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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 community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp


The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community was left divided after it was revealed that Minecraft protagonist Steve would be the next character to join the fight. While some were excited for the major crossover, others – including esports pros – were less enthusiastic about the upcoming DLC.

Smash Bros Ultimate made its debut in 2018, and over two years later has continued to evolve into what is the biggest franchise crossover in gaming history. From Persona to Final Fantasy – the Nintendo Switch title has it all.


On October 1, it was announced that Mojang’s iconic Minecraft series would be the next join the beloved fighting game. However, not everyone in the community is thrilled about Steve’s inclusion, including EVO champion Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Pérez.

minecraft steve in smash ultimate
YouTube: Nintendo
The iconic Minecraft protagonist joins Smash Ultimate as its next fighter.

Smash community torn over Minecraft DLC fighter

On October 1, Nintendo announced that Smash Ultimate’s next DLC would be Steve from Minecraft. This marks the second collaboration that Microsoft has had with the title, as Banjo & Kazooie was added in 2019.


While many fans were excited by the iconic mascot’s addition to the roster, others were left conflicted over the Mojang protagonist’s inclusion.

For instance, popular esports pro and 2019 EVO champion, MkLeo, took to social media to voice his disappointment. “OK! i decided to not post my reaction to this bs cuz minecraft fans are gonna come after me for not liking this thing omg so pissed.”

mkleo tweet
Twitter: @Mkleosb
MkLeo wasn’t enthusiastic about the Minecraft DLC.

The Joker main also added, “its ok, there are still 4 spots! Dont lose faith.” The pro was not alone – other fans voiced their disappointments as well, such as one user who exclaimed, “What an absolute joke the last few dlc characters have been trash add this “character” to that list.” Another player agreed and said, “What kind of trash is this. Where’s our Sora, 2B, or Dante. Bro nobody want this.”

minecraft smash tweets
Smash Ultimate fans were not happy with the Minecraft reveal, either.

Popular fighting game content creator Maximilian ‘Maximilian Dood’ Christiansen also shared his disappointment on YouTube. “I don’t f**king believe it. I’m going to turn this stream off right now. Going to turn this s**t off. I get it. An iconic character. I get it. I genuinely understand Sakurai, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I understand.”

Despite the negative reactions, not everyone was down on the Minecraft DLC. Team Liquid’s Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby praised the announcement and said, “This wild ride is exactly what I paid for with Fighter’s Pass 2. Give me chaos, no boring expected reveals.” Legendary Smash pro Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris also celebrated the reveal by changing his profile pic to the Minecraft fighter and tweeted, “I changed my mind” in response to a 2019 tweet he had made about the Mojang title.

smash pros minecraft tweets
Smash pros weighed in.

Regardless of how you feel about the new DLC fighter, there is no denying that Minecraft has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. So much so that in 2014, Microsoft dropped over $2.4 billion to acquire it.


Smash Ultimate is, at the end of the day, a celebration of the industry. As many players pointed out, the Mojang mascot’s inclusion was surely inevitable given the property’s importance.