4 first party Nintendo characters we want in Smash Ultimate

Published: 4/Jul/2020 21:08

by Michael Gwilliam


With ARMS’ Min Min being the latest first-party character to become Smash Ultimate DLC , the internet is ablaze with who could be next on the docket to become a playable fighter.

Most of Smash Ultimate‘s DLC representation thus far as been in the form of third-parties, and while nothing is as exciting as seeing a character from a non-Nintendo game join the battle, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still first-parties who should get the call.

The company’s library is expansive and has many different genres to choose from. And while some franchises may have too many fighters (cough Fire Emblem), there’s some who could use a bit more representation.

Without further ado, here is our list for four first-party fighters we want to see added in Smash Ultimate.

Majora – The Legend of Zelda

Skull Kid wearing Majora's Mask
Majora could be a nice addition to Smash.

It’s crazy to think that The Legend of Zelda only has six playable fighters in the form of Shiek, Zelda, Ganondorf, and the three Links – basically only three people. While Majora’s Mask may have only been a key factor in its title game, it has made references in several Zelda games sense as an Easter egg.

As for appearance, it may be best to go with the Skull Kid version as it would make more sense than just having a mask floating around like something out of Goosebumps.

It’s about time the Zelda series got a little bit more love from Nintendo, and Majora could be an excellent addition.

James McCloud – F-Zero/Star Fox

James McCloud from F-Zero
Both Star Fox and F-Zero can get a character with James McCloud.

We heard you like crossovers, so we put a crossover in your crossover. This one is a bit strange, but could manage to get double the representation. James McCloud is a playable character in F-Zero and the name of Fox’s father in the Star Fox series.

While the two aren’t exactly the same, with the F-Zero version being human, they both look strikingly similar right up to the shades.

The best way to handle this character could be to make his moveset a mix of Fox and Captain Falcon and include both the animal and human forms as alternate costumes.

Waluigi – Super Mario

Waluigi in Smash
Waluigi has been requested for some time.

Out of all the first-party characters, Waluigi is probably the most-requested. While Wario has been a Smash fighter since Brawl, Waluigi has been on the sidelines waiting for his time to shine.

Attacks could really range from anything to tennis rackets to poison mushrooms – it’s really the sky’s the limit as far as what can be done with the character.

With Waluigi’s inclusion, all of the main Mario type characters will finally have been added to Smash, and we can enjoy some good team battles with all four of them.

The Power Glove – NES Accessories

The NES Power GloveThe Power Glove may be more useful in Smash than it was in real life.

This is going to be the wildest suggestion yet. We have Master Hand, although not as a playable character. And we had ROB as a fighter. Why not just go all the way and turn the hand into the Power Glove?

The Glove is a bit of an infamous accessory used as an alternative to an NES controller, though it really didn’t work out so well. Perhaps its most iconic moment came in the form of the 1989 film ‘The Wizard’ where the movie’s antagonist Lucas proclaims he “loves the Power Glove” and “it’s so bad.”

Hey, if ROB can be his own fighter, what’s stopping the Glove? Nintendo, that’s what. Make it happen.


Animal Crossing player’s crazy Smash Ultimate tournament venue goes viral

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


An Animal Crossing New Horizons player designed a brilliant Smash Ultimate tournament venue in-game, and many fans are absolutely loving it.

The global health crisis really hurt LAN events for Smash Ultimate and other fighting games in 2020. Many venues that thrived off hosting events suffered immensely, and while players have been missing in-person competitions, that didn’t stop one player from recreating a tournament venue within Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing is chock full of materials and objects that work well to design a fighting game venue, and Redditor ‘timshady11’ made good use of them for their creation.

Anyone who has ever been to a weekly tournament at a bar, restaurant or arcade is familiar with the general layout. You have the front desk for signups and registration, numerous setups for people to compete and a spot designated for streaming high-profile matchups.

Little Mac and Dr Mario
The Smash scene got a bit beaten up.

In this case, timshady11 included all of those things and then some. As you can see in the video, there is a desk area by the entrance with a laptop and Smash Ultimate book to keep track of tournament entrees.

Moving on from there, the venue has all sorts of desks with two chairs, a monitor and a Nintendo Switch. In total, we count six of these non-featured setups, which is a respectable number for a weekly event.

The venue also has numerous arcade cabinets, vending machines, booths, couches, and of course, a stream setup. That section is pretty well-made with cameras, a computer, and three couches in the vicinity for observers.

Made a Smash Tournament Venue in Animal Crossing New Horizons! from smashbros

Users on Reddit were certainty impressed with the creation. “Awesome! The aesthetic is cozy and cool, really like the vibe overall,” one complimented.

“This is amazing! It made me really nostalgic for IRL tournaments tho,” another remarked with a frowny face emoji.

Link hit by Roy
Smash players have been missing LAN events.

If you want to visit the island for yourself, timshady11 revealed it as: DA-3428-2657-9989.

While Smash tournaments have been forced to move online, hopefully, players will get the opportunity to return to their venues in the foreseeable future and duke it out in person once again. Until then, at least there’s always the Animal Crossing island to tide us over.