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Custom Smash Ultimate controller literally shocks Pichu players

Published: 25/Mar/2020 22:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Pichu mains in Smash Ultimate may be used to how their fighter takes damage whenever it uses special attacks, but now they can feel the pain alongside their Pokemon with a crazy new custom controller.

Popular internet user Insert Controller Here has a history of creating whacky controllers for Smash Ultimate and his latest creation could the most shocking yet – quite literally.

Taking to Twitter, the inventor showed off his newest project, dubbed the “Pichu Tazer Controller,” sharing their plans to improve it in the future and revealing some demo testing footage as well.

“The design itself is pretty simple,” he explained. “It’s just a Tazer that’s wired to a Nintendo Switch controller. Any time Pichu uses a self-damaging special move, the Tazer activates.”

The list of moves that do damage to Pikachu’s baby evolution include: Thunder jolt, Skullbash, Agility, and Thunder.

With Skullbash, however, the shock is only activated when the most is released as it has a bit of a startup phase.

Pichu is considered a glass-cannon in Smash Ultimate, given its extremely hard-hitting potential at the cost of inflicting damage to himself. So far, Pichu is the lightest character in the game, weighing less than all other fighters including Mr Game & Watch.

From a design standpoint, the controller itself looks pretty nice and is an officially licensed product (aside from the Tazer obviously). It has a slick black and yellow color scheme matching the Pokemon it’s based off. Additionally, instead of the Smash logo in the middle, there’s a Pikachu icon.

While the controller does issue a small stun, it doesn’t seem to hurt its maker that badly, though he did claim it was “probably one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever had.”

As we mentioned, this isn’t the first wild invention by Insert Controller Here. He found a way to play Minecraft with a pickaxe, a minigun for Team Fortress 2 and literally turned a Fisher Price toy into a fully-operational Melee controller.

Pichu mains are already a bit masochistic as is, but this probably takes the cake. The only question is: will it be tournament legal?

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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.