Sakurai reveals ongoing difficulties with Smash Ultimate DLC development

Published: 18/Jun/2020 19:07 Updated: 18/Jun/2020 19:08

by Michael Gwilliam


With Smash Ultimate fans anxiously awaiting the reveal of the ARMS character as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2, series creator Masahiro Sakurai has explained how DLC development is proceeding as part of a new Famitsu column.

Sakurai had previously detailed how the teleworking was going in an earlier column from April where he said it had been quite successful, but now it seems like there are some major difficulties facing the team as they work from home.

In a translation posted by journalist PushDustin on Twitter, Sakurai revealed how 75% of the team would like to continue teleworking, as they are finding it to be less stressful than commuting and lets them take care of their families in the process.

That said, with family members close by, it makes talking about secret and sensitive information difficult. Additionally, slower internet at home can make communicating an issue for the team.

Perhaps the most concerning piece of info, however, is that the team is having issues with equipment and it’s costing money to fix. Luckily, Sakurai’s company, Sora Co. Ltd. is going the extra mile by providing relief to employees working on Smash Ultimate.

Smash Ultimate developers are sending Sakurai what they need on Amazon for him to order for them, with the items being shipped to their homes for use and keep.

So far, there hasn’t been any announcement that Fighters Pass Volume 2 will be delayed, as all the DLC is set to be released by December 31, 2021.

While the ARMS fighter is still scheduled to be revealed and available for purchase sometime in June, there’s no telling when the next representative will be announced. It’s a far cry from June 2019 where the company announced two DLC fighters at E3.

There’s five more DLC characters and stages coming as part of Vol 2 after the ARMS release, so the team still a lot more work to be done.

A new ARMS fighter coming to Smash with the whole roster
There’s still no announcement on the ARMS DLC reveal.

Hopefully, the team can continue to keep pace with development and we get to see what they have in store for us sooner as opposed to much later.


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.