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Wolf and Inkling were the most prominent characters in the top 64 but neither of them made it into the top 8 — Glitch 6 SSBU character usage stats

The big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament this weekend was Glitch 6. There were over 550 players who were entered into the singles event.

We'll be taking a look at the characters of the competitors that made it into the top 64 portion of the bracket. There are a total of 74 fighters in the roster right now. Which ones are the most prominent in the early stages of the meta?

Interestingly enough, Wolf was the combatant that appeared the most frequently in the top 64. Funnily enough, Wolf doesn't tend to be who people bring up during discussions about who the best character might be. Notably, no Wolf users made it into the top 8 or even the top 24 portion of the bracket.

While there were five people using Wolf as their primary fighter, four competitors were using Inkling with an additional user utilizing the Inkling as a backup character. There were also four users each for Palutena and Wario.

Unfortunately for fans of Greninja, Mega Man, Ryu, Ken, Wii Fit Trainer, King K. Rool, Pit, Dark Pit, Samus, Dark Samus, Ridley, Robin, Diddy Kong, and many more, there were plenty of characters that just couldn't make it into the top 64.

Still, it's nice to see that there's a diverse roster of characters that are being used at tournaments right now. Hit the jump to check out the character usage stats for Glitch 6.

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Glitch 6 early results, streams ft. MKLeo, Nairo, Tweek, Salem, CaptainZack, Cosmos, MVD, Ally, Axe, Esam, WaDi, Lima, 6WX, SeagullJoe, SDX and more

Update: This story is being updated with live results as they occur.

Glitch 6 is a big single-game event taking place in Laurel, Maryland.

In case you're unclear on which single game this is, it is the latest installment in Nintendo's crossover epic, namely Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Although it's only the one game, there are several events for it, including Singles, Doubles, Squad Strike and Morph-Meter (in which Stage Morph and Final Smash meters are activated).

There are 550 players participating in the Singles event, so there's going to be an absolute ton of competition this weekend.

Some of the notable players set to compete are FOX|MKLeo, NRG|Nairo, Tweek, Liquid|Salem, CaptainZack, PG|Cosmos, MVD, Ally, Tempo|Axe, PG|Esam, WaDi, Lima, 6WX, Demise|SeagullJoe, SDX, VGBC|PinkFresh, JTails and TheReflexWonder. Obviously, there are many more as well.

Streaming is being done at VG Boot Camp, VG Boot Camp 2 and NRG|Nairo's stream.

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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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Masahiro Sakurai: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies in its first week... I deeply appreciate the developers and players

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game that was creating quite the stir after its announcement among fans thanks to its "everyone is here" tagline. The developers clearly went out of their way to meet fan demand. Not surprisingly, it has been reported that the game has sold extremely well.

In fact, the game sold over 1.2 million units in Japan just three days after launch. We also learned that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently the fastest selling Switch title and the fastest selling Super Smash Bros. entry.

Nintendo Everything recently released a translation of a Famitsu column featuring Masahiro Sakurai himself. He took the time to express his appreciation for the developers and fans for the success of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies in its first week – that's the most of any of Nintendo's games for home consoles," said Sakurai. "I deeply appreciate the developers and fans of each title, and of course, the players. Again, thank you so much."

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Charles Martinet — voice actor for Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi — really gets into character during recordings

There's no doubt that Mario is one of gaming's most iconic characters. He's an icon that is immediately recognizable by looking at an image of him or hearing his voice.

As a result, I'm sure everyone is well aware of the fact that Charles Martinet has been the voice of Mario since Super Mario 64. This individual also provides the voice for Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.

Many pictures were taken of Charles Martinet during a recording session of Mario Party 4 back in 2002. In that game, Martinet is voicing all four of these iconic characters.

The first image is him voicing Wario who tends to be very menacing with his strength. As for the second image, he takes on a more cowardly persona as he provides Luigi's voice clips.

With a cunning and sinister smile, the third image has him speaking as Waluigi — who is only an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate despite an attempt to give him his own element on the Periodic Table.

