Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been receiving regular patches since its release, and the next major update is now out. In addition to making adjustments to existing fighters, the 2.00 update has added the DLC Piranha Plant and made a significant change to the Spirit Board mode.
Piranha Plant, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first official DLC character is now available, separate from the Fighter Pass paid DLC. Piranha Plant is free for anyone who purchased the game and registered it with My Nintendo since the game's release to the end of this month. However, players who miss the deadline won't be completely locked out of getting the flowerpot fighter, as Nintendo has revealed that Piranha Plant will be offered as paid DLC at some point after the January 31st cut-off.
In addition, Nintendo has made a significant change to the offline Spirit Board mode. While previously limited to just one player, the mode can now be played by up to four players offline. Players can add additional players by selecting Party, Fighter, and then choosing the number of people who want to play. However, if any player is knocked off the stage, it's game over, so every player will have to tread carefully in their effort to unlock more spirits.
Piranha Plant pipes up in #SmashBrosUltimate as a new playable fighter! Ready your flowerpots for battle with this poisonous powerhouse starting today! Piranha Plant is a free bonus for players who have registered Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and redeemed their code before 1/31. pic.twitter.com/qDDjHOJXbk— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) January 30, 2019
As with previous updates to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, replays of matches will no longer work after the game has been updated. Players who want to preserve their replays will need to convert them to video format in the Vault before applying the update to the game.
The latest update should help to keep Smash Bros. players entertained until its paid DLC characters start to drop. Persona 5's Joker was previously announced as being Smash Bros. Ultimate's first paid DLC fighter, but Nintendo has only revealed that the Fighter Pass DLC will be completed by February of 2020, with no exact release dates for individual fighters yet available. At least four other DLC fighters will also be announced under the Fighter Pass DLC, but with no Nintendo Directs yet announced for 2019, it will likely be a while yet before the identities of the remaining fighters are revealed.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.