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See the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster tragically destroyed in 8-bit resolution thanks to this Gameboy Color remake of the World of Light intro

Editor's note: If you haven't seen the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World of Light intro, there are spoilers ahead. Stop reading now and check it out below the jump.

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate World of Light introduction video dropped a few weeks back, and what we all thought would be a heroic amp up as the Smash cast enter into a massive battle with a ton of Master Hands wound up being a tragically emotional slaughter of our favorite Nintendo fighters.

In a wonderfully animated few minutes we get to see characters from across the Nintendo spectrum use all of their various powers and abilities to attempt to maneuver away from the deadly beams of light flying at them in every direction.

Despite some very noteworthy efforts, everyone but Kirby is consumed and the entire universe winds up being plagued by the destructive power of Smash Ultimate's new big baddie.

The creative minds over at Nintendo Wire have recreated this epic sequence in one of their "Devolve" videos wherein they depict modern games in the 8-bit style of Game Boy Color.

Hats off to both the crews that worked on these videos as they offer some pretty hair-raising action that even gets to you in the simpler 8-bit presentation. You'll catch both below.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Launch Tournament results

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Launch Tournament at Xanadu.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just releasing yesterday, you'd think there would be a little time before we'd catch tournament action for it.

Well, you'd be wrong. Because today, we're getting our first taste of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament play.

This Launch event is being held at Xanadu, and will feature Singles, Doubles and Squad Strike events.

166 people entered the singles tournament, with notable names in attendance like WaDi, Demise|ZD, Demise|Seagull Joe, VGBC|Logic, VGBC|Coney, VGBC|PinkFresh and TG|Static, among many others.

If you want a glimpse at what Smash Ultimate might look like competitively, albeit in a very early fashion, don't miss this one-day shindig.

Streaming is being done at VG Boot Camp.

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Some players play games that they don't actually care about just for the money according to Ryan Hunter in BornFree interview

BornFree is back with another one of his legendary player interviews. This time he caught up with top level Guilty Gear competitor and arguably the best Venom player in the U.S., Ryan Hunter, during Red Bull Conquest 2018.

Some very interesting topics were covered. For example, Hunter stated that he doesn't consider Guilty Gear to still have a stigma of having too difficult a learning curve for newcomers to get into. Generally, he seems to be against the idea of "dumbing down" a game's mechanics.

You don't often hear a player praise Street Fighter X Tekken these days. It was a launch that was met with a lot of negative attention that haunted it until the very end.

Hunter believes that most of the negativity surrounding Street Fighter X Tekken was unjustified. He went on to say that the top performing players actually enjoyed the game.

According to Hunter, he still holds "a little bit of resentment towards the community for destroying that game." It was around this point where he began to notice a spectator vs. player trend. Hunter feels as though "the fighting game community should always be about the players first."

Without naming any person or game specifically, Hunter does feel like there are some players who are playing games that they don't necessarily care about simply because of the money involved. Essentially, "the games are dictating what the players are playing instead of the players themselves."

Ryan Hunter ends up making a number of very interesting and insightful statements during the interview. You can check out the video after the jump.

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Here's how to unlock all hidden characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — spoiler free

Update (12/08/2018): Now that we've had time to play the game for ourselves, we now have a better idea of how the unlocking process works. This guide has been updated with accurate and complete information.

Earlier: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts a cumulative roster featuring every character that's ever been in a Smash title to date plus a handful of new additions totaling no less than 74 brawlers to choose from with even more en route via DLC.

When you boot up Ultimate for the very first time you'll likely notice that the character select screen only offers eight characters. That's because you'll be spending the first few chapters of your newest Smash experience unlocking the 66 remaining fighters.

This seems like a fairly tall order, and it is, but Masahiro Sakurai and the development team have made the unlock process streamlined and efficient as you play through the game's various modes. Whether you're playing alone or with friends, you'll be able to start unlocking new roster additions right away.

There are three main modes that lead to unlocks: Classic, World of Light and Versus. Versus and Classic Mode will unlock fighters in a set order.

This means the first time you play Versus mode you'll wind up with an unlock fight afterwards. The next versus match you finish after 10 minutes has passed will bring on another unlock battle.

