For players that want to test their Smash abilities against some of the best players in the world, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has them covered.
So-called “Elite Battles” are part of a unique online matchmaking system that players can unlock after reaching a certain amount of GSP, or Global Smash Power.
GSP bases players ranks on the number of people they’ve outscored, rather than the number of people better than them.
The amount of GSP needed to unlock Elite battles started at around 400,000 when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first release, but players will now need more than 2 million GSP to reach these top-tier matchups.
With the number of people buying and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, especially after Christmas, the number of GSP needed to gain access to Elite battles could continue to rise.
Once it is unlocked, players who reach that level can face off against other players of similar skill, hopefully sparing at least a few newer or less skilled players.
This system would also allow Nintendo an easy way to look at who the top competitive players in Ultimate are for any possible esports events or competitions in the future.
For players looking to prove themselves in Smash and really test their mettle, unlocking Elite Smash Battles is a great goal to work towards.