fastest-selling game in the series, and the Nintendo Switch system, beating the records of Super Mario Odyssey.
- Weeks prior to release, retailers in Mexico have received copies the game early, in which many internet users share pre-release footage, soundtracks, and screenshots online. This prompted Nintendo to remove them from public and even had several YouTube channels be terminated.
- Ironically, after release, some of the fans in Mexico has received random copies of DVDs instead of Ultimate from Amazon; though it is not certain if this was a punishment for the piracy.
- It was originally rumored that the game's amiibo support will instantly unlock the characters, claimed by Best Buy. This was later confirmed false.
References to other games
- Donkey Kong - Donkey Kong and Lady appear as a spirit. A new medley of songs from this game, "Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr.", is featured.
- Donkey Kong Jr. - Donkey Kong Jr. appears as a spirit using his artwork from this game. A new medley of songs from this game, "Donkey Kong / Donkey Kong Jr.", is featured.
- Mario Bros. - Sidestepper appears as a spirit.
- Donkey Kong 3 - Stanley appears as a spirit.
- Wrecking Crew - A new medley of the main background music and Golden Hammer theme from this game appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Eggplant Man appears as a spirit using its sprite from this game.
- Super Mario Bros./Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels - One of Simon Belmont's teaser screencaps depicts him about to use his Axe special attack on Bowser, indirectly alluding to how Bowser in the classic games was defeated with an axe destroying the bridge. Piranha Plant's green costume resembles its appearance in this game. Additionally, its blue costume resembles its appearance in underground levels. As with past games, several sound effects from the NES releases of these games can be heard.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 - Pidgit, Wart, and Mouser appear as spirits, using artwork from this game. An arrangement of the overworld theme is featured. As with past games, the sound effect when the Vegetable special move is activated is taken directly from the NES release of this game.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 - Arrangements of the overworld theme, regular boss battle theme and Bowser's battle theme appear in the game.
- Super Mario Land - Tatanga appears as a spirit, using artwork from this game.
- Super Mario World - Chargin' Chuck appears as a spirit, using artwork from this game.
- Mario Paint - The flies and hand from Gnat Attack appear as an Assist Trophy and spirit.
- Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 - Wario's Dash Attack that debuted in this game now appears as his new dash attack. Wario's down throw now reflects the animation of the Ground Pound that debuted in this game as well.
- Donkey Kong Country - One of K. Rool's attacks involves throwing his crown as a boomerang, like in this game. A Klaptrap appears as an Assist Trophy, having the same behavior as in this game. It also appears as a spirit using its artwork from this game. A medley of "Bonus Room Blitz" (the Bonus Area theme) and "Simian Segue" (the map theme) and an arrangement of "Gang-Plank Galleon" appear in the game. In addition, King K. Rool's gameplay trailer's opening segment features him aboard a ship in a reference to Gangplank Galleon. Winky the Frog appears as a spirit, using artwork from this game. "Funky's Fugue" and "Ice Cave Chant" are available as tracks.
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Bowser's appearance during his Final Smash is based on Baby Bowser's boss battle.
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - One of K. Rool's attacks involves shooting with the blunderbuss he has in this game, and when he does so he dons a pirate hat like in his appearance as Kaptain K. Rool. Rattly the Rattlesnake, Squitter the Spider, Kaptain K. Rool, and Swanky Kong appear as spirits, using their artwork from this game. "Crocodile Cacophony" (Kaptain K. Rool's boss battle theme) gets a remix in this game as well. An arrangement of "Snakey Chantey", a song that plays in the level Rattle Battle, is featured as a track. In King K. Rool's announce trailer "The Rivals", Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong when witnessing King K. Rool knock away King Dedede (who had posed as the Kremlin leader as a prank) had their eyes comically bulge out far enough to shatter part of the windows of the treehouse in horror, referencing Diddy and Dixie Kong's reactions when about to face a boss in that game (and to a lesser extent, Donkey Kong's reaction whenever Kaptain K. Rool regains consciousness and starts the next phase of the final boss battle).
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - Geno appears as both a spirit and a smash tag icon. Mallow also appears as a spirit.
