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Smash Ultimate's Joker Glitch Shows How Much Effort Devs Put Into Each Stage

A new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate glitch has revealed how much work went into building each level in the game.

Joker from Persona 5 is now part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character, but his arrival has not been without issue, as Joker has brought some series glitches into the game. A new glitch involving Joker’s Final Smash can be used to break the boundaries of the stage and can give the player a look at just how much effort went into making each level.

In order to activate the glitch, players need to be in a Smash battle with a ruleset that either has the Smash Ball or the FS Meter activated. Player one needs to be playing as Joker, while player two can be anyone. Next, Joker needs to perform his Final Smash and player two has to access the Camera Controls and select frame by frame. If Joker hits them with the Final Smash, it will send the camera out of bounds, showing a distant view of the stage (or will cause the screen to white-out.)

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The glitch doesn’t work on every stage, but on the ones that it does, it gives the player a never-before-seen glimpse at the massive 3D landscapes that are used to create some of the worlds that appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

It’s natural to assume that a fighting game would only use a basic skybox and background dressing for its stages, as most people will be focusing on the characters instead of the scenery. However, the developers of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate went the extra mile by mapping out large portions of each stage, even though players might not be able to see the additional details without bending the camera as far as it will go.

The fact that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has over a hundred stages (and counting) and was made under a strict deadline makes these extra details all the more impressive, especially as the game has such short load times. The fact that a fighting game that can feature eight characters at once, an abundance of items, and characters that can be summoned to the stage (like the Assist Trophies) while still featuring such gorgeous stages goes to show how much work went into making Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the most impressive game in the series.

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