Sakurai responds to criticism over too many sword fighters in Smash Bros

Published: 5/Feb/2020 17:25

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has addressed complaints regarding the amount of sword and Fire Emblem fighters in a new column for Famitsu magazine.

It seems like with each new Smash game, the amount of sword-wielding fighters grows immensely. While Melee only had two with Marth and Roy, by the time the series reached Ultimate, Fire Emblem had more representatives than The Legend of Zelda.

Now, with Byleth’s addition to the game, Fire Emblem is tied with Pokemon at eight representatives each if you count Pokemon Trainer as a single fighter.

Are there too many Fire Emblem fighters in Smash?

Sakurai has acknowledged these concerns but distanced himself as being solely responsible for the influx of sword characters and disappointing DLC.

According to a translation of his column published by Siliconera, the Smash boss stated that he didn’t choose who got added to the game based on his own preference and that it was Nintendo who made those calls.

“There are too many Fire Emblem characters. And there are too many sword characters. I, too, understand,” he confessed.

Sakurai says Nintendo is making all the fighter decisions.

With Byleth, specifically, the developer wanted her to stand out and have a different style than other sword-wielders.

“This time around, we brought the experience of immediately playing as the protagonist of a game that people currently play,” he wrote, a reference to how Sakurai played an early version of Three Houses when it was still under development.

“Since there are too many sword characters, we make them all have their own tactics that are unique to the fighter,” he added.

Roy first joined the cast of Smash back in Melee.

With six new fighters still scheduled for release up until December 2021, there’s plenty of room for non-sword characters to join the massive roster of video game icons.

As for who the next to enter the fray will be, recent leaks have pointed to Crash Bandicoot being the first addition to Fighters Pass Volume 2. However, that reveal is still anyone’s guess with some even suggesting it could come as early as a February Nintendo Direct.

Until then, we can only wait and hope that Crash, or whoever it is, doesn’t end up carrying a sword.


Animal Crossing player’s crazy Smash Ultimate tournament venue goes viral

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


An Animal Crossing New Horizons player designed a brilliant Smash Ultimate tournament venue in-game, and many fans are absolutely loving it.

The global health crisis really hurt LAN events for Smash Ultimate and other fighting games in 2020. Many venues that thrived off hosting events suffered immensely, and while players have been missing in-person competitions, that didn’t stop one player from recreating a tournament venue within Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing is chock full of materials and objects that work well to design a fighting game venue, and Redditor ‘timshady11’ made good use of them for their creation.

Anyone who has ever been to a weekly tournament at a bar, restaurant or arcade is familiar with the general layout. You have the front desk for signups and registration, numerous setups for people to compete and a spot designated for streaming high-profile matchups.

Little Mac and Dr Mario
The Smash scene got a bit beaten up.

In this case, timshady11 included all of those things and then some. As you can see in the video, there is a desk area by the entrance with a laptop and Smash Ultimate book to keep track of tournament entrees.

Moving on from there, the venue has all sorts of desks with two chairs, a monitor and a Nintendo Switch. In total, we count six of these non-featured setups, which is a respectable number for a weekly event.

The venue also has numerous arcade cabinets, vending machines, booths, couches, and of course, a stream setup. That section is pretty well-made with cameras, a computer, and three couches in the vicinity for observers.

Made a Smash Tournament Venue in Animal Crossing New Horizons! from smashbros

Users on Reddit were certainty impressed with the creation. “Awesome! The aesthetic is cozy and cool, really like the vibe overall,” one complimented.

“This is amazing! It made me really nostalgic for IRL tournaments tho,” another remarked with a frowny face emoji.

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Smash players have been missing LAN events.

If you want to visit the island for yourself, timshady11 revealed it as: DA-3428-2657-9989.

While Smash tournaments have been forced to move online, hopefully, players will get the opportunity to return to their venues in the foreseeable future and duke it out in person once again. Until then, at least there’s always the Animal Crossing island to tide us over.