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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.


Smash Ultimate community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp


The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community was left divided after it was revealed that Minecraft protagonist Steve would be the next character to join the fight. While some were excited for the major crossover, others – including esports pros – were less enthusiastic about the upcoming DLC.

Smash Bros Ultimate made its debut in 2018, and over two years later has continued to evolve into what is the biggest franchise crossover in gaming history. From Persona to Final Fantasy – the Nintendo Switch title has it all.


On October 1, it was announced that Mojang’s iconic Minecraft series would be the next join the beloved fighting game. However, not everyone in the community is thrilled about Steve’s inclusion, including EVO champion Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Pérez.

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YouTube: Nintendo
The iconic Minecraft protagonist joins Smash Ultimate as its next fighter.

Smash community torn over Minecraft DLC fighter

On October 1, Nintendo announced that Smash Ultimate’s next DLC would be Steve from Minecraft. This marks the second collaboration that Microsoft has had with the title, as Banjo & Kazooie was added in 2019.


While many fans were excited by the iconic mascot’s addition to the roster, others were left conflicted over the Mojang protagonist’s inclusion.

For instance, popular esports pro and 2019 EVO champion, MkLeo, took to social media to voice his disappointment. “OK! i decided to not post my reaction to this bs cuz minecraft fans are gonna come after me for not liking this thing omg so pissed.”

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Twitter: @Mkleosb
MkLeo wasn’t enthusiastic about the Minecraft DLC.

The Joker main also added, “its ok, there are still 4 spots! Dont lose faith.” The pro was not alone – other fans voiced their disappointments as well, such as one user who exclaimed, “What an absolute joke the last few dlc characters have been trash add this “character” to that list.” Another player agreed and said, “What kind of trash is this. Where’s our Sora, 2B, or Dante. Bro nobody want this.”

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Smash Ultimate fans were not happy with the Minecraft reveal, either.

Popular fighting game content creator Maximilian ‘Maximilian Dood’ Christiansen also shared his disappointment on YouTube. “I don’t f**king believe it. I’m going to turn this stream off right now. Going to turn this s**t off. I get it. An iconic character. I get it. I genuinely understand Sakurai, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I understand.”

Despite the negative reactions, not everyone was down on the Minecraft DLC. Team Liquid’s Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby praised the announcement and said, “This wild ride is exactly what I paid for with Fighter’s Pass 2. Give me chaos, no boring expected reveals.” Legendary Smash pro Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris also celebrated the reveal by changing his profile pic to the Minecraft fighter and tweeted, “I changed my mind” in response to a 2019 tweet he had made about the Mojang title.

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Smash pros weighed in.

Regardless of how you feel about the new DLC fighter, there is no denying that Minecraft has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. So much so that in 2014, Microsoft dropped over $2.4 billion to acquire it.


Smash Ultimate is, at the end of the day, a celebration of the industry. As many players pointed out, the Mojang mascot’s inclusion was surely inevitable given the property’s importance.