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Smash Ultimate players angry at Nintendo for Japan-only ladder mode

Published: 20/Aug/2020 17:15

by Michael Gwilliam


North American and European Super Smash Bros Ultimate fans are voicing their displeasure after discovering that Nintendo set up an exclusive ladder-like system for Japanese players.

The mode, which appears to be called “Raging Battle,” has been around for some time in Japan, coming and going as a limited-time event.


In it, players compete in a series of match qualifiers where they play under a particular ruleset. In this case, it’s four-minute games with two stocks on the new Small Battlefield stage.

While this ruleset is hardly anything like its LAN tournament counterpart, it’s still a mode with a leaderboard system with the top ten ranked players advancing to the finals.


Despite the mode existing since February 2020, for some players in the west, its existence has only recently come to light.

It started when Twitter user EmJay10 tweeted out some screenshots of the mode and the leaderboard. From there, other users discovered that the mode and tournament is seemingly sponsored by a Japanese ad company. While this explains why the mode is region-locked, it’s bizarre that it doesn’t exist in any capacity for players in the west.

Top Peach player Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris was shocked to see that an actual ranked mode exists for Smash in some capacity.


“Lmao Nintendo does it again,” snarkily remarked Melee’s God-slayer William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte.

However, not everyone was that upset. Jestise ‘MVD’ Negron viewed it from a glass-half-full perspective.

“What if this is a test run to see how it works?” he asked, suggesting that Nintendo would want to improve the system before globally releasing it.


As it stands there’s no indication that the mode will ever be coming to other parts of the world, despite players craving some sort of built-in competitive feature.

That said, with Ultimate still having five DLC fighters to come, the game’s lifespan could last a long time. The only question is: will that be long enough for Nintendo to implement some sort of mode built for those who take the title as a serious esport? Only time will tell.


Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.


The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.


Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.