Sakurai reveals future of Smash after Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Vol 2

Published: 19/Feb/2020 16:55

by Michael Gwilliam


Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed the future of the franchise after the six characters in Fighters Pass Volume 2 are released.

In a Famitsu column, translated by journalist PushDustin, the game director explained how there are no plans for additional characters after the second Fighters Pass has concluded.

The final DLC fighter has a placeholder release date of December 2021, so while there is still plenty of life left in the title with patches and events, it seems like there is a destination in mind.

As for the upcoming fighters, Sakurai reiterated that Nintendo was responsible for choosing them – whoever they may be.

The worst news, however, is that Nintendo doesn’t have any plans for another entry in the franchise after Ultimate. This doesn’t mean that plans can’t change, especially given the success of the series, but even Sakurai doesn’t know what the future holds.

“I can’t say for sure if the Smash series will continue. The people at Nintendo who are in charge of the series and I am not thinking about the future at all,” he said.

According to the translation, the series’ creator will be putting his all into these last six fighters, as the new content extends the game’s life little by little.

That said, Sakurai doesn’t believe it’s good for the long-term future of the franchise to just keep adding more and more content to Ultimate.

Will Smash see another reveal as impactful as Banjo’s?

With the roster of fighters already the largest in the franchise’s history by far, it’s crazy to think of anything surpassing it in the near future.

Luckily, nothing is set in stone and it’s always possible that Nintendo decides to launch a third Fighters Pass, especially if the second can do as well as the first from a profit perspective.

Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy the ride. There’s still plenty of Smash Bros Ultimate to come leading up to Challenger Pack 11 and the conclusion of Volume 2.


Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.