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Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.1.0 Update Patch Notes | New Super Smash Bros Ultimate update

Overnight, on May 30, 2019, Nintendo released a brand-new Super Smash Bros Ultimate update. It’s a doozy, too. Skip to the end of this guide to read through the full list of Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.1.0 update patch notes. If you’d rather stick around for a while, though, you can also read through some of the more pressing additions and changes in the patch notes highlights below. With the introduction of Super Smash Bros Ultimate VR support, Super Smash Bros Ultimate amiibo Battle Arenas, and amiibo Journeys, the Smash Ultimate 3.1.0 update should be one to remember.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.1.0 Update Patch Notes | Highlights

Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.1.0 update patch notes

Plenty of new features and changes have been made thanks to the latest Super Smash Bros Ultimate update. As stated above, we’ve got Super Smash Bros Ultimate in a whole new dimension thanks to the ability to use the game now with the Nintendo Labo VR Kit. You can also do more with amiibos, too, such as send them on journeys online and fight against other amiibo Figure Players (FPs) in the Battle Arena. Moreover, plenty of balance adjustments have been made to various fighters as well as some general fixes.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate VR Support

After you download and install Super Smash Bros Ultimate version 3.1.0, you will be able to play the game in VR thanks to the Nintendo Labo VR Kit. Unfortunately, this VR mode is limited to single player offline only. Head into Games & More and you’ll now see a little VR option in the top-right corner of the screen. Jump into this mode and slide your Switch into the Labo VR goggles.

It is only available to use in timed, limited, single player offline battles. Essentially, the camera will zoom in on the battle, but you will be able to view freely to the side, above, below, and behind the standard Smash Ultimate viewpoint (it doesn’t seem as though you can look behind the stages as they are presented normally, rather what’s actually in front of them). The mode isn’t compatible with all stages, however. Now you can see a bunch of stages in a lot more detail. You might be surprised to find how much detail has gone into all of them. You will even be able to fight against up to three CPU fighters in VR mode, not just watch CPU battles with a cool new viewpoint.

Amiibo Journeys

Thanks to the new update, you can now do a little more with your amiibo. You can send your amiibo Figure Players on Journeys online in order for them to earn more XP and level up. Your Switch will need to remain online in order for the Journey to finish. You cannot put your Switch into sleep mode, else the journey will end. Your amiibo will fight other characters and you can watch what happens, the better your amiibo does, the better your rewards will be. Unfortunately, it does not happen in the background and is a slow process. You can also use amiibo fighters in Battle Arenas with friends online as you would in offline multiplayer.

Character Changes and Fixes

Super Smash Bros Ultimate fighters have been altered for balance adjustments and some general fixes have been made across the board. In terms of character alterations for buffs and nerfs, plenty has been changed. Pichu, for example, who you will typically find takes a spot towards the top of tier lists, has been nerfed rather dramatically. Pichu should now be easier to hit and will deal more damage to itself over its entire moveset. Peach and Daisy have been nerfed overall, too, with more vulnerability added and general launch distances shortened.

Captain Falcon, meanwhile, who tends to populate the bottom-end of tier lists, has been buffed (as if that was possible). Captain Falcon’s Forward Air Attack, for example, has had its high-damage range increased. His Side Special is now quicker and stronger, making it so any hit enemies will now take longer than before to move again.

Little Mac, another fighter who lingers towards the tail-end of any tier list, has been improved. He is less vulnerable from enemy attacks while attacking now. His attack range has been increased, and more. You can find the full list of character balance adjustments and changes via a link in the patch notes below.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.1.0 Update Patch Notes

Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.1.0 update patch notes

The full Super Smash Bros Ultimate 3.1.0 update patch notes are as follows, courtesy of Nintendo:

  • Offline
    • You can use the Toy-Con VR Goggles to enjoy Smash in VR mode via the Games & More menu.
      • VR mode is a single-player experience only.
      • The Toy-Con VR Goggles are sold separately as part of the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit or the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 04: VR Kit – Starter Set + Blaster.
  • Online
    • FPs can be used in Battle Arenas.
    • An option to send amiibo out on journeys has been added, through which FPs go on a journey to train via the internet. You can find it via Games & More → amiibo → Send on a Journey.
    • Some of the preferred rules for Quickplay battles have been adjusted.
  • General
    • Game balance adjustments have been made.
    • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

You can find the full list of character changes by following this link.