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Smash Ultimate ranked mode would make online play more interesting

Published: 5/May/2020 7:01

by Andrew Amos

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Smash Ultimate players are wishing for a proper ranked mode to be implemented into the game, and there isn’t a better time than now to try and make online play more interesting with in-person tournaments being canned.

While Smash Ultimate is a great game at its core, its online play has been widely criticized. Between clunky netcode, bad matchmaking, and a poor ranking system, it’s more for fun than anything else.

Some players want to bring back the competitiveness of Smash though. In this time where not a lot of in-person tournaments are being held, Twitter user ‘Inoblit’ has devised an online ranked mode that’d satisfy those with the competitive itch.

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Previous Smash titles had a serious online mode, but none have really had ranked.

Inoblit’s concept would be akin to Valorant or Overwatch. The two FPS games have MMR based ranking systems, where your rating changes based on your performance in each game.

While whether you win or lose is the main factor, smaller things like individual performance and MMR differences also weigh in with how much you climb or fall.

Inoblit’s system would ditch Global Smash Power (GSP) for Smash Points (SP). It would work on the same principle of other online games, where your SP will correlate to your rank, and if you reach a certain amount of SP, you’ll rank up.

However, an important distinction is bringing back an actual ranked mode. While Global Smash Power is a thing, there’s no distinction between a casual online game and one where you are playing for glory.

Given this exists in most other games ⁠— and used to exist in Smash 4 ⁠— it’s surprising that Smash Ultimate’s online play doesn’t work like this. Separating ranked queues from casual queues is a must in Inoblit’s system.

While Elite Smash is a thing in Smash Ultimate to try and alleviate this, it still isn’t perfect. In this ranked mockup, the Elite level will just be the top rank. If you get matched into an Elite battle, it’s meant to mean something.

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Elite Smash is open to those with a good GSP, but it’s not like a ranked mode.

This ranking system has been universally well received by the Smash community, who have been advocating for sweeping changes to Ultimate. #FixUltimateOnline was trending a couple of weeks ago, with players asking for an update to the netcode and balancing fixes.

The implementation of a proper ranking system would be the cherry on top for Smash players, and would make grinding the game online actually meaningful.

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How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

Joker holds smash invitation
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The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit store.nintendo.com.
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

physical smash ultimate cards
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The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
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Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.