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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Series) Accessibility Report

We've documented 19 accessibility features for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the Difficulty, Getting Started, Reading, Navigation, Controls, Visual, Audio and Communication areas to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.

NotesAccessibility Notes

Difficulty of CPU fighters can be customized in several different ways, including overall AI, overall power, and starting damage percentage.

Depending on the character you play as, rapid repeated button presses can be replaced with holding of a button instead.

The right stick can be mapped several different action types. When mapped to an attack you can press the stick in a direction and perform that attack in that direction.

The vault menu has a Tips section where a player can review tutorials and notes on each playable character, techniques, stages, items, and more.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Price: 23% off

Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

 

DifficultyDifficulty

We've documented 3 accessibility features for Difficulty in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Difficulty Options

Select Difficulty: Select the level of difficulty from a range of presets. This not only offers a way to adjust the challenge of a game but enables you to do so without dealing with individual criteria.

Customise Difficulty: Customise different aspects of the game to create a challenge of an appropriate level. Adjusting elements individually enables you to tailor gameplay to suit your needs and style of play.

Competitive Difficulty: Difficulty not adjustable, because you compete against other players.

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Getting Started in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.

Assistance Getting Starting

These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures. This can be a specific practice option, or the ability to play levels with the easiest opponents to improve understanding and skill.

View Control Mapping: You can view a map of controls during play. This clearly displays the mappings of actions to buttons/keys/mouse/keyboard without having to leave the game.

Adjust Speed: Adjust the overall speed of the game, or rewind play for a second attempt, to ease reaction times. By slowing the game, you have more time to interpret what is happening and then execute your actions. It also reduces the pressure on getting things right quickly or the first time you attempt them.

 

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If you want to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it doesn't offer the Getting Started accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Getting Started accessibility:

ReadingReading

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Reading in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.

Reading Level

How much reading is required to play the game and how complex the language is. This doesn't include subtitles as required reading if they are fully voiced.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required. The quantity and complexity of reading are at a level that a high school student (14-year-old) would appreciate.

Voice Acted

Some Dialogue is Voice Acted: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted. This reduces the pressure on reading all the dialogue text, although not everything is provided audibly.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Navigation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.

Head-Up Display

Game Map: View a map of the game world during play, with the landscape, points of interest and missions highlighted throughout the entire game. This enables the orientation of the player and the world, confirming a direction of movement and the location of destinations or points of exploration.

Menu Navigation

Menu Audio Cues: Navigating menus provide an audio cue for each selection.

 

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If you want to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it doesn't offer the Navigation accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Navigation accessibility:

ControlsControls

We've documented 6 accessibility features for Controls in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Remap Controls

Can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Remap Buttons: Can re-map all buttons so that you can use alternatives that better suit your play.

Remap Sticks: Can remap the stick controls to controller buttons for easier access of direction controls.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing (more than 2 times a second) is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.

Controller Vibration

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

VisualVisual

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Visual in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deals with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Menu Audio Cues: Navigating menus provide an audio cue for each selection.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Audio in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deals with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately. This enables you to select your preference as well as ensure critical game sounds aren't obscured by other audio.

 

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CommunicationCommunication

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Communication in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which deals with how you can communicate with other players in the game and what options are available to customise and control this interaction.

Player-to-Player Online Communication

This is how players communicate with each other in online games. This can be to plan strategy, chat as they play or co-ordinate resources.

No Online Chat (Or Preset Phrases Only): Game is played online but no verbal or textual player communication. This includes games that offer player-to-player communication with word-less icons, sounds or preset phrases.

 

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If you want to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but it doesn't offer the Communication accessibility features you require, these similar games extend the Communication accessibility:

System Accessibility Settings

In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:

Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.
 
Nintendo Wii U
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors @GeekDadGamer and @NEATWithAdam


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