Super Smash Con sparks debate with major rule change for Melee event - Dexerto

Super Smash Con sparks debate with major rule change for Melee event

Published: 23/Jul/2019 9:54 Updated: 23/Jul/2019 10:21

by Connor Bennett


Super Smash Con has instituted a major rule change for its upcoming Melee event, designed to combat ‘ledge camping’. 

While there are plenty of ways to play Smash Bros. Melee, ledge grabbing – or ledge camping – is one that has annoyed players for many years. Players who opt to grab the ledge and hang out, baiting the opponent into a mistake. 

The main culprit of this tactic is Jigglypuff, who can be played so defensively thanks to her ‘floaty’ speed and ledge grabbing. The character, who can wipe out games solely on the ledge, has sparked debate in regards to either being banned outright or clamping down on ledge grabbing. Now, Super Smash Con has opted for the latter.

NintendoJigglypuff’s ledge grabbing antics have sparked plenty of anger amongst fans.

On July 22, Michael Brancato – the tournament director for Super Smash Con – revealed that they would be implementing a new rule on a ledge grab limit. 

The new law, rule 5.4.7, states that in the event of a match going to a timeout, teams or players can invoke the ledge grab limit by checking the cliffhangers statistics for all players. Should one player or team reach 60 ledge grabs, they will forfeit the match. However, if both players in a singles match – or one from each team – break the 60 limit, the rule will be disregarded. 

While some fans and players may be welcoming to the change, not everyone is a fan of a new “universal rule,” when changes could be made solely for Jigglypuff.

Legendary pro Jason ‘Mew2King’ Zimmerman commented: “A “universal rule” is very bad because it hurts other characters such as yoshi, marth, (and) sheik much more than it does puff. Puff builds ledge grabs much slower than other chars, and also more safely (and with more mixups, and she has other ways to stall). Her rule should be unique.”

After fans pointed out that players shouldn’t leave games to go to a timeout regardless, Mew2King explained why it’s a solid tactic for losing players – despite how negative fans may perceive it to be.

“If you’re losing a game solidly and think you won’t win normally, but believe there’s a chance they went over the lgl (ledge grab limit), your goal can simply be to “survive” to force a timeout, allowing you to win a game you have no business winning normally,” he tweeted. 

It remains to be seen how much the new ledge grab rule affects play at the Super Smash Con event and if it spreads to even more Melee tournaments. 


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.