We've also heard reports that you can skip this 10 minute buffer period by switching the game off and then starting it back up again. Enter a one-stock Versus Mode battle, KO yourself immediately and that should incite another unlock fight.

If there's a specific character or two that you want to get earlier on then Classic Mode is probably more for you. Finishing Classic Mode with specific characters triggers other specific characters to unlock.

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ZeRo releases his day one tier list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has only been in the hands of the general public for just over a day now, but many professional players have been playing the game since as early as E3 thanks to pre-release events around the world.

Tempo|ZeRo was considered the best Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player in the world in part thanks to his 56-game win streak that started when the game released, and he's returned from retirement to compete for Smash Ultimate.

In his Twitch stream last night, ZeRo created his day one tier list rankings for Smash Ultimate for all 74 characters currently in the game — except he's not sure where to place Robin or Duck Hunt — with some big differences compared to TSM|Leffen's list.

Currently, the top Smash 4 player believes that Pikachu is the best character in the game thanks to the Pokémon's great recovery, great speed, strong attack options and the fact that they're short. Meanwhile, Olimar sits at number two for his ability to camp and rack up damage quickly — plus he thinks the space captain might prove to be very annoying to fight against.

Despite having some of the worst perceived recovery options in the game, ZeRo thinks that Chrom is actually the best sword character in Smash Ultimate due to having more combo options than Roy and potentially possessing a touch of death combo that works against a large portion of the cast.

On the opposite side of the tiers, fighters like Kirby, Ridley and Little Mac are seen as among the weakest in the title's early competitive life. You can check out ZeRo's full tier list below along with his breakdown and analysis.

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This Super Smash Bros. Ultimate X Dragon Ball Super Tournament of Power intro parody has me speechless

It's very clear that Shiya Moegin is a huge fan of both Dragon Ball Super and the Super Smash Bros. series. Their recent animation depicts characters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate enacting roles within the Dragon Ball Super Tournament of Power intro.

This means we get to see a very angry looking Mario face off against a physically buff Mewtwo. Clearly, Mario is meant to encapsulate Goku while Mewtwo is representing Jiren.

You probably won't require too many chances to guess which combatant is being used to parody Bergamo of Universe 9 — the blue wolf of the Trio of Danger. Yep. It's Lucario.

The parody animation even makes effective use of the Dragon Ball Super intro theme that played during this particular arc. Shiya Moegin does a great job of of bringing out recent, yet already nostalgic, memories of the anime.

In many ways, this is pretty awesome to watch if you happen to be a fan of both franchises. I'm still having a hard time processing it myself.

Imagine how different this would be if Goku were to ever join the ranks of the Super Smash Bros. It'll probably never happen, but it would be interesting to see the followup to this animation.

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Will all of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC characters be 3rd parties? Based on Reggie's words, it sounds pretty likely

Yesterday, The Game Awards 2018 took place, and among other big announcements, Nintendo confirmed who the first post-launch paid DLC character (besides Piranha Plant, who early adopters are getting for free) will be.

To the hype of many JRPG fans, including two of us writers here at EventHubs (myself and as Dakota "DarkHorse" Hills), it was revealed to be Joker, the main protagonist of Atlus' smash hit Persona 5.

This announcement came somewhat out of left field. While Atlus and Nintendo are definitely on good terms, with the collaboration project Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE on the Wii U and numerous Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS games and spinoffs of the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series, the main Persona games have been firmly stationed on Sony hardware, and Persona 5 is no exception.

To have Nintendo include such a big Sony-embedded franchise in the biggest gaming crossover we've ever seen goes a step further even than the shocker that was Final Fantasy's Cloud back in Super Smash Bros. 4, since Final Fantasy had a long and rich history on Nintendo hardware, with effectively the first half of the series being Nintendo-focused.

On top of this, Reggie Fils-Aime spoke at the event and his words suggested this is just the tip of the iceberg, saying that "These are going to be characters that are new to the series, just like Joker from Persona 5, characters you would not expect to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate."

So what exactly does this mean for the big picture of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC? Let's see if we can decipher some of the weight that the words of Nintendo of America's president carries.

