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A clever Easter egg was hidden in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's update during the Nintendo Direct that nobody caught until it ended

Yesterday's Nintendo Direct gave us our first good look at Fire Emblem: Three Houses among a number of other titles plus the announcement that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be receiving another big update within the new few months.

During the short Smash Ultimate update reveal, however, Nintendo appeared to have hidden quite the literal Easter egg for a completely separate announcement that closed out the live stream with a bang.

The first image we saw for Smash's "Ultimate Spring Update" featured an Inkling, the Villager and Young Link all wearing bunny hoods and standing around a giant Yoshi egg. This is obviously a reference to the fact that the 3.0 update for the game and Persona 5's Joker will be coming likely around the same time period as Easter in April. It goes deeper than that though.

Nintendo ended their 35-minute stream with the reveal that The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (first released on the GameBoy in 1993) is being remade for the Switch with a trailer and some artwork that once again depicted a giant purple-spotted egg.

Nintendo Life's Ryan Craddock was one of the first who were able to crack the case and realize that the publisher had teased their own reveal with the Wind Fish's Egg from Mount Tamaranch serving as a multi-layered Easter egg.

There is still the possibility that this was one big coincidence from the Smash Bros. team since Nintendo has not officially confirmed the theory, but we'd like to think it's true that the company would go out of their way to hide something in plain sight for something they knew fans would be excited about. You can check out both images from Smash and Zelda in Craddock's Tweet below plus the trailers after the jump.


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Flashy fun and fan service, but not much else: Jump Force review roundup

Jump Force was first shown off at E3 less than one year ago, and now it's out in the hands of players in Japan and those that bought special editions of the game.

Reviews are now live for the Bandai Namco-made crossover arena fighter, but they aren't exactly glowing recommendations at the moment. With scores up from 17 critics as of the time of reporting, Jump Force currently sits with a 64/100 on Metacritic.

Most reviewers have actually praised the brawler for its roster of 42 classic Shonen Jump heroes and villains — plus a few originals from Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama — as well as its flashy visuals and animations during gameplay. The gameplay itself seems to be where aspects of the title begin to show cracks, however.

Like the Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series and other similar titles, Jump Force has all of the flare but is lacking in the substance department. Characters arguably play quite similarly to each other, there are notable balance issues and the mechanics don't offer much depth for more competitive matches.

Jump Force's story mode was also largely reviewed negatively for being too long while offering little in the way of interesting character interactions beyond the surface layer of their source material and characterizations. Animations within cutscenes can also appear quite stilted, awkward or lackluster on top of the fact that they can't be skipped.

There is still plenty of fun to be had within Jump Force's various game modes especially if you have some friends to play with even if it doesn't live up to its full potential as a massive Shonen Jump crossover experience. You can find a selection of the best reviews for the game after the jump.

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Zackray releases his Wolf match up chart for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

After making his Smash debut in Brawl, Wolf was one of the most missed characters back in Super Smash Bros. for Wii-U, and Nintendo wasn't about to sideline him for yet another franchise entry.

One of the higher authorities on Wolf's general position on the game's tier list, Japanese player GW|Zackray, has released a match up chart to show the rest of the world just how well the furry pilot fares.

It seems Wolf isn't too shabby a fighter this time around, as he only loses a total of six match ups according to Zackray. One of these six, however, is probably the last character Wolf would want to lose to as it happens to be none other than his rival, Fox McCloud.

From there he has 22 even bouts, thus giving Wolf advantage in the majority of his one on one interactions in Ultimate. We should point out that Piranha Plant hasn't been assessed quite yet and that Zackray notes that there is no horizontal axis significance in his chart.

Wolf currently sits at number 19 overall on the community-voted EventHubs Smash Ultimate tier chart, which means our readers have more or less placed him at a similar status as the Japanese pro.

You'll see Zackray's full chart by clicking the thumbnail below. We also recently posted eU|Samsora's Peach match up chart, so be sure to check that out when you're finished here.

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Pro Street Fighter 5 players Momochi and ChocoBlanka are now sponsored by Victrix Pro

Lately, it's seemed like many players have been parting ways with their professional sponsors in the fighting game space, but things have appeared a bit brighter in the past few weeks with new partnerships being formed.

