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Smash Ultimate website update hints at new DLC fighter announcement

Published: 13/Jul/2020 22:14

by Michael Gwilliam

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As rumors of a July Nintendo Direct and a new Smash Ultimate fighter spread, a little update on the game’s official website may have provided a small clue for a possible DLC reveal.

When a new fighter pack is added to Super Smash Bros Ultimate, the website will add a “new” label over “fighters” and “stages” on the homepage.

After ARMS’ Min Min was added to the game on June 29, the “new” label showed up like normal, but as of July 13, it has since vanished.

The update was first noticed by Twitter user ‘Shadowedgy,’ who screengrabbed the observation.

“I believe Byleth’s was there up until Min Min was revealed,” they said. “Fighter number 7 being revealed soon?”

Alone, this information may not be a huge deal, and Nintendo could just be updating the site more frequently however, when you factor in other rumors that have surfaced lately, there could be more to this.

Will Fighter 77 be revealed at a July Nintendo Direct?

As Dexerto previously reported, multiple leakers with good track records have claimed that there will be a Nintendo Direct soon, with one outright saying it would be on July 20.

Banjo in Smash Ultimate
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Banjo and Hero were announced for Smash at E3 2019.

A Nintendo Direct would be an ideal time to announce a new DLC fighter, as it’s something the company has done before. Additionally, with E3 canceled this year, it’s possible that they had plans to show off more characters.

Looking back to 2019, two DLC fighters were announced at E3 in the form of Banjo and Hero. While they both released a bit after the presentation, Nintendo has shown they are willing to unveil DLC months in advance.

There are still five more DLC characters to be released as part of Fighters Pass Volume 2, so it’s anyone’s guess who they will be or who the next one is. One theory is that Nintendo will announce Fighter 77 as Geno from Super Mario RPG in July as it’s the seventh month of the year.

We’ll just have to wait and see and with July almost mid-way done, we won’t have that much longer to go.

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Sora finally joins Smash Ultimate with must-have Kingdom Hearts fighter mod

Published: 22/Jan/2021 0:15

by Michael Gwilliam

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Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has long been a fan-favorite candidate for a Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC fighter. For those who can’t wait to see if he gets added, a new mod can let players finally choose the Disney-Square protagonist.

Sora is one of the most popular characters in all of gaming, bridging the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney with the Kingdom Hearts franchise. As such, he has scored incredibly high in Smash Ultimate fighter ballots, with fans craving to see him duke it out with other gaming greats like Mario, Link, Sonic, Solid Snake and more.

While he hasn’t come to Smash yet – and it’s unlikely that he ever will –  talented modder ‘mastaklo’ has crafted one of the best fighter mods yet that finally brings the character to Smash.

Everything about Sora seems to completely match his Kingdom Hearts look, with the Keyblade sword, shorts, hair and shoes. So if you’re a stickler for visual perfection, you’re in luck.

Sora in Smash Ultimate
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This could be the only way Sora ever gets added to Smash.

When it comes to gameplay, the mod uses Shulk’s moveset, and was actually originally teased in a leak from December 2020. As Dexerto previously reported, visuals from the mod were posted to a message board, claiming that Sora would be coming to Smash.

Mastaklo told Dexerto that a friend, to whom he’d sent an early build of the mod, ended up posting those photos.

As for when you can download the mod, mastaklo is letting his Patreon supporters have early access, but it will be available for everyone starting February 19.

Sadly, for anyone hoping to actually see Sora come to Smash, you shouldn’t get your hopes up. Imran Kahn, a former senior editor for Game Informer, has gone on record saying that Disney Japan prevented Nintendo from adding the character to Smash, which is likely why we got Sephiroth instead.

In any case, at least now fans can finally find a way to use Sora in Smash – just think of him as a Shulk Echo fighter. Who knows, though; with three more DLC packs still to come in Fighters Pass Volume 2, it’s always possible that Sora makes his way to Ultimate in a more official capacity.