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Sakurai reveals why Super Smash Bros. 3DS will support the new model's C-Stick but not the Circle Pad Pro

Sakurai has revealed in the most recent issue of Famitsu why the Circle Pad Pro will not be supported in the new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

While the peripheral will have no functionality, the newest model of the console, including its a similar movement function called the "C-Stick," will work completely fine for buyers of Super Smash Bros. 3DS.

Coincidentally, the explanation involves an issue discovered with his earlier title, Kid Icarus: Uprising.

Read below for Sakurai's explanation.

Here's 1 reason why Rosalina & Luma are top-tier in Super Smash Bros. 3DS - GUTS3 Strong Bad vs.Thunderstorm exhibition match

We've heard from various accounts that Rosalina is certainly one of the current top-tier characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Her air recovery move is amazing. She has a wide effective attack range... And then there's this moment from a Strong Bad vs. Thunderstorm exhibition match this past weekend.

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You can watch the entirety of the Strong Bad vs. Thunderstorm Super Smash Bros. 3DS exhibition match below.

We've also picked out a few match videos we've selected that feature characters we haven't seen quite a lot of yet in Smash 4 -- Charizard, Robin, R.O.B., Samus, Mario and more.

The Art of Fighting 2014 tournament final results, archive ft. Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Angelic and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive for finals day.

Earlier: The Art of Fighting 2014 charity event stream experienced some technical difficulties earlier today when they tried to kick things off -- but it's all been resolved now, and they're coming to you live from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kicking things off on the stream is some Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament action.

Check out the stream below. All proceeds from the event goes to charity, so do support the stream and event in any way you can.

Wario, Pac-Man, Duck Hunt, Rosalina, Greninja, Bowser in top 6; Tokyo's 'Umebura 8' 170-man Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament results, videos

On September 23, a public holiday in Japan, over 170 Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS players gathered at the Edogawa-ku Cultural Center near JR Shin Koiwa station in Tokyo to attend Umebura 8, the latest in a long line of major Smash tournaments dating all the way back from the days of Super Smash Bros. 64.

As the game had just been out in Japan for about two weeks at that point in time, the single-elimination tournament was held with its own set of competitive rule set that's partially based on Nintendo's official For Glory rules: Stock Battle with no time limit, 2 stocks per player, in a best-of-3 matches format.

After a series of grueling battles, Umebura 8 reached its climax with Wario, Pac-Man, Duck Hunt, Rosalina, Greninja, Bowser players in the top 6. This list matches up with the characters we previously reported were seen as the top tier contenders for this still-very-new game in Japan -- so no surprises there.

Find out which character specialists came in at which placings, and watch their intense matches in the archived videos below.

New Super Smash Bros. 3DS bug: Yoshi's 'Egg Lay' neutral B move can supersize opponents over and over

A new and fairly odd bug in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has been discovered this weekend.

In the Kumite mode for Super Smash Bros. 3DS where you fight an endless number of weak CPU opponents, occasionally a supersized version of a character from the roster would drop in as a mini-boss.

If, at this point, you're playing in Kumite mode with Yoshi, it appears that by simply performing the Egg Lay neutral B special move on said supersized opponent, you could end up making the opponent grow even larger in size.

While it's not a major bug that could potentially ruin the game's competitive scene (since it only works in Kumite mode), you could say that the bug is certainly one that "blows things out of proportion" -- as you can see in the banner image for this story, as well as the video below.

The scores are in! Super Smash Bros. 3DS is getting rave reviews

If you have been trying to decide whether or not to purchase Super Smash Bros. for 3DS when it drops next Friday, then today's story may be of good use to you.

The reviews are in, and below we have included scores from 10 different gaming publications.

It looks like the Smash Bros. franchise's first handheld installment has been generally well received. The lowest score we've seen is 3/5, which is still quite good. We here at EventHubs will bring you our thoughts on Super Smash Bros. 3DS closer to when the game launches on October 3rd.

Hit the jump to see the list of scores, and click each link to check out the review of your choosing.

Meta Knight can 'down-tilt lock' certain characters for major damage, forward aerial can spike in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U

It looks like Greninja isn't the only Super Smash Bros, 3DS character who hasan unintended meteor smash created by exploiting a certain hitbox on one of his aerial attacks -- Meta Knight can do it too with his forward aerial (Fair).

Smash Boards user Ambrose has posted a video where he demonstrates how Meta Knight can not only use his Fair to spike opponents at the edge of the stage, but also use it to lead to a devastating 40~60% damage combo in the middle of the stage, by 'down-tilt locking' his opponent.

The good news is that this combo only works at a certain damage percentage range, and can be broken out of if you timed your tech recovery right.

Unlike in Brawl, with Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, the developers have implemented a limit on the number of times you can down-tilt lock your opponent in a combo -- up to three times.

Still, if you plan on maining Meta Knight, the combo is worth learning, and Ambrose even includes some viable setups in his video.

Video: Greninja's up aerial 'meteor smash' can KO opponents at 8% damage in Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Previously we reported that Greninja, one of the new Pokemon characters playable in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, may quite possibly be a top-tier character alongside fighters like Duck Hunt, Rosalina, Pac-Man and Bowser, according to some Japanese Smash players on the 2ch forums.

Quite a number of Japanese Smashers disagreed with Greninja's tier assessment, however, claiming that he's not that strong. One commenter even went as far as to say that he's probably mid-tier at best, due to being 'garbage when in the air'.

Well, what if the developers (unintentionally) gave Greninja a god-like Meteor Smash? Something that could potentially knock opponents out of the arena at as low as 8% damage? Wouldn't that more than make up for any weaknesses the new-generation Pokemon may possess in Smash Bros.?

