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What the new Nintendo Switch ports could mean for Smash Bros Ultimate

Published: 28/May/2020 22:09

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Nintendo Switch has some major ports of previous gems coming its way, and some games that have come out in the last month. The question is: will any of them impact Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Nintendo has used Smash Bros. as a conduit to promote its existing IPs and third-party games in the past. In fact, having a franchise release on a Nintendo console is seen as somewhat of a prerequisite for a character to become an existing fighter.

With an ARMS character being revealed and released sometime in June, and the next five characters for Fighters Pass Volume 2 unknown as of yet, it’s possible that some recently-released and upcoming ports factor in to Smash content in the form of a mini-event, Mii costumes, Spirits, or even fighters.

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There’s still six fighters to come in Smash Ultimate.

Of the upcoming ports, there’s three worth mentioning: BioShock: The Collection, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

BioShock Spirits with Big Daddies or even Elizabeth from Infinite seem like something very plausible for Smash. This wouldn’t be the first M-rated franchise to get a Spirit Event either as Resident Evil had one in the past.

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Crystal Chronicles is a beloved GameCube title.

Crystal Chronicles is a beloved GameCube title released in 2003, and ended a nine-year drought of Final Fantasy games on Nintendo systems. Given the game’s connection to Nintendo, and the fact that the series already has a playable fighter in the form of Cloud, this one could potentially get some form of content in Smash. Though a fighter sounds unlikely.

Xenoblade is the big one here, as Shulk is currently the only character from that series with fighter representation. While Smash is already filled to the brim with sword-wielders, it would be fun to see someone like Fiora as DLC.

Moving into ports that have been out for a few months, there’s Panzer Dragoon Remake, and Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition.

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Bring on Dante!

DMC needs no introduction as Dante has long been rumored to be a playable fighter in Smash at some point, but Panzer Dragoon is very interesting as the remake of the Sega Saturn rail shooter was a classic that not many people were able to play back in the day.

With a remake of the sequel, Panzer Dragoon II Zwei still in development, this could be a nice addition to the game’s Spirits list, though how that will come to fruition is up in the air.

Hopefully, we’ll know more about Nintendo’s future plans for Smash sometime in June when the ARMS fighter is released and a new fighter is possibly revealed as well.

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Smash insider’s claims Nintendo allegedly sabotaged esports goes viral

Published: 24/Nov/2020 17:47 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 19:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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A detailed report from a supposed Smash Bros insider has gone viral for indicating how Nintendo has been allegedly trying to destroy the game’s esports scene for many years.

Nintendo has created a recent rift with its player base after the company hit The Big House, an online tournament, with a cease and desist order for playing on a modded version of Melee that used Slippi. Slippi is a tool that gives Melee seamless online play in 2020.

Following the cease and desist, many pros have blasted Nintendo, with some, such as Team Liquid’s Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma calling on the community to fight back against the Japanese gaming juggernaut.

Now, a Twitter account simply named “AnonymousSmasher” has gone viral for posting a massive account of all the ways Nintendo has reportedly hurt the game in the past.

The TwitLonger, titled “How Nintendo Has Hurt the Smash Community,” was reportedly written months prior to The Big House’s cancelation, but was released anonymously for “obvious reasons.”

“To begin, I want to state that I am not a journalist. What I’m writing below is directly from what I’ve been told by the individuals who work at these companies or are deeply familiar with the business dealings of these companies by the nature of their position in esports,” the author warned to begin the piece.

Following this, the individual went into detail about how third-parties such as Eleague, ESL and MLG have attempted to work with Nintendo, but the company was near impossible to work with being slow to respond or asking outrageous licensing fees.

The Super Smash Bros Melee roster
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Melee has had its share of growing pains as an esport.

According to the insider, Twitch “had been in negotiations with Nintendo to run a sanctioned circuit for Smash, including Smash 4 and Melee, starting around 2015.”

The insider then claims that Twitch was fronting the costs which would have had a budget in the millions. “During this time, it’d seem like Twitch was always close, only to have conversations left without a response from Nintendo for months, thus delaying the process,” the insider revealed.

“Eventually, around early 2018, after 3 years of man-hours and efforts to appease Nintendo, the parties came to an agreement. This wasn’t just a verbal agreement, or an agreement made in good faith. It was a written contractual agreement meant to kick off the circuit for both Melee and Smash 4,” they further added.

Unfortunately, it all came crashing down. “Unbeknownst to anyone, Nintendo had plans to announce Smash Ultimate in 2018. Nintendo began ghosting those working at Twitch, even after the agreement was made. Then, once Ultimate was announced, Nintendo came back to Twitch and effectively stated that the circuit no longer made sense with Ultimate in sight.”

The report has since been shared by prolific members of the community such as William ‘Leffen’ Hjelte who remarked, “I hope that one day we can #SaveSmash and its scene from Nintendo.”

Smash God Adam ‘Armada’ Lindgren seemed to confirm that a lot in the report was true. “I understand if people might be skeptical but believe me when I say that this is very accurate,” he said.

Of course take anything the anonymous poster says with a grain of salt. Without sources, their claims can’t be verified. However, it’s interesting that several prominent members of  the scene are backing it up. With the Smash community in an uproar, only time will tell if Nintendo finally backs down or if they dig their heels in continue to create a divide between them and the fandom.