The Smash Box is the best alternative to any common Smash Bros. controller or fight stick for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In order to help you take advantage of the precision of this arcade controller, we have compiled this post to go over the basics of the Smash Box and the key techniques to learn in SSBU.
Before getting started, ensure you have an adapter for your Switch, we recommend our GameCube controller adapter.
If you have any questions about SSBU on Smash Box, be sure to join our Discord and hop into the #smash-ultimate channel. Also be sure to explore the "Smash Box" and "SSBU" tags at the bottom of the post for more How-To content.
Profile and Layout
First, thing to do is to ensure you're using the Default Smash Ultimate profile. If you just received your Smash Box, it should be on Profile 1 (the three-way switch on the side of your Smash Box set to "I"). Otherwise, download our Designer Software and load up the profile onto your Smash Box.
Now let's go over the default layout we have Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- The Analog Stick is controlled by your left fingers.
- The D-pad / Linear Tilts are controlled by your left thumb.
- The C-Stick is controlled by your right thumb.
- The 8-buttons on the right are controlled by your right fingers.
How To Play
Tilt AttacksThe main modifiers for Tilt Attacks are Tilt 1 and Tilt 2. While both modifiers can do all Tilt Attacks, they differ in what happens when you do ordinal (ie, diagonal) directions. With Tilt 1, you will get Angled Forward Tilts. With Tilt 2, you will get Turnaround Up and Down Tilts.
By combining ordinal inputs with the linear tilts and MODE, you have access to 48 angles in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Below is a showcase of what these angles look like and how to activate them (use the speed options on the gif to slow it down).
Note: You can use these angles for anything that can use angles in SSBU.
Actions for each angle in gif, in order. Bolded are the main angles you should practice first:
- Up + Right + Y1
- Up + Right + Y1 + MODE
- Up + Right + Y2
- Up + Right + Y2 + MODE
- Up + Right + Tilt 1
- Up + Right
- Up + Right + Tilt 2
- Up + Right + X2 + MODE
- Up + Right + X2
- Up + Right + X1 + MODE
- Up + Right + X1
Reverse Aerial RushVery important to maintain momentum and use back airs, simply press back during your run and then press jump. For more info, check out Reverse Aerial Rush and Pivot Cancel in SSBU.
Pivot CancelYou can use your run-turnaround animation to skid a little bit if you go straight into an attack. It's most useful for Tilt Attacks. Run, press back, then immediately go into a Tilt Attack. For more info, check out Revere Aerial Rush and Pivot Cancel in SSBU.
Tilt Neutral SpecialUse X1 or Tilt 2 to get Neutral Specials while holding a direction. You can use this to turn around in the air, or run into a neutral special. For more information, check out Tilt Neutral B in SSBU.
B-Reverse and WavebounceUsing the C-Stick buttons right after activating a Special, you can do a quick turnaround in the air. The basics are do a Special facing one direction, and then press C-Stick in the other direction to change your direction/momentum. For more in-depth information, check out B-Reverse and Wavebounce with C-Stick.
SOCD NeutralOn our default settings, you can press left and right at the same time to get a "center" input. This can be used for some interesting things. Experiment with it to see what you can do!
If you have any more questions, please check out our "How To" blogs as well as the #smash-ultimate channel in our Discord - all linked below.
May your inputs be blessed,