What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest installment in the wildly popular fighting franchise from Nintendo for the Switch. The game takes characters from many Nintendo games, adds in some popular heroes from other games like Mega Man and Pac-Man, and throws them into a winner takes all battle across a variety of stages. More than 60 characters will be playable at launch. While combat is the main focus of the gameplay, there’s no blood or gore; characters use weapons like mallets, umbrellas, and other cartoonish items to knock people off a stage (and out of the round). The game will use Nintendo’s amiibo figures and cards to track progress and unlock additional stage options. Otherwise, players can expect lots of mini-games, tournament style gameplay, and other surprises when the game hits the Switch.