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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the sixth installment in the Super Smash Bros series. It is a 3-D on a 2-D plane fighting game for the Nintendo Switch and was released on December 7th, 2018.

All playable Pokémon from previous installments return as playable characters, including Pichu, who was previously playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee. In addition, all characters from previous installments appear as well, including the addition of a few new characters from other video games franchises as well. Several Pokémon, originally introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon, were also added as Pokémon that are summoned with a Poké Ball.

The game's initial roster consists of the original 8 playable characters from the first Super Smash Bros. game, which includes Pikachu, while the rest of the characters must be unlocked.

A few other things confirmed in the original video is that the female Pikachu version will be added as an color swap for Pikachu as well as Pikachu Libre, also a female, who is known appearing in Pokkén Tournament (Pokkén Tournament DX). Also for Pokémon Trainer, Leaf from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Version will be added as a color swap. As Greninja gains Bond Phenomenon transformation as Ash-Greninja into this game, meaning this Greninja is confirmed to be a male.

On November 1, 2018 it was confirmed through Nintendo Direct that Incineroar is a playable character, and revealed to be the last Pokémon role for Unshō Ishizuka before his passing in August 13, 2018.

This is also be the third game to have storyline since it was last appearing in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. However, it is the first game to have voice over cutscenes for all cast, mainly English and Japanese. Yet, it is unknown whether the full sentence voice over will affect the regular gameplay, such as for the human speaking characters who don’t have either full sentences or/and secondary language voice between the two said languages, just like Fire Emblem’s Marth and Roy who are confirmed to have English which they did not obtained in the previous games.

Development

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first teased during a Nintendo Direct on March 8, 2018, under the tentative title Super Smash Bros., and was formally announced during Nintendo's Nintendo Direct presentation at E3 2018.

The game was developed by Bandai Namco Studios and Sora Ltd., the same team that developed Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, with Masahiro Sakurai as the director.

Due to the ever-expanding roster and the separate franchises that represent them, it was revealed on November 1 through Nintendo Direct that due to the difficulty of creating trophies, the trophy system was removed and instead various non-playable characters will serve as Spirits and provide temporary power-ups for the playable characters. These include many different Pokémon from the Pokémon franchise.

Newcomers

  • So far, 13 newcomers have been confirmed with 4 upcoming DLC characters (after Piranha Plant and Joker) releasing in 2019. So far, the revealed newcomers are:
    • Inkling (Splatoon)
    • Daisy (Super Mario Bros.) (Echo Fighter for Princess Peach)
    • Ridley (Metroid)
    • Simon Belmont (Castlevania)
      • Richter Belmont (Castlevania) (Echo Fighter)
    • Dark Samus (Metroid) (Echo Fighter for Samus)
    • Chrom (Fire Emblem) (Echo Fighter for Roy)
    • King K. Rool (Donkey Kong)
    • Isabelle (Animal Crossing)
    • Ken Masters (Street Fighter) (Echo Fighter for Ryu)
    • Incineroar (Pokémon)
    • Piranha Plant (Super Mario Bros.) (DLC Character)
    • Ren Amamiya/Joker (Persona) (DLC Character)

Stages

There are several Pokémon themed stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with every previous stage returning except for PokéFloats.

Saffron City

A stage consisting of three main platforms and two moving platforms. Two tall platforms stand on each end of the stage while a giant platform stands in the middle. Several Pokémon can be summoned from the center building on this stage including Porygon, Charmander, Venusaur, Chansey, and Electrode. The Pokémon Pidgey, Fearow, Butterfree, and occasionally the rare Moltres will fly in the background sky.

Pokémon Stadium

A stage consisting of several transformations. The stage starts off flat, but can change its platforms, themed on a different type. The stage can be themed off of the Grass, Water, Fire, or Rock-type.

Pokémon Stadium 2

Similar to the original Pokémon Stadium. The stage starts off flat, but can change its platforms, themed on a different type. When the stage is in Electric-type mode, Electivire and Magnezone appear in the background. When the stage is in Ice-type mode, Snorunt and Snover appear in the background. When the stage is in Flying-type mode, Skarmory, Drifloon, and Hoppip appear in the background. When the stage is in Ground-type mode, Cubone and Dugtrio appear in the background.

