Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Debuts Persona 5’s Joker + New Features

Nintendo’s version 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will debut Joker, a character from Persona 5, along with new functionalities, a new stage, and music. It will be available in North America Wednesday, April 17, and in Japan Thursday, April 18.

Joker will have the ability to build up a Persona meter, which will allow players to “unleash the rebellious spirit growing inside you” to summon his main persona Arsene from Persona 5. Arsene can help Joker with counters and a glide jump ability.

The Mementos stage will include cameos from many of the other Phantom Thieves. The stage’s base color will change depending on the music being played.

Players can get the Fighters Pass or just get Challenge Pack 1 for Joker, the Mementos stage, and music from the Persona series.

Nintendo streamed a new video for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Tuesday previewing gameplay and new content including the debut of one of its first of the five DLC fighters (part of its Fighter Pass) Persona 5’s Joker, tracks from Persona 3, 4, and 5 such as “Mass Destruction”, “Battle Hymn of the Soul”, “Reach Out To The Truth”, “Time To Make History”, “Last Surprise”, “Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There”, and more, plus additional functionalities such as Stage Builder mode, Video Editor mode, and Smash World integration.

Stage Builder mode, introduced in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, allows players to create custom stages where they can battle and share with others. Version 3.0 will have new stage elements where players can layer and add decorative elements. Players can build via handheld mode or TV mode.

Video Editor mode will allow players to import, edit, and share videos on their Nintendo Switch. Videos can be shared and staged in a new Shared Content mode. Players can upload and download Mii Fighters, custom stages, upvote creations, and follow creators.

Smash World will be integrated onto the Nintendo Switch Online app. By searching through fighters and recommendations, it will allow players to view stages and videos without the need to start up the game. Players can also queue stages from the app to have them ready to download next time players want to play. In-game notifications can be checked, while Spirit teams can also be created via the app.

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