Nintendo suddenly dropped a ton of information about Super Smash Bros Ultimate‘s 3.0 update, which goes live tomorrow, April 17, 2019. Wow! Here’s a rundown of everything we learned.
Take Your Heart, Joker
Persona 5‘s protagonist, Joker, was the main attraction of today’s announcements. We knew the character was on the way as the game’s first official DLC (Piranha Plant doesn’t count as one of the five), but today we learned a lot more than we knew before.
We have a full character guide here, but here are the highlights:
- He can raise a Rebellion Gauge to summon his persona Arsene to change his Special Moves
- His stage Mementos can change hue depending on the chosen music
- Joker’s win screen mimics the successful battle screen in Persona 5
- Music from Persona 3, 4, and 5 will all appear in game
- Costumes from those three Persona games will be available for Mii fighters
- Joker’s outfits are his Thief outfit and his school outfit
Joker is available through the Fighter Pass or via Challenger Pack 1 for $5.99. This Challenger Pack also comes with a special Spirit Board with new Persona-based spirits.
Mii Fighter Costumes
New Mii Fighter costumes will be available, as well. Announced in the Nintendo video were the following costumes:
- Morgana (Persona 5)
- Persona 4 Protagonist (Swordfighter)
- Teddie Hat (Persona 4)
- Persona 3 Protagonist (Swordfighter)
- Tails (Gunner)
- Knuckles (Brawler)
I’m trying to keep this post editorial-free, but this Knuckles outfit. Oh my god.
All six Mii Fighter costumes can be purchased for $.75 each.
The most notable addition to Smash Ultimate outside of character content is the Stage Builder, which will naturally allow players to create their own stages. This system appears to be fairly robust and allows handheld and docked play.
In handheld mode, you can freely draw on the screen to create objects. You can also create moving platforms, spinning platforms, and stage hazards in your creations. New objects not seen before in Smash can be placed in your creations, including a Portal-like object that teleports players from one area to another.
You can place objects in the foreground and background layers, enabling some pretty impressive customization options. Background layers are for decorations, while foreground layers can be interacted with. Created stages will appear in a special Custom tab in the Stage Select screen.
Players will be able to import videos saved to their Switch console into the Video Editor suite. This allows for simple edits to be made as well as audio importing. You’ll be able to add subtitles and transitions, as well. Exporting the video to your console will, of course, allow you to share videos directly to social media.
A new section of the menu will appear called Shared Content. You can find and share video files here, but you’ll also be able to upload and download Mii Fighters and Custom Stages here.
The Like system is called “Yeah!” and you’ll be able to follow creators you particularly like. I’m of course looking forward to merritt uploading her Furnie Sanders there as soon as possible.
You’ll need a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership to access Smash World in the official Switch Online App, but it’s getting new features tomorrow. It already supported voice chat, but now you’ll be able to view videos and stages uploaded to Shared Content directly from your smart phone. What’s more is you’ll be able to queue videos and stages for download on your device directly from the app, as well. When you log into Smash Ultimate on Switch, they’ll be waiting for your download in a special tab in Shared Content.
That’s it for Super Smash Bros Ultimate‘s 3.0 update! There are four more DLC characters to be announced and released before February 2020, so you can safely assume another one of these updates will hit around mid-summer. Around E3, perhaps…