Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch 1.2.0 now available; features better matchmaking and balance adjustments

Challenger Approaching difficulty have also been adjusted

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • December 13, 2018 at 5:28 p.m. PST

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated. This is patch 1.2.0.

Patch notes are available on the Nintendo Switch. Most notably, the online matchmaking will now give preferred rules a higher priority than before. The downside to this is that there might be longer waiting times between matches.

It also specifically says that there still isn't any guarantee that you'll find a match that has your exact preferred rules. Given, this might only apply to very wonky rules that nobody else is searching for.

Interestingly enough, balance adjustments have already been made. The list of adjusted fighters are Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Luigi, Ice Climbers, Young Link, Olimar, Toon Link, Villager, Greninja, PAC-MAN, Duck Hunt, and Isabelle.

Unfortunately, no exact details were provided about how these characters were changed. It's unknown if they received buffs or nerfs.

The difficulty of unlocking challengers has also been adjusted. While it doesn't specifically say how, it's likely that the AI has been toned down in order to make the unlocking process a little easier.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 1.2.0

Offline gameplay

• Adjusted difficulty of approaching challengers.

Online gameplay

• When matchmaking in Quickplay, the Format setting of your Preferred Rules will be more highly prioritized. This may cause matchmaking to take more time, and there's still no guarantee that you'll find a match that has your exact Preferred Rules.
• Increased the stability of the synchronous connection within Battle Arenas.

Misc.

• Game balance adjustments for Donkey Kong, Link, Kirby, Luigi, Ice Climbers, Young Link, Olimar, Toon Link, Villager, Greninja, PAC-MAN, Duck Hunt, and Isabelle. No details on the exact changes.
• Various gameplay fixes.

Compatibility Notes

• To use online features, your software must be updated to the latest version.
• Local Wireless is not compatible between version 1.2.0 and earlier versions.
• Replays created in versions before 1.2.0 are not compatible with 1.2.0. If you have replays you want to keep, you'll need to convert your replays by going to Vault, Replays, REplay Data, Convert to Video before updating the software.

How to Update

1. Highlight the software on the HOME Menu, then press the "+" button on the controller to open the options.
2. Select Software Update, and then either Via the Internet or Match Versions with Local Users.

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