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

Published: 30/Mar/2020 19:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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?”

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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.”

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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.

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Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam

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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
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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
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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
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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.