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What is Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate? 
What is Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate? 

What coaches, parents, and players need to know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest Super Smash Bros. game, released in 2018 by Nintendo. This game is rated E10+ for “Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Mild Suggestive Themes.”

What's the game objective of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is all about attacking your opponent and launching them off the stage. There are several types of attacks, each resulting in varying levels of damage (shown as a percentage (%) next to the character’s portrait. The more damage a player takes, the farther they fly when being attacked.

A player is knocked out (KO’d) when they fly off and cannot return to the stage. Knocking out a player means they will lose that “Stock” and reset on the stage. Whoever is knocked out three times loses, and the remaining player wins.

Which fighters and stages can I choose from?

Over 80 playable characters, known as Fighters, are in the roster, from classics like Mario and Yoshi to third-party favorites like Pac-Man, Ryu, and Banjo & Kazooie. Each fighter has a unique set of attacks and a specific fighting style that helps them excel. Check out the fighters here!

While there are many stages, each with its own variations, only a select few are available for competition each season. Refer to the current season’s rulebook for a list of Competition-Eligible stages to battle on.

What's the match format?

Teams of three players will compete in a series of 1v1s to determine the overall winner of a match. The match is a Best of 5 series, each with a Best-of-3 games.

Each team will select one of their three players to compete in the first series. These two players will face off one versus one in their Bo3 series. The first player to record two game wins will be awarded the win for the series.

Teams will then select their next player to compete and continue the match. The first team to record three series wins will be awarded the win for the match. Each game lasts about 5-6 minutes on average.

What platform will the game be played on?

  • Nintendo Switch

What days will Super Smash Bros. Ultimate be played on?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s official match days will be on Wednesdays.

What hardware or software will be required to play?

  • Nintendo Switch Console

  • Nintendo Switch-compatible controller (no turbo mode availability)

  • USB to Ethernet Adapter (needed to obtain a hardwired connection)

Where can I find resources to improve my play?

In addition to the guides above, many professional Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players provide tutorials and useful information on YouTube. This can range from extensive guides on specific fighters to general beginner’s guides to the gameplay. Top players will also show their matches on YouTube and Twitch to explain their mindset and reasonings. With this in mind, record and review your team’s matches to help them overcome their weaknesses and capitalize on their strengths.

How do I download Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

All Nintendo titles offer a purchasable physical copy (found at many retailers) or a digital copy (found online). After purchasing a physical copy, the game card can be inserted into the Nintendo Switch console to begin any necessary automatic downloads. Purchasing digital copies provides a 16-character code that can be redeemed in the Nintendo eShop from the Switch console. Steps for redeeming a digital code can be found via Nintendo Support.

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