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ARMS’ Min Min revealed as newest Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter

Published: 22/Jun/2020 15:17 Updated: 24/Jun/2020 1:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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The newest Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC character and the first in Fighters Pass Volume 2 has finally been announced as Min Min from the ARMS series.

Min Min was revealed during a special live stream from Mr. Sakurai on June 22. The female character appeared amongst a whole host of fighters, beating them out to claim the invite to fight in Smash.

Keeping with the ARMS theme, Min Min will be able to send out her arms to throw punches using the A and B buttons. Her arms don’t quite have the same length as they do in her normal game, but Sakurai revealed that the attacks can be combined together for devastating combos. She will be available come June 29.

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Min Min is the first ARMS character in Smash.

The announcement comes after months of speculation from fans, ever since Nintendo revealed that ARMS would be the next series to have a representative back at a Direct Mini in March.

With Smash Ultimate competitions limited to online play for the foreseeable future, it will be interesting to see how the pro community takes to Min Min and how their place in the meta develops over time.

ARMS was first released on the Nintendo Switch on June 16, 2017 and features multiple characters fighting each other by using their extendable arms to inflict damage. The game was well-received, with an aggregate score of 77/100 on MetaCritic.

Min Min is the sixth paid DLC fighter and the first in Fighters Pass Volume 2, which still has five more slots to fill. When all is said and done, Smash Ultimate will have been blessed with eleven DLC fighters – more than any other game in the series.

As Nintendo previously indicated, no other fighters would be revealed during the presentation, leaving some fans upset that the next character wasn’t shown off or their franchise announced. There’s no indication as to when that will be or how far into development the next challenger pack is.

Earlier in June, series creator Masahiro Sakurai provided an update on DLC development in a Famitsu column where he explained that it was proceeding well, despite the team working from home, but there are some difficulties that are causing issues.

The remaining DLC in Fighters Pass Volume 2 is set to release by December 31, 2021.

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Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
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This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.