Smash Bros. Ultimate "Now You're Playing with Spirit Power" event starts this week

This Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event will welcome NES/Famicom era characters to the Spirit Board.


Serving as another clever tribute to the lush history of the company, Nintendo has announced a spirit board event for Nintendo Switch's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The "Now You're Playing With Spirit Power" board will feature spirits inspired by characters that were on the NES/Famicom. The event goes live on January 4, 2019.

GoNintendo reported the event, which was revealed on the official Japanese Super Smash Bros Twitter account. During this special occasion, spirits will be appearing more frequently than normal, which gives players more of an opportunity to see the large collection.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a massive crossover of properties already with the largest roster the series has ever seen. It incorporates all of the characters from previous entries and brand new fighters and echo fighters from various properties. On top of that, the Spirits add another layer by including even more fan-favorite characters in a way where they support players as a replacement for the trophy system. They fall into four primary types and you can learn more in our guide on how to unlock and use Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Classic Donkey Kong and Excitebike are teased in the promotional image for the Now Your Playing With Spirit Power Board, but there's certainly a lot of unknown treasures to find during the event. Hopefully, Shackers will be sharing their own discoveries in Chatty.

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This is likely just the start of special events for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Being such an incredible crossover, Nintendo devs will never be short of content they can tap even well beyond the historic Nintendo consoles alone. The characters featured in the game reach all across gaming and engage with players new and old.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now on Nintendo Switch. You can search our website to access a large collection of guides for the game, including how to unlock characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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From The Chatty
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    January 3, 2019 8:15 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, Smash Bros. Ultimate "Now You're Playing with Spirit Power" event starts this week

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      January 3, 2019 8:26 AM

      I'm really enjoying the spirit board stuff.

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      January 3, 2019 8:49 AM


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      January 3, 2019 12:47 PM

      I will probably be back on my World of Light/Spirit Board bullshit this week then. I fell off real hard once I unlocked all the fighters and realized I had still over half of World of Light left. I think I like just the bite size spirit board stuff more than world of light at this point which kind of just feels like a slog.

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      January 3, 2019 12:50 PM


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        January 3, 2019 12:56 PM

        I think the 1 timer spirits are the ones on rotation during the day, the rest seem to just rotate in and out and I've already had many of them. I missed all of the Fire Emblem ones I think since I was still playing WoL

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        January 3, 2019 1:09 PM

        I've gotten both of those via the WoL, which ends up being way easier method of getting those things due to being able to redo them. Pauline I believe is easiest with Jigglypuff, due to the jumping issues on the stage.

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