Smash

Smash Ultimate patch 10.1.0 adds Geno Mii Fighter outfit, new Cloud Final Smash

Published: 23/Dec/2020 3:24

by Andrew Amos

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Smash Ultimate patch 10.1.0 is here, and the Sephiroth hype is dead ⁠— because long live Geno. The infamous character has made his entrance into Ultimate as a Mii Fighter outfit — which will probably disappoint some fans — while Cloud is also getting a new final smash.

Smash Ultimate patch 10.1.0 has finally arrived, but the update isn’t that big. Well, unless you consider a new Mii Fighter outfit for Geno big news.

There’s a few balance changes ⁠— mostly to hitboxes and aerial attacks ⁠— that will affect some players, but there’s no huge buffs or nerfs that could change the meta. Either way, here’s what you need to know.

Geno Mii Fighter outfit now live

Geno is returning to Smash ⁠— but yet again not as a fully-fledged fighter. He will be returning as a Mii Fighter outfit, just like he did in Smash 4, that players can pick up in-game.

If you play as Mii Gunner, you can choose the Geno outfit for your customizable character. The Geno outfit, like other Mii Fighter outfits, is part of a DLC, which will set you back around $0.75.

Barret, Tifa, Aerith, and Chocobo Mii Outfits are also being added.

Geno Mii Fighter outfit in Smash Ultimate
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Geno’s Mii Fighter costume has arrived in Smash Ultimate patch 10.1.0.

Hitbox buffs for Fox and more, plus new Cloud Final Smash

While there’s not many balancing changes, there are some notable ones. Fox’s forward and down airs will be easier to hit with their new attack range and hitboxes. The same can be said for Rosalina & Luma’s aerial assaults.

Luigi, Zelda, Pichu, Young Link, Toon Link, Olimar, Mii Gunner, and Duck Hunt are also in line for some buffs. These are all mostly hitbox adjustments to final smashes, so nothing too noteworthy.

Another big change though is Cloud’s new Final Smash. Named Omnislash Ver. 5, but if you equip the Advent Children style for the Final Fantasy character, you’ll get an all-new design for the Final Smash. The damage however isn’t affected.

Plus, in case you didn’t complete the Sephiroth challenge, you will now have access to the new fighter in your collection now regardless. If you have the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, this will be free of charge. The DLC will individually cost $5.99.

Sephiroth’s stage, Northern Cave, and nine new soundtracks have also been added. You can find the full patch notes below.

Smash Ultimate patch 10.1.0 notes

New Spirits

  • Tifa
  • Barret
  • Aerith
  • Red XIII
  • Cid
  • Cait Sith
  • Yuffie
  • Vincent
  • The Turks & Rufus Shinra
  • Bahamut ZERO
  • Chocobo & Moogle
  • Shiva
  • Ifrit

You can now switch between different artwork for Cloud’s Spirit.

Mii costumes now available

  • Barret
  • Tifa
  • Aerith
  • Chocobo
  • Geno

General

  • You can now switch between “Random from all songs” and “Random from My Music” got for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield and Final Destination stages. Note: To switch between options, access My music via the Options or the Vault and then press the X Button.
  • The Final Smash for Cloud’s 2P, 4P, 6P and 8P color variations has been changed to Omnislash Ver. 5 (this essentially functions the same as a regular Omnislash).

Balance changes

Fighter Move Change
Fox Forward Air Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Increased attack range of the first attack to fourth attack.
Fox Down Air Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Increased attack range.
Luigi Dash Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Zelda Side Smash Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Increased final attack’s range.
Pichu Side Smash Attack Increased final attack’s range.
Younk Link Up Special Made it easier to hit multiple times when using the move in the air.
Toon Link Up Special Made it easier to hit multiple times when using the move in the air.
Olimar Up Special After throwing a Pikmin with a side smash attack or side special, if there are other Pikmin nearby when using up special, an air attack using a Pikmin will occur.
Rosalina & Luma Forward Air Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Decreased the attack range above the skirt’s hemline, and made it easier to continue with later attacks.
Increased final attack’s range.
Mii Gunner Up Throw Adjusted launch angle.
Increased attack range for the shot fired after the throw.
Duck Hunt Side Smash Attack Made it easier to hit multiple times.
Decreased the time that an opponent can hitstun shuffle during the first and second attacks.
Overwatch

Shadowlands Mercy skin for Overwatch is the crossover we need for BlizzCon

Published: 17/Jan/2021 6:10

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard certainly isn’t shy of a crossover or two in their games. Hell, Heroes of the Storm is the ultimate crossover between all their franchises. However, we could always do with more, and this World of Warcraft Shadowlands-inspired Mercy skin would be perfect for Overwatch.

There’s no shortage of crossovers in Overwatch. Almost every hero in the game has a skin based off one of Blizzard’s various other franchises, from World of Warcraft to StarCraft 2. There’s even a Blizzard World map.

However, that doesn’t mean another few won’t hurt. With Blizzard’s selection of IP forever expanding, the limits on these crossovers don’t really exist.

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Sure, Mercy has a lot of skins in Overwatch, but what’s one more if it’s a crossover this good?

Most recently, that’s been seen in World of Warcraft. With the game’s latest expansion, Shadowlands, being a massive hit with players throughout the tail-end of 2020 and into 2021, there’s definitely room to introduce a new WoW skin or two to Overwatch.

Enter Dark Val’kyr Mercy. Modelled after the Val’kyr of the Scourge, who were first introduced to the franchise back in 2007 in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, are almost the anti-thesis of Mercy’s kit as a healer. However, she does look like them.

With a few cosmetic twists to her armor, Emilie Sanda and Zach Fischer put together a skin worthy of being ported over into Overwatch. Amplified by community figure ‘OverwatchNaeri’, the design has been adored by thousands.

The timing couldn’t be any more apt. With BlizzConline just around the corner in February 2021, a few crossover skins from other Blizzard franchises into Overwatch wouldn’t go astray.

Naeri has the same thought ⁠— “BlizzCon 2021 is coming soon! It would be great if [a] Shadowlands collaboration skin was released on Overwatch this time at BlizzConline,” she said.

Given Overwatch 2 could potentially be further delayed to 2022, more new content for the base game would go a long way. One can only hope that Blizzard already has something similar cooking in the back for Mercy ⁠— or maybe another Shadowlands crossover for Overwatch.