Smash Ultimate creator details future DLC plans

Published: 12/Sep/2019 1:38 Updated: 12/Sep/2019 2:34

by Brent Koepp


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate creator Masahiro Sakurai sat down for an interview with popular Japanese video game magazine Famitsu, where he detailed future DLC plans for the popular fighting game.

Smash Ultimate has continued to be a huge success since its release back in December, and the introduction of the Fighters Pass DLC has been popular with fans, and has helped boost the excitement and longevity for the title, with each new third party character added becoming an event. 

In an interview with Famitsu on September 11, the series’ creator Masahiro Sakurai outlined Ultimate’s future plans.

Sakurai wants to keep adding DLC characters

During the recent Nintendo Direct on September 4, fans were surprised when it was announced that more characters would be in development outside of the Fighters Pass. “Outside the five fighters included in the Fighter Pass, we can confirm that other new fighters are in development.” it said.

In an interview with Famitsu translated by gaming sources PushDustIn, Kody ‘NOKOLO’, and Source Gaming on Twitter, Sakurai revealed that he would keep adding DLC characters to Ultimate as long as possible. 

“As long as there’s an opportunity to make more fighters, Sakurai wants to push the record further. As long as Sakurai can please someone with the addition of a new fighter, then it’s best for him to work on the game.” NOKOLO tweeted.

The Smash Bros director also said that Ultimate is a one of a kind title with its complete roster, and sees it as a collaboration which gives him potential to keep adding characters. 

“Smash Ultimate is an exception. By having every veteran fighter, and by having a number of collaborations with various games in Spirits mode and countless songs, Smash Ultimate is the ultimate collaboration title. This kind of game is definitely unprecedented.” NOKOLO added.

Future titles will not have as many characters 

According to a third tweet by the translator, Sakurai cautioned fans that future titles would not have as many characters, as fans should not have the same expectations as they have with Ultimate.

“If Smash Bros. continues in the future, then there’s no way this many fighters and series can be represented again. There are still requests from all over the world for new fighters in Smash.” he said.

Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard was the latest hero announced for the game on September 4, and is the fourth addition to the Fighter Pass.

With the announcement that new characters will be added outside of the pass, and Sakurai wanting to keep adding characters to the already beefed-up roster, the possibilities seem limitless.


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.