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Devil May Cry voice actor says Capcom star is coming to Smash Ultimate

Published: 13/Jan/2020 17:13

by Michael Gwilliam

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A Devil May Cry 5 voice actor may have revealed a bit too much information when asked about Super Smash Bros during a podcast earlier in January.

Brian Hanford, who voices V in Devil May Cry, revealed he absolutely loves Super Smash Bros and plays Ultimate from time to time while in the AMA podcast.

One of the hosts then asked Hanford if he saw rumors regarding Dante being added to the Smash Bros roster as DLC down the line. Instead of responding directly to the question, he began talking about how he started playing Devil May Cry when he knew he was going to be part of it and how he wants his character of V in Smash. (timestamp 6:21)

“This is what kills me about it,” Hanford confessed. “I’m (V) a new character. So I’m not in the DMC lore enough to ever be considered for Super Smash.”

According to the voice actor, having V in Nintendo’s flagship fighter or Marvel vs Capcom would be his “ultimate life goal.”

“To be part of Marvel vs Capcom or Super Smash Bros would be huge, which is what Dante is going to be,” the voice actor seemed to reveal.

NintendoCould Dante be DLC Fighter 5?

While Hanford tried to make the case for V being added to Smash he may have revealed a bit too much info and confirmed Dante’s inclusion in the process.

Smash leaker Sabi, who posted about the interview on Twitter, did note that while he deconfirmed Dante as DLC Fighter 5, it’s possible that the Devil May Cry protagonist could be coming as future post Fighters Pass content.

“What’s interesting to note is that this could either be a joke, weirdly worded speculation, or a major contract breach,” Sabi noted.

As we have previously noted, Devil May Cry Director Hideaki Itsuno never ruled out Dante coming to Smash. In a February 2019 interview with VG 24/7, he explained that he felt DMC would need some sort of history on Nintendo before Dante could make the cut.

Since then, the Capcom hack-and-slash has been ported onto the Switch with a special edition of the third installment arriving February 20.

It will be interesting to see if Dante does in fact get added as future DLC or if he does in fact end up being the mysterious fighter 5. A Nintendo Direct is speculated to arrive later in January with a fighter announcement.

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Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
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Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.