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Unranked player stuns Smash Bros Melee scene by taking down #1 ranked Hungrybox

Published: 15/Jul/2019 16:54 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 17:20

by Kamil Malinowski


Amateur Super Smash Bros Melee player Albert ‘Albert’ Luu had a miracle run at Lower Tier City 7, where he defeated the best player in the world, Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, before securing a fifth-place finish.

Low Tier City is an annual competitive Smash Bros tournament held in Arlington, Texas. It is one of the biggest Smash Bros events in the US and attracts all the best players from around the country. This year, they would be in for a shock. 


Albert, a player with very little experience, was able to start a miracle run early in the tournament with a round-of-64 match against the best player in the world – Team Liquid’s Hungrybox. The match was expected to be so one-sided in Hungrybox’s favor that it wasn’t even streamed.

NintendoFalco – the character Albert was playing throughout the tournament

Things did not go as anyone expected, however, as Albert’s Falco was able to astonishingly take down Hungrybox’s Jigglypuff 3-2 in a lengthy back and forth series. The two players were originally meant to play a best-of-three match, but, inadvertently found themselves going all the way to game five as they didn’t realize they were still in the best-of-three stage. 


Surprisingly enough, Albert was able to maintain a lead throughout most of the series and would have won 2-1 in a best-of-three match. The fact that he was able to keep it up through a longer than needed series is even more incredible. 

After his defeat hungrybox commented about Albert on Twitter, stating “that Falco is the future”, and giving the utmost praise to the young American that had defeated him. 

In the next match, Albert faced another incredibly tough opponent, Dignitas’ Joey ‘Lucky’ Aldama, who ranks in the top 20 worldwide. 


The match was shockingly one-sided in Albert’s favor, with the American losing only one round against Lucky, who is widely considered as one of the best against Falco. Albert was now just one match away from the top four. 

Chris BahnAlbert was just one match away from the big stage.

It was here where the Cinderella story stopped. Zachary “SFAT” Cordoni was Albert’s next opponent, a Fox player that ranked number 12 in the world. Although Albert was able to start incredibly strong, taking the first two rounds in the best-of-five series it was not enough as SFAT was able to make use of his years of experience to slowly grind out a comeback, taking the series 3-2 and knocking Albert to the lower bracket. 

In the lower bracket, Albert once again faced Hungrybox. This time, however, he was no match the number one player in the world and was convincingly swept 3-0 to put an end to his miracle run.  


Minecraft Smash Ultimate leaker teases Ryu Hayabusa DLC fighter

Published: 6/Oct/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


An established Super Smash Bros Ultimate leaker who has leaked several of the game’s fighters before and after launch, including Minecraft’s Steve, has returned with some comments on Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa.

Vergeben, who is one of the most reputable leakers in the Smash community having leaked many of the game’s fighters, was asked about rumors of Hayabusa joining the roster.


The Ninja Gaiden protagonist has long been a fan-favorite to join the Nintendo fighting game, and has even been rumored. Amusingly, he had been discussed even before Fighters Pass Volume 2, along with Minecraft content.

“I remember you mentioned in the past that you heard that there were talks about Ryu Hayabusa being one of the fighters but in the end, he may have been delayed to enter the second wave of DLC,” a user remarked the leaker on GameFaqs.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden in Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2
Koei Tecmo/Nintendo
Ryu has been rumored for a long time.

“Now that Minecraft content finally came and as how Sakurai mentioned he reworked all stages to add the blocks gimmick to the game, it is possible that Hayabusa may also be coming?” the user asked.

To this, Vergeben simply replied: “Stay tuned?”

“I’ll keep looking into it. But the discussions did happen with Koei Tecmo in regards to Smash,” he continued, seemingly confirming that Koei Tecmo was in fact in talks to bring a character to the game.

Leaker comments on Ryu coming to Smash
The leaker has teased news coming with Koei Tecmo in Smash.

He further added that due to Nintendo’s positive relationship with Koei Tecmo, it’s unlikely that the discussions “ fell through and didn’t result in anything.”

As it’s been established, the discussions to get Minecraft into Smash took five years, so it’s clear that adding certain characters can be a long process.

Ryu from Ninja Gaiden staring at castle
Ninja Gaiden has a history on Nintendo consoles.

This all said, the discussions with Koei Tecmo may also have potentially resulted in a different representative joining Smash Ultimate such as a character from Dead or Alive, Fatal Frame, or even Dynasty Warriors.


Only time will tell if this ends up being yet another thing that Vergeben has been right about.