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Ubisoft really wants Rayman in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol 2

Published: 26/Apr/2020 17:39

by Michael Gwilliam

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A hidden message on the Ubisoft Club app seems to suggest that the French video game developer wants Rayman as a playable character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

A screenshot taken from the application has been circulating online showcasing how Ubisoft’s “Sam” – a video game AI similar to Alexa – responds when asked about Smash Ultimate.

Sam responds by saying, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate recently announced the final DLC character in its first Fighters Pass: Byleth from the little-known franchise called Fire Emblem. That’s right, another one.”

The reply is super cheeky given the controversy over Byleth with many Smash fans annoyed at Nintendo adding yet another Fire Emblem character to the game. It also tells us that the reply was added to Sam’s responses awhile ago, as Byleth was revealed on January 16, 2020.

After hyping up the Ubisoft-themed Mii fighter outfits, Sam ends the response stating: “Here’s hoping Rayman will be part of the next Fighters Pass.”

While a couple of screengrabs taken from the Ubisoft app have appeared online, the response in the Ubisoft Club App seems to have been recently changed.

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Ubisoft’s message about Smash seems to have changed.

Now, when asked about Smash Ultimate, Sam will simply say that it “cannot give news about every single game in the world.”

It’s unclear if the response was changed due to the Byleth comment being outdated or if Ubisoft themselves were not happy with the programmed reply. Nonetheless, Ubisoft has gone on record in the past stating they would like Rayman in the game.

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Rayman has been around since 1995.

In a 2015 tweet, referencing Smash on Wii U, the Ubisoft account wrote that while the company wants Rayman in Nintendo’s fighter, they were “very pleased to have 3 trophies in the game.”

Rayman first debuted in 1995 and has been a regular franchise on Nintendo consoles, ranging from the Game Boy Color to the GameCube, Wii and most recently the Switch.

Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2 will consist of six additional characters with the first already revealed to be from the ARMS series. Only time will tell if Rayman ends up joining the roster in any capacity, especially with many other developers asking for representation.

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Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
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Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
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Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.