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Leakers hint at Smash Ultimate DLC reveal and next Nintendo Direct date

Published: 31/Jul/2020 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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With new rumors of a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter reveal coming with a Nintendo Direct, a couple of leakers have spoken out about the possibility of a new character on the horizon.

ARMS’ Min Min was the last fighter added to Smash back on June 29 and since then, there’s been plenty of hints that a new DLC character could be revealed soon.

While there haven’t been any reveals just yet, some rumblings have sounded off regarding a possible Nintendo Direct in either August or September.

As Dexerto previously reported, in a post on Resetera, prominent leaker ‘King Zell’ suggested that gamers shouldn’t get their hopes up for another July Direct and instead “Wait for August.”

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There are five fighters left in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Nintendo Direct in September?

Since then, he’s clarified his stance on the subject. In a follow-up comment, he wrote, “So, the next stop being in the later half of August makes me think no General until September.”

The term ‘General’ here is used to imply a main Nintendo Direct – not a Mini or small independent developer showcase.

Another known leaker, ‘Zippo,’ also chimed in with his own speculation. It should be noted that Zippo was one of the leakers Nintendo went after in order to prevent insider information from being shared on message boards.

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Zippo speculates when content will be revealed.

Speaking with Wired, Zippo said he would “no longer be leaking Nintendo games,” which possibly explains why his post was worded as mere speculation.

Regardless of whether or not the speculation is camouflage for leaks, he doesn’t believe “there will be any new, internally developed first party games for the rest of 2020.”

“The Mario Collection, 3D World, Pikmin 3, BDFII, COH, along with Pokemon/Smash DLC will be what they have for the remaining months, I think,” he said.

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Could the next Smash DLC be connected with Pokemon?

When factoring in King Zell’s remarks about a General Direct possibly coming in September along with Zippo’s comments about Smash DLC, it’s possible that is when we’ll be getting our hands on the next fighter.

“Nintendo literally doesn’t have to release any new games for the rest of the year, the holidays will be an easy sweep for them with all of their existing games, so they can afford to delay those big titles, and they know that,” he added. “Additionally, I think that’s why they haven’t been announced yet. September-November will likely be the release of all of that content.”

It’s also interesting to note how he words it as Pokemon/Smash DLC. Pokemon Sword and Shield’s The Crown Tundra DLC is scheduled to be released in fall 2020.

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There have been some theories that the next Smash Ultimate DLC fighter could be a Pokemon. The theory is based on how Pokken has a free trial, just like how ARMS and Fire Emblem did prior to Min Min and Byleth’s release.

Hopefully, we’ll get the answers to all these questions sooner rather than later as the holiday season quickly approaches.

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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

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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.

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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.