Super Smash Bros. Ultimate received a version 8.1.0 update on Nintendo Switch today containing a pleasant surprise — a new 1v1-centric stage. Say hello to Small Battlefield:
This stage is meant to add a new kink in the competitive scene by shortening the regular Battlefield stage and removing the top platform. To someone who doesn’t play seriously, it might not seem like that big a change, but the difference is absolutely huge. The absence of that middle platform changes the nature of many, if not most matchups. The shorter main stage affects zoning across the board. I’m sure the pros will be thrilled to work out how this impacts the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate metagame. Interestingly, Small Battlefield cannot be selected as a style for other stages. You can, however, set it as a preferred stage for online battles.
Speaking of, the third Online Challenge is happening on Aug. 16. Small Battlefield will be the focus for this one, and the top 10 competitors get a sweet certificate. Time to git gud.
But wait, there’s more!
“Standard” stages, specifically Final Destination and all the Battlefields, now have a new feature. As of this 8.1.0 update, music tracks from any series in the game can be chosen for the background music. Having tried it out, it’s not too hard to just pick which piece I want to hear before heading into battle. Additionally, the stage select got a little makeover. It’s possible to select a random stage from regular, Final Destination, or Battlefield types.
It’s a nice little update that doesn’t add a ton of content for non-competitive players, but I’m sure that there are many players who are going to have some fun on Small Battlefield in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this week. And maybe we’ll find out more about the next upcoming fighter soon. Hopefully it’s not Small Mario.
A Super #SmashBrosUltimate update, Ver. 8.1.0, is available now! This update includes a new stage, Small Battlefield. Plus, you’ll now be able to select from all music tracks when playing on Final Destination and Battlefield stages! pic.twitter.com/eqo3Hu7Ije
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) August 5, 2020