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Is Smash Bros Ultimate getting older versions of classic stages?

Published: 27/Feb/2020 0:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Bros Ultimate fans may have gotten a glimpse at an upcoming map thanks to a Twitter photo by series creator Masahiro Sakurai.

The photo in question shows off Kid Icarus protagonist Pit staring downward with Splatoon’s Inkling in the background.

While this may not seem like anything too impressive or leak-worthy, there is one major detail fans honed in on: the stage.

The picture was taken on the iconic Battlefield stage, known for its triangular three platform structure. But the key factor lies in what version of Battlefield it was – the previous Smash game on the Wii U.

Battlefield on Smash 4 notably featured two flags while Ultimate only has one. What’s more is that Smash 4 didn’t feature the character Inkling, so this couldn’t have been a photo from the older game.

Fans began to speculate about what this could mean with two theories in particular gaining popularity.

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Smash creator Sakurai has been posting daily photos on Twitter.

The more hopeful of the theories is that future DLC will feature older versions of classic maps, giving players even more variety from the already-massive list of stages currently available.

The second is that the photo was taken during Smash Ultimate’s development and the textures from the previous game had been imported.

Sadly, this seems to be the most logical considering the whole “picture of the day” tradition has ties going back to early development.

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Could classic stages be coming to Smash Ultimate?

“Throughout the development of Smash Ultimate, I have been sending the team a picture every day. This is still going on. I figured I’d start uploading some of those pictures here and there. Please note that sometimes these pictures are taken with development tools,” Sakurai said when he uploaded the first photo back on December 26, 2019.

While nothing has been ruled out and Sakurai himself hasn’t addressed the speculation of this recent photo upload, fans should probably not get their hopes up.

Still, getting classic editions of all the stages would be a nice treat and hopefully something Nintendo implements at some point during Smash Ultimate’s lifespan.

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How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
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The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit store.nintendo.com.
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

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The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

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Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.