Finally, Martinet takes on a very jolly and friendly stature as provides the iconic lines for Nintendo's gaming mascot, Mario. As you can see, Martinet really gets into character during recording sessions like these.

We can't help but think that Martinet does this during recording sessions for other games too. After all, Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi are all present in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. One can't help but think how fun it would be to be present during these recordings just to see Martinet's mannerisms.

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Photo sources: Nintendo Power via Supper Mario Broth.

Not sure where to begin with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Here are a few characters that should be pretty suitable for new players to the series

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out, and it boasts a gigantic roster of over 70 characters, right out of the box.

In fact, every single character ever playable in the series is back, including even more beyond that.

I've personally been playing Super Smash Bros. since the very beginning back on the Nintendo 64, but it's becoming more and more evident with each game that there are a lot of people for whom the current game is their very first Smash game, and it can be a daunting series to get into, even at a casual level.

With so many characters, mechanics and the fact that it functions quite differently from the majority of other fighting games, through things such as not having HP bars but instead knockback which increases with the damage you take, it's quite the unique romp.

As such, we decided it would be good to have a writeup of characters for any of you players who might be unfamiliar with the Super Smash Bros. series and are looking to get into it, but don't quite know where to start.

To reiterate, you should always play the characters you like or enjoy the most, but if you're struggling to find your groove, maybe starting with one of these characters will help ease you into the system a bit more before you go for your absolute favorites.

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I was banned from playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online for an early disconnect I didn't commit

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's online experience has seen improvements since launch, but it still has some kinks to iron out.

Shortly after Smash Bros. Ultimate's official launch back in early December 2018, fans were quick to report trouble with the matchmaking in Quickplay and Elite Smash (essentially the game's online ranked modes). Despite having preferred rule sets in place to make matches as close to competitive standard as possible, players were still actively being dropped into free-for-alls, team bouts, and those that had all manner of random settings.

The 1.2.0 update was added to the game on December 13th, 2018, and with it came a higher priority on preferred rules for matchmaking. Post-update, I definitely get matched up with fights closer to my preferred rule set more often than not, and random matches are fewer and farther between.

However, disconnects from online matches can still pose problems for players even when they aren't the offender.

Nintendo punishes those who rage quit or disconnect from a game early with a ban from online play for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, it looks as though the game still can wrongfully penalize players when these disconnects happen.

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This set between 2 Smash Bros. champs came down to a glitched KO involving a giant turtle that had both ZeRo and Mew2King in hysterics and disbelief

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been out for just over a month now, and it has taken the world by storm in terms in sales plus in terms of interest garnered throughout the fighting game community as a whole — even with the Melee players. The game does have a number of bugs though most of them don't affect competitive play... typically.

Two of the best Smash players in the world for different titles with Tempo|ZeRo from Smash 4 and FOX|Mew2King, one of the gods of Melee, recently faced off on stream in a set that would leave them both in hysterics.

During ZeRo's Twitch stream, the Smash pros ran a best of three set that would come down to the final game and final stock, but would ultimately end in a glitch that made Mew2King leap out of his chair exclaiming 'what?'

The pair both ended up stuck under the giant turtle on the classic Great Bay stage where the Melee god as Lucina and Smash 4 champion as Pokemon Trainer were trading blows in an attempt to bounce each other off of the creature's neck for the final KO, and ZeRo would come out on top... literally.

Normally, the turtle is a solid part of the stage that cannot be jumped through, but Lucina and Ivysaur's attacks appear to collide in such a way and cause a glitch that made ZeRo actually clip through the animal and land on top of it while Mew2King fell through to his demise.

After seeing the KO flash, Mew2King stood up from his seat with a look of disbelief on his face while the Smash 4 champ also had to get up and run from his seat as he laughed at what just happened and his friend's reaction to the situation. You can check out the full glitched finish and reaction in the hilarious clip below.

