In the run-up to the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch next month, we've teamed up with Nintendo UK to bring you Smash Battles Live!

Smash Battles will take the form of a short series of videos, the first of which can be seen above. Together with the wonderful Arekkz Gaming, we'll be bringing you up to speed with all things Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-related.

Super Smash Bros. has come a very long way from the original on the N64, moving on to Super Smash Bros. Melee which was a revolution for the series. This evolved into Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, and we finally got our first portable taste of Smash Bros. with the lovely Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. At the same time as the 3DS version, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U brought the iconic series into glorious HD - soon we'll get our grubby mitts on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, which as the title suggests promises to be the ULTIMATE Smash game.

Every fighter from the classic Super Smash Bros. series of games is returning for Ultimate, as well as some new characters, such as Ridley. In the next three episodes of Smash Battles Live, we'll be getting really in-depth about all things Smash and finding out the nitty-gritty details about everything which you could possibly want to know.

But that's not all; we want you to get involved too and vote on who your favourite Smash characters are over on the Nintendo Life Instagram page. We'll be posting new polls each day on Instagram, so you can tell us who your favourite Smash fighter is.

The final 8 characters that you have chosen will be the characters involved in a lovely live-streamed tournament. We'd love for you to join us there also, so if you head over to you could be in with a chance to join us on the live stream battle.

From all of the entrants, four random people will be selected to join Alex, Arekkz and two yet-to-be-revealed special guests. The four people who join us will get to walk away with a special limited edition version of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game which includes a GameCube controller and adaptor. The overall winner will also walk away with a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch console too; this console has limited edition Joy-Con and a Smash Bros. themed dock. Fancy!

The big tournament will be happening at the Loading Bar which is located in Shepard's Bush, London on 7th December in the evening - this just happens to be the launch day of a rather special Nintendo game of course.

So start voting for your favourite characters now over on Instagram. We'll be pitting 4 characters against each other every day in the run-up to the big tournament. The entire roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be posted to our Instagram account, so every character will have a fighting chance. See you there!

Please note this tournament is open to entrants in the United Kingdom only.