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Every major Super Smash Bros. Ultimate update brings both the obvious and the unexpected. We knew we’d be getting Pyra / Mythra and all things from yesterday’s Mr. Sakurai Presents, and that balance changes would likely work their way in.

Did anyone call new amiibo functionality, though?

In the latest Smash patch notes, the following detail was included:

  • The Toad Power-Up Band (amiibo) is now supported.
    If you go to amiibo in Games & More and tap the Toad Power-Up Band, you can receive a reward. The Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, and Yoshi Power-Up Bands can be used as Figure Players.

What that “reward” is wasn’t elaborated on, though a Toad Spirit could be a possibility. Interestingly it doesn’t note if the Toad figure can do the same, though it does specify that this isn’t a Power-Up Band exclusive feature since the rest of Super Nintendo World’s best souvenir work as Figure Players.

Another inclusion that’s sure to be helpful is the ability to disconnect a controller on the character select screen. While this is a feature of the Switch itself, this update allows you to perform the function natively in Smash via a still connected controller. This should be a big help during get togethers with friends and particularly in tournaments.

As for balance changes, it looks like Pichu is getting quite a few adjustments to the amount of damage it self inflicts. Byleth and Min Min are also getting a handful of tweaks each, but a common change is “Matched the vulnerability with other fighters when falling in place”. Presumably this is to keep certain attributes consistent across the board.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.