amiibo Fighters Return in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch

In today’s E3 Nintendo Direct we got our first in-depth look at the Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Switch – Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Why is it the ultimate? Because EVERY character who’s been in a Smash Bros. game previously is returning. Ice Climbers? Yep. Pokemon Trainer? Used Return. SNAKE!? Kept you waiting, but he’s here. Some returning characters have been given tweaks and overhauls, like Link who is more inspired by his Breath of the Wild incarnation with a new look and a couple of new moves. And Ganondorf uses his sword. A lot of stages and items from previous games are coming back as well, in addition to new ones.

We also got a look at some new fighters – Inkling from Splatoon has a unique gimmick where they can ink their opponents, who will then take extra damage from attacks, and Daisy enters as a clone of Peach. But more importantly… RIDLEY HAS BEEN REVEALED. I’ve been waiting for so long, but he’s here and he’s beautiful. He has fast, savage attacks including a piercing attack with his tail that does massive damage if you hit your opponent right in the sweet spot.

The most relevant bit of news for this site, however, was the announcement that the amiibo functionality of  the 3DS and Wii U Smash Bros. games will be returning in Ultimate. Tap a figure of a playable character and you’ll summon a Figure Player of that character who can fight with or against you. They will learn from their battles and level up to become more powerful than a regular character. In the previous games you could customise their moveset and equip them with special bonuses and stat boosts but it’s unknown whether this part of the mechanic will return. It was confirmed that existing Figure Player data from the 3DS and Wii U games can be used within Ultimate, so I would assume that Figure Players will work exactly the same in Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Inkling and Ridley amiibo

It was confirmed afterwards in the Treehouse Live stream that all new fighters will be getting their own amiibo, with the Inkling amiibo and Ridley amiibo being shown off. Clone fighters like Daisy will also get their own amiibo, but Daisy’s was not pictured in the stream.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release on December 7th 2018 for the Nintendo Switch.

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