Four days ago, Nintendo announced that the first big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate update was on its way, and today it arrived on Nintendo Switch. As we predicted, the update includes the playable Piranha Plant fighter, who is free DLC for anyone who buys and registers the game by January 31st. The update also includes numerous tweaks, including some re-balancing.

In the past, Nintendo hasn’t been particularly transparent about the changes made to balance fighters out and fans have had to crunch all the numbers themselves to figure out what’s new in each update. Thankfully, Nintendo appears to be doing things differently this time around. If you’re interested in seeing who has been buffed and nerfed, you can check out the complete balance patch notes.

As for changes outside of the fights, Nintendo has released a full run-down of what you can expect in Version 2.0.0.

  • Offline
    • You can now play Spirit Board with up to four players.
      • Select the spirit you want to challenge on the Spirit Board, and then go to Party → Fighter to select the number of people who will play. When playing with multiple people, you will lose the battle if any player is KO’d.
    • The following spirits will now appear in the Shop.
      • Partner Pikachu
      • Partner Eevee
      • Dice Block
      • River Survival
      • Golden Dash Mushroom
  • Online
    • We adjusted the calculation for Global Smash Power.
  • General
    • Added the DLC fighter Piranha Plant.
      • Piranha Plant will become available for purchase as DLC at a later date.
    • Pressing both jump buttons at the same time will now cause you to short hop.
    • Fixed the issue where the KO score included your teammates’ KOs when Team Attack was On.
    • Game-balance adjustments.
    • Various gameplay fixes.
Ben Lamoreux


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