ESAM explains why he’s “tired” of Leffen’s influence in Smash Bros. community

Published: 26/Aug/2019 14:33 Updated: 26/Aug/2019 15:13

by David Purcell


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate professional player Eric “ESAM” Lew has hit out at legendary competitor William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte, after becoming “tired” of the player having so much influence on the game’s online community. 

The game’s community has been split right down the middle since the addition of Hero on July 31, a new character that was introduced with the 4.0.0 patch, with some arguing that it should be banned from competitive play and others defending the fighter. 

However, in the midst of all of that debate, it was actually banned from some tournaments in Australia – a move defended by Leffen – but now it appears that his fellow pros are now getting frustrated by his influence.

NintendoHero has been equally welcomed and despised since being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

ESAM voiced his frustrations with Leffen using his official Twitter account on August 25, where he claimed to be not just tired of the veteran competitor’s comments about the game, but angered by them as well. 

“This just in: Leffen tweets bad about Ultimate. Tomorrow: people taking Leffens word on Ultimate as law,” he tweeted in the first post, which was followed up by another strong verdict.

The Panda Global player added: “I’m really tired of it. I’m tired of him shaping the discourse. I’m tired of people parroting whatever he says. I’m tired that a maybe-pgr player still has this much influence on the COMPETITIVE scene. Yeah he’s good in a bunch of FGs, but everyone in all scenes is tired of him.”

These two professionals have clearly not seen eye-to-eye on the most controversial change to the game in recent times – the addition of Hero. 

Leffen had claimed that the fighter is “not designed for competitive play and anyone decent at Smash should be able to see that” on August 15, defending the decision to have the character banned in some regions of Australia. 

In response to those claims, ESAM uploaded a video to his YouTube channel on August 21, opposing the ban – as seen below. 

Whether or not the decision will be made to implement further Hero bans in future competitive tournaments is unclear at the time of writing, but clearly ESAM isn’t too happy about how much influence Leffen has had on the debate. 


Smash Ultimate leaker explains why Nintendo won’t make Geno a fighter

Published: 18/Jan/2021 19:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Mario RPG’s Geno has been a Smash Ultimate fighter candidate for many years, and a Japanese leak gaining traction online may reveal why Nintendo hasn’t upgraded the puppet to a full character.

While Geno became a Mii Fighter starting with Smash 4 on Wii U and then again in Ultimate, fans have wanted the character to be something more. Numerous fan groups dedicated to getting the RPG character in Smash have sprung up, and it seems like Nintendo is aware of his popularity.

The question then, of course, is why isn’t Geno in Smash Ultimate if the fan support is so high? After all, favorites such as Banjo, Ridley, and King K Rool were added to Ultimate, so why not Geno?

Well, according to a Japanese leaker who correctly stated that Steve from Minecraft and Dragon Quest’s Hero were coming to the game, Nintendo is confused about where his support is coming from.

Steve in Smash Ultimate
The leaker correctly said Steve was coming to Smash.

In a 2018 post on the 5ch site, the leaker claimed that all Nintendo is hearing is “put him in Smash” with little to no support for a remake or new Super Mario RPG title.

“Developers are confused about this whole Smash fever situation,” the leaker claimed. “Especially from the third party side, they don’t want their characters to be established as ‘Smash’ characters, and the occasional requests for a new game are always associated with Smash representation.”

This is an interesting point and it’s easy to see why developers would look at Geno – a character from a one-off Square Enix RPG – and not want him viewed as anything more than a Smash fighter.

Geno costume SSBU
Geno is nothing more than a Mii fighter.

“This kind of attitude from fans are making the devs unsure of their real intentions,” the leak continued, noting how the internet demographic is loud and there’s no indication if fans really want the series revived.

“They just couldn’t take a chance on developing a whole new game by having Smash come in first,” it states.

If this leak is true, then it doesn’t bode well for Geno ever being added to a Smash game as anything other than a Mii fighter or Spirit.

Of course, as always, take these posts with a grain of salt, but given the leaker’s track record, there could very well be some truth to it.