Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Get Day One Patch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Get Day One Patch
  • The patch will prevent syncing issues with replays
  • The game is out officially on December 7
  • Retail copies have leaked early

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch is getting a day one patch. The latest entry in the long-running fighting game series has seen a flurry of leaks over the past couple of weeks. While Nintendo has been battling to get any unsanctioned Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content taken down from sites like YouTube, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Director Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that the game would be getting a day one patch. This was revealed in a column in Famitsu Magazine.

On the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate release date of December 7, there will be an update for the game. It exists to protect against replays of matches being de-synced according to Sakurai's column (via Nintendo Everything). Players will be able to keep replays of their matches permanently if they're converted to a movie format though Sakurai advises that they take a look at the file size before doing so. Also on starting up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirits mode after the patch, players will get an Advanced Class sticker.

Retail copies of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have surfaced on the Internet almost two weeks before release date. News of an early leak made its way to popular video game forum ResetEra via Twitter, with an account by the name of ferdkssb48 tweeting the game's box art as well as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshots. These were soon verified by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fan account, SSBUNews to be legitimate.

"We were able to privately confirm that this is indeed real," a tweet from SSBUNews reads in response to the leak. "The person claims to have no interst (sic)  in spoiling anything in regards to World of Light or Classic Mode. However, it should be noted that if one copy is out in the wild, it is very likely that there may be more."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fifth instalment in the long-running fighting franchise, and the first since Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in 2014. It includes every character from all past entries in the series, including the likes of Mario, Kirby, Bowser, Link, Donkey Kong, Zelda, Mewtwo, Sonic, Pikachu, Captain Falcon, Squirtle, and Charizard among others.

Smash Bros. is a big franchise for Nintendo, which is why there's a special Super Smash Bros. Ultimate-themed Nintendo Switch bundle available November 2 in the US, and a special edition Switch Pro Controller that was announced in August and will launch December 7 alongside the game. You can also opt for the classic GameCube controller, available November 2.

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