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Sakurai provides update on Smash Bros Ultimate DLC development

Published: 29/Apr/2020 19:05 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 1:14

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has provided an update on the development of upcoming DLC fighters in his newest column in the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu.

Titled “Teleworking, in progress!” the column explains how the development of DLC is proceeding despite the staff on the team being forced to work from home, much like the rest of the world.

A translation of the column was provided by Tokyo resident and game historian Robert Sephazon on Twitter.

DLC is still proceeding without problems.

Sakurai began by emphasizing how Smash Ultimate remains a “highly confidential project” that “should be well protected” while still making sure everyone working on its development remains safe.

“So far, our telework has been quite successful; there are many staff who should be commended for their work,” the Kirby creator explained.

He went on to add that working from home has its benefits such as being able to control the temperature of your room, having natural light, and not being forced to commute to and from your job.

That said, there are still some drawbacks: “There are various things that need to be corrected, tools and other elements needed to support developers, however, right now, it’s just not possible to gather everybody together and explain like I could before.”

According to the game director, he bought a microphone, capture unit, and built a studio to assist the team with developing the game: “When I make a voice call, I show the video of the gameplay or PC I’m supervising, record it, upload it to the server and have team members download it.”

To end the column, Sakurai explained how, for the time being, things are proceeding nicely without any problems. However, it doesn’t look like we should expect any big upgrades to Smash Ultimate’s online play any time soon, as the team is primarily focusing on downloadable content.

“We’re only developing DLC at the moment,” Sakurai stressed and stated that it would have been very difficult to develop Ultimate from scratch if they had to work from home.

The next upcoming DLC fighter has been revealed to be from the ARMS series and will be arriving in June. After that, it’s anyone’s guess, although recent leaks have suggested that following fighters could be from League of Legends, Rayman or Crash Bandicoot.

There are still five more characters scheduled after the release of the ARMS DLC, so hopefully, the team can continue to make progress even in these difficult times.


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.