Nintendo released a whole entire boatload of information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch during its E3 2018 press conference. It revealed all regarding the game's massive character roster and it even officially announced the game's release date. The company even found time to tease online multiplayer gameplay.
As Nintendo ran through the ginormous list of playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, when it got to the Mii Fighters, the company appeared to confirm that online multiplayer will be included in the game. Nintendo notes that changes have been made to the three Mii fighters include three types (brawler, swordfighter, and gunner), there will be 12 voice options for the character and the characters' proportions have been changed too.
The company also revealed that it is "trying to get this fighter ready for online play," with the lower third asking "online battles in their future?" This appears to be in reference to the fact that previously, only the default sizes of the Mii fighter were tournament legal but as the proportions of the Mii fighter have been tweaked for Ultimate, the system will need be adapted too.
On social media, there has been significant discussion about what exactly Nintendo meant by this. Some fans are taking this as a confirmation that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have online multiplayer and that the mention of online battles with the Mii fighters was a tease of that.
Including online multiplayer in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would make a considerable amount of sense given that the game launches right after the Nintendo Switch Online service goes live. What better way for Nintendo to encourage people to sign up to its paid-for subscription service than by offering up online multiplayer in one of the biggest games on its platform? It is also important to point out that the series has offered online multiplayer previously, with Super Smash Bros. 3DS in particular, making headlines for its strict penalties for disconnecting from games early and even punishment against players who report too many people.
But with all of this said, it is important to note that beyond the brief mention during the Mii fighter segment, Nintendo has yet to officially confirm that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will actually have online multiplayer. Online multiplayer appears to be one of the only things that Nintendo didn't confirm during its press conference, as amiibo and GameCube controller support were detailed too. There are several months until release, though, and Nintendo will have plenty of time to reveal all before then.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases on December 7, 2018 exclusively on Nintendo Switch.