How to Prevent Lag in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated game releases of 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. Captivating fans since the series’ debut on the Nintendo 64 in 1999, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features 74 fighters and 103 stages at launch, not including DLC. This means every character and stage previously featured in a Smash title will be included -- as well as brand new content -- truly living up to its “Ultimate” title.
When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases worldwide on December 7, 2018, it will have already broken records as the most pre-ordered game on the Nintendo Switch and the best “pre-selling” game in the entire series. That means hundreds of thousands of people will be logging into Nintendo’s servers and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online on launch day.
Is your console ready for the best Super Smash Bros. online experience possible? Check out these three steps from Nighthawk Pro Gaming to make sure you don’t experience lag when playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on launch day.
1. Buy a LAN Adapter for your Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo recommends that you purchase a USB LAN adapter to play online in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This adapter uses the USB port on the back of the Nintendo Switch Dock and converts it into a high-speed Ethernet port, allowing you to hardwire your Nintendo Switch to your router or cable modem. For the fastest speeds possible, you can purchase a USB 3.0 Gigabit LAN adapter that uses the AX88179 chipset. These adapters will support higher bandwidth and have lower latency than a USB2 10/100 adapter.
2. Hardwire your Nintendo Switch directly to your router or modem.
Now that you have your USB LAN adapter, simply plug an Ethernet cable into the LAN adapter and connect it to your router or modem. Ensure that your router or modem is up-to-date and can handle your device traffic and you reach the speeds that you’re paying for from your ISP. We recommend you use a Nighthawk Pro Gaming router or switch to hardwire your Nintendo Switch.
3. Use “Quality of Service” to prioritize your Nintendo Switch over other connected devices in your network.
Many routers come with Quality of Service, or QoS, a feature that lets you identify which applications, games, or devices should be prioritized in your home network. QoS helps improve your router’s Internet traffic management capabilities through improved application and device identification, bandwidth allocation, and traffic prioritization.
Select the Download radio button to adjust the bandwidth allocation for the download speeds on your Nintendo Switch (ensure it’s currently connected to your network). Select the Nintendo Switch and enter a higher value in the Set Device Bandwidth field and click SAVE. Now select the Upload radio button and repeat the previous steps to prioritize your upload speeds. DumaOS makes it easy to convey bandwidth allocation with this simple drag-and-drop chart:
Lastly, click on Traffic Prioritization so you can prioritize your Nintendo Switch above all other devices in your network. In the Traffic Prioritization section, click the ADD DEVICE button. Select your Nintendo Switch and click DONE. Your settings are now saved.
Now that your Nintendo Switch is hardwired to your network, and prioritized above all other traffic, you’re ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Get ready for the “ultimate” online experience and never experience lag again on Nintendo’s online service. Happy gaming and get those wins for the highest Global Smash Power!