3 Ways Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Differs from the Other Titles – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Report

12.July.2018 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

Nintendo attended this year’s Japan Expo in Paris, which ran from July 4 to 8. They were set up in a 1,300m² space where fans had the opportunity to try out the highly-anticipated next entry to the Smash series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which is set for release on December 7, 2018.

 

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON had the opportunity to play the game at the event. Here’s our report.

 

Nintendo’s behemoth play space

 

Nintendo’s huge area stood out from the other booths at the event. People could try playing Splatoon 2 and Nintendo Labo, and there was a stage area that could fit around 1,000 people. They really had it all.

 

Fans could even take a photo with their favourite characters.

Onto the main event – the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate booth. Despite it being 9:00am the line was huge!

Here it is, the new Smash game. As a side note, did you know the title of the game is different in Japan? In Japan it’s called Super Smash Bros. Special.

The GameCube controller is compatible again just like with Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It feels great to hold and the L, R, A and B buttons are nice and easy to press.

The middle of the controller is decorated with the iconic Smash symbol.

 

His fingers were itching to play as Kirby first. The opponent was chosen randomly and ended up being the Pokémon Trainer.

 

■Point 1: Smoother & Speedier Gameplay

The in-game movement feels smoother than previous titles in the series and the response is much quicker.

 

Also, in the other games you were never able to freely move and attack while in mid-air, but in Ultimate you can move up, down, left and right after jumping.

 

■Point 2: Special Moves Changed

Bomberman is assisting us with his bomb explosion

 

The characters’ special moves, including Kirby, have changed. We wanted to try out some of the other characters too, but we ran out of time. We’re definitely excited to see the rest of the special moves once the game comes out.

 

Let’s check out some of the new characters that have been added to the franchise. There’s Daisy from the Mario series, Inkling from the Splatoon, and Ridley from Metroid.

 

First up we saw Inkling and Ridley. We also chose the new stage Moray Towers which is from Splatoon.

You have to move up and down on Moray Towers which can be a little difficult if you’re not used to it.

This is Inkling’s special move, it’s pretty strong.

 

Inkling uses paint and ink tanks for her moves just like in Splatoon.

And Ridley’s move set works kind of like Charizard.

 

■Point 3: Several Characters Have Unique Abilities

We heard from a member of staff that characters who used similar moves up to now have been given their own original abilities.

 

For example, Fox, Captain Falcon and Wolf have all had similar abilities up to now, but in the new game they are decked out with their own skill sets, so they all play differently.

 

Having gotten our fill of the game, this ends the report.

 

All the characters from the first title up to now will feature in Ultimate. The game is perfect for anyone who hasn’t gamed much recently and were crazy for Smash when they were younger.

 

Look out for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate coming to Nintendo Switch on December 7.

 

 

Point Overview

Smoother and speedier gameplay

Special moves changed

Several characters now decked out with their own unique abilities

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    The cafe is also selling exclusive merchandise as part of the collaboration. The collection includes a t-shirt, sacoche bag, and cap. Each item has a simple design making them easy to incorporate into looks.

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    Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MMN Editorial Team)

    Photographer: Haruka Yamamoto

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    Another pocket design this time with a Chain Chomp poking its head out. We all have our memories with these feisty and irritable critters―one misstep or bad jump offers you as a meal to this crazy chomper.

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    Women’s Collection

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    Kid’s Collection

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    Donkey Kong is another member of the Mario family, and only kids get his t-shirt. You’d better not steal his bananas.

    Kids also get this exclusive bright green t-shirt with an adorable sleeping Yoshi on it. This one is perfect for easily-excitable children.

    If you buy anything from this collection in-store it will come bagged in one of these question block shopping bags. These are limited in stock and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

     

    If you’re in Osaka then you’ll definitely want to stop by the Shinsaibashi branch of UNIQLO. The entire store (from March 29) is lit up to create an awesome looking 8-bit Mario! More characters are planned to show their faces on the building too  up until mid-April.

     

    Which t-shirt are you eyeing up the most?

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