Did Smash Ultimate debunk Ring Fit fighter DLC with spirit board event? - Dexerto
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Did Smash Ultimate debunk Ring Fit fighter DLC with spirit board event?

Published: 11/Mar/2020 21:35

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate may have dismissed the chances of a Ring Fit character coming to the game with its latest event.

On March 10, Nintendo’s flagship fighter announced its upcoming spirit event “Spirits Fit for a Fight,” which will feature Ring Fit characters.

Spirits are similar to Assist Trophies, but are basically items equipped before a battle that give fighters different attributes, such as spawning with an item, healing or receiving less damage.

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Ring Fit is getting a Spirit event.

Essentially, spirits, just like Mii costumes, allow Smash to celebrate gaming franchises without going as far as adding a character from that series to the game.

While Nintendo has never stated that spirits couldn’t eventually become fighters, there has yet to be an instance of a spirit becoming a playable character.

With only six DLC fighters left, all of which which have been pre-selected by Nintendo, it’s unlikely that a character would get an event before being added.

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Spirits have yet to become playable fighters.

Ring Fit Adventure has been a hit for the Nintendo Switch, with 2.17 million units shipped worldwide in 2019. Its success put the title in contention to receive a fighter in the future – similar to that of Wii Fit Trainer.

Sadly, it’s unlikely that Nintendo would reverse the trend of spirits not becoming playable fighters. This is bad news for anyone who wanted a character from Resident Evil or Warframe as DLC, considering those two franchises have already received spirit board events.

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It’s unlikely there will be a Resident Evil fighter in Smash.

That said, if Nintendo were to throw a curveball, this would be the time do it. Rumors have been circulating that a Nintendo Direct is imminent, so announcing that Ring Fit would be getting fighter representation during a spirit event would catch many fans off-guard.

“Spirits Fit for a Fight” is scheduled to begin March 13, 2020 and conclude five days later on March 18.

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Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton

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Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.