Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Players Are Unhappy About the Game’s Online Features
Complaints about the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online feature set include qualms with the laggy netcode and the matchmaking.
Though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been out for less than a week, many owners of the game are already up in arms about how it plays online. Not only are players experiencing lag during matches, but many are frustrated that their chosen preferences are not put into account when matching up with others.
Just browse through any subreddit related to Smash Bros., and it’s likely that you’ll find various complaints from different people. With Ultimate removing the “For Fun” and “For Glory” options from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games, players will have to go through their preferences and choose to prioritize one-on-one matches if they want an experience similar to “For Glory.” However, many are finding that despite these preferences, they are matched into free-for-all games with items.
Additionally, latency has been a major issue that many players have reported. This has been a prevalent problem since Super Smash Bros. Brawl came out on the Wii ten years ago, so it is a bit disappointing for long-time Smash fans that not much as improved. Additionally, Ultimate is a faster game than Brawl, amplifying the frustration.
Some of the usual flaws with Nintendo’s online offerings from the past are still alive and present—though players can create a “Battle Arena” open to either friends or the general public, there is no way to communicate through the Switch operating system itself or even send proper invites. There also isn’t any way to fight against AI if you want to fill up a match—if you only have two people, you’re stuck with just the two of you, with no AI to practice against or have fun with.
To top it all off, the only official way to voice chat with friends is through the Nintendo Switch Online mobile application. I myself have tried it out with friends, and while it works for a bit of time, the app disconnected us various times during matches. It’s just another laundry list that goes to show Nintendo fans’ discontent with how the Big N handles online, even though it is now a paid subscription.
While hopefully no one is escalating complaints to the point of harassment to customer service agents, some on Reddit are pointing out mediums in which to express their feedback. Maybe people should take a page from some stuntmen and fight in real life instead of online.