Why Is Only My Super Smash Bros Ultimate Online So Great

first_imgStay on target I’ve been playing a lot of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch. I mean a lot. I already shared many of my thoughts in our review from early this week. But between playing with friends, working my way through World of Light at a relaxed pace, and forming more impressions of characters for our ongoing breakdowns, there’s still a lot of smashing left to be done.And for me, most of that smashing has been online. But now that the game has been out for a few days, the idea that anyone could have a positive online experience is practically a foreign concept. So it makes me ask the question, why is only my Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online so great?When I play Smash Bros. online I want to quickly play random real players in no-items, 1v1, stock matches on neutral stages like Battlefield. That’s what I have set as my preferred rules. It’s perfect for easily playing a variety of potentially great players to improve myself and hopefully return to Elite Smash. And maybe 90+ percent of the time I’ve been having this perfect, fluid, fun fighting online experience. Yes, sometimes a match has some mild lag. And yes sometimes I get thrown into a free-for-all or team battle with items. That’s frustrating. But in the nearly 200 matches I’ve played online these bad times have by far the exception, not the rule.Which is why it’s so strange to me to hear so many people basically have the opposite experience. I don’t think anyone is lying. When pro players like Zero and Leffen talk about how disappointing it is when poor matchmaking screws up their Global Smash Power ranking in competitive Elite Smash I feel for them. But it’s just so hard for me to relate to.Is my cheap, not-Nintendo branded ethernet adapter really making that big a difference? Does my relatively slow main Ganondorf hide latency issues? Is the strain of a growing widespread playerbase to blame? Initially I heard and was inclined to believe reports of more casuals players complaining about being thrown into more serious matches because those players had better connections. But now the issues sound more universal.I also understand that folks are much more sensitive to Smash’s apparent online issues because for the first time Nintendo is charging a $20 annually fee for a subscription service. And other real problems like wonky private friend lobbies and being forced to use a separate mobile chat app sting even more when they cost money to even get started.With so many players clearly unhappy, obviously I hope Nintendo continues to patch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s online functionality. But at this point I’m afraid to play more Smash online myself because maybe whatever magic spell that’s making my online work so well will finally break, and for the first time I’ll have this bad Smash online experience everyone else seems to be having all the time.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero last_img read more