Spear Pillar

This stage is split into two platforms with one underneath the other. There are two floating platforms on the top platform. Occasionally, Dialga, Palkia, or Cresselia will appear in the background and interfere with the players by flipping the stage upside-down, destroying part of the stage, on shooting out attacks.

Unova Pokémon League

This stage is mostly made up of one flat platform with two floating platforms and two staircases at the sides of the stage. Occasionally, Reshiram or Zekrom will appear in the background, either destroying the stage with electricity or fire. Milotic, Shaymin and Whimsicott can also appear in the background, but have no effect in battle.

Prism Tower

This stage mostly shifts while flying around the Prism Tower. Helioptile can be seen while the stage is on the ground and Yveltal, Zapdos, Emolga, and Magnemite can be seen flying around the stage and the tower.

Kalos Pokémon League

This stage mostly shifts between 4 types and changes the platforms. Obstacles stand in the way of battle during each transition. While the stage is in Dragon-type mode, Axew, Dragonite, Garchomp, and Hydreigon will appear in the background. Occasionally, Rayquaza will appear by itself and will fly across the stage. While the stage is in Water-type mode, Wailord, Clawitzer, Blastoise, and Piplup will appear in the background. Occasionally, Manaphy will appear by itself and will cause a whirlpool in the center on the stage. While the stage is in Fire-type mode, Infernape, Tepig, Pyroar, and Blaziken will appear in the background. Occasionally, Ho-Oh will appear by itself and will cause giant flame pillars to erupt from the stage. While the stage is in Steel-type mode, Honedge, Steelix, Scizor, and Klinklang will appear in the background. Occasionally, Registeel will appear by itself and will use giant steel swords to attack players.

Spirits

As the trophies have been removed, Spirits of various non-playable characters are collected instead that serve as temporary power-ups. This will also include different Pokémon from the Pokémon franchise. Some of them include:

List of Pokémon Spirits
Name Type Class Ability
Abra Support Novice Improved Escape
Abomasnow Shield Novice Fire Weakness
Absol Attack Novice No Effect
Aegislash Support Advanced Killing Edge Equipped
Alolan Exeggutor Support Advanced Back Shield Equipped
Alolan Raichu Support Advanced Bury Immunity
Alolan Vulpix Support Novice Freezie Equipped
Ampharos Attack Advanced Electric Attack ↑
Arbok Attack Novice
No Effect
Arcanine Support Advanced Mouthful of Curry
Arceus Neutral Legend No Effect
Articuno, Zapdos & Moltres Attack Legend No Effect
Bellossom Support Novice Ramblin' Evil Mushroom Equipped
Bewear Attack Advanced No Effect
Black Kyurem Attack Ace No Effect
Blastoise Shield Advanced Electric Weakness
Blaziken Attack Advanced Foot Attack ↑
Celebi Grab Legend Great Autoheal
Chandelure Support Advanced Lava-Floor Resist
Chansey Shield Advanced Fairy Bottle Equipped
Charizard Fighter None No Effect
Charmander Attack Novice Water Weakness
Chespin Shield Novice Fire Weakness
Chikorita Grab Novice Fire Weakness
Clefairy Neutral Novice No Effect
Cobalion, Terrakion, & Virizion Neutral Ace No Effect
Cresselia Shield Ace No Effect
Cubone Grab Novice Water Weakness
Darkrai Sheild Ace Slumber Immunity
Dedenne Support Novice Electric Attack ↑
Deoxys (Normal Forme) Grab Legend PSI Attack ↑
Detective Pikachu Support Advanced Fog Immunity
Dialga Grab Ace No Effect
Diancie Grab Advanced Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Ditto Support Advanced Trade-off Attacks ↑
Dugtrio Shield Novice Electric Resist ↑
Dragonite Shield Advanced No Effect
Eevee Neutral Novice No Effect
Electrode Support Advanced Bomber Equipped
Farfetch'd Support Novice Lip's Stick Equipped
Flygon Grab Advanced No Effect
Garchomp Attack Advanced No Effect
Gardevoir Support Advanced Perfect-Shield Reflect
Genesect Shield Ace No Effect
Gengar Grab Advanced Poison Damage Reduced
Geodude Shield Novice Water Weakness
Giratina (Altered Forme) Neutral Ace Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Giratina (Origin Forme) Neutral Legend Shield Damage ↑
Goldeen Shield Novice Swimmer
Greninja Fighter None No Effect
Groudon Attack Advanced Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Gyarados Support Advanced Air Attack ↑
Heracross Grab Advanced Fire Weakness
Hitmonlee Attack Advanced Foot Attack ↑
Ho-Oh Neutral Legend Additional Midair Jump
Hoopa (Confined Forme) Grab Advanced Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Hoopa (Unbound Forme) Grab Ace Toss & Meteor ↑
Houndoom Attack Advanced Fire Attack ↑
Hydreigon Attack Advanced No Effect
Incineroar Fighter None No Effect
Inkay Support Advanced Falling Immunity
Ivysaur Fighter None No Effect
Jigglypuff Fighter None No Effect
Jirachi Support Legend Fast Final Smash Meter
Kangaskhan Grab Advanced Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Keldeo (Ordinary Forme) Shield Advanced Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Keldeo (Resolute Forme) Shield Legend Hyper Smash Attacks
Kyogre Shield Advanced Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Kyurem Shield Advanced Toss & Meteor ↑
Landorus (Therian Forme) Neutral Ace No Effect
Lapras Support Advanced Weapon Resist ↑
Latias & Latios Support Ace Strong-Wind Immunity
Lucario Fighter None No Effect
Lugia Grab Ace Water Attack ↑
Lunala Grab Ace No Effect
Machamp Grab Advanced No Effect