Former Capcom Cup champion and professional Street Fighter 5 player Yusuke Momochi and his wife, Yuko "ChocoBlanka" Kusachi, announced today that they are now officially sponsored by gaming hardware manufacturer Victrix Pro.

Momochi and ChocoBlanka join the likes of GSCS|Justin Wong, Tempo|Alex Myers and ESE|Sherry Nahn as notable fighting game talent backed by the headset and arcade stick makers, but the pair appears to be the first to have them as their primary sponsors since their announcement featured them in custom Victrix jerseys.

Team Fudoh, which currently sponsors players like FD|Fujimura and FD|Haitani, are still owned by Shinobism Inc. built around a fighting game school run by Momochi and Kusachi to teach the youth of Japan about getting into the genre.

Echo Fox, Momochi and ChocoBlanka's former team, recently announced that they were officially sponsoring FOX|NuckleDu after previously losing the vast majority of their fighting game roster.

Momochi capped off the previous year in competitive Street Fighter finishing in 7th place at 2018's Capcom Cup busting out his signature Ken along with Kolin and Zeku. An official announcement has yet to be made in English, but you can check out Momochi's translated reveal below.

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What happens when two Blankas start using the newly discovered Street Fighter 5 glitch to fight each other? Nothing good...

Street Fighter 5 has been pretty good about avoiding game breaking glitches in its three years thus far, but leave it to Blanka to end that streak.

The talk of the town for the game in the last few days has surrounded the troll-like green monster's newfound ability to actually freeze everything on the screen except himself, essentially giving him the ability to perform infinite combos on his opponents.

As we saw in the case of player, Cast Blanka, it isn't all that hard to consistently perform the freeze in a real match, meaning the game's competitive integrity is in major question until Capcom fixes it.

While we're certainly looking forward to when things get back on track, we will share with you this hilarious footage of two Blankas simultaneously taking advantage of this glitch.

Koichinko posted just one round of two players abusing this new tech in what turns out to be a frenzy of Blanka madness. Technically either could finish the other in one sequence of perfect inputs, but that's not at all what happens.

Give the round a watch in the clip here and let us know if it brought you as much laughter as it did us in the comments afterwards.


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What possible fighting game announcements might we expect for EVO Japan 2019?

EVO Japan 2019 is a major event that will occur over this weekend. Since this tournament is relatively new, it won't be quite as big as the yearly EVO.

This year's lineup includes Tekken 7, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6, King of Fighters 14, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

As far as potential announcements are concerned, this means we might get news from Capcom, Bandai Namco, SNK, or Arc System Works.

Note that Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat X, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will all be absent. In other words, it's extremely unlikely that we'll get any sort of announcement from NetherRealm Studios or Nintendo.

Of course, there's no guarantee that there will be any announcements at all. It certainly isn't an impossibility though.

Keep in mind that not a lot was announced for last year's EVO Japan weekend. With that said, let's consider what content might be announced at EVO Japan 2019.

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Kazunoko's Yun, Snake Eyez's Zangief, Poongko's Seth, Daigo's Evil Ryu... this Ultra Street Fighter 4 epic moments compilation will get you hype

It's been 10 years since Street Fighter 4 broke out onto the scene and lead the charge into an all new chapter for the fighting game community that would see the competitive scene go through a rejuvenation and then reach all new heights.

The BEAST has compiled a handful of epic rounds from Capcom Cup 2015 as the strongest players in the world gave USF4 a proper send off.

This event included the likes of CYG|Daigo Umehara, GGP|Kazunoko, CYG|Snake Eyez, Misse, Infiltration, RZR|Xian and many more top competitors playing absolutely out of their minds.

I chose one moment in particular to highlight first because it made the hair on the back of my arms stand up the most. It involves CYG|Snake Eyez and then-widely unknown player Keoma.

Snake was one of the absolute most dominant players of the time while Keoma was a relatively fresh face that had qualified via the Latin American leg of the Pro Tour. All bets were on Snake to win, and it truly seemed as though he would when he went up with a quick 2-0.

