Nintendo teases Super Smash Bros. Ultimate update 3.0 and Joker DLC release

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate update 3.0 is slated to arrive this Spring alongside Joker who will join the fight sometime before the end of April.

Today’s Nintendo Direct was filled with tons of exciting news and announcements for the Nintendo Switch. And as expected, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was part of the frenzy.

Nintendo announced that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be receiving its eagerly awaited 3.0 update this Spring. Don’t get too excited, though, as the vague release window was as much as Nintendo was willing to reveal.

Update 2.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released in January and featured a ton of balance adjustments for the game’s fighters. It also introduced the Piranha Plant, a free DLC character for those who pre-ordered and registered the game before the January 31 deadline.

Speaking of DLC characters, today’s announcement also provided a release window for Persona 5‘s Joker, who will make his way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the first Challenger Pack “before the end of April.” Let’s hope his arrival doesn’t cause a similar issue that resulted in corrupted saves for some when Piranha Plan was introduced into the game.

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Although we didn’t get to see any footage of Joker gameplay, we did see what is assumed to be the in-game model for the eagerly awaited Persona 5 character. It would’ve been cool to see him actually in action or with a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate backdrop, but Nintendo clearly likes to tease us.

As a reminder, Challenger Packs for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate contain one new fighter, one new stage and music. Joker’s Challenger Pack is the first of five planned DLC packs that are available as part of the Fighters Pass (24.99) or individually for $5.99 each.

The update ended with a quick look at five new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Amiibo that will release in 2019. Snake, Simon, Squirtle, Pokemon Trainer and Ivysaur Amiibo are all on the way.

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That’s all we had in terms of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news, but today’s Nintendo Direct featured all sorts of other exciting reveals, including Super Mario Maker 2 and a remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for Nintendo Switch.