Last week, several of our writers were in Los Angeles for E3. Although Nintendo brought just a few first-party titles to the show floor, third-parties ensured there was a significant Switch presence at the trade show. Our game of the show was probably the same game as many of yours, but before we get into our reasoning we first want to congratulate all the nominees:

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • Pokemon: Let’s Go
  • Overcooked 2
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Wolfenstein II
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4
  • Ninjala
  • Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom

Our winner: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Aric Sweeny, Editor-in-Chief:

I fully expected Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to play exactly like Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Thankfully, was dead wrong. This new title is an incredible step up from its predecessor in the most important ways, be it gameplay, visual fidelity, or overall presentation.

It’s a noticeably quicker game than Smash for Wii U, though it isn’t as fast-paced as Melee. In many ways, Ultimate is a wonderful blend of arguably the two best games in the series.

The character roster in Ultimate is already phenomenal and there’s only been two character reveals so far. Inklings and Ridley are two huge additions, which gets me excited for what’s to come. By utilizing past characters like Snake, Pichu, and Ice Climbers, veterans to the Smash franchise will feel right at home with this new installment.

It’s still six months out from release, but Ultimate already feels like such a polished game. I played nearly 45 minutes of the title at E3, and nowhere did I encounter any gameplay issues such as a dip in frame rate or resolution.

Nintendo truly stepped it up with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I’m intrigued as to how gamers react when the game launches this December. It’s a brand new Smash Bros. experience, and I can’t wait for the rest of the gaming world to get their hands on the game.

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Eli Pales, Features Editor:

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but with Smash Bros. that phrase definitely rings true. With nearly 70 characters, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gives you a literal metric ton of material for you to play around with.

I’ve never been one to get into the nitty gritty with Smash Bros. I treat the game as a party title, playing for hours on end with several of my closest friends. More characters, more items, and more stages mean an exponentially larger number of possibly crazy scenarios. When Ultimate launches in December, I’m excited to see as many of these weird combinations as I can.

Matches in tournaments will get even more frantic as well. We haven’t seen Ridley in competitive play or the inklings. We haven’t seen some of the crazy character fighting matchups before. Many of those who like watching competitive gaming are excited to see how different characters clash.

Most importantly, I’m thrilled that my character, Little Mac, has been cured of his ailments. He no longer flies off the stage without any chance of a recovery! In the last game, if you planned to punch an opponent across the stage and you missed, that was it. Little Mac would lose a life. In this game, my main character’s greatest deficiency has been remedied. I am no longer assured a certain death if I miss an attack.

My body is ready.

Eli Pales
Eli buys virtually every Nintendo title that comes out but has expanded his collection to include amiibo. He hasn't taken them out of their boxes, though, so he might be a bit insane. When not playing video games, Eli likes writing about politics and games. He also runs a decent amount. Outside.

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