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You better watch out for Falco, Meta Knight, Diddy and King K. Rool in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate according to Leffen's day one tier list

The reigning EVO champion for Super Smash Bros. Melee, TSM|Leffen, has been exploring the all new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as he no doubt is preparing to become one of the competitive leaders in this latest chapter of Smash history.

While live streaming earlier today the Swedish player put together a tier list for the entire starting roster, which includes more than 70 playable characters.

While we're a bit skeptical of such an early assessment of character strengths, Leffen's is one of the best minds in the world when it comes to this franchise, and as a pro he's probably had a bit more experience than the rest of us with Ultimate at this point.

We should point out that he hasn't covered every single last fighter quite yet, as he leaves six characters and the Mii Fighters under a "?" tier for the time being.

The TSM representative places Falco, Simon Belmont, Diddy Kong and a few others in the top tier category, and notes specifically that Falco's ability to convert true combos from so many different approaches makes him incredibly strong.

You can view the tier list from his Twitter right here and then there's a quick clip from Leffen's stream depicting a 69% Falco combo after the jump. Chime into the comments with your thoughts on Leffen's list after you give it a look.

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'Nearly every move you see in the Mortal Kombat 11 trailer is a real move from the game' - NetherRealm Studios Senior Artist

We had a hunch that the highly anticipated reveal for Mortal Kombat 11 might be finally released at the 2018 Game Awards, but we certainly weren't prepared for the beautifully animated teaser fight between Scorpion(s) and Raiden that ensued.

Obviously developers are going to put their best feet forward, speaking in terms of animation, for a presentation like this and we wouldn't necessarily expect to see too many of the techniques showcased translate directly to gameplay. Wrong.

Daanish Syed is the Senior UI Artist at NetherRealm Studios, and took to his Twitter shortly after the wonderfully brutal reveal to let us all know not to simply cast off what we saw as non-game play related.

"[N]early every move you see in the trailer is a real move from the game..." stated the animator as he expanded on exactly why players are going to be shocked at how accurate the trailer actually is.

That immediately caused us to go back and look at every last detail of the bout to see what we could see. Weapons, run mechanics, Bone Breaker techniques and more are all fair game for MK11 now.

Check out Syed's full tweet below and then let's continue on to see what we can garner from the trailer knowing this new bit of information.


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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate officially released; check out tiers, move lists, stats, unlocks and more right here

After many long weeks of waiting the Super Smash Bros. community can finally rejoice and start digging in as the franchise's latest title, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, is here. We're celebrating by collecting as much information as possible to get your Smash experience off on the right foot.

Head over to our moves database where you can see how to perform any and all attacks for the game's 70+ characters. You'll also find helpful information such as weight rankings, run speed rankings and more.

While you can play Ultimate on the standard Switch Joy-Cons, the franchise has very much been traditionally played on more classic-style controllers. There are plenty to choose from this time around, and you can view them all as well as some other essential Smash accessories in our buyer's guide

Wondering who the strongest characters in the game are? Be sure to hit up our community-voted tier list to see the full roster ranked as well as individual character match ups. While visiting please cast your own votes to help guide others too.

We also have a community statistics page which reveals how popular characters currently are. Speaking of characters, we have a full unlock guide so you can populate your select screen quickly and efficiently.

We'll be continuing to cover this title very closely with tech, news, announcements and more, so check back here on EventHubs regularly for all your Smash Ultimate needs. Read on to check out the launch trailer from Nintendo, and here are some HD stills from the game to get you started:

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Complete 'The Rumored Four Kings Statue,' get another part of Juri's Mech costume and nab over 3,300 FM via this week's Street Fighter 5 missions

Another Friday means another influx of Fight Money as Street Fighter 5's weekly Missions have been reset. This week offers 3,300 Fight Money plus a good bit more if you play the Extra Battle correctly.

Said Extra Battle is the Experienced Shadaloo Soldier, who grants 20,000 experience and costs 1000 FM to face off against. The idea here is to probably play against this CPU opponent with characters that you haven't leveled up too much, beat him all three times and get all the FM you can from gaining levels.

