Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: How to unlock Elite Smash battles

Published: 26/Dec/2018 21:17 Updated: 26/Dec/2018 21:26

by Bill Cooney


For players that want to test their Smash abilities against some of the best players in the world, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has them covered.

So-called “Elite Battles” are part of a unique online matchmaking system that players can unlock after reaching a certain amount of GSP, or Global Smash Power.

GSP bases players ranks on the number of people they’ve outscored, rather than the number of people better than them.

The amount of GSP needed to unlock Elite battles started at around 400,000 when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first release, but players will now need more than 2 million GSP to reach these top-tier matchups.

With the number of people buying and playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, especially after Christmas, the number of GSP needed to gain access to Elite battles could continue to rise.

Once it is unlocked, players who reach that level can face off against other players of similar skill, hopefully sparing at least a few newer or less skilled players.


This system would also allow Nintendo an easy way to look at who the top competitive players in Ultimate are for any possible esports events or competitions in the future.

For players looking to prove themselves in Smash and really test their mettle, unlocking Elite Smash Battles is a great goal to work towards.


Smash Ultimate leaker explains why Nintendo won’t make Geno a fighter

Published: 18/Jan/2021 19:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Mario RPG’s Geno has been a Smash Ultimate fighter candidate for many years, and a Japanese leak gaining traction online may reveal why Nintendo hasn’t upgraded the puppet to a full character.

While Geno became a Mii Fighter starting with Smash 4 on Wii U and then again in Ultimate, fans have wanted the character to be something more. Numerous fan groups dedicated to getting the RPG character in Smash have sprung up, and it seems like Nintendo is aware of his popularity.

The question then, of course, is why isn’t Geno in Smash Ultimate if the fan support is so high? After all, favorites such as Banjo, Ridley, and King K Rool were added to Ultimate, so why not Geno?

Well, according to a Japanese leaker who correctly stated that Steve from Minecraft and Dragon Quest’s Hero were coming to the game, Nintendo is confused about where his support is coming from.

Steve in Smash Ultimate
The leaker correctly said Steve was coming to Smash.

In a 2018 post on the 5ch site, the leaker claimed that all Nintendo is hearing is “put him in Smash” with little to no support for a remake or new Super Mario RPG title.

“Developers are confused about this whole Smash fever situation,” the leaker claimed. “Especially from the third party side, they don’t want their characters to be established as ‘Smash’ characters, and the occasional requests for a new game are always associated with Smash representation.”

This is an interesting point and it’s easy to see why developers would look at Geno – a character from a one-off Square Enix RPG – and not want him viewed as anything more than a Smash fighter.

Geno costume SSBU
Geno is nothing more than a Mii fighter.

“This kind of attitude from fans are making the devs unsure of their real intentions,” the leak continued, noting how the internet demographic is loud and there’s no indication if fans really want the series revived.

“They just couldn’t take a chance on developing a whole new game by having Smash come in first,” it states.

If this leak is true, then it doesn’t bode well for Geno ever being added to a Smash game as anything other than a Mii fighter or Spirit.

Of course, as always, take these posts with a grain of salt, but given the leaker’s track record, there could very well be some truth to it.