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Surprise Smash Ultimate patch 8.1.0 adds new stage, improves online play

Published: 5/Aug/2020 4:03

by Isaac McIntyre


Nintendo has dropped a surprise Super Smash Bros Ultimate version patch, including the new ‘Small Battlefield’ stage, a small increase to the number of players permitted for Elite Smash online, and more. Here’s everything we know about update 8.1.0.

The Smash Ultimate developers shocked everyone on August 5 when they dropped the latest version update for their franchise-combining cartoon brawler, which includes the release of a new multiplayer stage.

The new stage, called “Small Battlefield,” is a shrunk-down version of the popular Battlefield arena. It appears to be designed for up-close and personal fights and should be perfect for anyone wanting a quick one-vs-one battle.

Small Battlefield’s features are limited, as you can expect from an arena this tiny. There are two small platforms just above the main fighting area and players will have to be very careful not to slip off the close edges.

Just like its bigger version, Small Battlefield is mostly made out of rock. Below the main fighting area is a half-crumbled arch, and small ice shards litter the arena. This Battlefield is also symmetrical, like its bigger brother.

Small Battlefield is the newest Super Smash Bros Ultimate stage, added in version patch 8.1.0.
Small Battlefield is the newest Super Smash Bros Ultimate stage, added in version patch 8.1.0.

The Small Battlefield addition also comes with a music change too. Smash players can now pick any stage-specific music for all of Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Final Destination, Nintendo confirmed.

Smash Ultimate’s version 8.1.0 update also includes some minor tweaks for the “online user experience,” Nintendo revealed in the patch notes. Matchmaking while using Preferred Rules has been adjusted in the August 5 update.

The new update has also changed the number of players eligible for Elite Smash. This has been paired with a small tweak to the initial values for Global Smash Power, and a promise that “further adjustments” are coming soon.

Unfortunately, no character balancing changes were announced in version 8.1.0. It’s not clear if Nintendo plans to hold changes for the next Smash update or if none were planned at all.

Here’s the full Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 8.1.0 patch notes, which are also available on the official Nintendo software download page, and in-game:

Smash Ultimate patch 8.1.0 full notes


  • The Small Battlefield stage has been added. You can also set Small Battlefield as Preferred Rule in Online battles.
  • You can now select any stage-specific music for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Final Destination stages.


  • The online user experience has been adjusted.
  • The way matching is determined while using Preferred Rules has been adjusted.
  • Following a look at the number of players eligible for Elite Smash, the threshold for entry has been recalculated to allow more players. Additionally, the way initial values for Global Smash Power are calculated has also been adjusted.
  • Further investigations and adjustments to Online modes are expected.


  • Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

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.