I'm going to admit something that will probably draw some scorn, but Ultimate might just be too big for me at this point in my gaming life. I haven't played since Brawl at this point and the sheer size of the game is a little overwhelming. I remember Smash originally being a game with the classic Nintendo trick of being deceptively simple. One button for attack, one for specials. Simple. Now? Not so much. And 74 characters on top of it to challenge my much atrophied skill-set.
It might be blasphemy to say, but I kinda wish that they would have released a pared down version of the game during the for late-summer with maybe 35-40 playable characters and then built the roster by adding a new character every other week along with extra modes as free DLC. The approach has worked before. Splatoon had nearly 18 months worth of additional gameplay, weapons, stages, costumes, specials, etc. that turned it into a consistently fresh game. Mario Tennis is also doing well under such a system as did Arms.
That way, the original lineup would be manageable for a casual to hop into and their skill level would scale with the size of the roster and give experimentation a bit more of a chance as one rushes to check out the new toys each week. Additionally, the Switch itself could have really used Smash in late summer. Having both of the system's big hitters back-to-back right before Christmas was obviously not optimal.
The only thing that might really have difficulty with such a system would be World of Light.
Edit: A lot of people seem to be bringing up Street Fighter V. I don't see the comparison. Free, frequent updates in the Splatoon model for about 6 months is a completely different beast than keeping half the characters behind paywalls. For the record, I find Street Fighter V's model to be rather scummy and would not like to see it in a Smash game, or any other game for that that matter. Heck, I think the current Smash DLC plan is over-expensive and exploitative.
Again, reiterating. The suggestion is that the use of frequent updates in the Splatoon/Arms/Mario Tennis model would have been best.Last edited by NightlyPoe - on 14 December 2018