Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's The Hero has been officially banned in South Australia

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Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • August 15, 2019 at 6:57 p.m. PDT

Super Smash Bros. creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has never been too quiet about the fact that he's seen his franchise more as a party game than a competitive entity.

Look no further than Brawl's random tripping or The Hero's RNG (random number generator) damage output for proof, the latter of which has now been banned by South Australia Smash Central.

This news dropped on Thursday as SASC posted a tweet along with a TwitLonger explanation. "As of August 14th Hero is banned at competitive events run by SASC," they start. "After deliberation and plenty of discussion, we have concluded that Hero’s design as a character is fundamentally dependant on randomness to the point that it is not reasonable in a competitive environment."

Indeed the latest Smash Ultimate character is exceptionally unpredictable across many avenues of his gameplay. While other characters like Princess Peach and Mr. Game and Watch also have elements of RNG baked into their arsenals, neither cases affect the outcome of a match anywhere near as severely as in that of The Hero.

Many members of the Smash community have expressed concern about the way The Hero plays since it was first discovered that he would have such randomized abilities. Talk of bans has been circulating for a while now, and many suspect that South Australia is just the first in what could be a large number of communities that deem the character unfit for tournament play.

You can read the full TwitLonger statement here. Click the thumbnail below to see the additional statements and further clarifications SASC has added on to their statement:

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