Smash player suspended for spitting on opponent - Dexerto

Smash player suspended for spitting on opponent

Published: 19/Dec/2019 23:43 Updated: 20/Dec/2019 1:43

by Andrew Amos


Smash Ultimate player Nicko ‘Nicko’ Bonilla has been suspended for 30 days by 2GGaming after spitting on an opponent during a set at Wednesday Fight Nights on December 18.

A heated set has escalated to physical violence at the weekly Wednesday Fight Nights hosted by 2GGaming, leading to South Californian Shulk main Nicko being suspended from all tournaments for 30 days.

In between their pool matches to qualify for the top 16, Nicko and rival Shawn ‘K9sbruce’ Bruce decided to sit down and play some off-bracket games. K9 had just lost to Erick ‘HLB’ Gamino, Nicko’s friend, with K9 and Nicko getting in an argument over the game.

Twitter: 2Scoops_NickoNicko has been banned from all 2GG events for a month after spitting on an opponent.

“K9 was going on and saying how he will beat him next time and making a scene with my friend and everybody there,” Nicko said in a statement. 

“He started saying to me things like “You’re trash and are nothing without Shulk.” I got provoked a little bit at that point and started talking smack to him back.”

The comments got increasingly personal, with the two deciding to duke it out to warm up for top 16. “We then started playing serious games on a setup and were exchanging trash talk throughout the duration of the game,” he said.

However, after K9 popped off after winning a game, Nicko “got so tensed up to the point where I spat on his arm,” which led to the tensions boiling over.

After stepping away from the game, Nicko went around to apologize to K9. 

“I knew that I messed up and was told by staff to break it up and was told to step outside and talk to them and explained what happened,” he said. “Staff were able to bring K9 outside where I formally apologized to him.”

Nicko was disqualified from the event on the spot, forfeiting his set against Zachary ‘OR4CL3’ Tanton. In a statement posted to Twitter, 2GGaming also banned the player for a month from all of their events.

“Effective immediately, Nicko will be suspended from all 2GG events for 30 days due to his unsportsmanlike conduct during [Wednesday Fight Night],” it said. 

K9 managed to climb through the Losers Bracket to get into the top 16 making it to the Quarter Finals, where he was knocked out by HLB once again. He finished 5-6th on the night.

Dexerto has reached out to K9, but the player declined to comment.


Smash Ultimate leaker explains why Nintendo won’t make Geno a fighter

Published: 18/Jan/2021 19:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Mario RPG’s Geno has been a Smash Ultimate fighter candidate for many years, and a Japanese leak gaining traction online may reveal why Nintendo hasn’t upgraded the puppet to a full character.

While Geno became a Mii Fighter starting with Smash 4 on Wii U and then again in Ultimate, fans have wanted the character to be something more. Numerous fan groups dedicated to getting the RPG character in Smash have sprung up, and it seems like Nintendo is aware of his popularity.

The question then, of course, is why isn’t Geno in Smash Ultimate if the fan support is so high? After all, favorites such as Banjo, Ridley, and King K Rool were added to Ultimate, so why not Geno?

Well, according to a Japanese leaker who correctly stated that Steve from Minecraft and Dragon Quest’s Hero were coming to the game, Nintendo is confused about where his support is coming from.

Steve in Smash Ultimate
The leaker correctly said Steve was coming to Smash.

In a 2018 post on the 5ch site, the leaker claimed that all Nintendo is hearing is “put him in Smash” with little to no support for a remake or new Super Mario RPG title.

“Developers are confused about this whole Smash fever situation,” the leaker claimed. “Especially from the third party side, they don’t want their characters to be established as ‘Smash’ characters, and the occasional requests for a new game are always associated with Smash representation.”

This is an interesting point and it’s easy to see why developers would look at Geno – a character from a one-off Square Enix RPG – and not want him viewed as anything more than a Smash fighter.

Geno costume SSBU
Geno is nothing more than a Mii fighter.

“This kind of attitude from fans are making the devs unsure of their real intentions,” the leak continued, noting how the internet demographic is loud and there’s no indication if fans really want the series revived.

“They just couldn’t take a chance on developing a whole new game by having Smash come in first,” it states.

If this leak is true, then it doesn’t bode well for Geno ever being added to a Smash game as anything other than a Mii fighter or Spirit.

Of course, as always, take these posts with a grain of salt, but given the leaker’s track record, there could very well be some truth to it.