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ESAM claims unlikely fighter’s first Smash Bros Ultimate major win

Published: 16/Sep/2019 8:33 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 9:03

by Connor Bennett


Popular Smash Bros professional Eric ‘ESAM’ Lew proved that even the most unlikely of fighters can become legends after he scored Pikachu’s first-ever Smash Ultimate major title. 

When it comes to fighting game esports, competitors have their favorite fighters to play as whether they fit the game’s meta or not. This can range from somebody who is over-powered if you know the right button combo, to someone who can tire an opponent out and score a time limit victory.

Yet, even below them, are the underdogs – the characters who are never expected to win anything but can upset the apple cart to give fans an incredibly memorable moment. When it comes to Smash Ultimate, that underdog is Pikachu but players might just have to reconsider that categorization of the Pokemon legend.

Super Smash Ultimate released in December of 2018 and has already become a competitive success.

At Glitch 7 – Minus World, which ran between September 14-15 from Baltimore, Maryland, ESAM used his Pikachu to claim the character’s first-ever Smash Ultimate Major. 

In a stacked tournament, ESAM saw off top competitors in Nairo, Tweek, and Light in the winner’s bracket through pretty comfortable fashion. 

Yet, when he faced off against Light in the Grand Finals, he was on the back foot – falling behind 2-1. However, he pulled it back to complete the 3-2 reserve sweep – earning Glitch 7 glory. 

Even though the broadcast showed that ESAM was pretty emotional about the win, he celebrated by posting a message to his fans on Twitter.

“Ash finally won a league. I finally won an A-tier. Thank you so much for everyone’s support,” he said, referencing the iconic Pokemon TV series. 

Of course, an underused fighter like Pikachu claiming a Major win prompted shock and celebration from the game’s community too – especially those who have supported ESAM for a while.

“Axe wins Summit, Ash wins the Pokemon League, ESAM wins Glitch 7, this IS the year of Pikachu,” said Reddit user Gamecubed. Another, TheJimJims, added: “It’s been 11 long years with the green headband, but ESAM finally wins a supermajor. Wild ride.”

Whether or not more players will ditch their favorite fighters in favor of the signature Pokemon hero remains to be seen, but at least those that do – like ESAM – can bask in the glow of some extra special glory.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.