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

Latest Smash Ultimate patch buffed Ryu and Ken to top tier

Published: 30/Jan/2020 5:09

by Dustin Steiner


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.


Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton


Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.