Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Ver 2.0.0 has dropped. The update brings with it newcomer Piranha Plant, who was a limited-time offer for those who bought the game on launch. For those who missed out, don’t stress, Piranha Plant will be available for download from the Nintendo store at a later date according to Nintendo.
Alongside the new character, the update to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brings with it a plethora of changes:
- Local multiplayer is now available on the spirit board with up to 4 people able to share in the fun simultaneously. Keep in mind that if just one player is KO’ed, then its game over.
- Previously unavailable or gated-off spirits are now available for purchase though the in-game shop. This includes Partner Pikachu, Partner Evee, Diced Block, River Survival, and Golden Dash Mushroom
- Adjustments have been made to the way Global Smash Power is calculated for online play. No further details on how the changes will effect scores for now, but I’m sure we’ll hear more in the coming weeks
- The ability to perform a short hop by pressing both jump buttons at once has been added.
- There have been balance and bug fixes for the game, including fixing a bug that involved friendly kills being added to the KO score for Team Attack. Several other unspecified issues have been fixed, though Nintendo has given no further details on what exactly has been patched.
- There has been a plethora of balances and tweaks applied to every character in the roster. This includes changes to Mario’s dash, Link’s up air, Samus’ side special, and Luigi’s up smash. A full list of all tweaks can be found here.
We’re just not compatible.
There are also some compatibility issues that will effect those not able to update their copy anytime soon:
- If you’re looking to play online, then Ver. 2.0.0 will be required, probably due to the scope of changes applied in the patch.
- Local wireless play between machines running Ver. 1.2.1 and Ver. 2.0.0 is not available. Those looking to play wireless on the go now need to make sure they all have the same version.
- Replays are no longer compatible with Ver. 1.2.1 or earlier. If you want to keep your replays, you will need to convert them to video before updating.
Better, faster, and stronger too.
The new character and balancing tweaks should help bolster a game that has gone from strength to strength since launch. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has quickly become one of the Switch’s killer apps. It nabbed top spot for console game sales for December last year, the same month it launched. This helped the Switch fly off store shelves during the Christmas period, and become the fastest selling console in 2018.