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“Leaked” Smash Ultimate fighter screen shows Tails as DLC – is it real?

Published: 14/May/2020 19:34 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:37

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new leaked video showing off Sonic the Hedgehog’s Tails as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been making the rounds online, with some wondering if the short clip is real or fake.

In the short, seven-second video, a user loads up Smash Ultimate’s Training Mode and hovers over DLC fighters Terry Bogard and Byleth before eventually selecting Tails as their character.

Just before Tails is selected, however, a hand blocks the television screen, preventing the brief animation from being shown – a suspicious interaction that casts some doubt on the clip’s authenticity.

However, as Tails is selected the Smash announcer’s voice can be heard shouting “Tails” as it does whenever a fighter is picked in the game.

The Tails selection also includes the Sonic logo in the background, which matches how other characters are presented on the fighter roster screen.

Noticeably absent, however, is the ARMS fighter, who is still scheduled to be released in June as the first character as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Even if Tails is a future fighter It’s unclear why a version of the game with a yet-to-be-announced character wouldn’t include the ARMS DLC as well, which casts doubt on the leak being legitimate.

“A friend of mine on discord received this link from his friend, apparently he’s been sending it to a few people they know,” an anonymous user posted on 4chan. “Could it be a Smash leak?”

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Sega fans have wanted another Sonic fighter in Smash.

While many Smash fans want another Sonic representative given the Sega franchise’s importance to gaming, this sadly seems to be a fan-made “leak” and not something to put that much stock into.

All that’s known for sure about the next DLC fighter is that they will be from ARMS, and is rumored to be Spring Man who will graduate from Assist Trophy to a full-fledged fighter.

A possible theory being thrown around is that the ARMS fighter reveal will be on June 16 to celebrate three years since the game was released on Switch.

It’s unclear if the seventh DLC fighter will be revealed during the announcement, but so far rumors and “leaks” have suggested that it could be Dante from Devil May Cry, Crash Bandicoot or even a League of Legends Champion.

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Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
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Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.