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Smash player destroys “untouchable” Melee Target Test world record

Published: 3/Jan/2020 20:37 Updated: 3/Jan/2020 20:38

by Dustin Steiner

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The world record for Super Smash Bros. Melee’s Break the Targets’ Total High Score stood for nearly two decades until a Pikachu player named Mudi managed to smash the target record and get his group’s time to under three minutes for the mode. 

The Stadium Group, a group of Smash Melee players who specialize in the game’s Break the Targets and Home Run Contest minigames, have done what they called a “pipe dream” last year: bring their total High Score to under three minutes across Melee’s 25 fighters.

A bounty of $1,658.90 was set in early 2019 which reignited the race to get the total high score across all fighters to under three minutes.

This was finally accomplished by mudi, a Pikachu player who used routes discovered in the recent Tool-Assisted world record run to shave off nearly half a second from his run. He went from around 7.4 seconds to complete the run in 6.3, in one of the most economical uses of Pikachu’s moveset ever seen.

“Wow, that’s insane,” Mudi said. “I just shaved over half a second off my personal best in one run. We did it! Sub three minutes!”

As the chat pointed out at the time, Mudi had said just prior to his record-setting run that he’d only play for a half an hour more of attempts but managed to smash it out of the park in the first go.

He also helped save the most time off of the group’s run, saving over 17 frames of time in Jigglypuff’s run as well, and 7 frames in the Fox run. Many other players contributed to the time shaving, including Sockdude1, samthedigital (who had an impressive 3.21 second Luigi run), and Mario 64 Master.

The Break the Targets mode has been one of Super Smash Bros. Melee’s fondest remembered features, with players still requesting it being added to later games in the series like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Melee remains one of the world’s top fighting game esports, and runs like this only help to enhance its culture and fandom, attracting folks interested in seeing not only the game’s highest levels of competition but also how deep the game’s systems run.

The Stadium community has said they will continue to plumb the depths of the game’s frame data, looking to shave off additional time.

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Six fighters Smash Ultimate could add in next DLC

Published: 16/Nov/2020 18:07

by Marco Rizzo

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate currently displays one of the most extensive character rosters in the gaming world and it’s about to get new entries.  There are currently four empty character slots remaining for Fighter Pass Vol.2, here we explore six new fighters that Nintendo could add to SSBU.

There are several characters that the community would love to see introduced to the cast of the famous Nintendo fighting game and the addition of Steve has proven to the fans that anything is seemingly possible.

Smash Bros fans are a very passionate fanbase, with daily speculations about possible new characters and discussing rumors on Twitter and message boards.

Here are some of the characters we hope to see making their appearance in the game.

Dante

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Fans have been looking forwards to the addition of the Devil May Cry protagonist for a long time, with rumors surfacing periodically around social media.

Brian Hanford, who voices V in Devil May Cry slipped up in an AMA podcast, seemingly confirming that Dante was going to be introduced in Smash Brothers. “To be part of Marvel vs Capcom or Super Smash Bros would be huge, which is what Dante is going to be,” the voice actor revealed.

Going all the way back to 2018, Director of PlatinumGames Hideki Kamiya started a poll on Twitter asking which one of his characters the public would like to see in SSBU. Dante won with around 40% of the vote against Amaterasu, Wonder Red, and Viewtiful Joe.

Waluigi

Walluigi could be coming to SSBU
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Fans were surprised about Waluigi’s absence in the initial SSBU roster.

Fans have been demanding the addition of Waluigi as a fighter since the announcement of SSBU when they noticed his absence from the character roster.

Let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want the taller Mario brother to be added in Smash Brothers? His assist trophy is not enough, fans want to smack other fighters with tennis rackets themselves.

Waluigi’s addition would finally complete the dysfunctional Mario family alongside Wario, Luigi, and Mario.

Paper Mario

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Paper Mario could be the second Mario added to the game.

If Link is able to get three versions in Ultimate, surely the quintessential Nintendo mascot can get a second.

Paper Mario, from the popular RPG, should be an obvious alternative to the character that Nintendo should seriously think about adding.

The introduction of a Mario character would also complement nicely the current ongoing celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario franchise.

Geno

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Geno has become a fan-favorite

Probably one of the most requested characters by the community. Geno made his first appearance in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and has since become a beloved character even his absence following Mario RPG. 

His costume was available in the previous version of Smash Brothers, available to be worn by Mii Gunners.

Geno was even considered for SSB: Brawl, with  Masahiro Sakurai stating that “Geno was actually a character I wanted to include as a fighter,” however, those plans never came to fruition.

Geno is already present in Ultimate as a spirit but the community is hopeful about his introduction as a playable character.

The Knight (Hollow Knight)

Hollow Knight

An odd choice at first glance, The Knight was voted by fans as one of the characters they would most want to see in SSBU not long ago.

While seemingly not adding anything incredibly unique to the current roster, our little fighter’s abilities could easily suit the game: a swordsman, able to dash past enemies, and double jump away from trouble.

And let’s not ignore the amazing music tracks and arena his addition would bring.

Crash Bandicoot

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With rumors of the new Crash game coming to Switch, anything is possible

Crash needs no introductions. The beloved bandicoot has often been linked with an appearance in SSBU, with the most recent rumors dating back to early 2020.

Crash topped a Source Gaming poll on the most requested character, with fans figuratively screaming his addition, resulting in his name constantly appearing in the top 5 of similar polls online.

The Fighter Pass Vol.2 will see its final release before December 31st, 2021 meaning there is still a long way to go before we see if any of the fighters mentioned above are introduced. We know that Nintendo loves to add characters that nobody has predicted so we should be ready for a surprise.