Super Smash Bros. Ultimate buyer's guide

Nintendo Switch console, accessories, and more!

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • December 3, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. PST

Editor's note: This story was originally posted on November 10th, 2018. We are bringing it back to our front page due to its relevance this week.

The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is fast approaching, and whether you're trying to prepare as much as possible before the big launch on December 7th or might be looking to pick up the game and/or the essentials of Smash Bros. Ultimate for a loved one this holiday season, you might be in need of some guidance.

Today we're rounding up everything you'll need to jump right into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and get the most out of your game at launch.

There will be obvious items on this list — such as the game itself and the Nintendo Switch console (because of course) — but we'll also dive into various controller options and other things you'll need to get the full Smash Bros. Ultimate experience.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest in Nintendo's fighting game series that brings popular characters from across the company's games library and fan-favorites from other IPs together for the ultimate battle. Up to eight players can join in on the fun, and you'll find characters such as Mario, Luigi, Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sun and Moon's Incineroar, Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pikachu, Street Fighter's Ryu, and even the obscure baddie Piranha Plant from the Super Mario Bros. franchise as playable fighters here.

Let's not delay any longer! Here's a list of everything you'll need to get started in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo Switch console

You can't play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch if you don't own a Nintendo Switch. Also, water is wet.

Nintendo's latest piece of hardware acts as a hybrid of a home console and a handheld device. Whether you want to sit on the couch and play with friends or take your game on the go, the Switch has you covered.

The Nintendo Switch can be found at most major retailers. You can pick up a 32GB console with either neon red and blue Joy-Con controllers or gray Joy-Con for $299.99 USD.

If you'd like to kill two birds with one stone, however, there exists a Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition console bundle that comes with a special Smash Bros. Ultimate-themed Switch console and Joy-Con controllers, as well as a code for a full digital download of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This bundle will run you $359.99 USD — essentially the price of the console and the game, but you also get the unique design on the Nintendo Switch and the Joy-Con controller.

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Nintendo Switch 32GB console (neon red and blue or gray Joy-Con)$299.99 USD

Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Edition console bundle (32 GB)$359.99 USD

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game

Another one of the essentials for playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, naturally, is the game itself.

In this day and age, folks don't have to hop into their cars and drive to the nearest video game store to pick up a copy of the latest titles — though you can still do that, of course. Whether you want a physical copy of Smash Bros. Ultimate or choose to buy it digitally, the game will run you standard retail price for games today.

You can purchase a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for $59.99 USD at most major retailers or digitally through Nintendo's online eShop (which can be accessed directly from your Nintendo Switch).

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game (physical or digital)$59.99 USD

Controller

This is where things open up a bit more. There are different controllers available that cater to different player preferences.

Editor's note: You do not have to purchase an additional controller to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You can do so with the Joy-Con that comes included with your Nintendo Switch console.

If you're looking to pick up an extra controller for a family member or would like to play using something that gives you a better feel or functions better for competitive play, there are a variety of options.

We won't be diving into every single controller option out there, as there are tons of third-party peripherals on the market. Let's focus on a handful of the main controller choices that players might consider investing in.

Nintendo Switch Pro Controller:

Nintendo offers a higher end and more traditional controller option for the Nintendo Switch. That controller is the Pro Controller.

While the Switch's Joy-Con controllers are two separate pieces that can be brought together — with a holder that comes included with your Nintendo Switch console — for a more standard controller feel, the Pro Controller is a full-on peripheral designed to move away from Nintendo's more experimental side in exchange for a classic play-style.

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller comes equipped with two padded analog sticks, the standard four face buttons, a D-Pad, and grips on its handles for comfort. We've seen Pro Controllers from Nintendo in the past, and these are typically a more comfortable option when it comes to playing games that require quick, precise movements (like Smash Bros. Ultimate).

It's most glaring drawback is the price. Nintendo has a price tag of $69.99 USD on the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, which is more than the asking price of a full Nintendo Switch game.

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Nintendo GameCube Controller:

Despite it being a 17-year-old design, the Nintendo GameCube controller remains the standard in competitive Super Smash Bros. tournament play and is highly renowned.

The GameCube controller is so popular with Smash Bros. players, in fact, that Nintendo released a brand new GameCube-style controller with the Super Smash Bros. logo on it in anticipation of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's release.

You can opt to purchase this wired, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-themed Nintendo GameCube controller for $29.99 USD, which is considerably cheaper than the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. However, it is worth noting that if you want to actually use this controller on your Nintendo Switch, you'll have to also pick up a Nintendo GameCube Controller Adapter for $19.99 USD, which allows for up to four GameCube controllers to be connected to the console.

