Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been out for over a month now, and whether you got it on release or for Christmas, you should have had some time to dive into it and try and find your own favourite characters, and also realise just how chaotic four-player brawls can be!
If you’re newer to the series though you might find yourself hitting a wall. While Smash isn’t always appreciated as a fighting game, it can be a little hard to break into. Plus, this version has some big changes which make playing it more complex than before. So, without any further ado, here are a few tips to help you get even better.
Fly You Fools
The mechanics of Smash really make it stand apart from other fighting games. While other games may well have juggling, the aim is usually to trash your opponent’s health bar, not knock them flying off screen and into the camera! With the rather unique win condition of Smash, one of the most important lessons you can learn is to master aerial combat. Whenever you’re playing around try to always jump after the other fighters; just knocking them about isn’t enough. Launching an enemy into the sun is much easier if they are already up in the air and you can keep dealing damage.
The best way to practice this is in training mode. If you can practice knocking the dummy into the air and then following them, well then, it’ll cause your friends some issues going forwards
Mix It Up
Smash Ultimate really punishes you for doing the same moves repeatedly, even more than before. Dodging continuously now punishes you with a bit of slowdown to encourage you to jump, shield, or even perfect shield as well. The same is true of attacks as well. If you continue to use the same moves, they drop in effectiveness, both in damage and in launch power. It pays to make full use of your arsenal or suffer the consequences both offensively and defensively.
Then again, I’m sure that won’t stop the Kirby player in the group using the Final Cutter attack on repeat…
Whose Control Scheme Is This?
Smash lets you change the controls to whatever you want. Simply enter your name and set it up however you’d like. This might not seem like much, but doing something as simple as changing the right-stick from smash attacks to tilt attacks can completely revolutionise how you play. Really mess around with it to find out what suits you, just remember to actually choose your scheme each time.
Smash is fairly unpredictable for the most part, so the best thing to do is embrace this when you are starting out. I see a lot of people saying to choose a character and stick with them, but I disagree. Once you have a grasp of the controls and how the game works, I think it’s much better for you you put the character choice onto random and cycle through the different fighters.
Doing this is more fun, even if it can be a little frustrating when you end up with a dud, but it also gives the fighters a chance to hook you. I had no idea I liked using Robin until they appeared while I was doing this. Give it a shot and see if you can find a new main.
Ignore the Tier Lists
There’s a nasty tendency among the fighting game community to try and dictate how good or bad a character is. While they can be fun to look at and see where you favourite smasher sits, don’t let it get you down if you think they should be higher and more importantly, don’t let them affect your character choice too much. Ultimately tier lists tend to be that one person’s opinion on the matter and they also tend to only really apply at the top of the competitive ladder. Just choose the characters you like and don’t worry too much.
The Spirit of Competition
The new spirits can be a little bit perplexing, but mastering them really helps when smashing through the game’s huge amounts of single player content. The key to a nice trip through the World of Light is to try and break the system. For example, if you use Donkey Kong with an entire team of spirits who boost the damage of your punches, you’ll be dealing 70+ points of damage with a charged smash attack!
If you want to let them into the mix, they can be a lot of fun in multiplayer too. Sure, it makes things completely absurd, but gaming is meant to be fun, right?
Outside of these tips, getting good at Smash really comes down to playing and practising a lot. Play through World of Light, battle through Classic mode and on the Spirit Board, and mess around with high level CPU characters. Hell, even go online and get crushed by randoms. The most important thing is to have fun and crush your friends. After all, they deserve it.