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Sakurai explains how Smash Ultimate takes liberties with new fighters

Published: 15/Jul/2020 17:52 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 18:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed how the team implements new fighters into Ultimate and the creative freedom they have when doing so.

In a new Famitsu column translated by PushDustIn and Robert Sephazon on Twitter, the game developer delved into adding ARMS’ Min Min to the game and how the team made it work.

It should be noted that Sakurai wrote a draft of the column way before Min Min was revealed and before the presentation was recorded. As it turns out, the creator laid eyes on ARMS before it was released on Switch, but used what he saw as a basis to add Spring Man as an Assist Trophy.

Once Nintendo decided that Fighters Pass Volume 2 was a go, it was also settled to include an ARMS character and while Sakurai expected some difficulties in development there weren’t any major obstacles.

“The B button is typically used for special attacks, but Sakurai wanted to make Min Min’s A button attack with the left arm and the B button attack with the right arm,” Sephazon translated.

What’s more is this allows for the “spirit” of ARMS to exist within Smash Ultimate, something Sakurai says is very important.

“When working with other IPs, the new developer doesn’t necessarily have to follow the original games 100%. However, they don’t have free reign either. The most important element is ensuring the characteristics and uniqueness of the original game shine in the new project,” he continued.

It will be interesting to see how the Smash team implements fighters from new IPS going forward, especially if they have unique systems in place such is the case with ARMS. Only time will tell.

There are still five fighters left as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2, any of which could potentially shift the entire Smash Bros landscape. In that respect, we’ll just have to wait and see.


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.