With only a pixel of life left in his health bar, Keoma pulled off the following sequence that would begin his even greater comeback of stealing the set away from Snake.


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What could Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's version 3.0 Spring update give us? Let's speculate

Earlier today, it was revealed that Joker will be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before the end of April 2019 during today's Nintendo Direct. This will very likely be packaged together with the title's version 3.0 Spring update.

What else will be added to version 3.0? While the narrator did momentarily tease this, we were told that we'll "just have to wait to find out."

When the game's version jumped from version 1.2.1 to 2.0.0, the Piranha Plant was added as a playable fighter. In addition to this, the largest balance patch to date was also incorporated.

At the very least, this past experience does give us some ideas about version 3.0's secrets. The scope of the Spring update will likely be similar to the jump from version 1.2.1 to 2.0.0.

Of course, there are also some minor issues with the game that many members of the Smash community have voiced annoyances about. This could be a prime opportunity to address these nuances.

Interestingly enough, it looked as though there were two screens on the Nintendo Switch's mobile mode that were blurred out. This seems to imply that this update is particularly special for Smash fans.


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Street Fighter 5 Blanka glitch officially banned at EVO Japan, other tournament organizers also looking into matter

There's been a bit of a spike in the world of Street Fighter 5 gameplay news as game-breaking glitch with Blanka made its way to social media platforms yesterday.

Said glitch involves Blanka freezing the screen for his opponent only, allowing him to freely perform attacks on a frozen foe. Capcom has already acknowledged this issue and has stated that they're working on a fix.

We do not have a timeline for said fix, and with EVO Japan set to take place this weekend in Fukuoka, community members have been speculating if and what kind of regulation will be implemented to ensure competitive play carries on without any loss of integrity.

EVO Japan tournament organizers have updated the event rules page to directly address the glitch, but have done so only in Japanese. We've recruited our own Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills for a translation of the particulars.

"Blanka is legal, but using the glitch is not. The user of the glitch will be disqualified for (lose) the set." While activating the sequence in question has proven to be relatively easy, it doesn't appear to be something that's so simple to do that players run much risk of performing it by accident.

Shortly after EVO Japan's statement, the official Final Round Twitter posted a tweet asking, "Should I ban the Blanka freeze at #FR2019?" Hopefully Capcom will have implemented a fix by Final Round's kick off in March, but if not, we imagine a ban at the Capcom Pro Tour Premier event would be the best policy. Here's another quick look at the glitch for those who haven't seen it.


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Joker coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before the end of April 2019

It has been revealed that Joker of Persona 5 will be available for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before the end of April 2019.

The Nintendo Direct also stated that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch 3.0 will be coming soon as well. Unfortunately, Nintendo wasn't ready to reveal the contents of version 3.0 but special emphasis was placed on this.

More than likely, this update will be launched in April along with Joker. This patch was declared to be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Spring update.

Joker will be the first fighter of the Fighter Pass deal. Essentially Challenger Pack 1 will come with Joker, a new stage, and additional music.

We got a quick glimpse at Joker's model in action. Of course, he was surrounded by a black screen.

Notably, his face was never shown as he was always facing away from the screen. He simply landed from a jump then remained crouched. From here, we saw what appeared to be his idle animation.

It was also revealed that Snake, Simon Belmont, the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, and Ivysaur will be receiving Amiibos at some point.

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Nintendo Direct now live

Update: The Nintendo Direct is now live.

Earlier: Just yesterday, we learned that Nintendo will be hosting one of their classic Directs today. This will take place at 2:00 p.m. PST / 5:00 p.m. EST on YouTube and Twitch.

The program is said to last roughly 35 minutes. We know for a fact that we'll be receiving information about the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses title for the Nintendo Switch.

Of course, some of us are hoping to see some new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcements during the Nintendo Direct. There are predictions out there that suggest we might see Joker's gameplay for the first time.

Players already have access to the Piranha Plant who served as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first post-launch character. Rumors and speculation suggest that Square Enix will be receiving another representative to fight alongside (or against) Cloud Strife.

