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Smash Ultimate theory claims Waluigi will be revealed at Nintendo Direct

Published: 14/Jul/2020 17:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Smash Ultimate theory suggesting that Waluigi will be the next DLC fighter has been gaining popularity online, with rumors of a July Nintendo Direct.

Luigi’s arch-rival has been a popular candidate for Smash Ultimate since before the game was even released. With Mario staples such as Luigi, Wario, Peach and Bowser already playable fighters, many thought that Waluigi would have joined the cast by now.

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However, that could be changing soon if a new theory about Nintendo celebrating anniversaries turns out to be true, along with the recent July Direct leaks, of course.

As Dexerto has previously reported, a couple of known leakers claimed that a Nintendo Direct presentation will take place on July 20. This date is important because it lines up with the anniversary of an important title in Waluigi’s history.

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On July 21, 2000, Mario Tennis was released for the Nintendo 64 in Japan. This game was the first to feature Luigi’s evil doppelganger.

What’s important to note is that when factoring timezones, a July 20 Nintendo Direct for North America could end up being July 21 for Japan and coincide with the twentieth birthday of Mario Tennis.

Could Nintendo use this milestone to reveal Waluigi for Smash? It’s certainly possible. Especially when you consider Waluigi’s history as an Assist Trophy.

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Waluigi hits Luigi in Smash Ultimate
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Waluigi’s tennis racket is his primary weapon as an Assist Trophy.

In Brawl, Smash 4 and Ultimate, he wields a tennis racket as a weapon – a clear reference to his debut in Mario Tennis.

Of course, it will be interesting to see what Nintendo decides to do if this character is added to Smash as he is already an Assist Trophy. What will happen to it?

As we know now due to Min Min’s release, Spirits can become playable fighters, but there’s no indication thus far that the same can be said about Assist Trophies.

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Only time will tell if the July 20 Nintendo Direct leaks were true and if this Waluigi theory ends up coming to fruition.

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Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.

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Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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Link on Hyrule Temple
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Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.

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As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

Triforce in Tony Hawk Pro Skater
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Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.

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If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.