ESAM: Why I main Pikachu in Smash Ultimate

Published: 18/May/2020 21:16

by Michael Gwilliam


Pikachu is one of the most impactful and stronger characters in Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and no one has gotten as many top results with the electric Pokemon as Eric ‘ESAM’ Lew.

In an interview with Dexerto, Lew dug into why he mains Pikachu, became the best Pikachu player in the world, and just what makes the Pokemon mascot the best fighter in the entire game.

Back in Melee, ESAM was a Samus main with Fox as a secondary character and Pikachu as his “low-tier” pick as his region ran a lot of low-tier side events.

Pikachu has an incredible combo game.

Once Brawl came out, Fox and Samus felt strange to him, but Pikachu didn’t, so from that point on, ESAM was sticking with Pikachu and didn’t look back.

“He’s very creative,” Lew explained. “I’ve been the main pioneer of my character at least since 2010. Since then I’ve been the innovator of my character. I’ve been doing all the broken stuff. I’ve been figuring out most of the combos because of my creative mind with the character.”

According to Lew, with a character like Pikachu, you have to be creative in order to do well with him.

One of ESAM’s biggest points about why Pikachu is the best character is because of how the fighter can avoid taking huge amounts of damage. “He gets to skip phases in the game where a lot of people take a tonne of damage,” he said. “Mostly being when he’s on the ledge of trying to land.”

By being able to skip bad positions with his movement, having a good combo game and damage output, many players consider Pikachu to be the best.


Animal Crossing player’s crazy Smash Ultimate tournament venue goes viral

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


An Animal Crossing New Horizons player designed a brilliant Smash Ultimate tournament venue in-game, and many fans are absolutely loving it.

The global health crisis really hurt LAN events for Smash Ultimate and other fighting games in 2020. Many venues that thrived off hosting events suffered immensely, and while players have been missing in-person competitions, that didn’t stop one player from recreating a tournament venue within Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing is chock full of materials and objects that work well to design a fighting game venue, and Redditor ‘timshady11’ made good use of them for their creation.

Anyone who has ever been to a weekly tournament at a bar, restaurant or arcade is familiar with the general layout. You have the front desk for signups and registration, numerous setups for people to compete and a spot designated for streaming high-profile matchups.

Little Mac and Dr Mario
The Smash scene got a bit beaten up.

In this case, timshady11 included all of those things and then some. As you can see in the video, there is a desk area by the entrance with a laptop and Smash Ultimate book to keep track of tournament entrees.

Moving on from there, the venue has all sorts of desks with two chairs, a monitor and a Nintendo Switch. In total, we count six of these non-featured setups, which is a respectable number for a weekly event.

The venue also has numerous arcade cabinets, vending machines, booths, couches, and of course, a stream setup. That section is pretty well-made with cameras, a computer, and three couches in the vicinity for observers.

Made a Smash Tournament Venue in Animal Crossing New Horizons! from smashbros

Users on Reddit were certainty impressed with the creation. “Awesome! The aesthetic is cozy and cool, really like the vibe overall,” one complimented.

“This is amazing! It made me really nostalgic for IRL tournaments tho,” another remarked with a frowny face emoji.

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Smash players have been missing LAN events.

If you want to visit the island for yourself, timshady11 revealed it as: DA-3428-2657-9989.

While Smash tournaments have been forced to move online, hopefully, players will get the opportunity to return to their venues in the foreseeable future and duke it out in person once again. Until then, at least there’s always the Animal Crossing island to tide us over.