In case you’re wondering about the vague title, I didn’t want to spoil something major for Ultimate’s World of Light, so… Ahem, though World of Light was not nearly as cinematic as Brawl’s Subspace Emissary, what few moments it did have were epic indeed. But what I think surprised me the most was not any of the game’s few, if not awesome, cut scenes, but an unexpected, and unforgettable, battle that took place just before the game’s final showdown. So I shall warn you one final time, this post contains spoilers for part of the ending of World of Light. Proceed at your own risk.
After many, many hours of battles across both the light and dark worlds, we arrive at our final location, a sea of clouds where the two ethereal embodiments of light and dark clash for ultimate power. Along the way, we fight Master Hand and Crazy Hand two times each, after which they appear to regain their own free will and decide to no longer serve Galeem and Dharkon. Well, when you finally arrive at what appears to be the final battle, something rather surprising happens.
Honestly, this moment should have already been spoiled for me because Youtube recommended a video of this part of the game not too long prior. But I didn’t believe it. I thought it was one of those hacks people do where they can add their own characters to Smash Bros, like Sans from Undertale and Spongebob. But it’s true. For this one battle, and this one battle only…
You get to play as Master Hand!
I kid you not, I was so surprised that, even upon seeing it for myself, I still didn’t believe it. I saw Master Hand and a whole bunch of fighters, and I thought to myself…um, which character am I? Uncertain as to what the heck was going on, I decided to move the control stick and see just who exactly was on the other end of it. Only then did it click inside my head…wait a minute, I’m Master Hand! Are you serious!
Once my confused mind recognized how monumental a situation this was, I took to slapping everyone about the stage with great gusto. Oh, how awesome it was, to get to float around the screen, smacking all those puny fighters and shooting at them with Master Hand’s finger gun and zapping them with lasers! Though I lost on my first try (I think you have to fight every character in the game, a number of adversaries even Master Hand may struggle against…), I was perfectly content to try again and relish in what felt like limitless power once more.
It was an epic moment in Smash history, to be sure. After roughly 20 years of being on the receiving end of Master Hand’s might, it was great to finally get to control the mysterious, disembodied hand myself. Simply unforgettable!
Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments below, dear readers! For all of you who have completed the World of Light, what was your reaction to getting to play as Master Hand? Also, what ending did you get? (I got the True Ending, but I don’t know what I would have gotten if I hadn’t accidentally read that the game had multiple endings. Alas, unintentional cheating!)
Lede image is official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate key art.