New Smash Ultimate DLC soon? Leaker hints at August Nintendo Direct - Dexerto

New Smash Ultimate DLC soon? Leaker hints at August Nintendo Direct

Published: 28/Jul/2020 0:10

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Nintendo Direct leaker with a credible history has suggested that there could be a direct in August, and with new rumors, it’s possible that a Smash fighter could be revealed, as well.

In a post on Resetera speculating when the next Nintendo Direct will be, prominent leaker ‘King Zell’ chimed in, writing that it won’t be in July.

“The main event [is] not in July, or the one more stop before the main event not in July?” one user asked, seemingly referring to a general Nintendo Direct while quoting King Zell’s remark.

“Wait for August,” the leaker responded. “Nothing for the rest of this month.”

Zell says there could be a Direct coming
It seems like there could be some sort of Direct in August.

Notably, there was a very small Direct Mini partner showcase on July 20 that had been leaked ahead of time, too. Unfortunately, it was met with mixed results, and wasn’t the major direct that many had hoped for.

While the leaker didn’t delve further into their “wait for August” statement, another prominent insider, ‘NateDrake,’ chimed in that Nintendo “will be leaning on Mario pretty hard this holiday.”

With 2020 being Mario’s 35th anniversary, it has been rumored or even confirmed by Eurogamer that remakes of Mario 64, Sunshine and Galaxy are being remastered. This could very well be what NateDrake was referring to.

NateDrake comments on Direct
Leaker NateDrake says to expect some Mario stuff.

However, it also seems like if a Direct were to happen, it wouldn’t be a general one; NateDrake also wrote that he has “not heard of any General Direct for the month of August,” and doesn’t believe there will be one.

That said, when asked about the possibility of a Mario-specific Direct in August, he was much more positive and suggested it could happen.

NateDrake comments on August direct
NateDrake doesn’t think there will be a general Direct in August.

With all this Nintendo Direct discussion, it should be noted that a Smash Ultimate fighter is also rumored to be revealed.

As Dexerto previously reported, it seems possible that a new Smash Ultimate fighter is going to be announced soon, as there are a bunch of signs adding up.

Will there be a Mario Direct?

For one, the Smash website was updated, removing the “new” label from the last fighter, ARMS’ Min Min. This normally only happens if a new fighter will be announced.

Additionally, Pokken is undergoing a free trial for Nintendo Switch Online members that lasts until August 4. In the past, Fire Emblem and ARMS had free trials before their DLC fighter was announced for Smash. Chances are that a Pokemon could be DLC 7.

It’s also possible that, given all of the Mario-related news we’ve been expecting, that the next character ends up being from Mario in the form of either Geno or Waluigi – two fan-favorites who are often top requested fighters in fan polls.

In any case, we’re just going to have to wait and see what happens. As always, take all of this news with a grain of salt until we get solid confirmation.


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


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.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Takedown Mods
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.