Nintendo finally revealed the first gameplay from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during its E3 2018 Direct presentation. The reveal included two brand new fighters: Ridley from Metroid and the Inklings from Splatoon. I had an opportunity to go hands-on with the Inklings in Smash Bros. Ultimate to check out just what the squid kids can do and how they hold up against some of the more seasoned fighters on the roster. Simply put, I’m ink-credibly happy with what the squid kids have to offer.
With over six different variants (or costumes) to choose from, there’s no doubt that you’ll be fighting in style when you play as an Inkling in Smash Bros. Ultimate. That’s not all these Inkopolis natives have to offer, because their standard and special attacks see them switching between numerous weapons from Splatoon 2 including the Splattershot, Splat Roller, Ink Brush, Blaster, and Splasher.
The Inklings can ink-up opponents, enabling them to deal extra damage to anyone caught in their slipstream.
The Inklings can ink-up their opponents — just like in Splatoon — enabling them to deal plenty of extra damage to anyone caught in their slipstream. It’s a great way to double up on damage and it adds an entirely new layer of strategy for competitive play. Not to mention, it also leaves a pretty big mess on both the stage and the fighters. However, just like in Splatoon, the Inklings can quickly run out of ink if you get a little too trigger happy.
So, how do you refill your ink tank? Well, just as you’d expect — in squid form. Holding down block and the “B” button at the same time will turn them into squids, letting you quickly refill your tank. You can also surf through the inky surfaces on the stage in Ink form by simply holding down on the control stick and moving left or right.
Now, you can’t talk about the Inklings without mentioning their incredibly fast speed. The inklings seem to be some of the fastest fighters currently in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though not quite as fast as say, Sonic. That said, if you learn how to dash, counter, and evade with precision, the squid kids are truly a force to be reckoned with. Every time I used them in a match I was by far and away the quickest fighter on the stage.
The Inklings’ final smash attack has also been pulled right out of the Splatoon franchise. It’s the Killer Wail, which if you don’t know, is a special move that players can use in Splatoon once they’ve charged it all the way up. It’ll blast enemy fighters right off the stage once it’s unleashed and it’s probably my new favorite final smash currently in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be available for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7.