Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 3.1.0 update is dropping this week

Balance changes might be on their way

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • May 27, 2019 at 10:51 a.m. PDT

We have known for a while that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is receiving a 3.1.0 update. Though details about what it will include have not yet been divulged, it looks like we do know one thing — the patch is expected to go live within the next seven days.

SSBUBot has shared an upcoming in-game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate notification message that notes the arrival of 3.1.0.

"Software update Ver. 3.1.0 will be available within the next seven days. Please be aware that after this update, you may not be able to view replays saved prior to this version," the pop-up notification reads. "You can, however, still keep replays via Vault → Replays → Replay Data → Convert to Video. More details on update content will be provided on release."

This in-game message is set to appear in Smash Bros. Ultimate tonight at 6 p.m. PDT, as SSBUBot reports.

While we don't know what the update is going to change, we believe there is a good chance that we might be seeing balance changes implemented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 3.1.0. Traditionally, whenever an update has been put into place that resets replay data, we've seen a larger update that alters the game's balance.

As far as new characters go, whenever we've seen the addition of a DLC character it has changed the first number in the version — Piranha Plant brought version 1.x.x to 2.x.x and Persona 5's Joker went from 2.x.x to 3.x.x. This means we probably won't be seeing a surprise DLC character release with 3.1.0, though anything could happen.

Piranha Plant joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a free (for a limited time) bonus DLC character, while Joker marked the first additional fighter of the five set to join the game through early 2020.

Nintendo will be having a Nintendo Direct presentation during E3 2019, so there is a chance we'll be seeing something new for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate then. If you'd like to tune into the broadcast, you can catch it at 9 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 11, on Nintendo's various channels.

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