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Smash leaker claims Crash could be announced at February Nintendo Direct

Published: 3/Feb/2020 17:26

by Michael Gwilliam

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A Smash Ultimate leaker who accurately said Byleth would be the fifth DLC fighter has doubled down on claims that Crash would be the sixth fighter, and his reveal could come as early as February.

MandyCan gained notoriety after a series of correct predictions including Byleth coming to Smash and several Game Awards leaks.

As Dexerto previously reported on October 21 2019, the leaker claimed that Byleth would be the fifth fighter in Smash’s first Fighters Pass and that Crash would be the next character announced.

MandyCan called Byleth being DLC Fighter 5.

While the leaker does not know when Crash will be revealed, he does have a few ideas. “It could be in the February Direct, it could be at E3,” he said in a Twitter reply.

So far, a February Direct has not been officially announced by Nintendo, but there are some hints that suggest one is imminent. Back in January, GameStop updated its SKU listings. SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit and are used to keep inventory at stores.

In the past, GameStop SKU updates have occurred just before titles were revealed in Nintendo Directs.

Dexerto reached out to MandyCan and he claimed to be 100% sure that a February Direct was coming and Crash is still Fighter 6.

While it’s possible that we get the next fighter reveal in February, it wouldn’t be surprising if the announcement comes at E3 2020 in June.

It was, after all, at E3 2019 that Nintendo announced not one but two fighters coming to Smash Bros Ultimate: Banjo-Kazooie and Dragon Quest’s Hero.

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Who will the six DLC fighters be?

With the second Fighters Pass only scheduled to conclude in December 2021, Nintendo has a lot of time to craft the six upcoming fighters.

Smash Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2 is currently available for purchase. It includes all six of the new characters, new stages and music tracks as they become available.

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Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.
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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
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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.