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Smash Ultimate community urges Nintendo to fix “laggy” online play

Published: 25/Apr/2020 17:33 Updated: 25/Apr/2020 18:21

by Michael Kelly


With the Smash Ultimate community shifting its sights towards online competition in wake of the current global situation, the issues surrounding the game’s various network problems are being put under a microscope. 

As the competitive Smash scene adapts in these unprecedented times, the game’s most prominent voices are taking to Twitter to voice their concerns about issues surrounding constant lag, input delay, and imprecise frame data. 

Some of the scene’s top players and personalities, such as Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Lopez, Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Berrios, and Tyler ‘Marss’ Martins have weighed in on the situation, putting pressure on Nintendo to fix Ultimate’s online gameplay. 

“Smash Ultimate with an improved online experience would be even more successful and make the player base that much more happy,” ZeRo said.

Longtime Smash veteran William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte countered the movement by noting that he felt the game’s community was “very misinformed” in regards to things such as netcode and the structure of online tournaments. 

However, the overarching issues surrounding online Smash haven’t stopped tournament organizers from holding their events online.

From local events to national supermajors, events across the country are shifting to a widely accessible online format. 

Additionally, content creators and high-profile community members are doing their part to keep the scene engaged throughout the global quarantine. 

Jacob ‘Alpharad’ Rabon and Charlie ‘Critikal’ White teamed up last month to launch “The Quarantine Series”, a set of online tournaments featuring some of the game’s most notable top players and a $50,000 prize pool. 

Smash Ultimate Battlefield
Smash Ultimate’s competitive scene is shifting completely online.

Still, as the Smash community moves into a WiFi-focused format for the time being, the calls for Nintendo to fix the game’s online gameplay system are louder than ever.

With an incredibly bright spotlight being shone on the game’s online sector during this transitional time, it’s imperative now more than ever that Nintendo dedicates itself to a massive overhaul for Smash Ultimate online.


Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.