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How to Update Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In this article, you'll learn how to update Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch.

On 23 December 2020 a new software update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the internet.

Additional Information:

  • This update must be applied in order to use the game’s online features.
  • A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to use the game's online features.
  • All players must be using the same version of the software to participate in Local Wireless Battles.
  • Replay data from previous versions is not compatible with the newest version. Be sure to convert your replays by going to the Vault in the main menu and selecting "Convert to Video" before updating the software.
  • Save data will still be available for use after downloading the update.
  • If the console is connected to the internet, the update will download and install automatically.

Complete These Steps:

  1. Connect the Nintendo Switch console to the internet.
  2. Return to the HOME Menu and launch the game.
  3. The update will be downloaded and installed automatically.
  4. Once the update is installed, the newest version number will be displayed on the title screen.

Update Details:

Click the version number below for information about the update. Each update also includes all previous updates.

Ver. 10.1.0 (Released 23 December 2020)

  • Offline
    • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
      • Tifa
      • Barret
      • Aerith
      • Red XIII
      • Cid
      • Cait Sith
      • Yuffie
      • Vincent
      • The Turks & Rufus Shinra
      • Bahamut ZERO
      • Chocobo & Moogle
      • Shiva
      • Ifrit
    • You can now switch between different artwork for Cloud's spirit.
  • General
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
      • Sephiroth Challenger Pack
      • Barret's Outfit
      • Tifa's Outfit
      • Aerith's Outfit
      • Chocobo Hat
      • Geno Hat + Outfit
    • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
    • You can now switch between "Random from all songs" and "Random from My Music" for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield and Final Destination stages.
      • To switch between options, access My Music via the Options or the Vault and then press the X Button.
    • The Final Smash for Cloud's P2, P4, P6 and P8 colour variations has been changed to Omnislash Ver. 5. (This essentially functions the same as a regular Omnislash.)
    • Game-balance adjustments have been made.
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.

Ver. 10.0.0 (Released 18 December 2020)

  • General
    • The Sephiroth Challenge mode event has been added for a limited time.
    • You can attempt this mode if you've purchased the Sephiroth Challenger Pack or the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Defeating Sephiroth will unlock him as a playable fighter and grant access to his stage.
    • This mode will appear on the upper left of the main menu. Press the + Button to take on the challenge.
    • Once the event period is over, the mode will become unavailable, but Sephiroth and his stage will be unlocked immediately for anyone who has purchased the Sephiroth Challenger Pack or the Fighters Pass Vol. 2.
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver. 9.0.2 (Released 12 November 2020)

  • General
    • Fixed an issue where you could not use the control stick to jump while falling after creating an anvil using the down air attack.
    • Fixed an issue where the gunman from Duck Hunt Duo’s down special and the phantom from Zelda’s down special were not behaving as intended.
    • Fixed an issue where the initial velocity of Samus’s and Dark Samus’s up special when used on the ground was not behaving as intended.
    • Fixed an issue where fighters would sometimes warp on the Venom stage.
    • Fixed an issue where sometimes fighters would pass through landscapes when they were launched on some stages.
    • Fixed an issue where sometimes you would be forced to end a battle on a stage created in Stage Builder.
    • Various gameplay fixes.

Ver. 9.0.1 (Released 22 October 2020)

  • General
    • Fixed the issue where sometimes an opposing fighter would go through the landscape when Steve/Alex created a block at a certain location and the opposing fighter destroyed the block.
    • Fixed the issue where sometimes an opposing fighter would go through the landscape when Steve/Alex created a block at a certain location and the anvil created with a down air attack struck the opposing fighter.
    • Fixed the issue where the opposing fighter would become uncontrollable when Steve/Alex hit them with a minecart in certain situations.
    • Fixed the issue where if Steve/Alex's minecart bounced off the wall, it would not hit the opposing fighter.
    • Fixed the issue where opposing fighters carried in Steve/Alex's minecart would sometimes be warped to the original location where they were picked up.
    • Fixed the issue where certain fighters could go through Steve/Alex's block once KO'd.

Ver. 9.0.0 (Released 14 October 2020)

  • Offline
    • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
      • Zombie
      • Creeper
      • Skeleton
      • Slime (Minecraft)
      • Enderman
      • Villager & Iron Golem
      • Ghast
      • Piglin
      • Ender Dragon
  • Online
    • The controls during combat in battle arenas while spectators are present have been adjusted.
    • Adjustments have been made to the way Global Smash Power is calculated.
  • General
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
      • Steve & Alex Challenger Pack
      • Creeper Mask + Outfit
      • Pig Mask + Outfit
      • Diamond Helmet + Armor
      • Travis Wig + Outfit
      • Bomberman Mask + Outfit
      • Gil's Helmet + Armor
    • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
    • An issue where the movement delay after a perfect shield was behaving incorrectly under certain rules has been fixed.
    • Game balance adjustments, stability fixes and other minor adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

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