Check out video of Greninja's up aerial (Uair) 'meteor smash' below. Do note that the move was likely not intended by the developers to be used in this manner.

Win a $900 trophy and 'champion's robe' in nationwide Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament series - begins Oct. 4

If you didn't think the new Super Smash Bros. was going to have a competitive following, think again. Nintendo is coming right out of the gate with a nationwide Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament series set to kick off one day after the game's North American release, October 4th.

15 GameStop stores across the country will be holding tournaments featuring three rounds of four-player free-for-all matches. Another tournament is also being held at the Nintendo World Store in New York, so if you're in the area and want to compete, be sure to check it out.

Each tournament will cap at 64 players, and entrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are allowed to bring your own 3DS hardware with you, but handheld consoles and Super Smash Bros. 3DS games will be provided for those who enter.

The 16 winners will receive be flown to The Nintendo World Store in NYC to compete in the Super Smash Bros. National Open Tournament taking place on October 11th. Hotel lodging (for two) will also be provided, free of charge, and the winners will each be given a Nintendo 3DS XL, a copy of Super Smash Bros. 3DS, and a $250 Visa Gift card.

Annual charity event 'The Art of Fighting' returns this Friday - art gallery/fighting game tournament ft. Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Angelic

The Art of Fighting returns this year and will be hosted at the Metropolis Comic Art Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kicking off this Friday September 26th, AoF is a three-day event that will begin with a fighting game related art gallery/sale, featuring UDON's Chamba, Genzoman, Edwin Huang, and Omar Dogan; Skullgirls' Alex Ahad and Sara Talmadge; Bastion's Jen Zee; comic artists such as Mateus Santolouco, Matt Slay, and Sara Richard; cosplayer Yaya Han; and many more.

The fun doesn't stop there, though. New Mexico's largest fighting game tournament will take place on Saturday, in which eight different games will be played. Special guests include EG|Justin Wong, EG|Ricky Ortiz, BT|Angelic, and more. "Saturday Night Hype" -- exhibition series including a Southwest Team Battle and an "East vs. West" Albuquerque grudge match -- is scheduled for Saturday as well, so be sure to catch all of the action over on NM-ISM.

This annual celebration doubles as a fundraiser for children and families affect by Congenital Heart Defects, or CHDs. All proceeds from the event will go to the following charities: March of Dimes and Save Babies Through Screening Foundation. Last year, The Art of Fighting raised over $4,000 for these two organizations, who have since gone on to raise awareness and pass CHD-related legislature in New Mexico.

You can check out The Art of Fighting's official trailer, along with an event schedule below.

'It's Pretty Awesome' - Maximilian's official verdict on Super Smash Bros. For 3DS in this video review

While Maximilian is hardly a pro Smash Bros. player, he knows quite a bit about fighting games in general. As such, in his review of the new Super Smash Bros. game, he manages to approach it both from a casual and a competitive aspect, and the verdict seems solid for both factions.

If you want to hear everything Maximilian has to say about the game, then fret not. We have the full video embedded right below.

Updates likely on the way for Super Smash Bros. 3DS, DLC stages may be inbound

With Nintendo's recent interest in releasing post-launch DLC for titles, as seen with games like Mario Golf World Tour and Mario Kart 8, many fans figure they'll follow suit with Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U.

Although there has been no official word from the company stating that their upcoming fighting game will indeed receive additional content, future updates appear likely now.

Earlier this week, a Pastebin user named Kaphotics posted text discovered from a ROM dump of Super Smash Bros. 3DS. The massive wall of text contains information found on the cartridge, including character information, in-game messages, options, and more.

Among the ROM dump text were a few peculiar lines that likely reveal some of Nintendo's future plans. First of all, an in-game shop is mentioned, and the only way to access it is to update the software.

You will need to update the
software via Nintendo eShop
before using the in-game shop.

This, along with another similar message, shows that the developers intended to update the game at some point, but it's still not confirmed if they will follow through on these plans, although given the evidence to the contrary, updates seem very likely now.

Project M: Fusion Suit Samus may be the coolest thing you see all day - new, in-game costume revealed

The good folks over at Project M return yet again with their Art Tuesdays on which they show off a new, in-game alternate costume. Today, we have fresh digs for Samus as she dons her Fusion Suit from the Gameboy Advance release, Metroid Fusion.

Below you can check out an assortment of screenshots showcasing the Fusion Suit alternate outfit in action, along with her official character artwork.

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What do you think of Project M's latest costume for Samus? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: Project M on Facebook.

Nana and Popo haunting the newest Smash Bros.? Remnants of Ice Climbers discovered in the 3DS version

While it's commonly known that Ice Climbers were removed from the Smash Bros. roster due to the 3DS's hardware limitations, a recent glitch in the handheld version has now revealed remnants of the cut characters.

Gema Yue recently discovered that when you play as Villager and KO two Dr. Marios simultaneously with 100% damage, the game will begin chanting and praising none other than Nana and Popo.

Destructoid tried replicating the glitch, but found that the chant correctly matches Villager. Whether this was fixed for the U.S. release or a hoax remains unknown.

Check below to watch the original footage.

Duck Hunt dog's sinister laugh, Palutena's weird pole dance, and more: Check out some of the best/worst Super Smash Bros. 3DS taunts

With the Super Smash Bros. 3DS roster containing 40+ characters and each fighter having 4 different taunts, it's safe to say there are quite a few personal actions in-game. Luckily, the folks over at Kotaku caputred a handful of the best and worst SSB. 3DS taunts in animated GIF form.

The ones selected range from Luigi's plank maneuver to pretty much any of Pikachu's taunts.

We have included a few that we thought were great, along with some that are not so great. You'll find the best below, and be sure to hit the jump to check out some of the worst.


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