In addition to Mech Juri, you'll also be able to get parts of older Extra Battle costumes for Cammy, Chun-Li, Nash and Guile. There's also the Classic Bison Fighting Chance outfit still floating about the game's loot box mode.

The Rumored Four Kings Statue: We specifically need to see the statue of Sagat's statue in the Lair of the Four Kings stage in order to complete this challenge.

During F.A.N.G.'s story prologue, we are able to see the statue of Sagat as we fight M. Bison. Simply complete a match against M. Bison during F.A.N.G.'s story prologue in order to acquire the 2,500 FM prize.

See the Mission in action by clicking the thumbnail below and see the other Missions requirements after the jump.


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Mortal Kombat 11 will feature a cinematic, 'time bending' story; centers around the mysterious character we saw in the trailer

NetherRealm Studios wowed fans yesterday at The Game Awards 2018 with their action-packed announcement of Mortal Kombat 11. Though we could pick apart small bits of information from the reveal trailer, specifics were scare after last night's big unveiling.

The company behind the Mortal Kombat franchise has since shared more details about what Mortal Kombat 11 is and what it will entail.

Firstly, fans of Mortal Kombat X's Variations system will be happy to hear that Mortal Kombat 11 is set to feature something similar. MK11 boasts a "Custom Character Variation System" that aims to give players creative control in generating custom versions of their favorite characters.

"It’s exciting to finally announce Mortal Kombat 11 and showcase what the team has been working on," NetherRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon said in the game's press release. "Our Custom Character Variation System opens up an infinite amount of options for players to personalize their favorite fighters. We can’t wait until January when we’ll be showing more of the game."

In addition to a new variation system, Mortal Kombat 11 is gearing up to introduce a fresh cinematic story that will continue the epic Mortal Kombat saga that is over 25 years in the making.

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EVO Moment #37 recreated in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Any fighting game that has Ryu, Ken, and some type of parry mechanic is going to see a recreation of EVO Moment #37. We've seen the legendary play re-done in a slew of different fighting titles, and we've even seen it performed in both Street Fighter 3 Third Strike and Street Fighter 5 simultaneously and one-handed before.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's release today, fans all over the globe are booting up their Nintendo Switch consoles and diving deep into the highly anticipated crossover fighter. Many are in training mode right now trying to discover the best tech they can, and one person already found a way to add another EVO Moment 37 reenactment to the list.

Twitter user rebaken7 shared a clip early this morning showing the classic moment between CYG|Daigo Umehara and FOX|Justin Wong being played out in Smash Bros. Ultimate. With Ken being a playable character in-game and the perfect shield mechanic acting as a parry, a very close recreation can be achieved here.

In this clip, Fox takes the place of Chun-Li as he fires off his rapid kicks at Ken. The fiery Shoto parries several of the kicks, jumps up for the follow up combo, then closes it out with his Final Smash — which in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Shippuu-Jinrai-Kyaku and the same super used in EVO Moment #37.

The inkling (no pun intended) of being able to possibly make EVO Moment #37 happen in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first brought up back in August when we spotted a clip from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Arcadian Teen Tournament. Ness player Ryon was pinned against the wall by Milton's Corrin and managed to perfect shield multiple attacks which looked somewhat like the start of the EVO moment.

Now, the prospect of EVO Moment #37 in Smash Bros. is fully realized, and you can check it out below.


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Mortal Kombat 11 gets first in-game screenshots

Mortal Kombat 11 was officially announced last night at The Game Awards 2018 in Los Angeles, California. After many months of speculation, rumors, and absences at other game expos, the next major installment in the gory fighting franchise has finally been unveiled.

Mortal Kombat series creator Ed Boon took to the stage to present the award for Best Sports or Racing title at The Game Awards. Before he could read off the nominees, the lights went out and lightning filled the room (the big screen on the stage). We were then treated to the big Mortal Kombat 11 announcement trailer.

Much like we saw with Mortal Kombat X's initial reveal trailer, Mortal Kombat 11's featured a cinematic sequence showing an intense battle between Dark Raiden and Scorpion. Fans were not given a look at actual Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay during the presentation, but new screenshots of the game were released this morning that give us our first in-game look at NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighting title.

