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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The Unbreakable Brawl that Defies Consoles!

Hold onto your controllers, gamers, because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is here to rule the fighting game kingdom! This beloved franchise has become a ...

Phil Hayton Feb 05, 2024
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: The Unbreakable Brawl that Defies Consoles!

Hold onto your controllers, gamers, because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is here to rule the fighting game kingdom! This beloved franchise has become a cornerstone of Nintendo's gaming empire, and Ultimate, the latest installment, has taken the Nintendo Switch by storm. But don't expect a new entry to crash onto the scene anytime soon. With its massive roster and lasting popularity, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the heavyweight champion that won't be dethroned, even for the upcoming Switch 2.

Now, it's no secret that Super Smash Bros. games take their sweet time to grace us with their presence. Ultimate arrived approximately four years after its predecessor, but hey, we've seen lengthier waits in the past. And it makes sense when you think about it. These games are colossal undertakings, blending characters from a myriad of franchises into one epic brawl. Balancing such a fighting game is like trying to juggle Piranha Plants while riding a unicycle—it takes a lot of research and testing. Yet, even with all the development time and post-release balancing updates, we still ended up with Steve from Minecraft raining TNT on our heads. Oops!

Interestingly, Super Smash Bros. games have a tradition of not launching until at least a year into a console's life. Plus, there's always only one Smash title per console. It's a smart strategy, my friends. By waiting a few years and avoiding the launch window, new Smash games can incorporate changes from other franchises. For example, just look at Link's transformation throughout the Zelda series. Smash Bros. perfectly captures those changes, like a skilled painter with a sword. In Ultimate, they updated Link's outfit and bomb mechanics to match his Breath of the Wild design. Waiting also allows Smash to include the latest series changes from the new console generation's big hitters.

But hold onto your Joy-Con, there's more! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still a hot commodity, even years after its release. In the early days of 2024, Nintendo surprised us with new spirits for Ultimate. That's right, they couldn't resist adding more life to the party because the game's appeal just won't quit. While a port of Ultimate to the next-gen Nintendo console might not be out of the question, a completely new entry seems unlikely. I mean, have you seen the monstrous size of Smash Ultimate's roster? It's like trying to fit Bowser into a phone booth!

Let's not forget the Herculean effort it took to create Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The mastermind behind the series, Masahiro Sakurai, has openly discussed the challenges of not only developing each character but also securing the rights and keeping everyone, including Nintendo and other companies, happy. It's a balancing act that would make a tightrope walker sweat. Considering all the rights involved, the existence of Ultimate is practically a miracle. So, future entries might have smaller rosters or rely more heavily on first-party franchises. If that's the case, it's only natural that Nintendo wants to keep Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the spotlight for as long as possible.

In conclusion, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the reigning champion, still packing a punch and refusing to back down. Its massive roster is a feat unlikely to be replicated, and the series rarely sees new entries alongside a console release. But you know what? That's actually a good thing. The gaming landscape hasn't changed much since Ultimate's DLC releases concluded. Waiting until later in the next console generation's life will give the next entry a chance to shine even brighter, like a Smash Ball exploding with excitement. So, dear fans, be patient and savor the endless battles Ultimate has to offer. The future of Super Smash Bros. will be worth the wait.

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