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  • Summary: Inklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at homeInklings from the Splatoon series, as well as returning Smash characters like Mario and Link will be making appearances in this classic Nintendo franchise's Switch debut. Faster combat, new items, new attacks, new defensive options, and more will keep the battle raging whether you’re at home or on the go. Expand
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  1. Positive: 98 out of 99
  2. Negative: 0 out of 99
  1. NF Magazine
    Feb 26, 2019
    100
    This is the ultimate Smash Bros. How will they ever top it? [Issue #37 – January/February 2019, p. 65]
  2. Dec 6, 2018
    100
    Don't ask me how Nintendo managed to put more than 35 years of experience and love into one product, but they succeeded. Smash Ultimate is not only the ultimate Smash game, the ultimate fighting game, the ultimate party game, and the ultimate collection of videogame nostalgia: it's the ultimate video game. I will continue to play this forever. At least, until Nintendo delivers another sequel.
  3. Dec 6, 2018
    97
    This is the ultimate Super Smash Bros. With an abundance of fighters, stages and modes there is always fun in fighting friends. Even when you're playing by yourself thanks to Classic Mode and World of Light if you play the second one in bite-sized chunks.
  4. Dec 6, 2018
    93
    For the first time, we could almost say that the Nintendo brawler has reached the saturation point, beyond which it is really difficult to think about what future episodes might hold.
  5. Dec 17, 2018
    90
    An inconsistent online mode and situational downers don't stop Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from shining as a flexible multiplayer game that can be as freewheeling or as firm as you want it to be. Its entertaining single-player content helps keep the game rich with interesting things to do, as well as bolstering its spirit of loving homage to the games that have graced Nintendo consoles. Ultimate's diverse content is compelling, its strong mechanics are refined, and the encompassing collection is simply superb.
  6. Dec 11, 2018
    90
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is more than best-of-hits collection of Smash games past. It’s a tightly woven experience that deftly combines the old with the new and manages to meet the lofty expectations placed on it. It’s incredibly easy to pick up and play, with enough depth and nuance to keep players engaged. It’s the best Smash Bros has ever been.
  7. 70
    Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is equal parts greatness and lacking. The sheer wealth of content and great gameplay is commended but there are big holes in what could be a great game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 63 out of 689
  1. Dec 7, 2018
    10
    The best smash bros game so far, combines everything for casual and competitive game. Without a doubt this is the best work of Sakurai.
  2. Jul 6, 2019
    10
    It is a game that nearly perfects the idea of a balanced fighting game where no one character is overpowered or underpowered. With a decentIt is a game that nearly perfects the idea of a balanced fighting game where no one character is overpowered or underpowered. With a decent stream of updates coming, also, buffing and nerfing characters who need buffing or nerfing, the game is as balanced as it can ever be. The character selection is also amazing, bringing back all Smash veterans, and also getting new characters, too. Expand
  3. Dec 10, 2018
    10
    The game is truly the Ultimate entry in the series. It combines the best elements from every Smash Bros. games to create a very excitingThe game is truly the Ultimate entry in the series. It combines the best elements from every Smash Bros. games to create a very exciting experience. The new adventure mode is creative and super fun, and so is the re-imagined classic mode. Smash Ultimate is great and has even more room for improvements with the new DLC and upcoming updates. Expand
  4. Dec 14, 2018
    10
    Announcing DLC character before the game release? It's the only bad thing about this game (online will improve with updates, so don't worry)Announcing DLC character before the game release? It's the only bad thing about this game (online will improve with updates, so don't worry) but we get the best super smash bros so far. Starting with the story, the adventure game, having to unlock one by one all the players, the new feature of having spirits, it’s the best. Amazing character roster and more to come, great stages, fun gameplay for newcomers and old fans of the saga alike. It's great. Only thing that wasn't so great was world of light. A must have for Nintendo Switch owners. This has to be by far the greatest Nintendo game that I have ever played in my entire life. Expand
  5. Dec 9, 2018
    9
    So many things to do... but all of them with minor irritations that keep it from getting a perfect score from me, most of them centeringSo many things to do... but all of them with minor irritations that keep it from getting a perfect score from me, most of them centering around what seems to be a very unreliable AI that seems brick stupid one second, then damn near precognitive the next; creating single player content that can get extremely frustrating.

    As far as online play, I am able to excuse the occasional hiccups due to the sheer number of users flooding the servers. But the decision to do matchmaking based on loosely tied rules (and not the For Glory and For Fun in Smash 4) was absolutely a mistake. If it can be changed back, it needs to be done.

    But the annoyances really can't mask the fact that this is one of the most accessible yet challenging titles in the series that beautifully balances the competitive elements of Melee with the all-inclusive entertainment of Brawl and Smash 4. And the sheer staggering amount of content (none of which feels hurried or jammed in without thought) cannot be denied, either.
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  6. Mar 28, 2019
    9
    Smash bros. Ultimate is jam-packed with content. With many new and returning fighters, more than 100 stages, many new items and assistSmash bros. Ultimate is jam-packed with content. With many new and returning fighters, more than 100 stages, many new items and assist trophies and an impressive library of music, this can be considered the most impressive game in the Smash Bros. series so far. Whether you play against friends, by yourself or online, there is so much to do in the game. This game is truly an homage to Nintendo's rich history; with more than 1.000 spirit battles and unique Classic Modes for each fighter and their echo-counterparts.

    Despite that, the game has lingering issues. While the online mode has been improved since launch, it still has many problems. The game also has high input lag, making it feel unresponsive, which is very bad for a game where you want to be in full control of the action! The game can also feel very repetitive. With the removal of extra modes, such as target test and the lack of a true story mode, the different game modes are very similar, which can become boring after a while.

    I recommend Smash Bros. Ultimate to any fan of Nintendo's amazing game series or to any Nintendo-fan in general. The game is not perfect, but if you have enjoyed any Smash game in the past, you will enjoy this game for many many hours.
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  7. Feb 21, 2019
    0
    It tries to be Melee but it's not. Therefore it sucks! I'd rather play Melee sooner than play this ever again!

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