The new images were shared over on Steam's official listing of the game. Dark Raiden and Scorpion see more time in the spotlight as they engage in a vicious battle in these screenshots.

While a cinematic trailer isn't always telling of what we can expect to see from a character's playable counterpart — as the developers often take liberties there to make things as exciting as possible — today's Mortal Kombat 11 screenshots provide a better idea of what tools Dark Raiden and Scorpion will be harnessing in battle.

Scorpion can be seen attacking with his classic spear and sword, and one image looks like it might be showing us a fatality or some other move that involves a cinematic animation. Dark Raiden mainly focuses on his electrocution moves in these screenshots, but we do see what appears to be a rush punch of some sort — charged with electricity, of course.

Mortal Kombat 11 is already available for pre-order. Fans can purchase the standard edition for $59.99 USD or the Premium Edition for $99.99, which includes the base game and the Kombat Pack.

Mortal Kombat 11 is set for release globally on April 23rd, 2019.

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Joker from Persona 5 announced as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Joker from Persona 5 has been announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He'll be the first DLC character of the Fighters Pass.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster is already massive. There will be 74 characters at launch. Piranha Plant's inclusion as a bonus makes 75.

The inclusion of Joker will make 76. Remember that each DLC character of Fighters Pass will come with music and a stage. None of the DLC combatants will be Echo Fighters.

"These are going to be characters that are new to the series, just like Joker from Persona 5, characters you would not expect to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé said.

This marks the first Atlus character to join the roster. Like Snake, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Sonic, Bayonetta, and Cloud; Joker is a third party character.

Joker is the main character you control in Persona 5. He's a high school student who was expelled from his previous school on a false assault claim.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is releasing... in just a few minutes actually on December 7, 2018.

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Mortal Kombat 11 announced

Mortal Kombat 11 has been announced at The Game Awards 2018. As a quick warning, this might be the most brutal looking Mortal Kombat game yet. The amount of gore makes it NSFW.

The game is slated for a global release of April 23, 2019. There will be a community reveal event on January 17th.

During the trailer, we see Dark Raiden — who originally appeared in this corrupted form during the events of Mortal Kombat Deception and at the conclusion of Mortal Kombat X — facing off against Scorpion — who might still be in his human form as a result of the events of Mortal Kombat X. While Raiden initially appears to win, Scorpion comes back as a specter to finish the fight.

Afterwards, we see a figure that we don't really recognize. This character is very likely a newcomer to the series.

Pre-orders are now available. By pre-ordering the game, you'll be able to gain access to Shao Kahn as a bonus character — the final boss of Mortal Kombat 9 who has been absent ever since that game's events. Beta access will also be provided.

Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. The ESRB rating is still currently pending.

Mortal Kombat 11's new feature this time appears to be its "custom character variation" system. In Mortal Kombat X, there were essentially three unique variations of characters that enacted different play styles.

The customizable options might be something similar to Injustice 2's Gear system. Essentially, the game works kind of like an RPG where characters can have their stats and abilities adjusted through the usage of equippable gear.

No actual gameplay has been shown yet.

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SonicFox declared 'Best eSports Player' of 2018 by The Game Awards

The nominees for "Best eSports Player" of 2018 at the The Game Awards ceremony were FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, Uzi, S1mple, and Jjonak. SonicFox was declared the winner.

Dominique "SonicFox" McLean is most notable for accomplishments in fighting games in the Mortal Kombat series, the Injustice series, Skullgirls, Dead or Alive, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. In fact, he's very often considered to be the best player at any fighting game he dedicates time to.

At EVO 2018, he defeated long time rival CO|GO1. Unfortunately, his side switch at EVO 2018 did not win the best gaming moment award.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was also declared to be the best fighting game of 2018. The other nominees included BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul CAlibur 6, and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

While approaching the stage, SonicFox, true to himself, put on his iconic fursuit. He took a brief moment to talk about how he recently donated his prize money towards the stage 3 cancer treatment of his friend's father.

SonicFox ended up giving a very... interesting speech. Check out the clips below to see SonicFox accepting his award.


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