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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (1999) is a light-hearted cartoon-style brawling game where multiple players choose well-known video game characters to fight. Play involves using your character's move-set to outwit and beat your opponents. You wear down their energy to be able to hit them off the stage and gain points. It stands out for the exuberant fighting that focuses on skill and timing more than gore and injury.

It looks like a cartoony kid's game, but each character takes time and practice to learn. They all have different attacks and ways to move around. This can mean that those with more experience do better in family battles, but there's always a chance for everyone to win.

A big part of the appeal is the lighthearted fun, along with the huge range of characters drawn from other video games including Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Star Fox, Kirby, Yoshi and Pokemon.

The result is a skill-based fighting game that is also welcoming to newcomers. You can jump in for a fun match or spend many hours learning and perfecting the best tactics to win at esports events.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
Kids not old enough for this yet? There are lots of games similar to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Here are some similar younger-rated games:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Fighting and Traversal game with Action elements. You can play with 1 to 8 players in the same room or as a 8-player online game. To play with 8 people on Smash Ultimate each needs their own Joy-Con half. Some players prefer the Pro controller.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 23 hours and 30 hours to complete. Along with playing the campaign battles, players will spend many more hours battling each other.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for frequent mild violence. 2D arcade-style fighting game. Violence consists of kicks, punches and the use of some weapons. There is no blood or visible injury. The character's reactions to the violence are over-exaggerated with bright flashes and smoke effects on impact. Players can square off in direct hand-to-hand combat battles using human-like characters.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Suggestive Themes. Players punch, kick, and perform super-attacks (e.g., giant laser blasts, rocket barrages) against cartoony opponents to knock them off platforms; a handful of characters also use swords, blasters, mallets, and firearms while fighting. Battles can be frenetic at times, with screen-shaking effects and large explosions. During the course of the game, players can unlock 2D character art that depicts female characters in revealing outfits (e.g., short skirts, deep cleavage, low-cut tops). One character emits flatulence gas clouds to attack opponents.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. It's also important to ensure children understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The nature of the characters included in the game makes this popular with young children. To play competitively you need to have good control of sticks and buttons and be able to react quickly. You also need to be able to move strategically and team up with other players.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate usually costs £59.99. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items.

You can play different versions of this game on historic and modern consoles:
  • Super Smash Bros. is on Super Nintendo
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee is on Nintendo 64
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl is on GameCube
  • Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is on Nintendo Switch 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Price: 23% off

Out Now: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-8 (8 online)

Genres: Fighting, Traversal and Action

Accessibility: 27 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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