Smash Bros. legend ZeRo slams pro community for "Ban Hero" drama - Dexerto

Smash Bros. legend ZeRo slams pro community for “Ban Hero” drama

Published: 7/Aug/2019 19:34 Updated: 8/Aug/2019 0:08

by Alan Bernal


Super Smash Bros legend Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios dove into the burgeoning controversy that’s been causing a major rift in the pro community to ban the game’s newest character, Hero.

The Super Smash Bros Ultimate competitive scene is in a state of disarray after the popular fighting game added an extremely hyped character, just to be packaged along with insane RNG elements that “may completely change the outcome” of a match.

While the character is admittedly fun to play in a casual setting, people competing for big cash prizes are expressing major concerns for allowing players to pick Hero when a major event rolls around.

NintendoThere was a time when Hero was adored as much as hyped, not so much anymore.

In his August 7 video, ZeRo laid out the elements going into the drama revolving around the latest Ultimate DLC character, but likened it to various instances in the history of the Smash pro scene that also had wide-spread complaints.

“The Smash Bros community in general is always complaining about something,” ZeRo said. “The community tends to complain about anything that can potentially be annoying.”

He said that in his 10-year career in the Smash pro scene he’s been in the thick of all the controversies going all the way back to Smash 64’s Kirby dispute, bickering on Melee’s Sheik and Ice Climbers, Smash 4’s Bayonetta, etc.

While he does give weight to the new round of complaints since Hero’s kit can produce wildly powerful effects, he thinks that the petitions, round of arguments and more surrounding the ban Hero movement is a “tremendous knee-jerk reaction.”

ZeRo YouTubeThere’s been tons of people that aren’t too keen on the new Hero.

“I don’t know where the issue is coming from,” ZeRo said. “Nobody has won a tournament doing this, at all… To me it seems like its almost impossible for someone to (abuse Hero’s OP mechanics) in a competitive setting without dying before it even happens.”

In fact, while the calls for banning Hero are familiar to those of previous characters before him, ZeRo noted that no one from Meta Knight to Bayonetta has ever been permanently banned even though they garnered tons of concerns from pros.

The Smash pro’s video is a great rundown for all of the intricacies regarding Hero and the calls to action against him, that presents great points of why this could be an overreaction from the scene for the time being.


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.