Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is primed for an update to version 6.0 today. Terry Bogard of Fatal Fury fame power dunks into Smash with the King of Fighters Stadium and a monstrous number of music tracks; new thematically-themed Mii Fighter costumes will drop onto the eShop for cheap; compatibility for the new Chrom, Simon, and Incineroar amiibo will presumably be added. While no new gameplay modes were revealed, just as Sakurai advised after Homerun Contest’s addition in 5.0, some changes have been made to Ultimate‘s Battle Arenas for version 6.0.

Battle Arenas get extra work under the hood

Starting later tonight, players will be able to send pre-set messages to each other in the lobby, in line with preceding online Nintendo games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Additionally, the player who creates the arena can now change the rules mid-game; fighters won’t have to shut down the lobby and open a new room with a changed rule-set. A new rule has also been added, allowing stages to change forms between battles without needing to go into the stage select screen.

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Version 6.0 also changes how players can join other Battle Arenas. An “Elite Only” arena type is presumably for the cream of the crop, exclusive to players who reached Elite Smash. On top of that, any player is free to join public Battle Arenas that are not password-locked.

In spite of Sakurai’s words with the Version 5.0 update, I nonetheless held out hope for a new gameplay mode. While not outright new, I would have loved a Boss Rush mode featuring every Adventure Mode boss, not unlike Brawl‘s. Still, I can’t complain about the fine-tuning brought to Battle Arenas. What do you think of the adjustments made to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s online mode? What changes would you want to see in future version updates of the ever-evolving fighting game? Let us know in the comments.

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Jeffrey McDonell
Rare import from Canada, lover of all things video game music and remixes, desk jockey by day, and Nintendo Enthusiast by night. I grew up on Nintendo consoles since the Game Boy Advance and GameCube, with standouts like Sonic, Mario, and Zelda defining my childhood.

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