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Smash Bros. Melee player rage quits and storms off stage mid-tournament

Published: 2/Apr/2019 15:33 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:16

by Eli Becht

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Super Smash Bros. Melee player got so fed up with his opponent stalling, that he stood up and left the stage during a tournament.

Super Smash Bros. Melee released all the way back in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube and has still managed to remain a staple at many fighting game tournaments, despite having three additional installments of Smash Bros. released since.

For a game that has been out for so long, you can expect players to know pretty much every trick in the book at this point, but the matches still haven’t grown stale.

Well, not every match has grown stale. Over the last weekend of March, a Super Smash Bros. tournament was held in Vancouver, Canada, called the Battle of BC.

During the finals, a match between Alejandro ‘Chango’ Gastelum and Chaucer ‘Fauxhebro’ Gilson reached a breaking point that led to the eventual concession and exit of the match by one of the players.

The full encounter can be seen below, with Fauxhebro simply giving up and storming off stage.

After taking a 3 stock to 2 lead in the final game, Chango, playing as Jigglypuff, began to play very defensively and stopped engaging Fauxhebro’s Ice Climbers.

When it appeared that Chango was going to go for the “Time Out” victory, the crowd and commentators both began to turn on the match as a whole, booing the (in)action.

A boiling point was reached when Fauxhebro stood up, put the controller down and walked away completely. Chango finished off the rest of the match on his own and claimed the victory, but it can be argued more damage was done to the Smash Bros. Melee community than anything else.

It’s certainly not a good look to have one of the players in the final just outright walk away from a match. On the other hand, there is some who argue that it was a valid tactic from Chango, and that winning is winning, no matter how it’s done.

The video of the incident proved to be divisive, as fans disagree about whether the actions of the both players during the match were acceptable. One thing is for sure though, while stalling might seem like a good tactic for a player, it’s definitely not an exciting watch for the viewers.

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Smash Ultimate fighter “leak” reveals Kingdom Hearts Sora – is it real?

Published: 2/Dec/2020 18:52

by Michael Gwilliam

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With Super Smash Bros Ultimate fans anticipating a new DLC reveal at The Game Awards, a possible leak has surfaced showing off Kingdom Hearts’ Sora as a playable fighter.

Sora has been a popular candidate for Smash Ultimate for a long while with many fans putting him on the very top of their wish lists.

While there has been some doubt about the Kingdom Hearts protagonist coming to Smash after former Game Informer editor Imran Khan claimed Disney Japan prevented it from happening, fans have remained hopeful.

Now, a series of images have appeared online suggesting that Sora could be much closer to appearing in Smash than originally thought.

Sora in Smash Ultimate Fighter Select screen
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Could Sora really be coming to Smash Ultimate?

In a post on a popular message board, an anonymous user uploaded several photos from Smash Ultimate featuring Sora doing battle with Incineroar.

“They [were] sent to me from my source from internal play testing,” the user claimed. “He claims that final playtests of the next DLC fighter are running right now and Sora will be announced [at] The Game Awards.”

In the first picture, it shows Sora as a selectable fighter in the character select screen right next to Steve from Minecraft and the Mii fighters. The Kingdom Hearts logo appears in the background and an assortment of costumes are available too.

Sora smashes in Ultimate
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Is this just a Shulk mod?

The other images show Sora doing battle against the Pokemon fighter with each photo being of the TV screen.

While the leak may seem promising, there are some major red flags. For one, as plenty of users suggested, it’s very likely that this was made using a mod of another fighter, such as Shulk, and photoshop.

Additionally, the leak does match some of the stereotypical fake leak criteria with the photos being taken of a TV screen from off angles, no video, no Final Smash – nothing that would suggest the leak is legitimate.

Sora fights in Smash Ultimate
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Fans have wanted Sora in Smash for a long time.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it is unlikely that Square Enix gets two fighters in the same pass, so if Sora does get in, it may severely hurt the chances for other fan-favorites such as Geno from Super Mario RPG.

In any case, we won’t have much longer to wait to find out if the leak is real or not with The Game Awards happening on December 10. While nothing is set in stone, it’s possible that we see some sort of announcement. Back in 2018, the first Smash Ultimate DLC was revealed at TGA as Persona’s Joker.

There are still four more DLC slots remaining in Fighters Pass Volume 2 with the final character set to release by December, 2021.