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Zelda's Final Smash is incredibly cheap in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and I love it

Final Smashes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are a ton of fun to mess around with, but there's good reason why they are not used in standard, competitive tournament play.

These giant attacks are either acquired by one player breaking the evasive Smash Ball item when it appears on screen or when Final Smash meters are enabled in the match options, then subsequently built up by a fighter. When a character uses one of these attacks, they often put a large, flashy move into play that has a lot of power and almost always guarantees a KO on those who are unable to avoid it.

During the recent Ultimate Naifu Battles #2 online tournament ran by top Smash Bros. player NRG|Nairo, we saw Zelda's Final Smash rear its head in one of the cheapest plays I've ever seen in a Smash Bros. game ever.

While you may remember me saying that Final Smashes are not used in competitive tournament play, Nairo's online events often have an added twist to them that is meant to break the mold of standard tournament play — in this case, a handful of items such as Smash Ball, Fake Smash Ball, Black Hole, and a few others were enabled at medium frequency.

In winners semi-finals of the Naifu Battles event, ThatGuy's Inkling went up against Popo's Zelda. At one point in the set, a real Smash Ball appeared on screen, and Popo managed to break it.

The Zelda player initiated the large attack a little to the left of center stage, causing the giant Triforce to appear and begin pulling ThatGuy in. Despite Inkling being all the way over at the right edge of the stage and being a character with excellent mobility, there was no escape...

Zelda's Final Smash not only pulled Inkling underneath the stage, but somehow it was able to rip the character through the physical platform, capture the fighter inside of it, and KO them. The clip below has a bit of language NSFW in it.

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Buries giving you issues in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Here's everything you need to know about the mechanic — except how to escape Inkling's roller

Burying in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is something more players need to be aware of thanks to it being more prominent and buffs to the mechanic. In Super Smash Bros. 4, characters took half knockback while being launched from a buried state. They'll take 100% knockback in this latest entry.

Just like with grabs, you need to be able to mash effectively in order to escape. The duration of bury effects are based on the attack that that caused this status and your percentage.

The Beefy Smash Doods have released a video that details the mechanics behind the bury status in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. They revealed that mashing the attack, jump, or shield buttons will reduce the duration more effectively than using the control stick.

Keep in mind that the game will only count vertical and horizontal directions for the control stick. Diagonals won't count as an input in this situation. Also be aware that the C-Stick does nothing while you are buried.

The Beefy Smash Doods also showcase some cool tricks and combos that are available to those that use characters with bury mechanics. At higher percentages, these setups will just lead to a KO.

As for the Inkling's roller, their bury is basically the best in the game. This is due to the ratio of the bury duration to recovery frames. Unfortunately, you're probably not going to be able to mash out of these kill setups at death percents.

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MKLeo releases his early Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate now being in the hands of professional competitors for over a month now, we're beginning to develop an understanding of the game's meta and its strongest characters. Given time, it's possible that we'll see some rises and falls on everyone's lists as we discover more about the game.

Recently, FOX|MKLeo released his tier list for the latest entry in the Super Smash Bros. series. Some might look at MKLeo as the second best Super Smash Bros. 4 player to ever touch the game — Tempo|ZeRo often regarded as the number one player.

MKLeo has already demonstrated that he's not a competitor that should be slept on during these early stages of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate after winning Smash Conference United. It was also shown that Ike is a fairly strong character in the hands of someone like MKLeo.

Please note that only the top five category of his tier list is ordered (Peach and Daisy are essentially being counted as the same fighter since their differences are purely aesthetic). Uniquely, MKLeo has Breath of the Wild Link in the top tier section.

Combatants like Chrom, Snake, Pichu, Pikachu, Palutena, Ike, Cloud, Toon Link, and more find themselves in the "A+" tier. MKLeo has stated that these combatants are good, but have their share of weaknesses that prevent them from being in the best category.

As for Bayonetta, Young Link, Ridley, Mr. Game and Watch, and Incineroar, they're located in the "A" section of his list. In other words, they're just noted as being "good."

