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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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Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
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Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
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Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
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Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.