Magearna Support Ace Ice-Floor Immunity
Magneton Shield Novice Electric Attack ↑
Manaphy Grab Legend Running Start
Marill Support Novice Impact Run
Mega Charizard X Attack Ace Fire Attack ↑
Mega Diancie Grab Legend Franklin Badge Equipped
Mega Kangaskhan Grab Ace Chance of Double Final Smash
Mega Lucario Grab Ace Initial Damage 30%
Mega Mewtwo Y Grab Ace PSI Attack ↑
Meloetta (Aria Forme) Support Ace Autoheal
Meowth Shield Advanced Thrown Items ↑
Metapod Support Novice Critical-Health Defense ↑
Metagross Shield Advanced PSI Attack ↑
Mew Support Legend Special-Move Power ↑
Mewtwo Fighter None No Effect
Milotic Neutral Advanced Undamaged Attack ↑
Miltank Support Novice Instadrop
Mimikyu Support Advanced Death's Scythe Equipped
Necrozma Support Ace Gravity-Change Immunity
Nihilego Support Ace Screen-Flip Immunity
Oshawott Grab Novice Electric Weakness
Palkia Shield Ace No Effect
Partner Eevee Support Ace Stats ↑↑ after Eating
Partner Pikachu Support Ace Undamaged Attack & Speed ↑
Pichu Fighter None No Effect
Pidgey Support Novice Landing Lag ↓
Pikachu Fighter None No Effect
Pikachu Libre Fighter None No Effect
Pinsir Grab Advanced No Effect
Piplup Shield Novice Fire/Explosion Resist ↑
Pokémon Trainer Female Fighter None No Effect
Pokémon Trainer Male Fighter None No Effect
Porygon Shield Novice No Effect
Primal Groudon Shield Ace Fire/Explosion Resist ↑
Primal Kyogre Attack Ace Water/Freezing Resist ↑
Psyduck Grab Novice PSI Attack ↑
Pyukumuku Support Novice Critical-Health Attack ↑
Raikou, Entei & Suicune Shield Ace Speed ↑
Rapidash Attack Advanced Speed ↑
Rayquaza Neautral Ace Jump ↑
Regigigas Attack Ace Slow Super Armor
Reshiram Shield Ace Fire Attack ↑
Rotom Grab Advanced Energy Shot Attack/Resistance ↑
Rowlet Shield Novice Fire Weakness
Scizor Attack Advanced Fire Weakness
Salamence Attack Advanced Jump ↑
Sandshrew Support Novice Screw Attack Equipped
Shaymin (Land Forme) Grab Ace Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Shaymin (Sky Forme) Grab Legend Jump ↑
Shedinja Support Advanced Trade-Off Defense ↑
Skarmory Shield Novice Electric Weakness
Slowpoke Master None No Effect
Smeargle Neutral Novice No Effect
Snorlax Support Advanced Strong-Wind Resist
Solgaleo Attack Ace Fire Attack ↑
Squirtle Fighter None No Effect
Staryu Grab Novice Electric Weakness
Steelix Shield Advanced Weight ↑
Sudowoodo Support Novice Transformation Duration ↑
Tapu Koko Shield Ace Electric Attack ↑
Tauros Neutral Advanced Speed ↑
Thundurus (Incarnate Forme) Shield Advanced Move Speed ↑
Togedemaru Shield Novice Electric Attack ↑
Togepi Support Advanced Critical-Health Stats ↑
Tornadus (Incarnate Forme) Attack Advanced Item Gravitation
Tyranitar Shield Advanced Water Weakness
Unown Grab Novice PSI Resist ↑
Uxie, Mesprit & Azelf Grab Ace PSI Attack ↑
Venusaur Shield Advanced Fire Weakness
Victini Support Legend Hyper Smash Attacks
Volcanion Support Ace Lava-Floor Immunity
Vulpix Support Novice Fire Flower Equipped
Weezing Support Novice Fire & Explosion Attack ↑
White Kyurem Shield Ace No Effect
Wobbuffet Support Advanced Irreversible Controls
Wooper Support Novice Water & Ice Attack ↑
Xerneas Shield Ace No Effect
Yveltal Grab Ace No Effect
Zekrom Grab Ace Electric Attack ↑
Zoroark Attack Advanced No Effect
Zygarde 50% Grab Novice Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
Zygarde Complete Grab Legend Critical-Health Healing

