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Sakurai confirms Smash Ultimate Online improvements coming soon

Published: 2/Sep/2020 19:28

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Ultimate’s online play will be getting more upgrades in the future, according to series director Masahiro Sakurai.

In his most recent Famitsu column, Sakurai touched on the improvements that were added with the surprise Small Battlefield patch on August 4.


As translated by PushDustin and Robert Sephazon, Sakurai explained how a lot of attention was put into making the input delay for one-on-one fighting very low, however, delays in communication could cause the match to drop completely.

“Some small adjustments to matchmaking and other optimizations are still being tweaked,” the game director said.


While the specific details about these improvements have not been revealed, Sakurai says they are “largely client-side, and therefore there is a limit to such improvements.”

Her further explained that as internet speeds have improved over the years, upgrades to online play has some risks which he will have to adapt to and review accordingly.

Most shockingly, Sakurai also revealed that the Smash team had considered using a variant of rollback netcode and had researched it. Ultimately, he decided against it, claiming the side-effects were “substantial.”


It’s unclear exactly what the side-effects were, but fans of Smash Ultimate have been eagerly hoping for some major improvements to online, so the fact that Sakurai decided against rollback netcode must sting a bit.

Additionally, while there are requests from players to see when an opponent is using WiFi, it’s apparently “not possible to refuse a player based on their connection type.”

Sakurai also touched on the Small Battlefield stage itself, saying that with Battlefield, it’s more of a stage for four players and not one-on-one combat.


While it would have been “impossible” to add 100 Small Battlefield stage variants, one unique feature is that any music from the game can be played on the stage with over 1,000 tracks available on Battlefield and Final Destination stages.

It will be interesting to see exactly what improvements Sakurai has in mind for Smash’s online going forward and just how they will impact the experience for those around the world.


Smash Ultimate community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

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

by Brent Koepp


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.


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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YouTube: Nintendo
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.


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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Twitter: @Mkleosb
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.


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.