Later this week, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be getting some interesting and potentially exciting new content. The Japanese Nintendo division posted that they would be running a new tournament for the Switch fighting game soon. Online tournaments are very common in the Smash scene, especially on the Switch. But the real news concerns what this means for the wider game.
This new tournament will introduce an entirely new gameplay element and some more expansions to the already bloated roster. Nintendo has done an amazing job leveraging the nostalgia power of their brands for a variety of video games. No title better exemplifies this than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This Switch release has the biggest roster in franchise history, with hundreds of characters. Of course there’s a mix of both full fighters and spirits in the mix there, but it’s still a huge amount of variety and just a stupid amount of creativity involved.
For exmaple, of the dozens of fighters in the game, Nintendo has been pretty good about adding new entries even months after release. Terry Bogart of King of Fighters fame was a recent addition. Supporting fighters like the Piranha plant from Mario were also added. And that’s all to say nothing of the dozens upon dozens of stages that can be brawled on. And of course, the 800+ musical tracks. There’s even an expansive singleplayer campaign. This is truly a massive game. And now it’s about to get even bigger.
Now, the newest Smash title will gain full Amiibo support. Amiibo are figurines that fans can collect, and each Amiibo can be connected to a Switch and used to interact in unique ways with compatible titles. For example, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate allows the player to create AI-controlled versions of certain Amiibos. Players will be able to customize and upgrade their newly created characters, and even take them into battle against other players in the new Amiibo Tag Team Tournament.
Check it out in the trailer below.