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Nintendo France bans divisive Smash Ultimate character from tournaments

Published: 24/Sep/2019 5:26 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 5:55

by Isaac McIntyre

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character Hero, and all future DLC fighters, from upcoming tournaments.

Hero has been a major point of controversy among competitive gamers since his entrance into Nintendo’s fighting title in late July of this year, mainly due to the RNG-based abilities that he boasts in his kit, as well as his ability to score random critical hits with his damaging moves.

Some players have even suffered in competitive settings due to Hero’s Down+B special only being written in English. The language barrier even caused controversy earlier this week, after Japanese star Ishiguro ‘Raito’ Tetsuya was affected during a 3-0 defeat.

NintendoHero has divided the Smash Ultimate community since his release earlier this year.

Now, Nintendo has made the bold choice to simply avoid the controversy surrounding the Dragon Quest character altogether, banning his inclusion in the selection pool. The company has even gone one step further, casting a blanket ban over all future DLC heroes too.


These restrictions will apply to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Team Cup, which is set to run across 2019-2020 ahead of a finals event in April of next year. All up, the character bans will last across seven team-based events.

NintendoEuropean Team Cup competitors will not be able to select Hero during the next season.

“The playable characters during the Championship are the base 74 characters, and three of the DLC characters: Piranha Plant, Joker, and Banjo-Kazooie,” the tournament’s official rules now reads, as translated by Pulsar star NoFall on Twitter.

“Also, without this list being limitative (sic), the Hero, and all future DLC characters that comes after September 23rd are banned.”

The French pro also had his own comments to make on the ban: “Banning their own character is indeed quite controversial, but they probably thought that Hero wasn’t suited for competitive play. I’m not picking a side here, but please try to understand their decision. It’s at least a good step towards making Smash even more competitive.”

This isn’t the first time the RPG-themed character has been removed from tournament play. Melee legend William ‘Leffen‘ Hjelte widely praised an Australian tournament for making the call to remove Hero from their selection pool due to his “anti-competitive nature.”


While this ban isn’t a global ban yet, the move in European tournaments could have major repercussions on the character’s availability worldwide, especially if the removal of the fighter is met with overall positive reception at the upcoming tourneys.

Pro players will also be waiting with bated breath to find out if DLC fighters released in the future are hit by immediate official bans by Nintendo. If they do, the Smash Ultimate meta will have to adapt in new ways to a stagnant, but still big, character pool for the competitive title.

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Smash Ultimate formula predicts likelihood of most-requested DLC fighters

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:17 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 21:39

by Michael Gwilliam

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With only four spots remaining in Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2, there’s no shortage of potential candidates. However, some characters may have a better chance of being possible additions than others, according to a math formula.

YouTube channel ‘Backseat’ came up with a formula to see whether or not certain characters have a good chance at making the cut.

By looking at the current roster and extracting certain elements – like whether a character originated in the East or West, their era, genre and more – they were able to create a chart that can be applied to potential fighters.

It should be noted that this only works when assuming the next roster picks continue the trends Nintendo has already established.

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There’s a lot of data that goes into determining “Smash Math.”

The twenty-five characters in question that Backseat went over were determined by a poll by Source Gaming, which featured literally thousands of candidates.

Going over some big names on the list, one very popular character is Team Fortress 2’s Heavy, which topped several other polls. However, he fails several categories that Backseat believes are imperative to have a good chance at being future DLC.

Meanwhile, Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, who has been rumored for a long time, is “math certified” to join the roster thanks to his origin and era.

Another popular candidate, Waluigi, received a “caution,” not completely ruling the Mario character out. The main issue with him, according to Backseat, is the era he comes from.

Perhaps the biggest Western character, Halo’s Master Chief, was the least mathematically likely out of the top ten characters in the poll due to his origin, genre and era.

Devil May Cry’s Dante and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, two Japanese candidates, were both given a caution due to their era of origin.

Master Chief behind bars
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Master Chief may not be finishing the fight.

Moving onto the third most-requested in the form of Doomguy, he too was ruled out due to his origin and genre.

Luckily, for supporters of Super Mario RPG’s Geno, Backseat found him to be math certified as well, which should really get the puppet’s fanboys very excited.

Finally, Crash Bandicoot was given a caution only because of the sizable amounts of Western fighters already in the game. Though, with the character rumored to join the cast in 2021, it’s still possible that we end up seeing him in the future.

Geno certified for Smash Ultimate
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Geno meets the criteria to be in Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Of course, just because the video ruled out claimed some characters have a better chance than others, doesn’t mean it’s a sure thing they’ll be in Smash.

It will be interesting to see how many of the predictions end up coming true as more fighters are released.