Nintendo's mega-hit of the holiday season is finally here and, based on the early reviews, critics are absolutely in love with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Perusing the early reviews for Smash Bros. Ultimate, it looks like you can't actually have too much of a good thing. One of my biggest fears heading into the game's launch was that there would be so much content that the game might actually crumble under its own weight.
I've always felt that you can either do a bunch of things pretty well or one thing great, so seeing Nintendo decided to cram in nearly 100 playable characters, more than 100 stages and a large roster of game modes, my concern was that some of the series' quality would have to be sacrificed in favor of quantity.
According to the first batch of reviews, that's definitely not the case. I suppose it helps that the Smash series is built on 20 years' worth of iterations and, while that isn't necessarily a guarantee for success, it would have been hard for Ultimate to fail when it was built on such a sturdy foundation.
Depending on which aggregate site you peruse, Nintendo's latest Switch dynamo is resting comfortably at a score in the mid-90s. And we're not just talking about a handful of early reviews here. On Metacritic, where Smash Ultimate is currently enjoying a combined score of 93, a total of 33 critics are already chiming in.
One of the game's perfect scores comes from Nintendo Insider who, unsurprisingly, kicked things off by looking at the game's tweaked fighting engine. We learned through multiple Nintendo Direct presentations that some tweaks would be introduced to make the game more technical and competitive but, according to NI, the game is still easy for anyone to simply pick up and play.
Over on Destructoid, their review clocks in at a 9.5 out of 10. Reviewer Chris Carter posts a couple of gripes concerning the new fighters and stages not being unique enough, and he also wasn't thrilled with the need to unlock most of the game's roster but, otherwise, he was pretty smitten.
You probably already know if the latest Smash Bros. is for you, but it can still be nice to confirm quality before rushing out to pick up the latest game everyone assumes will be a home run. Thankfully, in the case of Ultimate, it sounds like Nintendo aimed for the fences and smashed it out of the park.