Smash Ultimate hacker reveals multiple “secret” stages hidden in-game

Published: 30/Mar/2020 19:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A Smash Ultimate hacker blew retired pro Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios away after they revealed it’s possible to play on “secret” stages hidden within the game.

In his March 30 YouTube video, ZeRo explained how he was streaming an open arena that let any viewer join and participate when a player named RareKirby entered the lobby.

This player happened to be hacking the game by playing as characters you’re not supposed to, and on stages not meant for versus gameplay.

Literally any stage in the game can be selected if you know how.

At 1:30 into the video ZeRo discovered RareKirby was hacking because he started playing as Giga Bowser – a character who is supposed to be an in-game boss and Bowser’s Final Smash ability.

As ZeRo explained, because he’s hacking elements that are already in the game, it doesn’t desync, so you can technically play against him and on all sorts of wacky stages without the game disconnecting.

“Let me show you some real hacks,” the hacker said after beating the streamer with Giga Bowser.

The first secret stage RareKirby showed off was the escape sequence found in Classic Mode. Because there’s no blast zones on the stage, winning is limited to jumping into a barrel at the end and buffering a jump to come out one frame earlier.

Next, the hacker showed off the boss stage from World of Light where players fight Ganon. “This stage is actually sick,” Barrios stated.

“It’s really cool how you can grab these elements from the game and make them into one-on-one fights in an arena format,” he grinned. “As you can see these stages are actually playable. It makes me feel like why doesn’t Nintendo just release them in a pack or whatever?”

Giga Bowser looks scary as a playable fighter.

It’s an interesting point. While not all the maps would necessarily work as traditional stages, some, like the Ganon boss fight stage look awesome and would be really cool to play on, especially with a Battlefield version.

After that, the hacker let ZeRo try out the Monster Hunter stage, only without Rathalos serving as the boss. As the streamer pointed out, it’s a lot easier to appreciate the little details without having to fight a boss in the process.

Craziest of all, it’s also possible to play on the victory screen at the end of a round. “I didn’t even know that!” ZeRo exclaimed. “I thought it was maybe like a picture.”

Why isn’t the Monster Hunter stage playable normally?

As it turns out, there’s an incredible attention to detail on the victory screen stage with all sorts of majestic buildings in the background.

“I feel like we’re seen a lot of stuff that we’re not supposed to see ever,” he laughed.

Hopefully, Nintendo decides to officially add some of these stages to the game in a future update, especially considering players can already access them if they know what they’re doing.


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.