The professional player believes that Sheik, Captain Falcon, Jigglypuff, Ice Climbers, Ryu, Ken, Ness, and Sonic have underdeveloped meta games right now. Finally, he has noted that Rosalina, Kirby, Little Mac, Bowser Jr., and Duck Hunt are the weakest fighters in the game.

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Photo source: Alain "HotNRedy" Rodriguez.

In case you forgot, Click Burgundy's fighting game art is still absolutely top tier

It's always a good day when you realize you haven't perused Click Burgundy's art page in a while and get to see all the new pieces he's done as of late.

Today we see more than a few new fighting game illustrations featuring characters like Baiken, Menat, Ibuki, Sodom, Mai, Kage and plenty others.

The characters showcased hail from all parts of the fighting game realm as Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter, BlazBlue and even Super Smash Bros. are represented amongst others.

I'm especially intrigued to see how people respond to Alpha Ken, who is well made but does seem a little bit odd for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps I can no longer see Ken Masters without the scarring stare of Street Fighter 5 Ken piercing through?

In any case, please give the gallery below a look through and let us know which of these beautiful works are your favorites and why.

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Waluigi fans are petitioning for 'Waluigium' element on the Periodic Table just to get a response from Nintendo about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Fans of Waluigi must've felt ignored when it was revealed that the character would be returning as an Assist Trophy for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Since then, a meme has developed that suggests that Nintendo hates Waluigi.

Shortly before the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed that polls that supported Waluigi's inclusion as a DLC character were not going to affect Nintendo's plans. "My interpretation is that there will be no fan polls, [and that] no independent poll trying to push Waluigi, as an example, will not influence the decisions that have already been made," Fils-Aime told Kotaku.

It seems that Waluigi fans won't be deterred so easily. They're very determined to get another response from Nintendo. This is being done by by... petitioning to get Waluigi his own element on the Periodic Table?

A fan has created a petition to name Element 119 — which has been given a placeholder name of Ununennium — "Waluigium." As of right now, there are over 3,000 signatures that support this idea.

The petition insists that Waluigi is an "unloved Nintendo character who is loved only by fans." The solution to this problem is to simply give Waluigi his own element on the Periodic Table which will "most likely will create a [response] from Nintendo," probably in regards to his non-playable status in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Something tells me that the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry will probably just see this petition as a joke even if it reaches its 5,000 signature goal.

Given, the chances of this occurring might actually be higher than him becoming a playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series. Then again, many suggested that Ridley would be too big up until he was finally announced. Maybe it could happen some day...

Source via: Comic Book. Sent in by: Chameleonice.

Only The Best II results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

A pretty big event is happening this weekend in Naples, Italy.

This is a one-day event, but it's a pretty damn stacked one with over 200 players participating.

Only two games are being played here — Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

With over 170 players participating in Tekken 7, it's bound to be stacked with most of Europe's finest players fighting it out. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a pretty good showing as well, with over 60 players set to battle.

Some of the notable names present at the event include UYU|Fergus, DG|Asim, 4G|DevilKazuya, Exeed|Ghirlanda, SignorFarfalla, 4F|Rikimaru, DG|RooKang, HG|DanielMado, HarryPotter, DG|ThePhantom, HarryPotter, Mitrust-Storm, FakePotter, Haroun and of course many more.

Streaming is being done at Bode78 and ManaSkill.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reportedly has a Project M-style mod in development with Project NX

Super Smash Bros. Brawl was not the game that the competitive scene had been hoping for when it released, so the fans took it upon themselves to create their own version of the title with a mod called Project M that would change the gameplay to work more like Melee.

Now over a decade later, it appears as though at least one modder is continuing that initiative in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with a brand new project.

The 'work in progress' was originally known as Project Ultimate, but it has since changed its name to Project NX likely a reference to the Switch's in-development code name and the developer's screen name of NyxTheShield.

