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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (大乱闘スマッシュブラザーズ SPECIAL Dai rantō Sumasshu Burazāzu Supesharu?) is the fifth installment in the Super Smash Bros. fighting series. It is a 3D on a 2D plane fighting game for the Nintendo Switch developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd. and published by Nintendo. It was released on 7 December 2018.

Sonic the Hedgehog, along with every other character from the previous installments, returned along with a batch of new characters. This game also supports amiibo, including the Sonic amiibo.

Development

The first teaser for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate appeared during a Nintendo Direct on 8 March 2018. Back then, it was only known by the title Super Smash Bros.. It was formally announced during Nintendo's Nintendo Direct presentation at E3 2018.[2][3][4][1]

Responsible for the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd., who were behind the development of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with Masahiro Sakurai serving as the director. The intention of Sakurai's for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was to include every possible character from previous Super Smash Bros. games, which he knew would be both a complex problem for both development and licensing.[5] He also intended to speed up the game by adjusting the characters' abilities. Sakurai knew that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was both a core title for Nintendo, and that it has a dedicated playerbase that he did not want to disappoint, and believed that he needed to complete these goals to satisfy both groups.[5] Nintendo announced that David Hayter reprises his Solid Snake voice-over for Ultimate.[6]

Inclusion of Sonic the Hedgehog

On 12 June 2018, it was announced on the E3 Nintendo Direct that every single playable character from the past four games would return.[7] Among them is Sonic the Hedgehog, marking his third appearance as a fighter in the series. Like in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Sonic must first be unlocked in order to play as him. To unlock Sonic, the player must complete Classic Mode as Mario, before defeating Sonic in a one stock battle.

In addition to Sonic's inclusion as a fighter, Green Hill Zone from Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Windy Hill from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U make a return. Shadow the Hedgehog returns as an Assist Trophy, slowing players down using Chaos Control with the green Chaos Emerald. Knuckles the Echidna will also make an appearance as an Assist Trophy and will attack opponents by punching them, using the Homing Attack, or dig underground and use a powerful uppercut when summoned.[8]

Spirits

Various other Sonic characters also make an appearance in the form of Spirits. Spirits are power up characters that can give fighters a boost in battle. They are either a Primary Spirit or a Support Spirit, can be one of five types, (Grab, Shield, Attack, Balanced or Neutral) and can come in one of four classes. In order from weakest to strongest class: Novice (★), Advanced (★★), Ace (★★★), and Legend (★★★★). All currently known Sonic Spirits include:

Primary Spirits

Image Name Type Class Support slots Ability Fighter(s) Condition(s) Stage Rules Summonable
Nuetral Chao Tails19950 Chao Shield Novice 2 Can Be Enhanced at Lv.99 Squirtle Team
  • The enemy becomes more powerful after eating
  • The enemy is easily distracted by items]]
Windy Hill Zone None
SSBU Spirit Chaotix Chaotix Grab Novice 3 None Sonic, Pichu, and King K. Rool The enemy occasionally turns invisible. Windy Hill Zone None
E102gamma E-102 Gamma Grab Novice
STH3D BigWithFishingRod Big the Cat Neutral Novice Incineroar
  • The floor is sleep inducing.
  • The enemy is giant.
E-123 Omega 2011 Omega Grab Novice 1 R.O.B.
InfiniteConceptArt Infinite Attack Advanced 2 None Metal Sonic
  • The enemy is metal.
  • Controls are occasionally reversed.
Big Blue Hazard: Screen Flip
Metal Forces Pose Alt Colors Metal Sonic Shield Advanced 1 Increased Speed Metal Sonic
  • Timed Stamina battle
  • The enemy is metal.
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Rocket Belt.
Windy Hill Zone None
SF STEAM MANUAL EN LRv5-12 Chaos Grab Advanced 1 Increased Water Attack Metal Inkling
  • The enemy is giant after the enemy's at high damage
  • The enemy is metal
Fourside None
Jet the Hawk 2011 Jet the Hawk Grab Advanced Yes
SF STEAM MANUAL EN LRv5-8 Shadow the Hedgehog Attack Ace 2 Can Be Enhanced at Lv.99
HeroChao3D Hero Chao Shield Ace 2 Fast Final Smash Meter None (enhanced Chao spirit) None None None
SF STEAM MANUAL EN LRv5-9 Knuckles the Echidna Grab Ace 2 Mii Brawler
Super shadow final Super Shadow Attack Legend 2 Increased Undamaged Attack & speed None (enhanced Shadow spirit) None None None No
Dr. Eggman (Sonic Lost World) Dr. Eggman Grab Legend 3 Increased Electric Attack Roy
Metal Sonic
  • Bob-bombs will rain from the sky after a little while
  • The enemy's shooting items have increased power
  • Items will be pulled toward the enemy
Green Hill Zone Hazard: Bob-omb Festival Yes
Super sonic final Super Sonic Grab Legend Gold Sonic
  • The enemy is golden.
  • The enemy will occasionally instantly gain a Final Smash.
Windy Hill Zone

