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In this guide, we will review which copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate you should buy. This guide will answer all your questions including how much space the downloaded version takes up, the differences between a downloaded version and a physical copy, and more!

Physical Copy or Download Version? Which Should You Buy?

Benefits of Buying Digital and Physical

Digital Copy Benefits
・You can play immediately after purchase
・You do not need to switch out the game disk to play
・When saved to your console, it loads faster
・You can receive Gold Points
・No risk of losing the game
Physical Copy Benefits
・You can sell the game after you play it
・The game can be bought at a lower price
・Pre-order benefits
・No disk space required on console

When unsure of whether to buy a physical copy or a digital version, take a look at the benefits of each. If these features match with what you are wanting out of your game's copy, we recommend to buy that version. Both versions have benefits, so be sure to compare the two before purchasing.

Benefits of Downloading the Game

Benefits of Downloading the Game
・You can play immediately after purchase
・You do not need to switch out the game disk to play
・When saved to your console, it loads faster
・You can receive Gold Points
・No risk of losing the game

You can play immediately after purchase

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The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate digital version can be played immediately after purchase. There is no need to travel to a store or wait to get home to play the game. As soon as downloading finishes, you can start it up from your Nintendo Switch.

You do not need to switch out the game disk to play

With a downloaded version of the game, you will no longer have to switch out game discs to play. Unlike the physical version that requires you to take out and re-insert each game you want to play, the downloaded version can simply be selected from the Switch's home menu.

When saved to your console, it loads faster

When saved to your console, loading up the game will take less time, allowing you to jump right into battles.

You can receive Gold Points

The digital version of the game will net you 4% more Gold Points than the physical version.

No risk of losing the game

There is no risk of losing the game with the digital version. After downloading the game, your purchase information is managed by your Nintendo account. If you often lose or misplace games, a digital version is the way to go.

Benefits of Buying a Physical Copy

Benefits of Buying a Physical Copy
・You can sell the game after you play it
・The game can be bought at a lower price
・Pre-order benefits
・No disk space required on console

You can sell the game after you play it

One benefit of buying a physical copy is that you can sell it after you are done playing. Unlike the digital version, the physical copy can net you a profit if you wish to sell it after buying it.

The game can be bought at a lower price

Unlike the digital version, which stays at the official full price, a physical copy could be bought at a lower price.

Pre-order benefits

Buying a physical copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may have pre-order benefits depening on the store you purchase it from.

No disk space required on console

With a physical copy, you do not have to free up storage space on your console to play. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes up a large 16GB. It may be difficult or impossible to play without deleting some other downloads you have on your console. If you purchase a digital copy, buying an additional SD card for storage may be needed.

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    • >>[6]
      Depends on who it is you struggle against. I'd say generally someone like Wolf or Palu is a good secondary for any character. Byleth's largest drawback is mobility and frame data, so a character with faster options and movement is your best bet.

    • >>[4]
      Hi! We actually have a section on Marth's matchups here:
      https://game8.co/games/SSBU/archives/281194#hl_2
      As Marth has great range and framedata, a good matchup will be a character that can whiff punish with quick burst options, and have a way to get in and find an opening! Quick characters with excellent frame data, like Pika, Greninja, or Sheik, ZSS, or Sonic are our top recommendations!
      Thank you for using our guides!

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