Nyx posted his first proof of concept clip on January 4, 2019 where he showed off Smash Ultimate running with more true to form wavedashing and lowered landing lag with Falco being able to do a range of movements that would be impossible in the base game that quickly.

Other aspects of Smash Ultimate have also been shown off to be altered to be more like Melee with faster directional air dodges, DI and dash dancing, but the musician turned modder says that the current changes rely on parameter and hex editing of existing code meaning nothing brand new has been added to the play. He does hope to more directly modify the game's engine in the future to gain those potential abilities.

Nintendo is known, however, for aggressively pursuing fan / unofficial projects that use their licenses, so questions immediately arose as to Project NX's legality or the possibility of a cease and desist. Nyx originally stood by his project's public release despite the risks, but he has more recently posted that the mod will 'never release to the public' and will only be used for personal educational purposes — so we may never get to play it even if Nintendo doesn't step in.

Time will tell if anything more substantial and tangible will come of Project NX, but until then we can follow Nyx's advancements and see if it is indeed something the wider community wants. You can check out the original proof of concept clip below plus a more in-depth video from CLASH Tournaments going over every development thus far after the jump.

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This fan-made Super Smash Bros. Ultimate opening combines it with the magic of Melee's for updated nostalgia that's better than the real thing

In the world of video games, it's hard to find an opening cinematic that's as iconic as Super Smash Bros. Melee's thanks to its masterful blending of different themes and series into one coherent and hype inducing intro.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's opening by comparison is viewed by many as a bit underwhelming when compared to the rest of the game's offerings and overall packaging as it largely reuses scenes from the World of Light opening mixed in with cutely scripted quick gameplay clips.

Artist and content creator Shadels recently set out to combine the two intros together using Ultimate's footage with Melee's music and themes to make his own "secret opening" for Smash fans, and the finished product definitely succeeds on its goal.

Shadels' new Melee opening for Smash Ultimate does use many of the same clips as the official cinematic though he rearranges parts to match Melee's theme along with different pieces of the character announcement trailers and the commercial to tie everything together.

Those familiar with Melee's opening will find many beats recreated here going from Bowser to Donkey Kong — now with Diddy and King K. Rool — to Samus vs. Ridley for some updated nostalgia followed by some newly made additions like Link's portrait standing in front of passing Breath of the Wild scenes instead of the Ocarina of time ones in the original.

There's tons of small nods and recreations in the unofficial intro that make it well worth the quick watch for any fans of the series wanting to get a bit of 2001 in their 2019 lives. You can find Shandels' Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Melee opening after the jump.

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Dabuz releases his early Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list

GRV|Dabuz is best known as a top professional Super Smash Bros. competitor. In Brawl, he was a well-established Olimar main. He ended up switching things up for Super Smash Bros. 4 with his Rosalina play.

So far in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's early meta, we've seen him utilize Olimar and Palutena primarily. Evidently, he's not a big believer in Rosalina's abilities at this time.

In his most recently cooked up tier list, he position Rosalina in the "bad" category. Meanwhile, characters like Olimar found themselves in the ordered "has the sauce" section of his list — in other words, they're among the best in the game in Dabuz's eyes.

Interestingly enough, Dabuz believes Peach and Daisy to be the best characters in the game. Meanwhile, Shulk, Link, Lucina, Inkling, and Mega Man are close behind them.

Fighters like Cloud, Ike, Palutena, Snake, King Dedede, Luigi, and others are simply noted as being "great, but not busted." Meanwhile, we can see that Captain Falcon, Mewtwo, Wii Fit Trainer, Bowser Jr., the Belmonts, Kirby, Falco, and the Villager are just good.

Unfortunately, this means that Sonic, Incineroar, Ridley, Bayonetta, Ryu, Sheik, and others are among the worst in the game according to Dabuz. Keep in mind that some characters — like Ken, PAC-MAN, Jigglypuff, and Diddy Kong — can't be placed on Dabuz's list until more has been seen of them.

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Photo source: Alain "HotNRedy" Rodriguez.