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 is available for free as a limited time early purchase bonus, and will be subsequently 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 it was decided primarily by Nintendo , and that Sakurai only offered final approval to the selected characters.
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 will not have their own unique Palutena's Guidance scenes and will instead use a generic one. Piranha Plant is a exception to this however, due to being developed alongside the base game's roster.
Currently, the only DLC Mii costume available is the Rex wig and outfit based on Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. It is obtained as a bonus for purchasing the Fighters Pass.
Challenger Packs and Fighters Pass
The pass can be purchased with the digital version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at a combined price.
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