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21 Great Games Like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

These are hand-picked games similar to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Bake 'n Switch

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @bakenswitch

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Bake 'n Switch is a puzzle fighting game where 2-4 players are apprentice bakers fighting the "Mould" and taking on various Guardian bosses. It's ridiculously cute and a lot of silly fun, as you catch, merge and sacrifice the anthropomorphised dough...

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Outright_Games

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is a fighting game where you battle mechanical dinosaurs based on the Zoid series. You need to learn the special moves and button combinations to pull off just the right attack at the right time. Each different Zoid and...

Marvel Contest of Champions

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/12/2014

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

Developer: @Kabam

Players: This is a single player game

Marvel Contest of Champions is a fighting game where you collect teams of Marvel characters to fight against computer-controlled characters. The fights are one versus one that work through increasingly harder opponents. It's novel because you can form...

Gang Beasts

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/12/2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @Coatsink

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Gang Beasts is an over the top brawling game where you play wobbly characters who kick, throw, push, pull and pummel up to seven other rivals to win. The game models real physics so you have to work with the grappling and jelly-like bodies to both get...

Kirby Fighters (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting

Developer: @HALGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Kirby Fighters 2 is a light hearted fighting game where you play as the round Nintendo character, Kirby. You can choose from various abilities that your character "copies" from opponents. You fight other characters from the Kirby games in fights against...

Brawl Stars

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/06/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @SuperCell

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Brawl Stars is a fighting game where you battle the computer or other players in all against all and team matches. You can play as any of the game's 50 plus characters, called "Brawlers", in an arena. The cartoon style lends the game a more lighthearted...

Bomberman (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Konami

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

Bomberman is the spiritual ancestor to last-player-standing battles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, but here you all play on the same screen and have the same bomb weapon. There are lots of versions, but in all of them you battle with up to eight...

Beat Me!

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @RedLimbStudio

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Beat Me! is a fighting game where comical fantasy characters battle to win. Along with the fun and unusual locations, Beat Me stands out because of its use of real world physics to determine who wins.

Brawlout

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @AngryMobGames

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Brawlout is a fighting game with 4-player battles in levels with lots of platforms. You try to knock the other players off and win the round. As you inflict damage you can hit them further. Like, Super Smash Bros you also have dash, melee and ranged...

Towerfall

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...

Fight Crab

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @Crab_Fight

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Fight Crab is an fighting game where you battle with weaponised crabs. But rather than pressing buttons to pull off moves, you have to work with the game’s over-the-top physics. This combines with giant crustaceans, insane weapons and claws to create...

Worms Rumble

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/12/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Team17Ltd

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Worms Rumble is a multiplayer game where 32 worm characters try and shoot each other. It takes the usual turn-based Worms formula in a real time direction complete with a battle royale mode like Fortnite.

Tunche

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/03/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @LeapGameStudios

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Tunche is a fighting game where you battle our way through horizontal levels that are different each time you play. It features comic style environments and characters, each with their own skills and special abilities. The goal is to defeat bosses to...

Viewtiful Joe (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 07/10/2003

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @PG_kamiya

Players: This is a single player game

Viewtiful Joe is a side-on fighting game where you play a movie-lover whose girlfriend Silvia is kidnapped during a film starring your favorite superhero, Captain Blue. You enter the movie world, transformed into the tokusatsu-style persona "Viewtiful...

Nidhogg

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/09/2014, updated in 2014

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Developer: @Messhof

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.

Absolver

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/08/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @SloClap

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Absolver is a martial arts fighting game, where you play as a travelling warrior. You explore the world and take on staged battles that require a high level of mastery of the combat system.

Super Pole Riders

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/06/2013

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Fighting and Sports

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

A cross between the high jump, jousting and basketball, Super Pole Riders is a simple game where four players must get a ball hanging from a wire to the opponent’s goal using long poles. It’s the controls that make this game so much of a giggle to...

Dunk Lords

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 18/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @StoryFort

Players: This is a single player game

Dunk Lords is an over the top two-on-two basketball fighting game. While themed around the well-known sport, here it takes on a more aggressive and full-contact form. But the result is about the silly competitive dribbling, shooting and dunking rather...

Brawlhalla

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 17/10/2017, updated in 2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @BlueMammoth

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

Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your characters specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.

Killer Instinct (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Developer: @IronGalaxy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Killer Instinct is a fighting game series. The third installation released for free with the Xbox One launch. This built on Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 and added more characters as time progressed.

Monster Train

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/05/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Puzzle, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @ShinyShoeGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Monster Train is a turn-based fighting game played on a train to hell. Through a series of rounds, you collect cards which summon monsters or special moves to stop enemy armies from getting to and destroying your pyre. Because the pyre is at the top of...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the following lists:

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 
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Blur

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PEGI Rating 12+ for BlurESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Blur

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 
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Dirt

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PEGI Rating 3+ for DirtESRB Rating EVERYONE for Dirt
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Halo

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PEGI Rating 16+ for HaloESRB Rating TEEN for Halo
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Hitman

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PEGI Rating 18+ for HitmanESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Hitman

Exuberant Games For Pre-16 Year-Olds

There's a gap when children are starting to outgrow PEGI 12 rated games but aren't necessarily ready for PEGI 16 rated shooting and fighting experiences. The games in this list offer some options that are genuinely exuberant and exhilarating but with lower levels of violence.

We go through some really good examples of these exciting, fast-action game for a range of ages. They are all PEGI 12 or under, apart from Halo, which we have included as this is a lower ESRB TEEN rating in the US for the latest release and mostly features space-themed rather than realistic violence.
 

Play And Connect

Online games are great because you have a world of opponents to take on and defeat (or be defeated by). But beyond the competitive element of these games are often a strong sense of community and camaraderie.

Players enjoy making new connections in these games, as well as connecting with wider family and friends. Listen to the chatter while children play these games, and you hear as much talk about homework, television, YouTube or what's happening in the world as who to shoot in the head next.
 

One Joy-Con Nintendo Switch Multiplayer Games

The Switch console comes with one pair of Joy Cons. These are attached to the Switch in portable mode, and detached when playing on a TV. Some games support multiplayer modes with each player only needing one Joy-Con half to play. This offers a much more affordable way to accommodate more players.
 

Gaming Projects: Photography

The spaces and places that video games create are often designed with a particular interaction or way to progress through them. However, because games are open to the player, how you play, the direction you move and what you do in the game is up to you.

This means that you can often put video games to unusual uses. Photography is one aspect of this as Paul Buttle recently highlight on Twitter. All modern video game consoles enable you to capture an image of the screen. At a rudimentary level this allows you to take pictures of your adventures. Beyond this, many games offer a Photo mode that allows you to freeze the action and take control of the camera -- even letting you control effects, depth of field and shutter speed in some cases.

This means you can take really beautiful and engaging pictures in the games you play. Some families have tasked their expert players with capturing a certain type of photograph as they play:
  • Portraiture - capture images of the people you meet.
  • Photojournalism - create a photo diary of the events of the game to be annotated later.
  • Fashion - document the different outfits and wardrobe styles your character chooses.
  • Sports - capture sporting moments, including not only players, but the crowd and coaches.
  • Still Life - capture the inanimate, mundane and overlooked elements that make the game world what it is.
  • Architectural - find ways to photograph the buildings in various states of build, decay and renewal.

Some examples of these projects include:
 


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