Those who want to save even more money here could pick up a used original Nintendo GameCube controller for around $14.99 USD at GameStop. The original GameCube controllers work on the Nintendo Switch as well, by way of the adapter.

It is possible to use a GameCube controller on the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode (despite the console itself not having a USB port). Here is a useful method for setting that up.

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Third-party Nintendo GameCube-style controllers:

if you find yourself wanting to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a GameCube controller, but are on a budget and don't want to have to purchase an adapter as well, you might consider a third-party controller from either HORI or PDP.

Both companies offer GameCube-style controllers that are officially licensed by Nintendo. Those who go this route can choose between designs that are themed based around some of Nintendo's most popular characters and franchises, including Super Mario Bros. (Mario, Luigi, and Peach), The Legend of Zelda, and Pokemon.

HORI and PDP's GameCube-style controllers come at a great price — $24.99 USD for any design from either company. One of the other perks to these controllers is the fact that you won't need to purchase a GameCube controller adapter to use them, as these controllers connect via USB and can be hooked to the Nintendo Switch's dock.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller$69.99 USD

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo GameCube Controller (new)$29.99 USD

Original Nintendo GameCube controller (used)$14.99 USD

Nintendo GameCube Controller Adapter$19.99 USD

HORI Nintendo Switch Battle Pad GameCube-style controller$24.99 USD

PDP Nintendo Switch Wired Fight Pad Pro GameCube-style controller$24.99 USD

Nintendo Switch Online subscription

Once you're all set up with your Nintendo Switch console, you're copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the proper controller to play on, you might want to jump into the world of online gaming.

While a Nintendo Switch Online subscription isn't required to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate locally, you will need to sign up for the service if you or your loved one intends to play against opponents and friends around the world.

The Nintendo Switch Online service allows you to access online features in Nintendo Switch games, so if you're looking to connect with friends and/or foes, you'll need to pick up a subscription. Doing so nets you some added benefits, though, such as access to 20 classic NES games that you can actually play with friends online.

If you're looking to pick up the Nintendo Switch Online service, you have several buying options to choose from. You can snag one month of service for only $3.99 USD, three months for $7.99, or a full year for $19.99 — the higher your purchase option, the more you'll end up saving in the long run.

It is also possible to purchase a family plan for up to eight Nintendo Switch owners for $34.99 USD. More information and where to buy Nintendo Switch Online can be found here.

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One-month plan$3.99 USD

Three-month plan$7.99 USD

12-month plan$19.99 USD

12-month family plan (up to eight Nintendo Switch owners)$34.99 USD

LAN adapter (for online play)

By default, the Nintendo Switch connects to the internet wirelessly. While that is definitely convenient, when it comes to online play it tends to be less than ideal.

Without a physical connection to the internet, online experiences with other players are usually on the weaker side. For the best connection possible, it is always recommended to have a wired connection from your console to your internet.

Though this is not a requirement to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online, you might want to pick up a LAN adapter for your Nintendo Switch to ensure the strongest connection you can get when taking on players online.

There are a variety of different options to choose from, but if you want one with Nintendo's stamp of approval on it, HORI makes a LAN adapter for the Nintendo Switch that you might consider looking into. HORI's adapter connects to the console's dock station via USB and to the internet through ethernet cable.

The Nintendo Switch Wired Internet LAN Adapter by HORI will run you $29.99 USD, and you can find it at various major retailers, including Amazon.

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Nintendo Switch Wired Internet LAN Adapter by HORI$29.99 USD

Optional: Micro SD card

This is another quality of life pick up that is not necessary for your Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to function, but it is worth noting.

The standard Nintendo Switch console comes equipped with 32GB of internal storage space, and if you're wanting to add even more space for games and content, you absolutely can by way of a micro SD card.

There are different options to choose from here, but generally speaking brands such as Samsung and SanDisk tend to be among the most popular. The Switch can house a micro SD card with as much as 512GB on it, but you can opt to purchase others with sizes like 400GB, 256GB, 200GB, and 128GB.

If you're new to the Nintendo Switch and you're buying physical copies of your games, you probably won't need a micro SD card right now. However, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's digital download size is 16GB, so consider that when managing your storage space and deciding whether or not you need larger capacity.

Prices and sizes vary, but you can purchase a good 128GB micro SD card from SanDisk for a little over $20 that will work on your Nintendo Switch.

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Sandisk Ultra 128GB Micro SDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter $22.17 USD

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