Smash Bros Update confirmed: Nintendo release new patch ahead of new DLC Fighter

Fans might be patiently waiting for the new Smash Bros Ultimate Fighters Pass character to be revealed, but in the meantime, theres a very important update for the game.

Nintendo has rolled out the new Version 6.1.1 release for the game and added additional support for two upcoming amiibo figures coming soon.

As per the Nintendo website

"On January 7, 2020 a new software update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate became available for download. Please take a moment to download and install this update while your Nintendo Switch console is connected to the Internet."

"This update must be applied in order to use the game’s Internet features.

"All players must be using the same version of the software to participate in Local Wireless Battles."

Thankfully, official patch notes (whilst short) have been released by Nintendo and state what changes the new update has implemented.

That being said, it's only a small change: "Support for the upcoming Dark Samus and Richter amiibo figures".

The Dark Samus and Richter amiibo's aren't due for release until 17 January, 2020 so Nintendo are getting their updates in early.

For those curious, here's the desciriptions of both Amiibo, as per the Nintendo Website.

"Summoned into the Super Smash Bros.Ultimate game, Dark Samus joins the battle as Samus's echo fighter. With floatier movement, she's a little different from Samus–and she doesn't roll when dodging or jumping. If you look closely, you can see that her bombs and missiles look a little different, too."

"Richter from the Castlevania series joins the battle as Simon's echo fighter in the Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate game ! His basic attacks are the same as Simon's, but with subtle variations. In addition to that, his holy water is a different color."

Could it be that Nintendo's next round of Amiibo are being primed for release alongside yet another Nintendo Direct that heavily revolves around the next Smash character?

There's certainly evidence to suggest so.

Already this week we've seen Capcom's Matt Walker, a producer from the Devil May Cry team, earmark January 16th as a day to pencil in your diaries.

Walker sent out a video detailing more information about the upcoming port of Devil May Cry 3 on the Nintendo Switch.

"[Capcom] thinks y'all are really gonna like" a bonus piece of content coming to the upcoming DMC3 Switch port, and teases something else might arrive in the interim period, too.

Now, we know that for Smash Bros DLC, “All packs will be released by Feb. 2020," as per Nintendo.

Walker teases three dates in his message: "January 16th, January 30th and February 13th".

It certainly would make sense to see the Direct take place on the 16th with an eventual release in February.

If a Nintendo Direct were to take place, it's possible it could also reveal up to 12 new switch games.

The latest rumour (well, it's more of a leak) confirms that US retail store, GameStop, has added several new SKU placeholder listings for Nintendo Switch console.

According to Daily Express, it's also heavily rumoured that we could see a port of Metro Exodus coming to the Nintendo Switch.

If true, it's possible this could be one of the many new games set to be announced in the Nintendo Direct conference.

The PEGI certification board has already rated Metro Exodus for Nintendo Switch, which pretty much guarantees some sort of announcment at some stage in the future.

We saw something similar with the Overwatch Nintendo Switch port, that was both rated and widely expected to be announced in the last Nintendo Direct.

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