Hungrybox unveils best Smash Ultimate fighters in 9.0.1 tier list

Published: 2/Nov/2020 20:39

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Melee God Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma has been playing a lot of Ultimate and has revealed his picks for the game’s top fighters as of patch 9.0.1.

In the video, the Jigglypuff main goes over his choices for the sixteen top fighters in Smash Ultimate and there may be a couple of additions that really stand out for competitive players.

Firstly, Mario kicks off the list as being one of the top characters thanks to his assortment of good combos, FLUDD, and Dark Wizzy’s mastery of the Nintendo mascot that pushes the plumber into high tier.

Next, Hungrybox lists Peach and Daisy, who he claims are “on the cusp of being ultra broken.” According to Hbox, this is because of what the two are capable of at any percent for racking up damage and the technical proficiency they have.

Mario in Smash Ultimate
Mario makes Hbox’s elite rankings.

In the fourteenth spot, it’s ROB. “Consider his frame data, consider his NAIR, his down tilt, his lazer which can aimed, his incredible good recovery… it’s crazy. He’s a ridiculously good character,” Debiedma explained.

Moving forward a bit, Hbox explained why while Wolf is still a top-tier, he’s not the best fighter in the game anymore. With a bunch of kill options, FAIR and up-tilt, he’s an incredibly efficient character that Hbox believes has a very low learning curb.

A bit later, Hbox has Wario as a high-tier and focused on Glutonny’s results in Europe as proof for the fighter’s placement. “He has absurd kill confirms while keeping it safe,” the Team Liquid star said. “Really good recovery with the bike, safe aerials, safe on platforms. Waft is the best X-factor in the game.”

Perhaps the most interesting choice comes in the form of Shulk. Thanks to the Monado, Shulk has plenty of options with him being able to jump the highest, run the fastest or even attack the strongest.

As for the best fighter in Ultimate, for Hungrybox, it’s Pikachu. “Very strange that the character who was the best by far in Smash 64 returns to his role in Ultimate,” he said. “Pikachu just has everything,” he stated before listing all of the Pokemon’s tools with drag downs, forward airs, and his amazing recovery.

Hungrybox's Smash Ultimate tier list
Pikachu tops the tier list.

Only time will tell if the list ends up changing as the meta develops and a new patch is released, but for the time being, Hbox seems very confident in his picks.

If you’re thinking of choosing a new main, you may want to consider one listed here.


Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp


According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.