Even outside of the Piranha Plant and Joker, we know that there will be at least four additional fighters scheduled to join the roster before February 2020. Each character that's present in the Fighter's Pass (does not include the Piranha Plant) will come with a character, a stage, and music.

Of course, there's a possibility we may receive news about other fighting games other than Super Smash Bros. Mortal Kombat 11 is notably coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 23, 2019.

Hit the jump below to check out the streams available to watch the Nintendo Direct with us.

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Professional Street Fighter 5 competitor NuckleDu now sponsored by Echo Fox

The competitor most known for his victory as the Street Fighter 5 Capcom Cup 2016 champion, NuckleDu, has now been sponsored by Echo Fox. His last sponsor before this was Ghost Gaming.

"NuckleDu is a young player who has proven himself to be one of the best in the world," said Jared Jeffries, president of Echo Fox. "His dedication to improvement, his sense of dramatic flair, and his desire to compete at the highest level make him a perfect fit for Echo Fox."

Roughly two weeks ago, it had been reported that Tokido, another Street Fighter 5 competitor, had parted ways with Team Echo Fox. Earlier, Justin Wong announced his departure from the team after Momochi, REC|Punk, JDCR, Scar, Saint, Choco Blanka and Theo also made the announcement of leaving

Many were starting to believe that this was forecasting troubles for Echo Fox since they were dropping top tier talent within the fighting game community. Evidently, there is still beating life at the team.

NuckleDu is joining FOX|MKLeo, FOX|Dekillsage, FOX|Mew2King and FOX|SonicFox as part of Echo Fox's roster. Notably, this means that NuckleDu is Echo Fox's only Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition player.

Throughout the years, NuckleDu has found a lot of success with R. Mika and Guile in Street Fighter 5. With this sponsorship, it likely means that we'll be seeing more of NuckleDu at major events.

Photo credit: Stephanie Lindgren.

Joker gameplay, a Dragon Quest representative or something else: What are we likely to see for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in today's Nintendo Direct?

Nintendo's latest Direct stream is set to kick off in just a few short hours which will give us our first good chance in 2019 to see what's going to be in store for the highly successful Switch console.

Beginning at 2 p.m. PST / 5 p.m. EST, the developer and publisher has 35 minutes worth of content planned for new Switch titles with a seeming focus on the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

While we shouldn't necessarily expect to see new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content during the live stream since it is stated to be focused on upcoming titles, we still have a really good chance to see more information regarding the DLC characters.

Given that Nintendo normally only holds Directs once every two or three months or so, this also might be the last chance to unveil what Persona 5's Joker looks and plays like in Smash Ultimate even though we still don't know his actual release date.

Rumors have also been swirling that another Square Enix-owned representative from the Dragon Quest series will be making their way into Smash Ultimate — and they may have already been referenced in the game's code — so we could also get our first look or a teaser for Erdrick as well.

With the assumed focus on the new Fire Emblem game today, Nintendo might be preparing yet another hero to possibly join the cast given Smash's connection to its series and characters which we'll get into more with the other probabilities below.

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'The story of Street Fighter 5 is not finished' — Capcom UK community manager addresses fan concern over lack of Season 4 content

Looks like Street Fighter 5 might still have more content on the way.

Things went quiet on the Season 4 front after Capcom unveiled and released the season's first character, Kage, alongside a batch of balance changes for the full roster back in December at the Capcom Cup finals. Since then, there hasn't been any official word on what's to come leaving fans concerned about the future of the game's content.

Those fears grew larger when, a few days after Capcom Cup, the publisher announced that there would be no season pass for Street Fighter 5's Season 4 DLC characters this year. The only statement from Capcom the community has been able to cling to is, "we're doing things differently this year," which doesn't strike people with an optimistic connotation given the circumstances.

As it stands right now, a lot of fans are feeling like there might not be much more coming down the pike for Street Fighter 5, with some thinking that Kage might be the only character we're receiving this season. There hasn't been much word from Capcom to the contrary, but it appears as though we might have a more positive update now.

During the most recent Winner Stays On weekly stream over in the United Kingdom, Capcom UK community manager Matt "The Street Writer" Edwards addressed concerns from fans in the stream's chat who think support for Street Fighter 5 is over.

