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Pepsi Man enters Super Smash Bros Ultimate in brilliant fighter mod

Published: 13/Aug/2020 17:19 Updated: 31/Aug/2020 21:02

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new mod for Super Smash Bros Ultimate transforms F-Zero’s Captain Falcon into the Japanese soft drink mascot Pepsi Man and the results are amusing to say the least.

Mods for Smash Bros games are very popular, essentially adding more skins and costumes to the game’s already massive existing cast of characters.

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With this mod, YouTuber Dylan Zimmerman showcased how the 90s Pepsi mascot would fair if he had to go against the Mushroom Kingdom’s Daisy in a one-on-one matchup on Battlefield. The mod itself was made by zrksyd and radzo73 on Game Banana.

As you can see, the YouTuber added some nice touches to the UI for the Pepsi Man character.

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On the fighter select screen, Pepsi Man has an assortment of skins paying homage other soft drinks such as Coke with a red variant, Mountain Dew with a neon green color, Dr Pepper, Sprite and even Fanta.

In the match itself, Captain Falcon’s portrait is replaced with a can of Pepsi and his stocks little blue cans.

Aside from the visual differences, there are not that many changes to the gameplay. So, any Falcon main may want to try giving this one a shot.

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This isn’t the first time that Pepsi Man has appeared in a video game. In 1999, a Japanese-only PlayStation game titled “Pepsiman” was released. It received mixed to negative reviews, with Famitsu giving it a 25/40.

Hilariously, Pepsi Man was also a legitimate playable fighter in the Japanese Sega Saturn version of Fighting Vipers. All things considered, the mascot has been in his fair share of games over the years.

Of course, it’s extremely unlikely that Pepsi Man will ever be added to Smash as a DLC fighter, but if you’re thirsty for some new content, this mod should help quench it.

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Smash Ultimate community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp

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The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community was left divided after it was revealed that Minecraft protagonist Steve would be the next character to join the fight. While some were excited for the major crossover, others – including esports pros – were less enthusiastic about the upcoming DLC.

Smash Bros Ultimate made its debut in 2018, and over two years later has continued to evolve into what is the biggest franchise crossover in gaming history. From Persona to Final Fantasy – the Nintendo Switch title has it all.

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On October 1, it was announced that Mojang’s iconic Minecraft series would be the next join the beloved fighting game. However, not everyone in the community is thrilled about Steve’s inclusion, including EVO champion Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Pérez.

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The iconic Minecraft protagonist joins Smash Ultimate as its next fighter.

Smash community torn over Minecraft DLC fighter

On October 1, Nintendo announced that Smash Ultimate’s next DLC would be Steve from Minecraft. This marks the second collaboration that Microsoft has had with the title, as Banjo & Kazooie was added in 2019.

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While many fans were excited by the iconic mascot’s addition to the roster, others were left conflicted over the Mojang protagonist’s inclusion.

For instance, popular esports pro and 2019 EVO champion, MkLeo, took to social media to voice his disappointment. “OK! i decided to not post my reaction to this bs cuz minecraft fans are gonna come after me for not liking this thing omg so pissed.”

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MkLeo wasn’t enthusiastic about the Minecraft DLC.

The Joker main also added, “its ok, there are still 4 spots! Dont lose faith.” The pro was not alone – other fans voiced their disappointments as well, such as one user who exclaimed, “What an absolute joke the last few dlc characters have been trash add this “character” to that list.” Another player agreed and said, “What kind of trash is this. Where’s our Sora, 2B, or Dante. Bro nobody want this.”

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Smash Ultimate fans were not happy with the Minecraft reveal, either.

Popular fighting game content creator Maximilian ‘Maximilian Dood’ Christiansen also shared his disappointment on YouTube. “I don’t f**king believe it. I’m going to turn this stream off right now. Going to turn this s**t off. I get it. An iconic character. I get it. I genuinely understand Sakurai, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I understand.”

Despite the negative reactions, not everyone was down on the Minecraft DLC. Team Liquid’s Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby praised the announcement and said, “This wild ride is exactly what I paid for with Fighter’s Pass 2. Give me chaos, no boring expected reveals.” Legendary Smash pro Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris also celebrated the reveal by changing his profile pic to the Minecraft fighter and tweeted, “I changed my mind” in response to a 2019 tweet he had made about the Mojang title.

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Smash pros weighed in.

Regardless of how you feel about the new DLC fighter, there is no denying that Minecraft has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. So much so that in 2014, Microsoft dropped over $2.4 billion to acquire it.

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Smash Ultimate is, at the end of the day, a celebration of the industry. As many players pointed out, the Mojang mascot’s inclusion was surely inevitable given the property’s importance.