Smash Bros and street basketball collide in LA Times powered festival - Dexerto

Smash Bros and street basketball collide in LA Times powered festival

Published: 6/Sep/2019 22:42 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 23:59

by Michael Gwilliam


A Los Angeles street festival sponsored by the LA Times is combining esports with a 3v3 basketball tournament. 

“For the first time ever, FIBA 3×3 World Tour Basketball and the hottest esports competitions collab at the L.A. Street Festival,” the event’s description reads.

In total, there will be $4000 on the line in a series of eight mini Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournaments. 

NintendoSuper Smash Bros Ultimate is one of the most popular fighting games on the market.

Every 2-3 hours, the event organizer Esports Arena (ESA) will take signups for 24-48 players to compete in a single elimination bracket with players only allowed to enter twice per day and top 8 finishers only allowed to compete once.

However, there is more Smash fun to be had and prizes will be on the line including HyperX peripherals. 

LA Street Festival from Los Angeles Times on Vimeo.

Side events include five Smash Ladders competitions where players are paired randomly and play a series of matches against each other over the course of an hour. The player with the most wins to his or her name emerges victorious. 

There will also be Squad Strike and Free For All modes for players of all ages.

Southern California’s Smash Ultimate scene has been largely impacted by ESA, who also organizes the Wednesday Night Fights weekly. The April-June So-Cal Power Rankings include greats such as VoiD, Elegant and Larry Lurr.

The SoCal scene in the FGC has been one of the largest and longest-running stalwarts of the scene, so this festival should prove as a good representation of what the scene’s about. 

The event is headlined by the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters, a competition that teams across the globe had to win qualifiers to even attend. This will be a chance for fans to check out 3×3 basketball in person before its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. 

Additionally, Hoop It Up, a grassroots 3×3 basketball tour in the US will hold an open tournament. 

“We are thrilled to bring the world’s best 3×3 basketball players to Los Angeles in partnership with FIBA,” Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of NantWorks and Executive Chairman of the Los Angeles Times said. 

The LA Street Festival takes place on September 20 and 21 in El Segundo.


Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam


Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.