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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 5 August 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. 8.1.0 (Released 5 August 2020)

  • Stage
    • The Small Battlefield stage has been added. You can also set Small Battlefield as a Preferred Rule in Online battles.
    • You can now select any stage-specific music for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield and Final Destination stages.
  • Online
    • The online user experience has been adjusted.
    • The way matching is determined when using Preferred Rules has been adjusted.
    • Following a look at the current number of players eligible for Elite Smash, the threshold for entry has been recalculated to allow more players. Additionally, the way initial values for Global Smash Power are calculated has also been adjusted.
    • Further investigations and adjustments to Online mode are expected.
  • General
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver. 8.0.0 (Released 30 June 2020)

  • Offline
    • You can now begin a spirit battle rematch at any time via Spirits → Collection → Inventory → Spirit List → Fight. The score will also be recorded.
    • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
      • Master Mummy
      • Mechanica
      • Byte & Barq
      • Kid Cobra
      • Helix
      • Max Brass
  • General
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
      • Min Min Challenger Pack
      • Ninjara Wig + Outfit
      • Callie Wig + Outfit
      • Marie Wig + Outfit
      • Vault Boy Mask + Vault 111 Jumpsuit
      • Heihachi Wig + Outfit
    • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
    • Game balance adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters (updated 02/07/2020).
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver. 7.0.0

  • Offline
    • The following spirits will appear in the Shop on the Vault menu:
      • Edelgard
      • Dimitri (Fire Emblem)
      • Claude
      • Sothis
      • Rhea
      • Seteth
      • Dorothea
      • Ingrid
      • Hilda (Fire Emblem)
    • The following spirits will appear in the Shop and Spirit Board.
      • Radiant Gleam
      • Kloster (Grief)
      • Bullet Walker (Brigadier General)
      • High Line (Guns Empress)
      • I-Tetrimino
      • T-Tetrimino
      • S-Tetrimino & Z-Tetrimino
      • L-Tetrimino & J-Tetrimino
      • O-Tetrimino

      These are spirits that appeared in a previous spirit event that was held for a limited time.

  • Misc.
    • The following downloadable content will be usable after purchase:
      • Byleth Challenger Pack
      • Cuphead Hat + Outfit
      • Altaïr Hood + Outfit
      • Rabbids Hat
      • MegaMan.EXE's Helmet + Armor
      • X's Helmet + Armor
    • You cannot make videos of replays that contain DLC you have not purchased (fighters, stages, music, Mii Fighter costumes, etc.).
    • Game-balance adjustments have been made. Please see the details of fixes and changes to fighters.
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Ver. 6.1.1

  • General
    • Support for the upcoming Dark Samus and Richter amiibo figures has been implemented.

Ver. 6.1.0

  • General
    • Fixed a rare issue that caused both Terry and a struck opposing fighter to become unable to move from their positions when Terry's Super Special Move "Buster Wolf" connects.

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