A new video comparing the graphics for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to the last installment proves that the upcoming game is a major visual improvement for the series. Since the game was announced, some fans have believed that Ultimate is simply an enhanced port of the Wii U version from 2014.
Officially unveiled by Nintendo at E3 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate promises to bring back every fighter in the history of the series, including fighters like Young Link and Pichu, who haven't been playable since 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee. At launch, the game will include 103 stages, along with new and returning modes, online play, and one more yet to be revealed mode. Ultimate will also introduce at least eight new fighters to the series, including the long-rumored Simon Belmont from Castlevania, and two highly requested fan-favorites, Donkey Kong Country's King K. Rool and Metroid's Ridley.
GameXplain has released a video that provides a visual comparison between Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. The video looks at various stages featured in both games. When looking at the stages side by side, it becomes clear that Ultimate is a big step up in terms of graphics. Stages look sharper, have better lighting, and are filled with even more detailed than ever.
These improvements are particularly noticeable in stages like Suzaku Castle, Delfino Plaza, Castle Siege, Gaur Plain, Bridge of Eldin, Halberd, and Skyworld. It should be noted that not all stages have been enhanced. Hyrule Castle, 3D Land, and Kong Jungle, for example, remain largely unchanged. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai explained in last week's Nintendo Direct presentation that stages from the original Super Smash Bros. were left alone in order to retain a retro look.
There are some fans who maintain that Ultimate focuses too much on old content from past installments, and not enough on new content. A common complaint is that if Ultimate contains 65 characters from previous games, there won't be much room for new challengers. Though it's true that the game features a limited number of new characters and stages due to the emphasis the developers put on bringing back all fighters, this video should erase any lingering doubts that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is much more than an enhanced port of the Wii U game.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches December 7, 2018, for the Nintendo Switch.