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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 Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
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.
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.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- 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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