Nintendo gave terminally-ill fan a chance to play Smash Bros Ultimate before release - Dexerto

Nintendo gave terminally-ill fan a chance to play Smash Bros Ultimate before release

Published: 22/Sep/2018 18:37 Updated: 22/Sep/2018 19:00

by Virginia Glaze


Terminally-ill Smash player Chris ‘SpookyWoobler’ Taylor expressed a final wish after declining further treatment for his bone cancer on July 17.

He wanted to experience the as-yet unreleased Smash Bros Ultimate, the upcoming installment in the Smash Bros franchise.

He Tweeted out his wish on September 12, but worried that the game would be “out of reach” in his lifespan, and feared that he wouldn’t get to play it come it’s release date in December.

“I know it’s childish to despair over a video game,” Chris wrote, “but Smash means a lot to me and when ultimate looks so good, it breaks my heart.”


His concerns didn’t fall on deaf ears. The Smash fanbase took to Twitter in an effort to plead with Nintendo for Chris’s chance to play the title, including some of the series’ top players.

Melee pro Hungrybox was one of them. “A member of the community, @SpookyWoobler, is bedridden with terminal cancer,” he Tweeted to Nintendo. “His wish is to play Ultimate before it’s too late. I know how exclusive the company is with this, but perhaps we can bring him a demo at least?”


The community spoke out, and Nintendo came through. Chris posted a triumphant status to Twitter, which revealed that two representatives from the company came to his home and allowed him, his brother, a friend, and his mother a three-hour trial with the game’s E3 demo.

Chris was extremely grateful to the Smash fanbase for helping him achieve this dream. While he didn’t get to keep the demo, Nintendo’s – and the Smash community’s – actions speak volumes about their passion for both the game and their playerbase.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


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.

Joker holds smash invitation
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
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!

physical smash ultimate cards
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
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.