Former Nintendo president Reggie reveals his unusual Smash Ultimate main - Dexerto

Former Nintendo president Reggie reveals his unusual Smash Ultimate main

Published: 1/Nov/2019 5:20 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 5:35

by Andrew Amos


The now retired president of Nintendo America, Reggie Fils-Aimé, is a cult figure in the gaming community, and was met with rapturous applause when he spoke of his time at Nintendo, including his favorite game and Smash character, during a college lecture.

There’s no person in gaming business more widely appreciated than Reggie. After stepping down from the company earlier in 2019, the former Nintendo boss has taken up a mentoring role at colleges and in gaming communities across the United States. 

Given his cult-like status in the gaming community, he’s often thrown many questions about his personal life in gaming, and he’s very open about how he goes about playing the games he once ruled over.

NintendoReggie turned around Nintendo’s reputation in North America during his tenure from 2003 to 2019.

At a Cornell University lecture on October 21, Reggie was meant to be delivering a speech about how young adults become strong leaders in business and management. However, members of the crowd were more interested in the smaller things – like his main in Smash.

“Those who truly are Nintendo fans know that I’m not very good at Smash,” he confessed to the young audience. “But when I do play, I’ve mained two characters. I’ve played Princess Zelda – her ability to float keeps me on the stages – and I’ve also mained Ridley.”

While Zelda and Ridley are pretty low on the tier list, both characters are iconic figures from an era of gaming gone by. 

Zelda and Ridley both made their first appearances in 1986 in the Legend of Zelda and Metroid series respectively, and would hold a special part in Reggie’s heart after having memories alongside them for over 30 years.

NintendoReggie professed himself as being a bit of a Zelda expert in Smash.

He also revealed the game he was most proud of during his tenure at Nintendo, and it was a sequel close to his heart – Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

“I’m a huge Zelda fan, always have been,” he said. “I loved Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, and I believe what the developers did with Breath of the Wild and changing the convention of the Zelda franchise was phenomenal.”

That means there might be a little more behind Princess Zelda being Reggie’s Smash main than just “she keeps me on the stages.” 

While some people are slaves to the meta, most people just love playing characters from their favorite franchises on the popular fighting game, and that’s exactly what Reggie does.

With a sequel to Breath of the Wild expected in 2020, Reggie and other Zelda fans have a lot to look forward to in that regard. For now, Cornell University students will be lucky to have his expertise on campus to help them with their studies and still enjoy a cheeky game afterwards.


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.