Nintendo finally unveiled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the upcoming Switch entry in the massive fighting franchise, at its E3 2018 Nintendo Direct. We learned an obscene amount of information about it, including all of the confirmed characters, new stages, and the myriad of small tweaks and changes that make this entry deserving of that 'Ultimate' subtitle.

In this guide, we're going to detail everything we know about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so far, including what it is, the release date, all of the confirmed characters, stages, and tweaks. We'll also continue to update this as any new information is released, so make sure to keep checking back.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - What It Is

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest entry in Nintendo's enormous fighting franchise. The 'Ultimate' subtitle is accurate, as every single playable character from all previous Super Smash Bros. games and DLC returns, alongside most of the stages.

Nintendo has also promised a bunch of tweaks and fixes to a myriad different features to really make this the Ultimate Super Smash Bros. yet.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Release Date

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch on Nintendo Switch 7th December, 2018.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Playable Characters

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features every single playable character from the franchise's history, alongside some heavily requested characters. That's a whopping 66 characters in total, and a bunch of them even have male and female options, or completely different costumes! Here's the full list:

  • Mario
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Fox
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Zelda
  • Sheik
  • Villager
  • Meta Knight
  • Mewtwo
  • Sonic
  • Peach
  • Pikachu
  • Ice Climbers
  • Inkling
  • Captain Falcon
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Pokemon Trainer
    • Squirtle
    • Ivysaur
    • Charizard
  • Ness
  • Lucas
  • Ryu
  • Ganondorf
  • Ike
  • Cloud
  • Snake
  • Jigglypuff
  • Pichu
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Diddy Kong
  • Lucarion
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Mr. Game & Watch
  • Greninja
  • Dr. Mario
  • R.O.B.
  • Duck Hunt
  • Pit
  • Dark Pit
  • Palutena
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr.
  • Toon Link
  • Young Link
  • King Dedede
  • Rosalina & Luma
  • Mii
    • Gunner
    • Sword
    • Brawler
  • Little Mac
  • Wario
  • PAC-MAN
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Mega Man
  • Yoshi
  • Luigi
  • Daisy 
  • Ridley

There you have it – the full list. We've highlighted all of the brand new characters in bold, so you can quickly scan through to see what's new. We should also mention at this point that Nintendo has streamlined unlocking new characters, but didn't go into any more details than that.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Stages

A bunch of your previous stages make a return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, alongside a selection of new stages. Here's a list of every confirmed stage so far:

  • Big Blue
  • Moray Towers
  • Great Plateau Tower
  • Green Hill Zone
  • Princess Peach's Castle
  • Mario Galaxy
  • Spirit Train
  • Frigate Orpheon
  • New Pork City
  • Wily Castle
  • Prism Tower
  • Midgar
  • Shadow Moses Island
  • Kongo Falls
  • Green Greens
  • Tortimer Island
  • Lylat Cruise
  • Spear Pillar
  • Wrecking Crew

All of the different versions of each map will also make an appearance, and you can choose between them when selecting your map. This includes the Battlefield, Final Destination, and Omega versions.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Modes

Nintendo is yet to announce details on the specific modes we'll get to play when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches in December.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Changes

Nintendo has made a host of changes in a bid to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not only the ultimate Smash Bros., but also the ultimate competitive fighter going.

Fast And Furious

The first, and possibly most important of these changes, is in the speed. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be faster and sleeker than any entry in the franchise just yet, and Nintendo has worked hard on making it feel more responsive.

This has resulted in the need to tweak how pretty much every single character in the game will play, so they can adapt to the new speed. We'll go over those new changes in more detail later in this article.

Faster Ultimates

Though it ties into our previous point, we want to stress that Nintendo has drastically sped up the animations for Ultimates so they no longer disrupt the flow of battle. Ultimates are also a lot more epic in appearance now, and some feature 'trophy characters', which you can defeat in exchange for points.

Directional Air Dodging

In terms of new features, the biggest might be directional air-dodging. Aside from the obvious, this will particularly help you choose exactly where you want to land on the ground. Speaking of dodging, you'll now be penalised for doing it excessively.

One-on-One Duels

One on one matches is also now a thing, and you'll deal far more damage to your opponent during these spats than you would while fighting against multiple opponents. That'll help speed things up! 

Quality Of Life

As you can expect, there are a bunch of quality of life improvements that will also help ease in new Smash Bros. players. Boxes will now appear on screen to help you figure out where your off-screen character is located when they aren't eliminated. Visual metres will also appear by the damage percentage bar for characters with unique features such as Cloud's Limit Gauge and Robin's Magic.

Finally, characters that feature the same moveset as another will now be referred to as an 'echo fighter', including the likes of Daisy and Lucina.

