Nintendo's much-anticipated multiplayer fighter, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, releases for the Switch tomorrow (7 December), and you can look forward to some fun-times live-streaming action from your friendly GAMINGbible crew. Be sure to keep a beady one on our Facebook page tomorrow - and hope that no nasty gremlins scupper our plans.
We've put the new Smash through some of its paces already, and our impressions from a long preview session with the game were highly positive. But as of today, we've seen review scores proper begin to come in for the all-star brawler - and we've got to say, they're impressive.
2018 has seen a handful of really, really high-scoring games come out - God of War, Celeste, Red Dead Redemption 2, Dead Cells and Forza Horizon 4 have all achieved Metacritic averages of over 90%. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has blasted its way into that elite club, with a current Metascore of 93, from 47 reviews.
That makes it the fourth-highest scoring game of 2018, beneath Red Dead 2 (97), God of War (94) and Celeste (94). Nice one, Mario and Luigi and Kirby and Falco and Roy and Pit and Ryu and Isabelle and Bowser and Samus and R.O.B. and Link and Cloud and Kong and Peach and Duck Hunt and so on and so forth, forever, and ever.
Amongst the higher-profile outlets reviewing the game, IGN, awarding it a 9.4, said that this is "the most comprehensive game in the series to date", and that there's "an absurd amount to play, fight, and unlock".
Edge magazine, awarding a 9/10, wrote: "It's a rapturous celebration, not just of Nintendo, but video games as a whole." And GamesRadar+ concluded, having slapped a 4.5/5 on the game, that it "blows most other fighters out of the water".
Yes, fighters live in the water. You didn't know? Now you do.
Anyway, this is all very, very good to see, as there's no doubt that Nintendo is relying on Smash, alongside its recent Pokémon games, to sell a fair few Switch consoles this Christmas. Not that the system isn't without some superb exclusives - but 2018 was, until recent weeks, a little light on them in comparison to last year's exceptional Zelda and Mario entries.
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