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! - One of K. Rool's attacks involves using his helicopter pack from this game. Artwork of Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong in the Hover Craft appears as Dixie Kong's enhanced spirit. Ellie the Elephant appears as a spirit.
- Yoshi's Story - Don Bongo, Pak E. Derm, the Super Happy Tree, and Blargg appear as spirits.
- Mario Golf (Game Boy Color) - Kid appears as a spirit using his artwork from this game.
- Donkey Kong 64 - One of K. Rool's attacks involves using his boxing gloves from this game, and his Final Smash recreates the Game Over scene involving the Blast-o-Matic being fired from Crocodile Isle at Donkey Kong Island. Tiny Kong and Lanky Kong appear as spirits using their artwork from this game. King K. Rool briefly appears in the ending of Ken Masters and Incineroar's debut trailer "Clash of Flames" as one of Incineroar's intended challengers, indirectly referencing the final boss battle in that game.
- Paper Mario series - Piranha Plant takes on the colors of a Putrid Piranha for one of its attacks where it spews poison. Additionally, Piranha Plant's black costume resembles the Pale Piranha and its blue costume resembles the Frost Piranha. Paper Mario and Kammy Koopa also appear as spirits.
- Wario Land 4 - Princess Shokora appears as a spirit.
- Luigi's Mansion/Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon - Simon Belmont's debut trailer has Luigi being present in Dracula's Castle and attempting to ward off various ghostly creatures inside, alluding to the premise of the games. A new arrangement of the main theme from the former game appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Polterpup and Professor Elvin Gadd appear as spirits using their artwork from the latter game. The Poltergust 5000 from the latter game appears as a spirit. Luigi's final boss in Classic Mode being Dracula is most likely a reference to his dealing with similar spooks in the Luigi's Mansion games.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee - In the panorama group artwork, Luigi is seen doing the Green Missile above the other characters, just like in the group artwork from this game. Yoshi's Final Smash is based on a scene from this game's opening. Giga Bowser also returns as a boss in Classic Mode and Adventure Mode: World of Light.
- Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 - Baby Mario appears as a spirit, using artwork from this game.
- Super Mario Sunshine - An arrangement of Delfino Plaza's music appears in the game. Piantas, a Shine Sprite, and F.L.U.D.D. appear as spirits using their artwork from this game.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga - Prince Peasley appears as a spirit.
- Mario Kart: Double Dash!! - Baby Mario and Baby Luigi's artwork is used for the Goo-Goo Buggy spirit.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - Vivian and the Shadow Queen (in her form when possessing Peach) appear as spirits.
- Yoshi Topsy-Turvy - Hongo, the Spirit Who Loves Surprises, and Tap-Tap appear as spirits, using artwork from this game.
- Donkey Kong Jungle Beat - Donkey Kong's Final Smash is based on his combo punch attacks in this game. Karate Kong and Ninja Kong appear as spirits.
- Donkey Konga - King K. Rool's opening animation is taken from this game.
- Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix - Mario's down smash animation has been changed from the Sweep Kick move to his breakdance from this game.
- Super Princess Peach - Perry appears as a spirit.
- Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time - Princess Shroob appears as a spirit.
- New Super Mario Bros. - Lakitu and Spiny appear as a spirit, using their artwork from this game.
- Wario: Master of Disguise - Count Cannoli appears as a spirit.
- Super Paper Mario - Mr. L and Dimentio appear as spirits.
- Mario Strikers Charged - Petey Piranha and Waluigi appear as spirits, using their artwork from this game.
- Mario Party 8 - Daisy's fighter spirit uses her artwork from this game. MC Ballyhoo and Big Top also appear as a spirit.
- DK: Jungle Climber - Zinger and Wrinkly Kong appear as spirits, using their artwork from this game. The second boss theme is featured as a track.
- Donkey Kong Barrel Blast - Kip and Kalypso appear as spirits.