"All I'm going to say is... the story of Street Fighter 5 is not finished," Edwards said when responding to commentator Logansama who brought up the concerns from the chat.


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Capcom acknowledges Blanka's screen freezing glitch as players are starting to use it in actual Street Fighter 5 matches

Blanka received quite the birthday present yesterday, as players discovered a new glitch in Street Fighter 5 involving the character that allowed him to freeze his opponent no matter what they were doing and opened up the possibility for infinite combos.

By specifically cancelling Blanka's Critical Art into a forward hop with a one-frame window, the screen will go dark for the CA activation, but Blanka can still move freely and even combo after hitting it which has quickly gotten the developers' attention.

Capcom has now released an official statement regarding what they call the 'Blanka Battle Bug' confirming they know of its existence and are "planning to fix this bug in the near future" although some players are already taking advantage of it in online matches.

Javier "Cast Blanka" Castaneda recently uploaded multiple clips to his Twitter account showing how you can apply the screen freeze against other players on defense or offense leading to some wild situations by Street Fighter's standards.

Cast Blanka's first match footage shows the player activating the glitch to dash in at his opponent without worry before hitting them with an infinite loop where Blanka can cause the freeze multiple times in a single combo as he hops to each side and kicks a defenseless Karin. The other clip shows Blanka stopping time so he can easily avoid Urien's EX headbutt and Knee Drop plus get out of the corner for free.

Performing this glitch does come with a fairly big risk, however, as messing up the timing even by one frame means that Blanka will throw out his Critical Art and potentially leave himself wide open with no meter.

There currently is no time table as to when we should expect to see a patch to rectify this game-breaking bug, but you can check out Capcom's official statement on the issue after the jump and Cast Blanka's clips below.


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This new Android 21 statue will make the perfect addition to any Dragon Ball or fighting game fan's collection

When Android 21's design was originally shown off for Dragon Ball FighterZ, fans had an absolute field day with her looks that made her an instant favorite for most, and now you can properly bring her into your home.

Anime figure makers MegaHouse recently revealed an Android 21 statue as part of the "Dragon Ball Gals" line that is sure to get everyone's attention for a... variety of reasons.

This new figurine uses the Akira Toriyama-designed Majin / transformed version of the android which includes swappable good and evil face plates plus features that seem a bit exaggerated compared to her in-game appearance.

The statue will ironically stand around 21 cm (8.3 inches) tall though she won't be poseable outside of possibly her tail that appears to be moved around in the photographs.

Pre-orders are now available on websites like AmiAmi starting at around 11,000 yen or $99 USD with a release date currently scheduled for June 2019.

You can get a closer look at the new Android 21 figure in all her big hair and poofy pants-ed glory in the gallery below.

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Devil May Cry 5's Nero needs to be a playable character in the next Marvel vs. Capcom game

Devil May Cry 5 is coming back after a decade-long hiatus of the mainline series in just under a month on March 8, but its newest demo is now available for PlayStation and Xbox users to get a taste of the newly tuned action.

The series has long had a connection to the fighting game community due to its crazy in-depth combo system that allows for each individual player to express themselves differently, so it was only natural when a number of its leading heroes would make the jump to an actual fighter.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 featured Dante, Vergil and Trish as playable characters with the twin brothers seeing high competitive play throughout the game's life — which Dante followed up with again in Infinite — but there is one character that has been notably absent from the fighting game realm... and that's Nero.

Nero first appeared as the co-main protagonist alongside Uncle Dante in Devil May Cry 4 back in 2008 as a smart-mouthed fighter with a demon arm, but he's been snubbed essentially three times now for a spot in a Capcom fighting game roster.

After personally playing through Devil May Cry 5's demo seven times, it re-affirmed my beliefs that Nero needs to be on the next Marvel vs. Capcom or whatever new Vs. title's roster — and he'd likely make a good replacement for Spencer.

His all new cybernetic Devil Breaker arms open many more potential gameplay doors for a fighting game move set for singular powerful strikes, rocket punches, laser cannons and extra mobility options.


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