Bayonetta made her way into Smash Bros 4 as DLC through an audience vote, and while she seemed like an odd fit to some, she’s a Smash natural. If you never dropped money on Smash’s exorbitant DLC you missed one of the best allaround fighters in the game, with phenomenal potential in the air, great range, and excellent combo potential. Every tweak that Smash experts have noticed from Ultimate so far is a nerf – her attack knockbacks have been lowered a bit, Witch Time doesn’t last as long, and some of her combo possibilities have been altered slightly. Most of these will only really matter to high-end players, though – Bayonetta 1 & 2 are some of the best action games available, and because her Smash appearance is so closely modelled on those games, playing as her is extremely fun. Bayonetta’s ability to destroy an enemy while flying gracefully through the air in Ultimate is on full display here – she’s so good that you don’t even need to be on screen to take an opponent down. Her ground game is fine, but get her in the air and your opponent is in real trouble (which is not dissimilar to how she is in her own games, really). Watching a good Bayonetta player really getting down to business is terrifying since she’s so extremely versatile. This will be good for the game’s esports scene, because a good Bayonetta player is always fun to watch.
Match to Watch: Plup (Ridley) vs MkLeo (Bayonetta) Losers’ Finals at the Super Smash Bros 2018 Invitational