Find out what's new in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with this guide! Included are new characters, game modes, stages, moves, and more!
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All Previous Fighters Return!
Playable characters from all previous Smash Bros games have returned in SSBU! Franchise mainstays and other nostalgic fighters have received improvements to make gameplay more dynamic without entirely changing their movesets.All Character List
New Characters to SSBU
To complete the roster, SSBU will also include a number of new characters! The new entries hail from both previously featured franchises to entirely new ones!Unlocking New Character - Guide & Tips
New Additions to SSBU
Echo Fighters Feature Added
Echo Fighters are characters are similar to other fighters, but have a few tweaks to their movesets to still make them unique. They are considered as a separate entry in their rosters!
Echo Fighters in SSBU
More Characters to be Added through DLCs
5 new characters will be added through DLCs according to official announcement. So far, only 1 character Joker has been revealed with his released set for 2019.
From the tubes of Super Marion, Piranha Plant has his pot on and is ready to battle! For his Final Smash, he grows in size and takes a chomp out of the competition!Check Out Piranha Plant Character Page
Battle in New Arenas & Stages
Sample of Newly Added Stages in SSBU
Be careful of ink splashes! Moray Towers comes from Splatoon, featuring the game's beautiful nighttime city lights.
Great Plateau Tower
The Great Plateau Towers hails from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! You also get a view of the landscaping reminiscent of the game at the background, and the old man jumping on and off the stage!
All Stages in Previous Smash Bros Included!
Just like its fighters, all the stages that was ever featured in the Super Smash Bros. franchise has returned for SSBU! The stages all got a visual upgrade, as well as new features to make the battle dynamic!
Use New Items to Win Battles!
There are tons of new items that has been added to SSBU to make gameplay unpredictable and overall fun! This includes iconic items from the franchises like the Hammer, Smash Ball, and even Pokemon!
Sample of New Items & Elements in SSBU
Team Recovery Field
Heal up! If a member from your team enters a certain range from you, you both can heal and recover some health together. This is visualized by a green glow around both of you.
Black Holes when thrown will pull fighters inside them when in their range. This makes for a great area control!
Super Launch Star
Super Stars can be installed on stages and will grant accelerated speed when passed through. Players will be able to move sideways quickly when they enter the arc.
Although Pokemon balls have been added to previous Super Smash Bros games, SSBU sees an additional of new Pokemon, including legendaries like Solgaleo and Lunala from Pokemon Sun & Moon.
Gameplay and Move Changes
Changes to Moves & Techniques
New Counter Options
New techniques to counter enemies have been added. This includes a dash-counter technique and a move that will allow you to counter enemies if you activate it before getting hit!
Perform Attacks even when on a Ladder
It is now possible to attack even when going up and down a ladder! You will be able to counter enemies trying to take advantage of you as you move across the level.
Air Dodges Have Been Changed
Dodging in the air is a technique that will come in very helpful during fights. Air Dodges however cannot be chained anymore. You'll need to go back down to the ground to be able to perform another air dodge.
Perform Small Jump Attacks
Small jump attacks are easier to control and is more inconspicuous to do! You can use it by jumping then quickly pressing an attack button.
Higher Damage in 1-on-1 Battles
1-on-1 battles have become more brutal as damage during such fights have been increased! You will notice that you'll do more damage against enemies in 1-on-1 fights compared when you have multiple enemies.
Changes to Controls
Perfect Shield Applies After Disengaging
To get Perfect Shields, you will need to disengage your shield right when you get hit by an enemy! Doing it correctly will not drain the shield meter, and give you invincibility for a short amount of time!
Hold the Button for Continuous Attacks
Holding down on an attack button will have your characters performing an attack continuously! You can stop it immediately by letting go of the button.
Visual Effect Added for 1st Placers
First place fighters are easier to distinguish now thanks to a newly added visual effect. As much as it is shiny, it is also a target as your enemies may gang up on you if they notice you're no. 1!