Version 1.2.1 Update is live for #SmashBrosUltimate, but the patch notes are incredibly vague

Yesterday, Nintendo released their third patch for Super Smash Bros Ultimate - Version 1.2.1.

However, there seems to be an ongoing theme with their updates that has left the Smash community feeling uneasy. Similar to last week’s update, Nintendo has declined to elaborate on what exactly was adjusted and why.

Whether you go to view the patch notes in-game or via Nintendo’s support website, you’ll get the same details…or rather detail as in singular. Literally all that is mentioned in the update is:

  • Various fixes to improve gameplay.

What fixes, you ask? Sadly, nobody knows, other than data miners who probe the deepest regions of the game’s coding to see what exactly was changed in comparison to its previous versions.

What makes this even more baffling is that when updating other titles such as Mario Tennis Aces and Splatoon 2, Nintendo has been crystal clear on how their patches affect the games in question, as evidenced here in the case of Mario Tennis Aces. Yet when it comes to Smash Ultimate, a game that is only two weeks old yet has already amassed overwhelmingly positive reviews and a tremendous following, Nintendo has been rather close-mouthed.

Naturally, players are none too pleased about this lack of clarity. For instance, Tempo Storm’s ZeRo, two-time winner for Nintendo’s Smash Bros Invitational series, had the following to say in regards to the update.

It is unclear at this time if Nintendo chooses to maintain this trend for future updates or has plans to elaborate more on additional changes as they are made. For the time being, if you have any intention on approaching Smash Ultimate from a competitive standpoint, you will want to make extensive use of the training mode and engage in lab sessions with fellow players.

Smash Ultimate is now available for the Nintendo Switch. Players who purchase their copy of the game before January 31st will be emailed a download code for a bonus fighter coming February 2019: Piranha Plant. Additionally, five DLC characters - Persona 5’s Joker among them - will be added to the game over the course of the following year.

For further details, visit www.smashbros.com.


JagoBlake, the author of this article, is an esports enthusiast who just so happens to have a way with words. Whenever he is not scouring the Internet in pursuit of breaking news, he's investing time into his favorite fighting games so as not to appear inadequate in the face of competition. To support his work, follow him on Twitter - @xJagoBlake.


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