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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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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.