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Five characters rumored for Smash Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2 DLC

Published: 29/Jul/2020 0:12

by Michael Gwilliam

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With five more characters set to come to Super Smash Bros Ultimate as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s possible that we already know who they are based on leaks and rumors.

Smash Ultimate’s roster is one for the ages, with 76 total fighters at the time of this posting – meaning that when it’s all done, there will be 81.

Ever since Solid Snake and Sonic joined the Brawl roster, it seems anyone could be next in line to fight alongside the likes of Mario, Link, Donkey Kong and other Nintendo mascots.

Here are five characters that could be rounding out the second fighters pass based off of comments by devs, leakers, voice actors and more.

Dante – Devil May Cry

Dante from Devil May Cry
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Will Dante finally be added to Smash?

Capcom’s gun and sword-wielding badboy has been a fan favorite for some time, and there’s a good chance that he ends up making the cut.

The big rumor comes from a January 2020 interview where V’s voice actor, Brian Hanford, appeared to claim that Dante “is going to be” in Smash. Since then, many have expected an announcement, but it hasn’t come to fruition just yet.

Additionally, in a 2019 interview, Devil May Cry Director Hideaki Itsuno explained how he felt DMC would need some presence on Nintendo for Dante to be added to Smash. Since then, several games have made their way onto the Switch.

Rayman – Rayman Series

Rayman in Smash
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Ubisoft has been vocal about wanting Rayman in Smash.

Ubisoft has been one of the most vocal video game companies when it comes to wanting representation in Smash Ultimate.

Back when Byleth was revealed as DLC fighter five, Ubisoft poked some fun at the Fire Emblem character using their app “Sam” – similar to that of Amazon’s Alexa. When asked about Smash Ultimate, Sam would respond, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate recently announced the final DLC character in its first Fighters Pass: Byleth from the little-known franchise called Fire Emblem. That’s right, another one.”

“Here’s hoping Rayman will be part of the next Fighters Pass,” the message would conclude. It’s important to note that game developers can play a factor in getting characters in Smash – after all, Hideo Kojima had to ask Sakurai to add Snake.

Ryu Hayabusa – Ninja Gaiden

Ryu in Smash Ultimate

The ninja warrior first began being rumored as a potential addition when YouTuber ‘IAmShifty,’ who previously leaked Animal Crossing’s Isabelle, Incineroar and Ken, claimed Ryu Hayabusa would be the coming to Smash.

While Hayabusa has yet to be announced with Terry Bogard, Byleth and Min Min coming out since, multiple “sources” have told the YouTuber they still expect him to join the fight eventually.

Given Ninja Gaiden’s history on Nintendo consoles, it’s certainly still very likely that he ends up making the cut down the line.

Doom Guy/Slayer – Doom

Doomslayer kills Bowser in Smash Ultimate
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Fans are still eager for Doomslayer to come to Smash.

Doom Slayer has been a popular candidate for a long time, and it’s clear that the Eternal developers really want to see their boy in Smash, as well.

Speaking with Metro, Doom Eternal’s director Marty Stratton revealed they reached out to Nintendo about putting Doom Guy in Smash.

“I don’t even know who talked to who, but we’ve bantered with them,” he said. Only time will tell if that banter will actually lead to fans finally getting their wish of seeing Doom Slayer in Ultimate.

Kingdom Hearts’ Sora or Halo’s Master Chief

Sora from Kingdom Hearts with Goofy and Donald Duck
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Nintendo apparently reached out about getting Sora in Smash.

Sora is a character that Nintendo reportedly actively tried to get permission to add to Smash.

According to games journalist Imran Kahn, Nintendo “approached Disney about [getting Sora as a Smash Bros character] once.” However, Disney Japan specifically prevented it from happening.

While Kahn didn’t rule out Sora completely and things may have changed since then, he stated that in his opinion, it would either be Master Chief or Sora as the “big” Fighters Pass moment.

As we saw with Banjo in Smash, Microsoft is more than willing to work with Nintendo on projects. While neither character is a lock, the fact that Kahn has inside info about the inner workings at Nintendo is definitely a good sign for fans of either character.

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Smash YouTubers claim Nintendo is copyright striking videos with mods

Published: 29/Nov/2020 4:42 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 6:01

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Nintendo has continued its war against the Super Smash Bros. community, reportedly issuing takedown notices to some of the game’s most popular modders on YouTube. 

Nintendo has always cracked down hard on its intellectual property. However, they’ve found themselves at odds against the Super Smash Bros. community more so than ever since they shut down The Big House’s online event

It started a movement that has seen professional players and community members rally their fans to fight, protest with charity tournaments, and host exhibition bouts to raise awareness.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped Nintendo from slowing down. If anything, they’ve cracked the whip even harder, reportedly turning their sights on Super Smash Bros. modders creating projects for fans on YouTube.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Takedown Mods
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Super Ultimate is already incredibly fun, but modders have found ways to make it even better.

The first modder to report he’d been issued a takedown notice was a prominent one named Mastalko.

He created a Goku skin mod, which replaces Terry on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. “Guess my Goku video got ninjaed by Nintendo,” he said.

The screenshot clarifies that his video has been “locked and cannot be monetized” due to a claim from Nintendo.

However, that was only the beginning. Nintendo issued a takedown notice to another popular modder named 64iOS. It revolved around a video he posted on YouTube called ‘12 Super Mario Odyssey Skins in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! (Mods).’

“First time happening to my channel with Smash, I believe,” he said, above a screenshot of the actual takedown notice. Fortunately, it hasn’t impacted his account, but it’s still a move that has angered many fans.

However, the claims have been pulled into question by some members of the community. The “Nintendo Fans Complaining Against Nintendo” Twitter account has been following the complaints, stating the strikes might not be filed by Nintendo themselves because the company name doesn’t line up.

“The copyright claimer is always listed as ‘Nintendo’. You might think off the top of your head ‘yeah that would make sense they are Nintendo’, but this isn’t how Nintendo is known legally,” they said in a November 27 statement.

The members behind the account also told Dexerto that some other creators, like Mankalor, have had their videos re-instated through the appeals process once the claims were proven to be false.

“Part of the problem though lies with the fact that there was someone impersonating Nintendo handing out copyright claims, and that YouTube needs more transparency in their copyright process before people begin jumping the gun, especially with a completely reasonable movement going around trying to free a game from a real copyright issue,” they said.

The wider Nintendo community understands the takedown requests to an extent. However, some believe Nintendo’s antics are tone-deaf, especially considering how passionate and widespread the community is.

In the end, they’ve had to find ways to keep the community thriving after all these years with little to no support from Nintendo. So, they believe the company should work with them rather than against them.

November 28 update: This article has been updated with new statements from “Nintendo Fans Complaining About Nintendo” about the copyright strikes.