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Smash Ultimate ‘leak’ resurfaces showing new EarthBound fighter in action

Published: 26/May/2020 20:08

by Michael Gwilliam

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A Smash Ultimate “leak” showing off a new EarthBound fighter has resurfaced, along with rumors that Mother 3 could finally be coming to North America on Nintendo Switch.

The “leaked” image shows off Mario and a new fighter on the Final Destination stage, both without having received any damage.

Upon a closer glance, the character appears to be Porky Minch, the main antagonist of Mother 3. Just like Bowser JR, Porky is inside a mech, although his is spider-like.

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Like most leaks, this one should be taken with a grain of salt, especially as the image is incredibly blurry, with users on 4chan debating its legitimacy.

As it turns out, the image first surfaced back in July of 2019 and was posted on Reddit by user ‘GRMN_CPT_Ginger,’ who asked if the photo was just “another fake floating around?”

Fighters Pass Volume 2 had its lineup decided long before it was announced, so while it’s possible that the leak could be legitimate and early development footage, this could also easily be a faked image that had seen the light of day, once more.

That said, a new Earthbound character could make a lot of sense if Mother 3 is actually coming to Nintendo Switch. An EarthBound fighter would help hype up that game’s release through Smash.

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The leak appears to show Porky fighting Mario.

So, even if this leak itself is fake, you shouldn’t count out a new EarthBound fighter just yet – at least, not until Nintendo or Sakurari himself says otherwise.

Mother is one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises, despite being relatively obscure in North America, with its second game, Earthbound, receiving critical acclaim from SNES audiences.

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So far, the only confirmed franchise to have a character in Fighters Pass Volume 2 is ARMS, with that fighter set to be revealed and released sometime in June.

One rumors has suggested the reveal with be on June 16, on the anniversary of ARMS release on Switch. It’s unclear if yet another fighter will be showcased during that announcement.

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Animal Crossing player’s crazy Smash Ultimate tournament venue goes viral

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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An Animal Crossing New Horizons player designed a brilliant Smash Ultimate tournament venue in-game, and many fans are absolutely loving it.

The global health crisis really hurt LAN events for Smash Ultimate and other fighting games in 2020. Many venues that thrived off hosting events suffered immensely, and while players have been missing in-person competitions, that didn’t stop one player from recreating a tournament venue within Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing is chock full of materials and objects that work well to design a fighting game venue, and Redditor ‘timshady11’ made good use of them for their creation.

Anyone who has ever been to a weekly tournament at a bar, restaurant or arcade is familiar with the general layout. You have the front desk for signups and registration, numerous setups for people to compete and a spot designated for streaming high-profile matchups.

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In this case, timshady11 included all of those things and then some. As you can see in the video, there is a desk area by the entrance with a laptop and Smash Ultimate book to keep track of tournament entrees.

Moving on from there, the venue has all sorts of desks with two chairs, a monitor and a Nintendo Switch. In total, we count six of these non-featured setups, which is a respectable number for a weekly event.

The venue also has numerous arcade cabinets, vending machines, booths, couches, and of course, a stream setup. That section is pretty well-made with cameras, a computer, and three couches in the vicinity for observers.

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Users on Reddit were certainty impressed with the creation. “Awesome! The aesthetic is cozy and cool, really like the vibe overall,” one complimented.

“This is amazing! It made me really nostalgic for IRL tournaments tho,” another remarked with a frowny face emoji.

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Smash players have been missing LAN events.

If you want to visit the island for yourself, timshady11 revealed it as: DA-3428-2657-9989.

While Smash tournaments have been forced to move online, hopefully, players will get the opportunity to return to their venues in the foreseeable future and duke it out in person once again. Until then, at least there’s always the Animal Crossing island to tide us over.