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Sakurai reveals how he’s trying to stop Smash Ultimate DLC fighter rumors

Published: 3/Jun/2020 17:28

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros series creator Masahiro Sakurai has explained how he tries to prevent Ultimate DLC rumors from spreading.

It would seem like not a day goes by when there isn’t some sort of new Smash Ultimate fighter rumor. Ever since the series started adding third party fighters in the form of Sonic and Solid Snake back in Brawl, any video game character has a legitimate possibility of joining the roster.

Only adding fuel to the fire is that multiple studios have voiced their interest in characters from their games being added to Smash. For instance, Ed Boon has said he would ‘love’ to see Scorpion in Ultimate, Doom Eternal devs claimed they reached out to Nintendo about adding Doom Slayer, and Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan told Nintendo they could use “any” of the game’s heroes.

With all these requests, rumors are bound to spread, but Sakurai has changed his routine to make sure that people don’t start coming up with wild theories.

In a leaked column for the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu and translated by journalist PushDustIn, the game developer delved into how the mere idea of him playing a game gets all sorts of ideas in fans’ heads.

“There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding whenever Sakurai plays a game. People, especially abroad, tend to think Sakurai playing a game [equals] that character will be in Smash. This is why Sakurai doesn’t post about the games he’s playing. Sakurai is playing more games than usual.”

This confusion is likely due to a 2006 Source Gaming article in which the creator said he played a lot of Sonic before adding him to Brawl.

“If I gave him the same super-mobility he possesses in his original game, he would have became overpowered,” he wrote at the time. “What was I to do? I was conflicted,”

Solid Snake helped opened the doors for other third party characters.

“I do this with all characters, but I decided I needed to first immerse myself in the original games and absorb the creator’s intention. Even though Sonic has a lot of games, I decided to base the core of Sonic on the ones I played. Of course, I played the older titles, but I also completed the newest installment at the time – Sonic the Hedgehog for the Playstation 3.”

Additionally, Sakurai did say he played an early version of Fire Emblem: Three Houses before adding Byleth to the game, so while it’s clear that he does in fact play games featuring some characters that end up in Smash, not every one he plays has that luxury.

In any case, the identity of the next fighter, an ARMS representative, will be announced and released later in June. It’s unclear if the second character in Fighters Pass Volume 2 will be announced at the same time, but fans are definitely anxious to see if he or she is.


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.