Smash Ultimate TO responds to backlash after Sonic tournament ban - Dexerto
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Smash Ultimate TO responds to backlash after Sonic tournament ban

Published: 4/May/2020 19:05 Updated: 6/May/2020 14:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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An upcoming Smash Ultimate tournament has gotten a lot of attention after its organizer decided to ban Sonic, much to the dismay of Blue Hedgehog mains. However, the ban isn’t as controversial as it may seem.

Houston-based Smash Ultimate TO ‘KrebsTLegend’ announced on May 4 that his tournament, on Wednesday May 7, will not feature Sonic because the fighter has been banned.

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“Yes that’s right, Sonic is banned in my big online tourney this Wednesday!” he revealed in a post that gained traction after legendary Smash icon Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios retweeted the decision.

“Serious opinion, it’s his tournament so he can do whatever he wants,” ZeRo wrote. “But it is still kinda funny how Sonic did get banned and joins the extremely small circle of banned characters.”

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On Reddit, players spoke out against the ban. “Wow this is dumb,” Quasar-Radio-Reyna commented.

“This is extremely silly. We should start banning Cloud and Ness and everyone else good on Wi-Fi too then huh?” StormierNik replied.

Others tried to explain why they thought the ban was happening. “With all the input lag of wifi it’s a lot harder to react to fast stuff like Sonic’s spin dash, which gets used constantly,” user Alexxii said. “The same spin dashy, time outy tactics get used offline too.”

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On May 3rd, Sonic main Sonix defeated MKLeo to win the first Quarantine Major hosted by Jacob ‘Alpharad’ Rabon and Charlie ‘Cr1tikal’ White. The win itself was quite controversial, given how Sonic’s style of play drags matches on to situations where time expires resulting in a win for whoever had less damage received.

However, according to Krebs, the ban is just for fun and Sonic will be available the following week.

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Sonic is incredibly frustrating to play against online.

“I actually have nothing against Sonic,” he told Dexerto. “Banning him for one (and only one) tournament was really just an interesting thing to do.”

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Since 2012, Krebs has hosted multiple tournaments with special stipulations such as 3v3, 4v4, randomly paired doubles, item legal singles and more.

When asked if he thinks Sonic should be banned in major events such as EVO, which will be played online in 2020, he was outright opposed.

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Will this be the only tournament to ban Sonic?

“No major tournaments should consider banning any character,” he said. “Minor ones can do it to be funny/unique, but major ones definitely shouldn’t.”

Sonic isn’t the first Smash Ultimate fighter to cause controversy: Upon his release, Hero was banned in certain communities because the fighter is luck-based.

It will be interesting to see if any other tournaments decide to outright ban Sonic from online play for longer than a week or if the Blue Hedgehog’s reign of terror will continue.

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Shantae creator weighs in on Smash Ultimate DLC fighter potential

Published: 12/Oct/2020 17:37

by Michael Gwilliam

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Matt Bozon, one of the creators of the popular video game character Shantae discussed the possibility of the half-genie coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a future DLC fighter.

Shantae is a highly-requested Smash Ultimate fighter, regularly appearing in character ballots. While she is technically in the game as a Spirit, many fans want her to evolve into a fully-playable fighter, just as Min Min did as DLC.

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Now, in an interview with Siliconera, Matt Bozon delved into those desires when asked how he felt about the fans who want Shantae in Smash and how she’d play in the game.

“We love the enthusiasm!” he exclaimed. “It was incredible to have her included as a Spirit, and I know that meant a lot to Shantae fans.”

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Shantae being loud
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Shantae is a popular Smash candidate.

As for how she would play, Bozon further added: “If she ever becomes playable in Smash, it would be neat to see how hair-whipping, dancing, or transformations could play a part in her moveset.”

This wording is quite interesting. Surely if Shantae was in development to become a DLC fighter, he wouldn’t be allowed to discuss possible movesets. On the other hand, it’s also not like he confirmed or denied that she is coming, so the character is still on the table.

Plus, Bozon seems to be more than a fan of seeing her in Ultimate. Considering franchises need some sort of history on Nintendo to get representation, the series is in luck.

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Shantae's Spirit in Smash Ultimate
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Shantae is in Smash Ultimate as a Spirit.

Shantae is no stranger to Nintendo consoles, with the first debuting on the Gameboy Color back in 2002. Since then, the franchise has also shown up on Sony’s PlayStation platforms, the Xbox One, PC, and more.

Amusingly, he also explained how Shantae’s Spirit came about. “In this case we just sent over some artwork to be used at their discretion, on the off chance they could include her in some way. We didn’t know that she’d be a Spirit, or even what a Spirit was!” he revealed to Siliconera.

Shantae on Gameboy
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Shantae debuted on the Gameboy Color.

“We were shocked to see Shantae show up during a Smash Direct. It was awesome! Before that moment, we didn’t know any details,” he added. “In cases like that, our M.O. is to zip it and wait.”

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With this in mind, it’s certainly possible that Shantae ends up coming to Smash Ultimate as DLC down the line, though we may have to wait quite a bit to find out. All of the Fighters Pass Volume 2 content is set to be released by December, 2021 so there’s still over a year to see what happens.