Smash Ultimate is bringing Resident Evil characters to the fight - Dexerto

Smash Ultimate is bringing Resident Evil characters to the fight

Published: 27/Nov/2019 5:51 Updated: 27/Nov/2019 6:08

by Brad Norton


Four characters from the popular Resident Evil franchise are making their way to Smash Bros. Ultimate in the form of collectible Spirits.

With over 1,300 Spirits available in the latest iteration of the Smash Bros. series, Nintendo has seemingly run the gamut of niche characters from first-party titles. 

Continuing to branch out and implement Spirits from associated games such as Persona 5 and SimCity for instance, the popular fighting game is set to introduce a slew of brand-new collectibles from the Resident Evil series.

Capcom - Resident Evil 2 (2019)The 2019 remake of Resident Evil 2 helped push the series back into the spotlight.

Announced in a November 26 post from Nintendo Versus, characters from various Resident Evil games will be made available for a limited-time as collectible Spirits in Smash Bros. Ultimate. 

Original Resident Evil protagonist Chris Redfield will be joined by Leon Kennedy, Albert Wesker, and Jill Valentine on November 29.

“Conquer the looming fear!” The reveal said before indicating that the characters will only be available for a brief five-day period. 

Spirits accompany players into battle, providing an assortment of stat boosts and bonus attributes. The difference in challenge and rarity will determine just how costly the new spirits may be.

Until the characters are made available however, there’s no discerning quite how resourceful they may prove to be. From Attack, Shield, and Grab to Neutral based Spirits, players will have to unlock the new Resident Evil collectibles to gauge their value.

Unfortunately for die-hard fans of the staple horror series, the inclusion of Leon as a Spirit almost guarantees that no Resident Evil character will be added as a playable fighter in the near future.

Nintendo - Smash Bros. UltimateA look at a catalog of unlocked Spirits in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

These Resident Evil additions come hot off the heels of new Pokemon Sword and Shield Spirits that were introduced on November 21 and available through until November 26

There’s no telling what popular gaming hallmark will receive the Spirit treatment down the line but with third-party titles sharing the spotlight of late, any series could be the next target. 


Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam


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.
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
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.