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NFL star Le’Veon Bell did shockingly well at first Smash Bros tournament

Published: 22/Jan/2020 17:18 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 17:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell attended his first-ever Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament on January 21 and did surprisingly well all things considered.

The 27-year-old decided to register for Ultimate Pizza 30 in Ohio which consisted of 44 players in a double-elimination bracket and posted about it on his Instagram story.

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“This is my first Smash tournament,” the caption read as he showed off the venue and setups where players gathered around, likely participating in friendlies before the start of the event.

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Le’Veon Bell actually did well in his first tournament.

Bell came well prepared to show what he was made off too. After filming the venue, he changed his camera to a selfie mode, revealing he came with a Gamecube controller. While tournaments do allow the use of pro controllers, many Smash players view the Gamecube controller as the best possible way to play the game.

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Unfortunately, Bell didn’t upload any of his gameplay, but according to the tournament’s bracket, he did a lot better than many may have expected.

Under the tag “Juic326”, Bell appeared to 2-0 his first opponent before dropping his next match 2-1 to a player named Wizard Guy. While on the lower bracket, he defeated a player named Kal in a close set but eventually lost 2-0 to Pig333, ending his run in losers round 3.

New York Jets running back, Le’Veon Bell, participated in his first Smash tournament yesterday from smashbros

Still, to come 17th place at your first tournament is a pretty big accomplishment for any Smash player.

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Over on Reddit, Lunicktmm, a user who appears to be familiar with the local scene praised Bell’s play. Notably the fact he took a game off Wizard Guy, one of the better local players.

Additionally, according to Lunicktmm, the NFL star mains Mega Man. Now if only Bell would come to his next weekly cosplaying as the Capcom protagonist, that would be amazing.

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Bell apparently mains Mega Man.

It’s always interesting when traditional sports players venture into esports. Hopefully, we get to see more from him and his Smash skills in the future.

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The only question is: what will he win first? A SuperBowl ring or an Evo Championship?

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Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.

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Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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Link on Hyrule Temple
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Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.

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As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

Triforce in Tony Hawk Pro Skater
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Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.

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If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.