Poké Balls

One of the items still available in this game is the Poké Ball. When you pick it up and throw it, a Pokémon comes out and attacks the other players. Below is a list of available Pokémon and the moves they use.

  • Electrode uses Explosion. This attack causes a huge explosion in 3 seconds. You can throw Electrode last-second in order to blow away opponents. It can also fake-out players by short-circuiting and failing to explode, only to explode when players get close.
  • Alolan Exeggutor doesn't use a move, but acts as a block in the middle of the stage.
  • Goldeen uses Splash. This attack just lets Goldeen flop on the stage, doing nothing whatsoever.
  • Staryu uses Swift. This attack allows Staryu to hover around the nearest opponent and shoot rapid-fire stars at them.
  • Ditto uses Transform. This allows Ditto to transform into its summoner and then attack opponents. Ditto was originally planned to be in Melee, but was cut due to coding errors.
  • Eevee uses Take Down. This attack allows Eevee to lunge towards players that are close. If no one is near, Eevee looks around, confused.
  • Snorlax uses Body Slam. This attack lets Snorlax jump to the top of the screen and come back down bigger, crushing opponents that are underneath or near it.
  • Moltres uses Fly. Any player that touches Moltres while it flies away will take damage.
  • Entei uses Fire Spin. This attack lets Entei boost a large fire pillar that can trap opponents within it.
  • Suicune uses Aurora Beam. This attack allows Suicune to shoot a beam forward, freezing opponents that touch it.
  • Lugia uses Aeroblast. This attack lets Lugia fly to the background and emit large waves of energy to damage opponents.
  • Gardevoir uses Reflect. This attack allows Gardevoir to summon a reflective barrier that stops projectile attacks. Players can go inside the barrier to protect themselves.
  • Kyogre uses Hydro Pump. This attack pushes opponents off the stage. Kyogre can follow the opponent by flying.
  • Deoxys uses Hyper Beam. Any players that get near the beam that Deoxys fires take big damage and also can get trapped.
  • Abomasnow uses Blizzard & Ice Punch. These attacks allow Abomasnow to freeze opponents with Ice Punch and to trap opponents with Blizzard.
  • Palkia uses Spacial Rend. This attack allows Palkia to flip the screen upside-down, causing difficulty until it goes away.
  • Giratina uses Dragon Breath. This attack allows Giratina to push opponents off-screen if they get trapped.
  • Darkrai uses Dark Void. This attack pulls in opponents and puts them to sleep. Darkrai's Bad Dreams ability causes them to take damage while asleep.
  • Arceus uses Gravity. This attack grounds any airborne opponents. If there is no stage below the opponent, they are immediately KOed.
  • Victini uses Victory Star. This allows Victini to give its summoner Super Armor and raises all of their stats.
  • Snivy uses Razor Leaf. This attack shoots rapid-fire leaves at the opponent.
  • Oshawott uses Surf. This attack allows Oshawott to surf across the stage until it flies off the edge, possibly taking opponents along with it. It replaces Piplup.
  • Zoroark uses Fury Swipes. This attack allows Zoroark to strike the first opponent it hits and then Meteor Smash the opponent when done slashing them.
  • Kyurem uses Icy Wind. This attack allows Kyurem to release icy blows from its sides, freezing opponents.
  • Keldeo uses Secret SwordKeldeo jumps around the stage, slashing opponents it can reach.
  • Meloetta uses Echoed VoiceMeloetta releases orbs of music that rapidly bounce across the stage.
  • Genesect uses Techno BlastGenesect jumps around the stage, releasing small bullets and then firing a giant beam.
  • Chespin uses Seed Bomb. This attack allows Chespin to release seeds that do damage around it. Chespin can also be pushed around the stage by its summoner.
  • Fennekin uses Incinerate. This attack allows Fennekin to shoot out fire beside it.
  • Fletchling uses Peck. Any opponents near Fletchling are repeatedly pecked and also flinch when pecked.
  • Spewpa uses Stun Spore. When Spewpa is attacked, it releases spores that stun the opponent temporarily.
  • Gogoat uses Take Down. This attack allows Gogoat to run across the stage, running into opponents. The player is also able to ride on its back, but with the risk of Gogoat jumping off the stage.
  • Swirlix uses Cotton Spore. Any players that go near Swirlix move slower as long as they are around Swirlix.
  • Inkay uses Topsy-Turvy. Any players nearby Inkay will trip.
  • Dedenne uses Discharge. This attack allows Dedenne to release an X-shaped electric attack that can trap opponents.
  • Xerneas uses Geomancy. This allows Xerneas to boost all the stats of its summoner plus super and gold armor.
  • Bewear uses Brutal Swing. Bewear walks around the stage, uppercutting any opponents, launching them offscreen.
  • Pyukumuku uses Counter. Any player that attacks Pyukumuku are attacked back with equal force. Pyukumuku can also be picked up and thrown.
  • Togedemaru uses Zing Zap. This attack allows Togedemaru to release giant electricity from it. It can trap opponents that get near it.
  • Mimikyu uses Let's Snuggle Forever. This attack allows Mimikyu to grab onto nearby opponents and trap them while doing damage.
  • Tapu Koko uses Electroweb. This attack spans over a large range and traps opponents. It also shoots out electricity from vertical and diagonal angles.
  • Solgaleo uses Sunsteel Strike. This attack shoots a beam from Solgaleo, launching any opponents.
  • Lunala uses Moongeist Beam. Lunala flies to the back of the screen and shoots a beam, launching any opponents.
  • Marshadow uses Spectral Thief. Marshadow sneaks around the stage and punches opponents, potentially launching them.

Trivia

  • All of the new PokéBall Pokémon are either from Generation I or VII.
  • Meowth and Scizor are only PokéBall Pokémon to be cut and then reintroduced from former titles.
    • Meowth was present in every game except Melee.
    • Scizor was introduced in Melee and didn't return until Ultimate.
  • This was the last Pokemon role of Unshō Ishizuka as only Incineroar after his passing in August 13, 2018.
  • The Pokémon series has the most Spirits out of all franchises.
  • Two DLC spirits can be obtained from uploading save files from Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. These two spirits are the Partner Pikachu if you've uploaded Let's Go Pikachu and the Partner Eevee if you've uploaded Let's Go Eevee.
  • This is the only Smash game in which there is no new Pokémon-themed stage.
  • This game continues the trend of Pokémon being the most recent franchise represented by a fighter:
    • In Smash 64, Pikachu & Jigglypuff debuted in 1996.
    • In Smash Melee, Pichu debuted in 1999 (not counting Roy, who hadn't appeared in any form of game).
    • In Smash Brawl, Lucario debuted in 2006.
    • In Smash 4, Greninja debuted in 2013 (not counting DLC characters).
    • In Smash Ultimate, Incineroar debuted in 2016.

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