Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s version 3.0 update is out sometime today, 17th April, and Nintendo have taken the wraps off a bunch of new content and features coming to the game in a long 15 minutes video. There’s a good long look at new character Joker from Persona 5, as well as details of a stage builder, video editing and Smash World.
Update: It now seems this will be coming out overnight. The EU Nintendo accounts are saying it will be available on 18th April, while US accounts say 17th, while server maintenance is planned from 5:50PM to 8:30PM Pacific, which is from 2:50AM to 4:30AM in the UK. Hurrah for time zones!
Challenger Pack 1 features Joker from Persona 5 and is available later today for $5.99 or as part of the Fighters Pass. It features a Joker route in Classic Mode and a Joker version of the Spirit Board.
Joker is a fun looking character, wielding a knife for his basic melee attacks, but whipping out a gun for his neutral special attack, which can continue firing while dodging. His upward special fires a grappling hook which can be used to pull enemies closer, as well as grappling joker up to ledges. His side special calls upon Eiha power that inflicts damage over time.
His down special is where things get interesting. Joker’s Rebellion Gauge builds up through taking damage and being behind in the game, but using down special triggers Rebel’s Guard and builds it up faster while halving incoming damage and knocking enemies back. Once the Rebellion Gauge is full it summons a manifestation of his persona, Arsene, who will assist all of Joker’s attacks while the gauge drains.
Arsene also modifies Joker’s specials to Gun Special, which now fires three shots, and Wings of Rebellion which flies him around instead of grappling, making Joker invincible for a short time. Eigaon is the side special, which again continues to damage enemies over time, while the down special is now one of two counter attacks.
Finally, the All-Out Smash is his ultimate Final Smash, summoning the Phantom Thieves of Hearts for a co-ordinated strike. If you miss with the first strike, tilting the analogue stick in the opposite direction gives you a second chance at landing the ultimate.
The Persona 5 themed stage is Mementos, the mysterious underground zone. There’s moving platforms, trains running in the background, and Phantom Thieves that will turn up to cheer the battle along. There’s eleven music tracks being added to the game (if you count different arrangements) from Persona 5, 4 and 3, and the colours and background of the stage change depending on the game they come from.
Mii Fighters will be getting a bunch of new costumes to dress up in. From Persona there’s Morgana Hat, Persona 4 Protagonist (Swordfighter), Teddie Hat, Persona 3 Protagonist (Swordfighter) and from Sonic the Hedgehog, a Tails (Gunner) and Knuckles (Brawler) costumes. They’ll be available for $0.75 apiece today, with more planned in future.
Free content updates in Version 3.0 includes the Stage Builder. It looks nice and flexible, letting you draw on the touchscreen in handheld mode, and with front and back layers to add more decorative elements. It gives you the flexibility to include moving and spinning platforms, alongside new stage elements like teleporters. You can find you creations in the new Custom tab on the stage select screen.
Smash Bros. is also getting a Video Editor, letting you take videos saved using the Nintendo Switch video capture feature and edit them using a simple snap and trim timeline. You can add music, subtitles and transitions, with the final video then able to be exported or shared to a gallery of community videos, custom Mii Fighters and custom stages.
Update: Nintendo note that replays saved prior to version 3.0 will not work after the update. If you wish to keep them, you’ll have to convert to video via Vault > Replays > Replay Data > Convert to Video before updating the game. See this tweet for more.
Lastly, Smash World is a new element in the Switch Online app for iOS and Android. It lets you view shared videos (which are hosted on YouTube) and recommended stages that you can queue to download to your copy of the game next time you load it up. Lastly, you can fiddle with your Spirit Collection and create new teams.
It’s a pretty hefty update and, as mentioned above, all of this is out… today! Get smashing.