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NFL star Le’Veon Bell to host major Smash Ultimate tournament

Published: 16/Apr/2020 23:44

by Michael Gwilliam

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New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell is known to be a fan of  the Super Smash Bros games, and has even decided to host a major Ultimate tournament.

On April 15, the NFL star posted on Instagram that he was thinking of running a battle arena tournament with a “nice prize” for the winner, but wanted to gauge how many people were actually interested in the competition with a poll.

While originally Bell was offering a $1,000 prize, that soon changed when many people got excited at the prospect of competing in a tournament hosted by the athlete.

“Winner gets $2,500,” he stated, upping the prize for first place by $1,500. “Looks like the tourney already gonna be bigger than expected.”

It’s unclear what the total prize pool will be, or if it would be a winner-takes-all format, but $2,500 is quite a lot for Smash standards.

For comparison, Genesis 7 champion Tyler ‘Marss’ Martins walked away with $8,226.40, while third place Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris earned $2,570.75 – just a fraction over what Bell is offering for his tournament.

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Smash Ultimate has seen a rise in wi-fi tournaments.

Bell himself is a major fan of Smash, and competed in his first tournament back in January when he registered for Ultimate Pizza 30 in Ohio.

Using the tag ‘Juic326,’ the NFL star made it to the third round with MegaMan before bowing out.

It would seem like, since then, Bell has been practicing, as prior to announcing his tournament he asked Elite Smash players to DM for access to an Arena ID so they can play.

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Smash Ultimate still has six upcoming DLC fighters.

No further details have been announced regarding Bell’s tournament yet, but it’s bound to attract the attention of some top players who have been forced to participate in Wi-Fi competitions due to ongoing world issues.

One such event is the Quarantine Series hosted by Cr1tikal and Alpharad. The three-month competition will end with a Grand Finals with a prize pool of up to $50,000.

While everyone may be stuck inside, at least there’s plenty of ways to get your Smash Bros fix.

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Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
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This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.