Smash Ultimate ‘leak’ claims 2B will be revealed at March Nintendo Direct

Published: 9/Mar/2020 16:11

by Michael Gwilliam


A new screenshot ‘leak’ has surfaced showing off the Nier Automata protagonist 2B in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

The leak was first posted to the infamous imageboard website 4chan. In the low-quality image, a character who appears to be 2B is fighting ROB on the Battlefield stage.

According to the supposed leaker, the screenshot was from a reveal trailer due to be released at the end of the month as part of a Nintendo Direct.

Will Nier’s 2B be the 6th DLC fighter?

Nintendo fans have been waiting for quite some time for a general Direct not geared towards a specific game. The last Smash direct was back on September 4, 2019 where Terry Bogard was revealed for Ultimate.

The leaker went on to claim that according to their source, 2B “uses various weapons from her game including Combat Bracers, Spear, Small Swords, and Large Swords.”

Furthermore, they added that she “seems to be a combo heavy character” and that she moves as fast as Cloud.

2B in Smash or not to be in Smash. That is the question.

2B has been a popular DLC candidate for both Western and Japanese audiences. According to a recent poll of Japanese Smash fans, she was the fifth-most requested character behind only Rex from Xenoblade, Hunter from Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry’s Dante, and Kingdom Hearts’ Sora.

That said, many fans that their doubts that the 2B leak is in fact real. On Twitter, MistressDove observed that 2B’s model looked just like the one used in Soul Calibur 6.

“Maybe I’m just going crazy but that’s what it looks like to me,” she wrote and posted the two images side-by-side.

Niko also felt that the screenshot matched all the criteria of a generic leak with a blurry photo and vague information. “I would like 2B in Smash but this looks pretty fake,” he added.

Of course, while 2B may not be coming to Smash, there’s no evidence that suggests that a new fighter will be announced soon. On the Japanese Smash website, it was revealed that DLC cards will be going on sale March 23, suggesting that a new character could be revealed around that time.

Additionally, MandyCan, the leaker who correctly claimed Byleth would be Smash’s fifth DLC fighter is still claiming that Crash Bandicoot will be the sixth character added, although he’s unsure as to when the announcement will be.

Only time will tell if the popular PlatinumGames star will enter the fray or if it’s simply not meant to be.


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.