- Super Mario Galaxy/Super Mario Galaxy 2 - A Grand Star appears in Rosalina & Luma's Final Smash. The Launch Star, which is renamed Super Launch Star, appears as an item. The music that plays in the Melty Monster Galaxy appears as a track. Piranha Plant becomes a Prickly Piranha Plant when using its forward smash. Rock Mario, Lubba, and the Starship Mario appear as spirits.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl - Petey Piranha's appearance in Piranha Plant's Final Smash is derived from his appearance in this game, where he holds cages. Galleom reappears as a boss in the World of Light: Adventure Mode and Classic Mode, while the Ancient Minister, the Fighting Alloy Team, Shadow Bug, a Primid, Mite, Bytans, Roturret, Subspace Bomb, Duon, and Tabuu appear as spirits. As in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, many of the characters' voices, including those of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Wario, originate from this game.
- Mario Kart Wii - Waluigi on the Standard Bike, Toad in the Cheep Charger, Koopa Troopa in the Standard Kart, and Dry Bowser all appear as spirits using their respective artwork from this game. Most of Bowser Jr. and Daisy's voice clips are recycled from this game.
- Mario Super Sluggers - Petey Piranha appears as a spirit using artwork from this game.
- Wario Land: Shake It! - Captain Syrup and the Shake King appear as spirits using artwork from this game.
- Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - Fawful appears as a spirit, which depicts his artwork from this game. Starlow and Broque Monsieur also appear as spirits.
- Bird & Beans - Pyoro appears as a spirit using his artwork from this game.
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii - Mechakoopa appears as a spirit using artwork from this game. The Koopalings' voice clips are taken from this game.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns - Rambi the Rhino, Cranky Kong, and Squawks the Parrot appear as spirits using their artwork from this game.
- Super Mario 3D Land - Boom Boom and Pom Pom appear as a spirit using their artwork from this game.
- Mario Kart 7 - One of Daisy's taunts matches the artwork pose she originally had from this game. Metal Mario's B Dasher appears as a spirit. Rosalina's voice clips are taken from this game.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 - Gold Mario appears as a spirit.
- New Super Mario Bros. U - Boo and Hammer Bro appear as spirits using their artwork from this game. Nabbit appears as a spirit.
- Mario & Luigi: Dream Team - Antasma and Prince Dreambert appear as spirits.
- Mario Party: Island Tour - The title screen music from this game appears.
- Super Mario 3D World - Piranha Plant is in a pot for half of its costumes, resembling the Potted Piranha Plant. Cat Peach and Plessie appear as spirits.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Dixie Kong and Lord Fredrik appear as spirits using their artwork from this game.
- Yoshi's New Island - An arrangement of this game's main theme appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Yoshi carrying Baby Mario and a Mega Eggdozer, the Stork, and Little Mouser appear as spirits using artwork from this game.
- Mario Golf: World Tour - One of Daisy's victory animations is inspired by her birdie animation from this game. Similarly, one of Peach's victory animations resembles her hole-in-one/eagle animation, albeit without the parasol.
- Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Luigi's Mach 8 appears as a spirit. The music for Excitebike Arena and Ice Ice Outpost are available as tracks. In World of Light, one of the available locations in Light Realm is based on a Mario Kart racetrack, with the MKTV logo visible in the background.
- Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U - Big Urchin appears as a spirit using its trophy render from the Wii U version. Master Giant, Master Beast, Master Edge, and Master Core appears as spirits. Most of the returning fighters' voice clips are recycled from this game.
- Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker - Shy Guy appears as a spirit using its artwork from this game. "Plucky Pass Beginnings", the theme of the Toad Brigade, as it is heard in this game, and "The King of Pyropuff Peak", the music played when Captain Toad is fighting a Draggadon, appear as tracks in the "Super Mario" series playlist.
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars - The title theme and the first track of Rolling Hills appear as tracks in the "Super Mario" series playlist.
- Mario Party 10 - Yoshi has a new victory animation based on his 2nd-place winning animation from this game. Mario's fighter spirit uses artwork from this game.
- Yoshi's Woolly World - Yarn Yoshi and Yarn Poochy appear as spirits. A Woolly Yoshi Mii hat along with an outfit appear.
- Super Mario Maker - Mario has a new costume based on his builder outfit from this game.
- Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash - "Classic Tennis", a song in this game, is playable.
- Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam - Paper Bowser appears as a Battle Arena counter icon. The papercraft battle theme also appears in the game.
- Paper Mario: Color Splash - Paper Mario's spirit artwork comes from this game, albeit with the white outline removed. Huey also appears as a spirit. The battle theme from this game appears as a selectable song.
- Mario Sports Superstars - "Kingdom Stadium: Night", a song in this game, is featured.
- Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Rabbid Peach, Mega Rabbid Kong (named "Rabbid Kong"), and Rabbid Mario appear as spirits.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions - A song played during Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser battles is featured.
- Super Mario Odyssey - Cappy makes an appearance as Mario's cap; one of Mario's new taunts features him tossing Cappy. Cappy also appears as a spirit. Occasionally, Mario's Super Jump Punch will feature the regional coins found in the Metro Kingdom in place of the standard coins, and plays the same sound effect as the one that plays when a new regional coin is collected. New Donk City Hall appears as a stage. Mario has a new costume based on his wedding tuxedo. The Odyssey, Peach, and Bowser (wearing their wedding attire) appear as spirits.
- Mario Tennis Aces - Mario and Luigi have spirits using their artwork from this game.
- WarioWare Gold - Wario, 5-Volt, 9-Volt, 18-Volt, Ashley, Dr. Crygor, Dribble and Spitz, Fronk, Jimmy T., Kat and Ana, Mona, Orbulon, and Young Cricket appear as spirits, using their artwork from this game.
- Super Mario Party - King Bob-omb appears as a spirit using his artwork from this game. In addition, Peach's new yellow alternate costume resembles the effect she gets from drinking a Golden Drink. Additionally, Mario's Dice Block and River Survival appeared as limited-time spirits, obtainable during the "Oh Yeah! Mario Time!" spirit event that ran from December 27, 2018 to January 1, 2019.
References to later games
- New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Peachette appears as a DLC spirit.
- Yoshi's Crafted World - Yoshi has a new costume based on his appearance from this game, which also makes an appearance as a spirit.
- Luigi's Mansion 3 - Luigi's new Poltergust G-00 was first shown off during Simon and Richter's reveal trailer, boasting its new design and the ability to fire plungers, and is used in his grab and throws.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the series' first game to:
- Have a vocal theme song in English.
- Have the same announcer voice actor reprise his role from a previous game; Xander Mobus who was previously the announcer in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.
- Moreover, Mobus is the series' first voice actor to voice both the announcer and a playable character, Joker from Persona 5 which Mobus voices.
- Lack the feature of "Trophies" since its introduction in Super Smash Bros. Melee.
- Not have some playable characters cut since Super Smash Bros. Melee.
- Have an Adventure Mode since Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Have characters that can be unlocked without battling them in World of Light, Just like Brawl in The Subspace Emissary.
- Not feature the involvement of Satoru Iwata since his death in July 2015.
- Have all of its veterans announced prior to launch and at the same time.
- Feature a third-party universe with more than one character; Castlevania's Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont.
- Be released in the same year it was announced.
- Feature a music arrangement from a composer outside of Japan.
- Include a Western third-party newcomer; Banjo-Kazooie created by UK-based Rare.
- Use a "Versus" screen before the start of a match rather than a loading screen.
- On the German cover for the game, Yoshi was omitted from the boxart in order to fit the USK rating in the bottom left corner, while Pikachu, who was placed lower than Yoshi, was moved up due to its greater popularity.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the eighth Mario-related game to receive a PEGI 12+ rating in Europe, being preceded by the five prior Super Smash Bros. installments and the Virtual Console releases of Super Mario 64 DS and New Super Mario Bros.
- Decimals have always been used for damage calculations since Super Smash Bros. Melee, but the damage percentages were always displayed as an integer on-screen. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the first time that decimal notations are shown in-game.
- This game marks the 100th performance credit of Charles Martinet as the voice of Mario, a landmark for which he received a Guinness World Record for the most video game voice-over performances of a single character.
- Luigi dies in Simon and Richter's announcement trailer after having his soul taken by Death. In response, BBC News made an article on Luigi's death.
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