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Min Min officially released as Smash Ultimate’s newest DLC fighter

Published: 30/Jun/2020 2:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Nintendo has finally added ARMS’ Min Min to Super Smash Bros Ultimate a full week after her reveal.

Min Min is now available to purchase as the first new character in Fighters Pass Volume 2. She is the first female DLC fighter added to Smash Ultimate in the six that have been released thus far.

The ARMS fighter operates quite differently than other characters in the game, with the A and B buttons operating her left and right arms respectively. She’s also the first character who can perform a smash attack while in the air.

It will be interesting to see how top level players take to the ARMS fighter and if she can see results in online tournaments as offline events are still a ways off given the ongoing global issues.

Min Min punches Little Mac
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Min Min’s arms pack a punch.

Min Min comes with a new Smash stage

Alongside Min Min is an ARMS stage, Spring Stadium. While it probably won’t be tournament legal in the esports scene, the stage does include some cool springs to gain crazy height and features a billboard with the ARMS cast making appearances.

Additionally, the stage features unique drones who will drop items for players to use in combat.

There’s no telling who the next fighter to be revealed after Min Min will be. Some rumors have suggested it could be Crash Bandicoot, Dante from Devil May Cry, Tails from Sonic or even a League of Legends Champion.

Min Min from Arms in Smash
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Spring Stadium is the newest Smash stage.

A recent poll by Source Gaming found that a majority of players want to see Crash added. Other popular fan favorites include Doomguy, Dante, Geno and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora round out the top 5. However, there’s no indication any of them will be DLC Fighter 7.

The rest of Fighters Pass Volume 2 is planned to be released by December 31, 2021.

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Smash Ultimate formula predicts likelihood of most-requested DLC fighters

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:17 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 21:39

by Michael Gwilliam

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With only four spots remaining in Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2, there’s no shortage of potential candidates. However, some characters may have a better chance of being possible additions than others, according to a math formula.

YouTube channel ‘Backseat’ came up with a formula to see whether or not certain characters have a good chance at making the cut.

By looking at the current roster and extracting certain elements – like whether a character originated in the East or West, their era, genre and more – they were able to create a chart that can be applied to potential fighters.

It should be noted that this only works when assuming the next roster picks continue the trends Nintendo has already established.

Smash Ultimate DLC criteria
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There’s a lot of data that goes into determining “Smash Math.”

The twenty-five characters in question that Backseat went over were determined by a poll by Source Gaming, which featured literally thousands of candidates.

Going over some big names on the list, one very popular character is Team Fortress 2’s Heavy, which topped several other polls. However, he fails several categories that Backseat believes are imperative to have a good chance at being future DLC.

Meanwhile, Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, who has been rumored for a long time, is “math certified” to join the roster thanks to his origin and era.

Another popular candidate, Waluigi, received a “caution,” not completely ruling the Mario character out. The main issue with him, according to Backseat, is the era he comes from.

Perhaps the biggest Western character, Halo’s Master Chief, was the least mathematically likely out of the top ten characters in the poll due to his origin, genre and era.

Devil May Cry’s Dante and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, two Japanese candidates, were both given a caution due to their era of origin.

Master Chief behind bars
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Master Chief may not be finishing the fight.

Moving onto the third most-requested in the form of Doomguy, he too was ruled out due to his origin and genre.

Luckily, for supporters of Super Mario RPG’s Geno, Backseat found him to be math certified as well, which should really get the puppet’s fanboys very excited.

Finally, Crash Bandicoot was given a caution only because of the sizable amounts of Western fighters already in the game. Though, with the character rumored to join the cast in 2021, it’s still possible that we end up seeing him in the future.

Geno certified for Smash Ultimate
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Geno meets the criteria to be in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Of course, just because the video ruled out claimed some characters have a better chance than others, doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing they’ll be in Smash.

It will be interesting to see how many of the predictions end up coming true as more fighters are released.