The issue appears to be impacting Classic Mode only.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s latest DLC character, Joker from Persona 5, is freezing player’s Nintendo Switches when they use his Final Smash to end a Classic Mode match.
This issue was confirmed by IGN’s own Zachary Ryan, as his Switch froze three times when finishing a Classic Mode match with Joker’s Final Smash. There are also many other examples, including a Reddit thread posted by CubingVainGlory, that show the freeze happening.
It appears this glitch is only occurring in Classic Mode and only with Joker, and does not appear to impact any other aspect of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as of this writing.
Nintendo has yet to comment on the issue or release any plans of fixing it, but it’s safe to assume it won’t be too long before it is all taken care of.
This isn’t the first trouble Nintendo has had since Version 3.0 and Joker’s release, as when he was made a available earlier in the week the Nintendo eShop was unreachable and many had a to wait a while to try out the first character from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighters Pass.
When things are not going wrong with Joker, however, he is a ton of fun to play, and in our review of Ultimate’s first Challenger Pack, we said “with the inclusion of an incredibly flashy stage, new Spirit Battles to challenge, and tons of visual touches that go beyond just adding a new fighter, this content has a lot of heart.”
Be sure to also check out our wiki guide on Joker so you can learn to master this brand new character.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who thinks this is all Joker’s doing and he is laughing at all these troubles. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.