Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is a Massive Monument to Itself

WIRED | 12/14/2018 | Julie Muncy
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The greatest thing about the Super Smash Bros. series is its dedication to impact. Every time a punch, kick, slash, or blast lands, it has a high likelihood of sending the victim flying—like a good superhero movie, or an anime. Every strike resonates with invisible power; smoke plumes follow these cartoon characters as they careen around their environments, almost ready to explode.

For the casual player, Super Smash Bros. has always excelled as a balance of satisfaction and chaos: the joy of Nintendo's best and most interesting characters pummeling each other, fighting against the disorder of items and bodies being constantly flung from one side of the screen to the other. It's like ballet, only with your little brother's action figures, and instead of dancing they're being thrown at your television set. OK, maybe it's not like ballet at all. But it is, in its best moments, graceful.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fifth iteration of the same basic idea. What happens when you put Nintendo's most popular mascots together in a 2D fighting game emphasizing big, dramatic, goofy play? Series director Masahiro Sakurai wanted to find out, and in 1999 the original Super Smash Bros. was born. What Ultimate adds to that basic premise for the casual player is scale. Ultimate is a sprawling, moving monument—to Nintendo, to videogames at large, to itself.

Seventy-four playable characters. Dozens of stages, spanning nearly every large franchise in videogame history, whether closely coupled with Nintendo or not. Mega Man; Metal Gear; Final Fantasy; ****, even Sega icon and Mario archrival Sonic the Hedgehog is here. Surrounding them are hundreds of remixed music tracks, quiet Easter Eggs, and collectible "Spirits" based on characters from every one of these franchises. In being inclusive of gaming history, Ultimate is also inclusive of Smash history: Every character from...
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