Today, Nintendo made the announcement everyone was waiting for: the first paid DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (including Joker from Persona 5) and the next major Software update (Ver. 3.0) will both be released on April 17th (North America) / April 18th (Europe, Japan).
First, here’s a trailer introducing all that’s included in Ver. 3.0.0:
And here’s the trailer for Joker specifically:
The Joker uses guns and knives in battle, and always makes sure to stay as smart and gallant as possible. He will sometimes summon Arsène!
As mentioned previously, the character itself comes with the following:
- 11 new tracks, including arrangements. Tracks are from Persona 5, but also Persona 3 and Persona 4
- a new stage, Mementos. The colour of the stage depends on the music that plays.
You can purchase Joker as separate DLC for $5.99 / 5.99€ / CA$7.51 / 602 Yen, or as part of the Season Pass (check out this page for more details). As mentioned above, it will be released on April 17th (North America) / April 18th (Europe, North America), and will require the latest Software update (Ver. 3.0.0).
Alongside the Joker, some more DLC will be released (not included in the Fighter Pass): Mii costumes! The first set includes the following, sold 74 Yen each:
- Persona 3 protagonist hat + clothes
- Persona 4 protagonist hat + clothes
- Teddy hat
- Morgana hat
- Knuckles hat + clothes
- Tails hat + clothes
As for the Ver. 3.0.0 update, it will add the following features:
- A new Stage Builder mode: Create your own original stages and then play on them.
- A new Video Editor mode: Combine video clips into new videos.
- A new Shared Content mode: Browse videos and stages posted by other players around the world!
- Smash World, a new addition to the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app.
Let’s start with Stage Builder:
Players with big ideas for a personalized Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stage can let their creativity run wild with the new Stage Builder mode. By using in-game tools, players can add moving platforms, spinning traps and other unique features to their customized stages. By playing in Handheld mode, budding designers can even use the touch screen to freely draw and create, and use front and back layers to further decorate their stages. Designed stages will be available to play in a new tab on the Stage Select screen and can be shared online via the new Smash World service for the Nintendo Switch Online app.
In this mode, you can design a level from the ground up: terrain, design, platforms, gimmicks, and even layers (background and foreground), allowing you to design even parts that have no direct impact on battle. The stages created can be played with up to 8 players, though some will be limited to 4 players.
Next: the video editor!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate video content that has been saved to a Nintendo Switch system can now be spliced together into a fun timeline presentation. Subtitles and sound effects can also be added to personalize the video, which can be exported and shared with the world through the new Smash World service for the Nintendo Switch Online app.
As for the Shared Content mode, it does exactly what it says on the tin: it allows you to browse stages, videos, and Mii fighters shared by players from all around the world, and download them if you want to add them to your game. Of course, that means you can share your own creations yourself. If you see something you really like, you can give a “Like” to the creator, and even follow them!
Finally, there’s Smash World, the new service for the Nintendo Switch Online app:
Players can view shared videos and download stages created in Stage Builder to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Smash World, a new service in the Nintendo Switch Online app. In Smash World, players can view recommended videos and even download custom stages shared by others online, giving players more ways than ever before to share their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate experience with friends
The service allows you to do basically the same things as the Shared Content Mode (with the exception of uploading content), but directly from your smartphone. And that’s not all: the service will have announcements (most likely the same as those in-game), and you can edit set of Spirits too. Of course, you will need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, since the Nintendo Switch Online app requires (not to mention you need it for the online services of the main game itself).
But wait, there’s still more! It’s been announced that the next set of amiibo will feature Pichu, Isabelle and Pokémon Trainer, and that it will be released on July 19th in Europe, and July 26th in North America. Here’s some pictures: