Downloadable content (SSBU)
In the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct on November 1st, 2018, series director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that paid DLC would be available for Ultimate. It will come in the form of 5 bundles, each containing one entirely unique fighter, one stage, and several music tracks. These bundles, which will also be available through a complete pack known as the Fighters Pass, will be released periodically between the game's December 2018 release and February 2020. Additionally, Piranha Plant was available for free as a limited time early purchase bonus, and is currently available for purchase separate from the Fighters Pass. On November 6th, Sakurai announced on his Twitter account that the DLC line-up was now complete, and that potential fighters were proposed by Nintendo , with Sakurai passing final approval on them.
Main article: List of updates (SSBU)
Updates to the game are downloadable at no extra cost. The game must be updated to the latest version to purchase DLC, which is done automatically after starting the game from the system's main menu. Most updates also adjust game balance and mechanics, while fixing glitches and other errors as well. Change-logs for all updates are available at the links above.
As with any other game, DLC data gets added via free updates. Completing a transaction to receive DLC is merely a "ticket" to grant access to said content. What this means is that DLC not purchased in an updated version is still technically installed but locked, and thus is accessible indirectly. Content that is locked can be seen and played against with opponents connecting via a system that has DLC paid for (within Wireless and Online modes). Without another person with DLC, locked content can still be seen via using amiibo as Figure Players, and saving uploaded or shared replays.
Just like in Smash 4, DLC characters (with the exception of Piranha Plant) will not have their own unique Palutena's Guidance scenes and will instead use the generic one.
DLC characters can be used in World of Light, all of them unlocked at once after 10 fighters are awakened.
Additional costumes for the Mii Fighters are available as paid DLC.
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While some spirits are available for free, usually launched during Spirit Board events, others require a purchase from another character. These spirits (excluding Fighter Spirits, which can be unlocked through Classic Mode) can be accessed through a special DLC-exclusive Spirit Board that does not have spirits expire or use the Puppet Fighter scene.
Challenger Packs and Fighters Pass
The pass can be purchased with the digital version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at a combined price.
Mii Fighter costumes
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