Tech Talk with Mark David Magat: The ultimate Smash experience

Nintendo has built a gaming empire with their franchises such as Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, and others. As of Dec. 7, we get a new taste of a classic game of all those Nintendo characters beating each other into the mud. The game I’m talking about, is of course, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But you need the ultimate setup for the ultimate experience for Smash Ultimate.

Before you start beating up your friends, you need 13.6 GB of storage in your Switch to play the new Smash Bros. game. But, as it will be the first Super Smash Bros. game available on the Nintendo Switch, it will have more flexibility in terms of when and where to play. We’ll cover both at home and on the go Smash playing.

On the go:

When on the go, a must is buying another set of Joy-Cons. You can play with two players with the two Joy-Cons that come with your Switch, but if you wanted to play with more than one friend, which is highly recommended, you’ll need another set.

Another must grab is the officially licensed Nintendo Switch power bank by Anker because Smash is going to be power draining. Of course you can go for other models with lower-or-higher capacities and voltages, but the Switch only accepts a specific type of charge and it helps get that charge if you go with the official power bank and not want to brick the thing.

At home:

At home, you have more room to play with what accessories and peripherals you’d like to use. What we’ll be talking about here is better controllers, and the controller we recommend is some variant of the GameCube controller.

The GameCube controller has many iterations with PowerA having a wired and wireless version, and the official Nintendo GameCube controller with a modern connector, but they have the same button layout all around.

If you see yourself, or your friends, moving around or get really energetic while playing, which for Smash is more than understandable, we recommend you go with the Bluetooth controller by PowerA for around $30 to $40.

If you want something that can do the job without breaking the bank, PowerA also does a $25 wired controller. The PowerA controllers are a tad looser and have different button names and have additional buttons because they are built for the Switch, unlike the one Nintendo sells, which is just a carbon copy of the old design.

Speaking of which, Nintendo sells their own rendition of a modern day GameCube controller. It’s $50 and it’s basically the same as the original, expect it now connects to the Switch. But for most people, that’s a great thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Other than controllers, we assume you have a 1080p TV, a dock of some kind and a couple of friends to beat into the dirt. Other than going all out and buying custom seats with a mega projector and super surround sound, that’s all you really need. Smash is a simple game to play and you don’t really need much to enjoy it.