Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL) is an upcoming fighting game for the Nintendo Switch. It was first announced on March 8th, 2018 at the end of the Nintendo Direct released the same day. It will be the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. series (sixth if both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4 are counted as two games). The game is scheduled to release on December 7, 2018.
The first teaser trailer was revealed at the end of the Nintendo Direct on March 8th, 2018. It suggested that Inklings were newcomers to the game (although this had not yet been explicitly confirmed at the time).
All 63 characters (65 if the three different Pokémon of the Pokémon Trainer are treated as individual characters) from all four Smash Bros. games return as playable characters. Inkling, with Boy and Girl designs from the original Splatoon (as well as Splatoon 2), has been confirmed to appear in the game. Ridley is confirmed to be a playable character with both Meta & Proteus Ridley as alternate costumes. Playable clone characters are now described as "Echo Fighters" and are marked with an epsilon symbol (ε); Daisy is confirmed to be an Echo character of Peach.
Towards the end of Super Smash Bros. 4's post-launch development, Masahiro Sakurai announced that his next project had been decided and that he would be taking a small vacation following the end of development. Prior to leaving Bandai Namco, presumably sometime in 2016, Tiago Sonobe, then a software engineer and graphics programmer for the company, started development on the game's rendering engine. On November 12th, 2017, Nintendo filed a number of trademarks, notably including a Japanese Super Smash Bros. logo.
A Super Smash Bros. title for Nintendo Switch was later officially revealed on March 8th, 2018 via a Nintendo Direct. Shortly after, Sakurai confirmed in a tweet that he had been working on the game "in silence, day after day". On March 22nd, 2018, Nintendo announced the Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018, a tournament taking place on June 12th where invited professional players will play the upcoming game. Later, in volume 542 of his Famitsu article, Sakurai revealed that his work schedule had been cut down significantly, citing strict regulations regarding work hours. On April 18th, 2018, Nintendo again filed a number of trademarks for several game logos, including the Super Smash Bros. logo. Most of these game logos originate from games with some relationship to the Smash series, including Pikmin, Star Fox, and F-Zero. These trademarks were approved on May 14th, 2018.
On June 12th, day 1 of Nintendo's E3 presentation, a first glimpse of actual gameplay was revealed on a Nintendo Direct and the preceding Nintendo Treehouse, alongside a demo of the game being released for play on Nintendo's E3 event. After the completion of the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, Nintendo released an Official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Website, where information and updates to the game can be found. These include lists of future stages and items, alongside previews of music created for the game.
Changes from SSB4
As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still in development, the information listed below have been taken from the E3 Demo version and gameplay trailers, and may be subject to change in the final version.
Menu and UI changes
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