No More Heroes creator hints Travis Touchdown coming to Smash Ultimate - Dexerto
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No More Heroes creator hints Travis Touchdown coming to Smash Ultimate

Published: 21/Sep/2020 21:30 Updated: 21/Sep/2020 21:31

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans hoping to see No More Heroes protagonist Travis Touchdown as a DLC fighter may be getting their wish if new comments from Goichi Suda (Suda51) are any indication.

The 52-year-old game director has been very vocal about wanting Travis Touchdown in Smash, and his new remarks about the possibility of that happening seem to heavily imply it’s happening.

In a recent interview with Switch Player magazine, Suda was asked about the possibility of a Travis Amiibo and the chances the character appears in Smash with Fighters Pass Volume 2.

To this question, Suda simply replied: “no comment.” This is extremely out of character for the game developer as he has heavily pushed for Travis’s inclusion in Smash many times before.

Suda has heavily pushed for Travis in Smash

Evidence compiled by translator Push Dustin showcase the history Suda51 has with Smash creator Masahiro Sakurai.

For starters, he allowed his staff at Grasshopper Manufacture to work on the sound design for Super Smash Bros Brawl and has been a major supporter of Nintendo and the Switch.

As far back as 2009, Suda commented on the possibility of Touchdown making his way to Smash and duking it out with Mario if the character were to become a big enough name.

“I love him, and I want him to be a huge star,” he told Nintendo Power. “That’s why I’m working very hard to make this game as interesting as possible. Maybe in the future, we can see him fighting alongside Link in the next Smash Bros. That would be great.”

Then in 2017, Suda detailed his plan to get Sakurai to add Travis to Smash during an interview with IGN: “In all seriousness, next time he does decide to go and make a Smash Bros. game, I’m seriously going to tell him, ‘Put in Travis Touchdown. Come on, put him in the game.’”

In 2018, during an interview with Source Gaming, Suda was asked if he wants Travis in Smash. “Yeah, if he could get into Smash that would be wonderful. But it is extremely difficult. But if the media supports him then it might come true.”

Travis Touchdown glares
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Suda’s comments suggest Travis Touchdown is coming to Smash.

No More Heroes matches “M-Theory”

Seeing as how vocal Suda51 has been in the past, his new comments seem very strange and could maybe hint that an agreement has been reached.

Given the fact No More Heroes is an M-rated game, if Travis were to come to Smash, it would line up with “M-Theory.” M-Theory suggests that Nintendo actively avoids showing M-rated game logos in compilation trailers (such as the Vault Boy Mii costumes) because it would bump up the ESRB rating.

This is why the North American trailers say “Smash Bros x Vault Boy” while the international trailers say “Fallout.” In the Fighters Pass Volume 2 screen, the names of each franchise aren’t shown in the North American trailer but are present for all other versions.

It should also be noted that this doesn’t mean that Travis will be Fighter 7 either and he could very well come later in the pass. Regardless, many signs are pointing to a DLC reveal right around the corner.  We’ll just have to see if Travis is the one who touches down.

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Smash YouTubers claim Nintendo is copyright striking videos with mods

Published: 29/Nov/2020 4:42 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 6:01

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Nintendo has continued its war against the Super Smash Bros. community, reportedly issuing takedown notices to some of the game’s most popular modders on YouTube. 

Nintendo has always cracked down hard on its intellectual property. However, they’ve found themselves at odds against the Super Smash Bros. community more so than ever since they shut down The Big House’s online event

It started a movement that has seen professional players and community members rally their fans to fight, protest with charity tournaments, and host exhibition bouts to raise awareness.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped Nintendo from slowing down. If anything, they’ve cracked the whip even harder, reportedly turning their sights on Super Smash Bros. modders creating projects for fans on YouTube.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Takedown Mods
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Super Ultimate is already incredibly fun, but modders have found ways to make it even better.

The first modder to report he’d been issued a takedown notice was a prominent one named Mastalko.

He created a Goku skin mod, which replaces Terry on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. “Guess my Goku video got ninjaed by Nintendo,” he said.

The screenshot clarifies that his video has been “locked and cannot be monetized” due to a claim from Nintendo.

However, that was only the beginning. Nintendo issued a takedown notice to another popular modder named 64iOS. It revolved around a video he posted on YouTube called ‘12 Super Mario Odyssey Skins in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! (Mods).’

“First time happening to my channel with Smash, I believe,” he said, above a screenshot of the actual takedown notice. Fortunately, it hasn’t impacted his account, but it’s still a move that has angered many fans.

However, the claims have been pulled into question by some members of the community. The “Nintendo Fans Complaining Against Nintendo” Twitter account has been following the complaints, stating the strikes might not be filed by Nintendo themselves because the company name doesn’t line up.

“The copyright claimer is always listed as ‘Nintendo’. You might think off the top of your head ‘yeah that would make sense they are Nintendo’, but this isn’t how Nintendo is known legally,” they said in a November 27 statement.

The members behind the account also told Dexerto that some other creators, like Mankalor, have had their videos re-instated through the appeals process once the claims were proven to be false.

“Part of the problem though lies with the fact that there was someone impersonating Nintendo handing out copyright claims, and that YouTube needs more transparency in their copyright process before people begin jumping the gun, especially with a completely reasonable movement going around trying to free a game from a real copyright issue,” they said.

The wider Nintendo community understands the takedown requests to an extent. However, some believe Nintendo’s antics are tone-deaf, especially considering how passionate and widespread the community is.

In the end, they’ve had to find ways to keep the community thriving after all these years with little to no support from Nintendo. So, they believe the company should work with them rather than against them.

November 28 update: This article has been updated with new statements from “Nintendo Fans Complaining About Nintendo” about the copyright strikes.