Preview: Smash Bros Pro
Getting ready for the biggest smash yet. by James O’Connor
Super Smash Bros Ultimate was Nintendo’s big E3 game this year, and for good reason. Super Smash Bros Melee remains one of their most popular and beloved games of all time, and Smash Bros for Wii U has proven itself worthy across years of play. The elevator pitch for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is simple – this is a Smash Bros experience that mixes together everything that came before. It’s got every single Smash Bros fighter ever (and a few extras), lots of returning items and maps, and a huge number of tweaks and balance changes, some big, some small.
Super Smash Bros has become Nintendo’s most important esports title, but the real reason for its success is that these games are easy to pick up and figure out. If you’ve played the games these characters have appeared in before, you’ll be able to pick them up and understand their attacks straight away. Smash Bros survives on immediate familiarity; mastery, however, comes later. That Super Smash Bros Ultimate looks particularly familiar isn’t so much an issue as a logical step for the series to take, especially with Ultimate being positioned somewhat as an end point for Smash Bros in its current form (where do you go from the ‘Ultimate’ version)?
Super Smash Bros Ultimate releases on December 7, but there’s already plenty to start speculating on, and things to prepare for if you want to win those online bouts on day one.