Maps Before Fighters

Another huge change is the ability to see the map you're playing on before you select your character, which will allow you to optimise your fighter for the particular stage. You can also tweak the particular version of each map you want to play on too!

Cel Shading

Last but not least are minor visual tweaks. Those who look carefully will notice there is some light cel shading to the visuals, and the effects in general have received a massive update over the Wii U entry.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Controllers

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is compatible with Joy-Cons – as two separate controllers or together as one –, the Pro Controller, and GameCube controllers, which have just received compatibility with Switch.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - amiibo

Good news, amiibo collectors! Your entire collection of Smash Series amiibo are compatible with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Not only that, but every single amiibo figure of any fighter that appears in the game is compatible. So if you have one of the hundreds of different Mario or Link amiibos, they'll work here too.

That, of course, includes the new Inkling Girl and Ridley(!) amiibo that will launch alongside the game on 7th December.

amiibo will function the same as they did for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Scan one and you'll summon a 'Figure Player' that you can level up by playing, and the data for it will be saved inside the amiibo itself.

In an awesome move, Nintendo has announced that any data you currently have saved in an amiibo for the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. will be compatible here too. Fab!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Changes

Mario

Mario now dons Cappy by default, and can switch to his Wedding and Builder outfits from Super Mario Odyssey and Super Mario Maker respectively.

Link

Link can wear the Champion's Tunic and the Tunic of the Wild from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. His bombs are now remotely detonated and his Final Smash now features the Ancient Arrow.

Ike

Both of Ike's costumes from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn make an appearance here, and his voice will change depending on the one you pick.

Pikachu

Pikachu has a male and female option, and a Luche Libre outfit.

Fox

Fox McCloud now takes on his appearance from Star Fox Zero. His Final Smash is also much faster.

Falco

Falco's Final Smash attack is also much faster.

Ryu

Ryu will always face his opponents during 1v1 matches, so his command inputs match up with those from the mainline Street Fighter games.

Samus

You can now charge Samus's charge moves mid-air, and can cancel them by jumping or dodging.

Marth

Marth's Dancing Blade has been sped up, and his English voice actor makes an appearance.

King Dedede

King Dedede's Final Smash now takes place inside of a cage, and lets you fire missiles and at your opponents and whack them with a hammer.

Zelda

Zelda now takes on her The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds appearance and has a new Final Smash - the Triforce of Wisdom.

Sonic

Sonic's Final Smash is faster.

Pac-Man

Pac-Man's Final Smash is faster.

Pokémon Trainer

You can now play as both a male and female Pokémon Trainer, and there's no longer a penalty for sticking with one of the three Pokémon: Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard.

Cloud

Cloud can select from his Final Fantasy VII or Advent Children costumes and his limit gauge will now display.

Robin

Robin's magic metres will now display.

Villager

You can now see what the Villager has in their pocket thanks to an icon by the damage metre.

Bowser

Bowser will now fill the screen and punch enemies from the background during his Final Smash.

Mr. Game & Watch

Mr. Game & Watch now looks more like his original model.

Wolf

Wolf has returned and now looks like his Star Fox Zero model. He's also a much better fighter than when he previously appeared.

Kirby

Kirby can copy the ability of every single character in the game, and his stone ability now appears as a chest from Breath of the Wild.

Shulk

You can now select Shulk's Monado Arts from a radial menu, as oppose to skipping through them like before. Fiora from Xenoblade Chronicles will now join the cast of trophy characters during his Final Smash.

Mii Fighters

The Mii Fighters have had visual adjustments, feature 12 different voice options, and have had moveset enhancements.

Pit

Pit has a new Final Smash the Lightning Chariot.

Zero Suit Samus

Zero Suit Samus has a new Final Smash that allows her to call in her gunship, whip on her armour, and fire a laser at enemies.

Bayonetta

Rodin will now appear as a trophy character.

Wario

You can no longer use regular moves during Wario's Final Smash.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong has a new Final Smash, his Spinning Kong attack increases in speed the longer it continues, and you can charge his special punch while mid-air.

Little Mac

Little Mac has a new Final Smash that appears as a series of punches.

Ness

Paula and Poo will now appear during Ness's Final Smash, and Jeff appears as an assist trophy.

Lucas

Kumatora and Boney now appear in Lucas's Final Smash.

Wii Fit Trainer

Wii Fit Trainer now has a new face, and a male or female character option.

Mega Man

Protoman and Bass now make an appearance during Mega Man's Final Smash.

Palutena

Palutena's special attacks have slightly changed and her down special serves as both a counter and deflector.

R.O.B.

R.O.B. now has a permanently visible fuel gauge on his body.

Is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate everything you hoped and dreamed? Have all of your favourite characters made the cut? Let us know in the comments section below.