Perhaps the most in your face change from past games, is that you now select your stage first and then select your character, now I am not sure why it is different, but it is. The choosing of the stage was always interesting, because if you had the choice, odds are you would go with a stage that worked for your character, but as you now select your character after the stage, gone is that instant bonus for you. The new stages that they showed off during the direct were playable, Great Plateau and Moray Towers, were both fun and for assorted reasons, with Moray Towers also proving to be more difficult to adapt to.
Moray Towers on the other hand, is going to be a stage you either love or hate, for me now, I am falling towards the hate side and not because its Splatoon or any such nonsense, simply because the stage is bloody hard to fight on. Each ‘level’ in the stage is another platform, so you can jump up through them and land upon them, or you can drop through them, letting you get back to the action. My issue with that, is that jumping and falling through platforms has never been the easiest of things to achieve in Smash Bros and now a stage that all but demands you do it, to get around fast, is not something I can enjoy. Outside of that complaint, seeing multiple characters bashing away on the many levels of the stage, was a lot of fun to watch.
Of course, I could not play Super Smash Bros Ultimate, without having a go as my main Link and even with him rocking his Breath of the Wild look, I figured it would be easy to play as him still, but I was proven wrong. The biggest change, the bomb that Link can throw, now being remotely detonated, changes things up a lot, as I would throw a bomb at the other players, only for nothing to happen, having to manual explode it, by repeating the button press, took a bit to adjust to. The rest of his moves are the same as ever, but that one change, has made playing as Link exciting again, not to say he was boring before, but the strategy that I had in my mind, needed to be adjusted, because things were different.