Support Spirits

Image Name Type Class Ability Fighter(s) Condition(s) Stage Rules
Happy-new-new-silver Silver the Hedgehog Attack Advanced Slightly increases the power of grabbing and throwing attacks. Sonic
  • The enemy starts with a Black Hole
  • The enemy is easily distracted by items
Green Hill Zone Item Battle
BlazeDecal Blaze the Cat Shield Advanced Mouthful of Curry Robin
  • The floor is lava.
  • The enemy's explosion and fire attacks have increased power.
  • The enemy starts the battle with a Fire Flower.
Green Hill Zone Hazard: Lava Floor
Cream&Cheese3D Cream & Cheese Grab Advanced Increased Jump Height Isabelle
  • Gravity is reduced
  • The enemy takes less damage while in the air
Green Hill Zone None
STH Rouge Rouge the Bat Grab Advanced Increased Air Attack Fox
  • The enemy's kicks and knee strikes have increased power
  • The enemy's melee blows will heal them when they hit
  • The enemy has increased jump power
Fourside None
Sonic.the.Hedgehog.full.1392010 Sonic the Werehog Neutral Advanced Increased Physical Attack
AmyRoseColorSharpEditDuck Amy Rose Attack Ace Increased Shield Damage Inkling
  • The enemy starts with a Hammer
  • The enemy can swing the Hammer for a long time
  • The enemy has increased move speed
Windy Hill Zone
Tails in Sonic Lost World Miles "Tails" Prower Neutral Ace Mii Gunner

Fighter Spirit

Image 1 Image 2 Name
SSBU Sonic (Shadowless) SLW New Sonic Sonic the Hedgehog

Some Spirits from other series represented in the game utilize Sonic as their Spirit fighter. They are as follows:

Primary Spirits

Image Name Series Type Class Support slots Ability Fighter(s) Condition(s) Stage Rules Summonable
Rayman Rayman Rayman Neutral Ace Sonic
  • The enemy's physical attacks have increased power
  • Hostile Assist Trophies will appear
  • Stamina Battle
The Great Cave Offensive Assist Trophy Enemies

Support Spirits

Image Name Series Type Class Ability Fighter(s) Condition(s) Stage Rules
NicoFire Nico Fire Slot Car Rivals Attack Novice Impact Run Ness, Sonic and Fox All fighters move faster and can't stop quickly Big Blue None
AbleSisters Able Sisters
(Labelle, Mabel, Sable)
Animal Crossing Neutral Ace Sonic The enemy starts the battle with a Drill Town and City None

Other notable Spirits include:

Primary Spirits

Image Name Series Type Class Support slots Ability Fighter(s) Condition(s) Stage Rules Summonable
SSBU Spirit Akira Akira Virtua Fighter Attack Legend 3

Music

The following is a list of music from the Sonic series included in the game. There are 20 in total:

Trivia

  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game since the original Super Smash Bros. to not be announced alongside new hardware.
    • Moreover, this is the first time since Super Smash Bros. Melee that a Super Smash Bros. game has not been announced years in advance.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game to not feature the involvement of Satoru Iwata as he passed away in July 2015.
  • The release date of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate falls one day after the late Satoru Iwata's birthday, 6 December, which was also the release date of Super Smash Bros. Wii U in Japan.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game since Super Smash Bros. Melee, the second installment of the series, where no veteran characters were cut.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game where the English voice for the Announcer has not been changed from the previous game.[9]
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game since the original Super Smash Bros. to feature 2D illustrations on the box art.
  • With Sonic's inclusion in this game, he is the only third-party character to appear in three Super Smash Bros. titles.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game to have none of its newcomers as starter characters.
  • Sonic's default head icon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bears a striking resemblance to several logos and icons in the Sonic series, namely the logo for Sonic Team.
  • Sonic and Knuckles were both featured on the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate blog on 2 July 2018.
  • So far, Sonic is the only third party character with more than one stage representing his series.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game in which two characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series appear as Assist Trophies.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game to have a vocal theme song in both English and Japanese.
SSBUCountdown Sonic

Sonic's artwork for the #SmashBrosCountdown

  • Unlike other installments in the Super Smash Bros. series, Sonic actually takes a bit of damage if he falls in any body of water, which is a nod to his inability to swim.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. game to not feature Trophies since the original Super Smash Bros.
  • Part of the #SmashBrosCountdown collaboration on Twitter, with six days left before the game's release the official Japanese Sega Twitter posted a Tweet representing Sonic's inclusion in the game.
  • Though likely unintentional, it is possible for a fighter to summon Knuckles as an Assist Trophy in the Green Hill Zone stage, even if he is already running through the loop in the background, resulting in two different versions of Knuckles on-screen.
  • This is the first Super Smash Bros. title in which there are three playable representatives from Sega: Sonic, Bayonetta and Joker.
  • One of Incineroar's alternate costumes resembles Big the Cat.

Videos

Sonic – Super Smash Bros

Sonic – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 D'Anastasio, Cecilia (12 June 2018). Everything We Know About Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Kotaku. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
  2. Super Smash Bros. announced for Nintendo Switch (8 March 2018). Archived from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved on 1 May 2018.
  3. McWhertor, Michael (8 March 2018). Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo Switch. Archived from the original on 9 March 2018. Retrieved on 8 March 2018.
  4. The Super Smash Bros. series heads to Nintendo Switch in 2018. Nintendo.com (8 March 2018). Archived from the original on 9 March 2018 l. Retrieved on 8 March 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Webster, Andrew (12 June 2018). Why Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was such a daunting game for its creators to build. The Verge. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
  6. David Hayter Is Voicing Snake For His Return In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Game Informer (English). Game Informer. Retrieved on 12 June 2018.
  7. Nintendo Direct: E3 2018. YouTube. Nintendo (12 June 2018). Retrieved on 13 June 2018.
  8. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Invitational: Knuckles Footage. YouTube. XPool Da Meme Lord (12 June 2018). Retrieved on 13 June 2018.
  9. Xander Mobus on Twitter. Twitter (12 June 2018). Retrieved on 13 June 2018.

External links

Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off video games
Sonic the Hedgehog handheld video games


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