Latest Smash Ultimate patch buffed Ryu and Ken to top tier - Dexerto
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Latest Smash Ultimate patch buffed Ryu and Ken to top tier

Published: 30/Jan/2020 5:09

by Dustin Steiner

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Smash Ultimate’s Street Fighter reps have always been strong, but have had some issues with kill setups at certain percentages. The latest patch changes all that by offering several new setups thanks to one key change.

Patch 7.0.0 of Smash Ultimate offered one key change to Ryu and Ken that’s been making the rounds on Twitter and blowing people’s minds: the ability to cancel smash attack animations with specials.

This new ability allows them to perform combos one might see in a Street Fighter game, cancelling what would be “normals” into special attacks as combo finishers.

As an example, Ryu can now cancel his down smash into a hurricane kick, leading to a brutal fake-out that can be quite difficult to read, and not especially difficult to perform. This is because the input for hurricane kick involves a downward motion, letting you buffer it while the down smash is still happening.

This leaves little in the way of reaction time for the opponent.

In another example, Ken or Ryu can now juggle up-smash into a Shoryuken, leading to an easy kill confirm. This was previously reserved for the less powerful up-tilt, but this change allowed for a more damaging combo.

Additionally, hurricane kick can now also pass through a multitude of projectiles, allowing it to be an effective approach tool. This is a feature ripped right out of Street Fighter, and a welcome addition.

Ryu was a late addition to Smash 4, one of the newcomer DLC that debuted after the game’s launch. Ken, on the other hand, was a launch Fighter in Smash.

The pair have been mainstays of the Street Fighter series since its inception all the way back in 1987, making them among Smash Ultimate’s oldest representatives. Their movesets draw inspirations from across their tenure in gaming, but mostly from Street Fighter IV due to the inclusion of the Focus Attack.

Twitter has been divided on whether or not this will bring the pair to true top tierdom, but the inclusions do give them a lot more options in Smash Ultimate.

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Smash Ultimate leaker explains why Nintendo won’t make Geno a fighter

Published: 18/Jan/2021 19:33

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Mario RPG’s Geno has been a Smash Ultimate fighter candidate for many years, and a Japanese leak gaining traction online may reveal why Nintendo hasn’t upgraded the puppet to a full character.

While Geno became a Mii Fighter starting with Smash 4 on Wii U and then again in Ultimate, fans have wanted the character to be something more. Numerous fan groups dedicated to getting the RPG character in Smash have sprung up, and it seems like Nintendo is aware of his popularity.

The question then, of course, is why isn’t Geno in Smash Ultimate if the fan support is so high? After all, favorites such as Banjo, Ridley, and King K Rool were added to Ultimate, so why not Geno?

Well, according to a Japanese leaker who correctly stated that Steve from Minecraft and Dragon Quest’s Hero were coming to the game, Nintendo is confused about where his support is coming from.

Steve in Smash Ultimate
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The leaker correctly said Steve was coming to Smash.

In a 2018 post on the 5ch site, the leaker claimed that all Nintendo is hearing is “put him in Smash” with little to no support for a remake or new Super Mario RPG title.

“Developers are confused about this whole Smash fever situation,” the leaker claimed. “Especially from the third party side, they don’t want their characters to be established as ‘Smash’ characters, and the occasional requests for a new game are always associated with Smash representation.”

This is an interesting point and it’s easy to see why developers would look at Geno – a character from a one-off Square Enix RPG – and not want him viewed as anything more than a Smash fighter.

Geno costume SSBU
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Geno is nothing more than a Mii fighter.

“This kind of attitude from fans are making the devs unsure of their real intentions,” the leak continued, noting how the internet demographic is loud and there’s no indication if fans really want the series revived.

“They just couldn’t take a chance on developing a whole new game by having Smash come in first,” it states.

If this leak is true, then it doesn’t bode well for Geno ever being added to a Smash game as anything other than a Mii fighter or Spirit.

Of course, as always, take these posts with a grain of salt, but given the leaker’s track record, there could very well be some truth to it.