Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review roundup: Massive roster of playable characters, incredible multiplayer, but online needs improvement

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. To see what several outlets had to say about the latest entry in Nintendo’s flagship fighting series, check out the review excerpts below:

Nintendo Life – 10/10

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.

Twinfinite – 5/5

Every aspect of the game feels fine-tuned and thought out, and the sheer amount of changes and diversity of content is simply staggering. This is the most ambitious and all-inclusive Super Smash Bros entry, and one of the very best games Nintendo’s little system has gotten yet.

FANDOM – 5/5

There are no two ways about it: this is one of the most impressive games on the Nintendo Switch, and represents some of the best value for money we’ve seen in video games in years, whether you’re into single player or multiplayer. Buy this game, you will not regret it.

Game Informer – 9.5/10

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.

Destructoid – 9.5/10

Despite that a lot of the old content isn’t as hard-hitting seeing it 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.

IGN – 9.4/10

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.

My Nintendo News – 9/10

Despite striking setbacks with online, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is arguably the most addictive game on Nintendo Switch. Like its predecessors, its combat system is unrivaled with precise inputs that give you full control of your favorite characters. With an extensive roster of playable fighters and an impressive lineup of stages, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can easily provide you with a varied sense of enjoyment for many years to come. Because future updates and improvements are in the pipeline, the potential is there and it may very well shape up to be the best entry in the series to date.

NintendoWorldReport – 9/10

As long as you can make sense of the onslaught of characters, modes, and options, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a masterpiece.

USgamer – 4.5/5

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.

GamesRadar+ – 4.5/5

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes characters we’ve played for decades and remasters them into a robust, fantastically enjoyable package.

Merlin’in Kazanı (Turkey) – 89/100

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of the best games for Nintendo Switch. The game has 74 characters to unlock, great dynamic arenas and lots of fun. If you are a Nintendo Switch user, this game is a must.

Trusted Reviews – 4/5

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the most refined Smash yet. There’s a ridiculous amount of content here and, if you’re a Smash Bros. fan you should absolutely buy this. Unfortunately, the game loses something when it’s about anything more than its core local multiplayer experience.

Attack of the Fanboy – 3/5/5

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is equal parts greatness and lacking. The sheer wealth of content and great gameplay is commended but there are big holes in what could be a great game.


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