Smash Ultimate certainly loves its roster of classic Nintendo characters. Some of them were made by the publisher itself, while others are usually just associated with Nintendo consoles. Over the years, however, the company has branched out into series that aren’t quite what you’d expect. One such series is Metal Gear Solid — which only appeared on the GameCube in the form of a single remake. That’s good enough, we suppose, when you’ve got such a huge number of character slots to fill out.
Smash Ultimate sports 74 different playable characters at launch — including every single previous character from the super-franchise and a bunch of fresh faces. That’s not even including the glut of DLC fighters, assist trophies, and more. There’s so much that no one person could possibly keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a guide to every single character.
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This guide, if it wasn’t obvious from the headline, is all about Snake. He’s not the only character to go by that code name throughout the Metal Gear Solid franchise. So you might specifically say that this is Solid Snake. And, despite the fact that his home series has its share of clones, this is one character without any sort of Echo Fighter. He’s all along on this not-so-sneaky mission through Nintendo nostalgia.
According to Snake’s official Nintendo character description…
Back by popular demand, Snake brings a ranged fighting style unlike any other fighter in the game. His Final Smash locks onto an opponent and fires five homing missiles.
Hand Grenade (B) – Throws a grenade that detonates after a short time. Holding the button can delay the grenade toss.
Remote Missile (Side + B) – Shoots a missile that flies forward. The direction can be adjusted while it flies.
Cypher (Up + B) – Grabs on to a Cypher and flies up into the air to avoid attacks. Pressing down causes Snake to let go.
C4 (Down + B) – Plants an explosive on the ground or directly on an opponent. Using down special again sets it off.
Covering Fire (Final Smash) – Snake calls for reinforcements, and then uses a targeting reticle to lock on to foes up to five times. Missiles are launched at the targets. If you don’t lock on to anyone, the missiles fly toward the reticle’s last location.
Strengths & Weaknesses
“Kept ya waiting, huh?” Snake is finally back in Smash Ultimate and Brawl veterans will feel right at home with the stealth commando. Powerful CQC attacks and tricky setups with his arsenal of gadgets give Snake potent combo potential. His recovery is also a bit more forgiving than other fighters’.
His endurance is a little lower this time around, to compensate, so hits hurt a bit more for modern Solid Snake. He wants to be in control of the match, because even though he can get back to the ledge just fine, his aerial game lacks and his Cypher recovery can be destroyed.
Solid Snake is a simple man. He’s got a stealthy black version of his suit and a slew of camo treatments. Then there’s a leopard print suit, because of course he does. You’ve got to look good while hiding under boxes, folks.
Snake? Snake!? Snaaaaake… is a solid competitor in the Smash Ultimate roster, regardless of how “Nintendo” his franchise may be. Just be sure to fight with him at the range he prefers and you should be blowing up fools in no time. And in case of emergency, you can always try to hide.
All of our Smash Ultimate guides created with the help of Eric Van Allen.