The reviews are in. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is amazing. In fact, we scored it as such in our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review. If you haven’t preordered it yet, it’s not too late. In fact, you can go ahead and get everything you possibly need to start Smashing right away with this helpful guide to everything you need.
With a roster of 74 fighters, an unparalleled number of songs on the soundtrack, and something like 1,300 spirits, it’s as much a love-letter to gaming as it is a competitive fighting game.
If you haven’t already preordered Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can still do so and hopefully get it on release day. Amazon offers a $10 credit for Prime members if you preorder. Best Buy also offers a $10 credit, but it will throw in a collectible Super Smash Bros. coin to try and secure your preorder money. Walmart offers free shipping without a membership, and GameStop has a free double-sided poster you can only get by preordering, either in-store or online.
Oh, and if you register your copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before January 31, 2019 you get Piranha Plant for free. That’s regardless of which retailer you get it from: you just need to register your copy with Nintendo.
Preorder Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official GameCube Controller
Nintendo GameCube controller support is officially back for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You don’t need to buy a new controller if you still have your original GameCube or Wii U GameCube controllers kicking around. But this is the official Smash Ultimate controller, so you may want to grab one anyway.
Preorder Nintendo Switch GameCube Controller Adapter
All the GameCube controllers in the world won’t help you succeed in Smash if you can’t use them with your Nintendo Switch. Thankfully, Nintendo recognized this early on and reissued the official Nintendo Switch GameCube controller adapter. If you have the Wii U adapter, it works with Nintendo Switch, but if you missed out on the under-appreciated console, this is the Wii U GameCube adapter given new life. If you have a GameCube Wavebird, you can plug the receiver in and it works exactly like it’s supposed to work.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pro Controller
There’s nothing wrong with being a purist who only wants to play Smash using GameCube controllers. But this limited edition Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Pro Controller might make you think twice about how you play. Maybe. Probably not. But no matter how you decide to play, this is a really cool controller and after Smash is out, probably won’t be easy to get. So if you want one, I recommend grabbing it sooner rather than later.
You can preorder the game and secure the upcoming DLC fighters in one fell swoop with the Smash Fighters Pass bundle. You get the game and the special fighters pass Mii fighter costume, in addition to the stages and fighters in the DLC.
Looking to pick up the Super Smash Bros. Fighters pass separately? You can get it for $24.99.
There’s a special edition steelbook of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it’s pretty great. You get the game, the steelbook case, and the limited edition Pro Controller all in one package. That’s the good news. The bad news is it’s almost always sold out. Sometimes it pops back into stock, so I dropped links in here in hopes you luck out and check when they’re live again.
Super Smash Bros. amiibo
With the entire roster now known, there are quite a few amiibo to look forward to in the future. Strangely, none of them are currently available for preorder. But there are placeholder pages on Amazon for lots of them, which are listed below. For a full list of all the upcoming amiibo, check out Nintendo’s page.
Best Buy lets you order the game and a new Switch in one convenient package, and you get the cool, exclusive collectible Super Smash Bros. coin to go with it. This isn’t the limited edition Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch bundle, so there’s no special dock to go with it.
Here are some regular old Nintendo Switch consoles you can buy if you missed out on the super-cool bundle.
Seth Macy is IGN’s tech and commerce editor. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy.