Smash pro Hungrybox apologizes after sexual misconduct allegations

Published: 10/Jul/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Melee legend Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma has issued an apology after anonymous allegations surfaced accusing the pro of sexual misconduct at tournaments.

On July 9, Twitter user Devon Price posted a photo from an anonymous source that detailed information about her encounters with Hungrybox. According to Price, she “spoke with multiple corroborating [sic] witnesses to this account” before she posted it.

In the post, the Smasher alleged that the Team Liquid player would approach her, unless he was already with another woman, and openly stare at her chest and “look down her shirt.”

“His eyes would slowly and methodically work their way up from every inch of my body until finally he would look me in the eyes and say ‘hi,’” the Smasher claimed.

A list of allegations against Smash pro Hungrybox
Allegations made against Hungrybox.

The accuser also addressed a recent video Hungrybox made on his YouTube channel prior to allegations surfacing. In it, he confessed to using his status as a top player to “make it easier to meet people,” being unfaithful in past relationships and would pursue females already in relationships.

“I want to make it clear that his video was especially upsetting to me because he seems to imply he has changed. He hasn’t,” Hungrybox’s accuser wrote. “He is just scared people will actually believe us now with everything going on.”

Hungrybox responds

On Twitter, Debiedma responded and apologized to the accusations. “I want to say that I’m very sorry this happened,” he said. “I can totally see why you would feel objectified and uncomfortable. That’s not something I want you or any member of the community to feel.”

He further added that he was aware he needed to do better. “If I want the community to be a better place for women, that change has to start with myself,” he explained.

However, his statement did not go without criticism with some further accusing him of “removing himself” from the situation with how he worded the apology. For his part, the Jigglypuff main agreed with the critiques.

Hungrybox is just the latest in a long list of pros to have come under fire for past actions.

In the past few weeks, multiple big names in the Smash scene such as Nairoby ‘Nairo’ Quezada and Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios have admitted to their wrongdoings and are reportedly getting help.

Only time will tell what the future holds for competitive Smash as the community reels from the recent developments and changes are made internally.


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.