The Ultimate Battle

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The Ultimate Battle

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Danielle Perea, Staff Writer

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  For months, Nintendo fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but the wait is over. The game, designed by Masahiro Sakurai, was released at midnight Eastern time on December 7th.

  Smash Ultimate is different than its predecessors in many ways. One of the ways is the fact that players have to earn new playable characters. In story mode, the game starts with the player as Kirby as the rest of the characters were defeated by Galeem, leaving Kirby the only survivor. The player traverses a new land to unlock spirits and new characters. They can also be earned through playing classic battles until the player is challenged by a new character.

  New to the game is also the system of spirits, which are replacing trophies as an in-game collectible. Spirits assist players in matches by boosting stats. They can also be leveled up. Some spirits will not reach their full potential until leveled up to their maximum.

  Spirits are divided into categories of primary spirits and support spirits. Primary spirits are equipped as the main spirit to add attack and defense bonuses and come with slots to equip support spirits, which help boost base stats. For example, support spirits can allow you to give higher damage from air attacks or start the match with an item equipped.

  Izel Arambula (10), a big fan of Nintendo and their Smash games, said, “[Nintendo] added a lot of new elements to it and I haven’t even seen the start of it all. Very fun, new characters keep it from getting boring really fast, and I like the new story mode.”

  Some Smash fans leaked news and images of new characters. However, these leaks often turned out to be fake, such as the Grinch leak, which claimed characters, such as Shadow the Hedgehog and the Chorus Kids from Rhythm Heaven, would appear as playable characters for Smash Ultimate.

  Two weeks before its release, leaked copies of the game surfaced. This angered many Nintendo fans who did not want their first time experience of the game ruined by spoilers. Youtube videos of Smash Ultimate gameplay or soundtrack were hit with copyright strikes, and those who had posted them often had their accounts removed.

  Although highly anticipated since it was teased at in a Nintendo Direct video released on March 8th, there have been some complaints.

  The biggest offense so far is the lack of a full roster at the beginning of the game. Through fighting with the eight given characters, players eventually unlock more and more characters as they are challenged.

  Many players still enjoy Smash Ultimate despite the downsides. Aidan Walrath (10), said, “The diverse amount of characters is the best it has ever been in any Smash game. The spirits are way cooler than I thought they would be and are an amazing alternative to trophies. The variety of modes, reworked and new are super fun to play.”

  For those not fully satisfied by the initial release, five DLC packs will be coming out for Smash Ultimate by February of 2020. These packs will come with one new fighter, a new stage, and some additional music. Players can buy one pack when it is released for $5.99, or purchase the Fighters Pass for $25, which comes with each pack as they come out. The first pack could come as early as 2019.

  The game is available to buy from the eShop for $59.99 or at game stores like Best Buy and GameStop.

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