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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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How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

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The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit store.nintendo.com.
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

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The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
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Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.