Insane pro Pac-Man play stuns ZSS and crowd at Smash Ultimate tournament - Dexerto

Insane pro Pac-Man play stuns ZSS and crowd at Smash Ultimate tournament

Published: 6/Jan/2020 17:43

by Michael Gwilliam


Japanese Smash Ultimate pro Tea is regarded as the best Pac-Man player in the world and showed exactly why at the first S-tier tournament of 2020, Let’s Make Big Moves.

Tea found himself down 2-0 against the Zero Suit Samus prodigy Tyler ‘Marss’ Martins with a spot in the tournament’s final four on the line.

After crawling back to even the set at two games apiece in what was a thriller of a battle between the two professionals, Tea pulled off some of the best mind games ever seen in Smash Bros history.

NintendoTea is considered the best Pac-Man player in the world.

With the final game even at two stocks apiece, Tea had Pac-Man’s Bell fruit active and was looking for a hit to paralyze Zero Suit and guarantee him a smash attack to take the stock. However, right as he got in range, Marss began to shield meaning that Tea had to hold off.

Instead of jumping away and looking for another opening, however, Tea proceeded to shield himself and then immediately drop it several times at point-blank range hoping for Marss to react.

This was an incredibly patient and fearless play as ZSS has out of shield options to work with. That said, it would have taken some stellar timing on the part of Marss to connect with a move at the right moment when the shield was down. If his attack was blocked, it would have been easy to hit Martins with the Bell.

Eventually, Marss decided to jump to the middle of the stage, but Tea was ready and connected with the Bell to stun his opponent before hitting an up smash to take the stock, putting his foe on what ended up being his last stock of the tournament.

“This is insanity. Tea pulling out all the stops. This is two of the most creative players I’ve ever seen in this game’s history,” the commentator gushed.

Marss was able to strike back and bring the game to one stock each, but Tea had already racked up so much extra damage done that he was going to fight an uphill battle. In the end, while Tea connected with another Bell, his up smash was barely out of reach to end it. Instead of overthinking things though, Tea read Marss’ positioning and scored a max distance forward smash moments later to win it for real.

As the dust settled, Marss hugged and congratulated the Japanese pro on a hard-fought win with what is considered to be one of the most off-meta fighters in the game.

Pac-Man is one of the most difficult fighters to play at a high level, so it’s possible that matchup knowledge hurt Marss in a big way going into the match. By contrast, ZSS is a popular fighter in Japan so it’s likely that Tea knew the ins and outs of what he was up against.

Regardless, it was a tremendous play and some of the best mind games in the history of competitive Smash Ultimate. Tea would end up finishing fourth overall at Let’s Make Big Moves after losing to the eventual tournament winner, Nairoby ‘Nairo’ Quezada.


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


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
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.