Parents need to know that “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is the latest installment in the wildly popular fighting series exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. Players select from a roster of more than 70 characters from a wide variety of games, and the game also supports amiibo figurines that are sold separately, which players can use to personalize their favorite character, and a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online is required for online multiplayer games. While fighting is the point of the game, with characters using fists, feet, special attacks, and items to launch opponents off the screen, there’s no blood or gore shown, and the combat is cartoonish. Some female characters wear skin tight costumes, but otherwise, there’s no inappropriate content.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
“Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is the latest installment in the popular Nintendo fighting game franchise, which pits many of Nintendo’s most popular characters against characters from other game series, like Sonic, Solid Snake from “Metal Gear,” and Cloud from “Final Fantasy VII.” Along with the returning Versus and Classic modes, or the option to transform a stage into another stage with the Stage Morph option, there’s a new single player mode called World of Light. Here, players discover that all of the characters in the game (except for Kirby) have been captured by an enemy called Galeem in a sudden attack, turning these fighters into puppets. Players will need to journey across a large world, fighting in stages with special conditions (like constantly losing health, or the floor is on fire) to rescue each character. To counter these conditions, players will have the chance to recruit Spirits, characters that impart their own abilities to your fighters. Practice your combos and pick your favorite character, because it’s time to throw down!
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This new chapter in the popular brawling franchise packs in so much content, characters, and combat, it’s a must have for any Nintendo Switch owner. Ultimate stretches the bounds of the game card with the sheer amount of content that’s crammed into the game. Players can listen to hundreds of songs from each game (about 900 in all), and will be able to unlock more than 70 fighters to use across more than 100 stages. Beyond that, there’s a wealth of options for Versus and Classic game modes, allowing players to get their fight on in tournaments, sudden death matches, squad play, and other face-offs. Plus, you’ll be able to customize your amiibo to play according to your own fighting style, and can easily leap into online battles with people from around the world.
That would seem like plenty of content for one game, but Nintendo went one step further and added a single player adventure mode: World of Light. World of Light is simply massive, and collecting Spirits through fights in this mode or the Spirit Board sub-mode gives a Pokémon-like element to building your party of characters. “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” isn’t just a new chapter for the franchise, it’s the evolution of Nintendo’s fighting series.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 12 and older
Quality: 5 out of 5
Positive messages: 1 out of 5
Positive role models: 1 out of 5
Ease of play: 3 out of 5
Violence: 2 out of 5
Sex: 1 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5
Consumerism: 5 out of 5
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Release date: December 7, 2018
ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon violence, comic mischief, suggestive themes