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


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.

“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.”

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.”

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.

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.”

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.

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.


How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam


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
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
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
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
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.