Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have 108 stages according to a new leak from Japan.
108 stages. Just say it a few times. There’s virtually no other fighting game that can boast such a number of levels to fight on. Most fighters rarely break the 30-stage count, with the closest one being previous versions of Smash Bros.
How do we know that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have 108 levels? It’s all thanks to a recently leaked picture of a Japanese manga called CoroCoro and Reddit, of course. Virtually nothing happens in the gaming world without Reddit knowing about it first.
Anyway, CoroCoro is a big magazine in Japan and often gets a lot of full-page advertisements for game companies like Sony or Nintendo. One such full-page spread recently plugged the upcoming Smash Bros. game for the Switch and dropped a pretty big number on us: 108 stages.
To put this into a bit of perspective, let’s go over the evolution of stages in a Smash Bros. game. In the first game, there were 9 stages total: 8 you started the game with and 1 you unlocked later. It sounds almost quaint nowadays.
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the stage count increased to 29 total, with 18 starter stages and 11 unlockable ones. Super Smash Bros. Brawl had 41 stages, with 29 starters and 12 unlockable ones.
The strangely named Super Smash Bros. for Wii U had a whopping 55 stages, with 40 starters, 6 unlockable, and 9 as available DLC downloads. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have nearly the double number of stages that the previous Smash Bros. game had, and that’s mildly insane.
Of course, we don’t know a whole lot about this claim other than it’s an official advertisement in a Japanese manga, and the Japanese tend not to lie in their advertising. However, they can stretch the truth a little. Maybe some of those levels will turn out to be mild variations on the same stage, or some of those stages being counted are actually tiny levels during the campaign where you perform some sort of challenge--kind of like the car-smashing level in Street Fighter.
However it turns out, 108 levels is truly impressive and can only add to the replay value of what’s looking to be the greatest Smash Bros. game ever.