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Nintendo debunks Smash Ultimate DLC fighter amiibo theory

Published: 5/Jun/2020 19:01

by Michael Gwilliam

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Nintendo slammed the door shut on rumors that Spring Man or another possible DLC fighter would be getting an amiibo when they updated their website after rumors began to swirl online.

These rumors first began after fans noticed the Smash Ultimate amiibo page had an empty slot in between Sonic and Toon Link, leading some to believe that a new character could be coming whose name fit in the empty space.

The blank spot simply read “Nintendo Game” in place of the series and “coming soon” where the amiibo figure would be.

Due to the page’s listings being alphabetical, some believed this could be a sign that the upcoming ARMS fighter could be Spring Man, as his name would have fit perfectly in that spot.

Another, albeit wilder possibility, was for Spyro the Dragon – a character that some Smashers have wanted to see join the roster for quite some time.

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It doesn’t look like Spyro will be coming to Smash.

All this theory-crafting seems to have been for nothing, however, as Nintendo updated the amiibo section of the Smash website to add in… Squirtle.

Squirtle first made its appearance in Brawl as one of Pokemon Trainer’s three switchable fighters, with the other two being Ivysaur and Charizard.

What makes this whole situation so odd is that Squirtle’s amiibo was released back in 2019, yet seems to either have been removed from the Smash Bros portion of the site or just never added, despite appearing on other amiibo pages.

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The missing space was actually for Squirtle.

This is also bad news for anyone who may have expected Terry Bogard to get an amiibo, as none of the first Fighters Pass fighters have any figures to their name.

Regardless, while this may not have been a DLC hint, we won’t have much longer to wait until we find out who the next character to join the roster will be.

The ARMS fighter is scheduled to be revealed and released sometime in June, with speculation that it will be on June 16 – the anniversary of the game’s launch on Nintendo Switch.

It’s unclear if the next character in Fighters Pass Volume 2 will be revealed alongside the ARMS DLC, but fans are hopeful, especially as Summer 2019 saw two reveals at E3 in the form of Banjo-Kazooie and Hero from Dragon Quest.

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Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
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Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
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Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.