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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. 

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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.


Fortnite director reportedly hints at Smash Ultimate DLC fighter crossover

Published: 29/Oct/2020 4:36

by Brad Norton


Hot on the heels of Minecraft’s huge arrival in Smash Ultimate, could Fortnite be next in line? Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard has reportedly hinted at that being the case.

Smash Bros. collaborations have long-been one of the most exciting aspects of Nintendo’s popular fighting game. Teasers are always the talk of the town as developers hint at what major addition could be on the horizon in a nearby update.

While the Smash community is still getting comfortable with Minecraft’s Steve joining the fight, it could already be time to look towards the next character.

A recent Zoom call between Geoff Keighley, Donald Mustard, and select fans was kept under wraps at the time. Whatever fans asked, whatever topics came up, it wasn’t for the general public in the moment.

However, as with most things in the gaming industry, certain details have reportedly leaked online days after the fact. Among the topics discussed was a Fortnite crossover in Smash: here’s what the Creative Director had to say.

Throughout this Zoom call, “a few hints had been revealed about the future of Fortnite,” prominent leaker FireMonkey’ said on Oct. 28. The first major revelation is a Fortnite announcement is lined up for The Game Awards on Dec. 10.

This isn’t the first time Epic’s battle royale has made a splash at Keighley’s annual awards show. The Block was revealed back in 2018 and another big announcement could be lined up for the 2020 show. Perhaps it relates to an upcoming in-game event as the new Season draws near. Or maybe there’s a chance we see another Smash tie-in revealed rather soon.

2018’s Game Awards shocked the world with one of the biggest Smash crossover announcements yet. Persona 5’s Joker joined the fight and now Fortnite could be next for a similar reveal. 

When pressed on the subject, Donald Mustard didn’t shut down the possibility. He simply “stated he can’t comment about it,” according to the leaked intel. Funnily enough, last time a dev said “no comment,” their game ended up in Smash.

Obviously, there’s no telling how significant this kind of crossover might be. We’ve seen everything from entirely new fighters to simple Mii skins as well. Given the popularity of Fortnite, however, there’s every chance a crossover with Smash would make waves in the industry.

Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks for any additional teasers. Keighley’s 2020 Game Awards kicks off on Thursday, December 10.