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One of the 'Five Gods of Melee,' Armada, announces his retirement from Super Smash Bros. Melee singles tournaments; answering questions live on stream

Update: Armada is currently holding a live stream on Twitch where he is answering questions from the community and talking about what he's going to be doing now. You can watch it after the jump.

Adam "Alliance|Armada" Lindgren announced today that he will no longer be competing in Super Smash Bros. Melee singles tournaments going forward though he will still play doubles competitively. He also plans on playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for at least "two or three months" competitively and enter tournaments before making a decision on that front.

Armada is known as one of the 'Five Gods of Melee,' so his absence will likely shake up the foundation for major Super Smash Bros. events in the future with only three of the "gods" still regularly competing with Liquid|Hungrybox, C9|Mang0 and FOX|Mew2King.

The 25-year-old Swedish Smash pro was ranked as the third best Melee player in the world according to the Summer 2018 Melee Panda Global Rankings and the best player in the European Melee Power Rankings.

Lindgren was recognized as the best Super Smash Bros. player in the world in years past with multiple Genesis and Apex wins under his belt plus his EVO 2015 victory. He finished in second place at both EVO and Smash Summit 6 earlier this year.

He released a video explaining his decision which you can take a look at after the jump expressing that he has faced difficulties over the past year with motivation, and it has been harder on him than his previous time of semi-retirement in 2013. Lindgren also announced that he'll be holding a special stream beginning soon to answer the community's questions about his retirement and future with the series.

"For me when I enter tournaments with singles, it almost feels to the point that I'm physically sick most of the time," says Armada in his retirement video. "I've invested so much of my life into this game, and around this time and age I really want to make sure that this is what I feel that I want to do."

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Isabelle is similar to Villager in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but has a fishing rod special that aids recovery and a Gyroid trap that's planted

During the last Nintendo Direct, Isabelle was revealed to be the newest playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. She isn't just an Echo Fighter of the Villager, but she does share a few moves with the other Animal Crossing representative.

This became especially apparent when Isabelle pulled out a fishing rod during her trailer. By this point, we're all well aware that the Villager does not actually have access to a move like this in Super Smash Bros.

According to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website, Isabelle will utilize the fishing rod for her side special. While we don't see this in action, this attack can also apparently be used as a recovery move — most likely a tether recovery, more specifically.

Thus far, we've only seen this in action as an attacking move. After snagging an opponent, Isabelle is able to — with a cheerful smile — reel the opponent in for a throw followup.

What's interesting here is that we've actually see Isabelle throw the caught opponents in two different directions: up and backwards. These probably reuse Isabelle's throw animations. Players controlling Isabelle might be able to throw opponents in one of four different directions.

I suspect that the fishing rod itself is an attack that can be blocked. A move with that type of range that functioned as a grab would be very difficult to balance — especially in a game where up to eight players can duke it out.


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Rhythm Heaven needs a playable representative in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and this fan-created design would be a perfect fit

The big launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch is fast approaching. With the game being less than three months away, we can't imagine that many more character announcements are inbound.

During the Nintendo Direct that aired last week, Animal Crossing secretary of the mayor Isabelle joined the fight as a playable character. Despite here similarities to Villager, Isabelle actually sits on the roster as a standalone character — not an Echo Fighter.

As it stands right now the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster has a whopping 72 characters to choose from (including Echo Fighters and all three Mii Fighters). Though we've seen some major contenders join the cast, such as Donkey Kong Country's King K. Rool and Castlevania's Simon Belmont, there is still an important game that has yet to receive a playable representative — Rhythm Heaven.

A character from the rhythm-based mini-game collection is among the popular characters that often see fan request, and earlier this year digital illustrator and animator Kevin Fagaragan crafted an idea of what a Rhythm Heaven character might look like in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Destructoid recently shared the original Tweet, and now is a good time to take a look back at what Fagaragan put together in anticipation of a potential Rhythm Heaven character announcement in Smash Ultimate in the coming months.

This animated mock up features Karate Joe with one of the Glee Club Chorus Kids on his back (in a Yoda / Luke Skywalker kind of way). The two fight in tandem, with Joe leading the charge and the Chorus Kid offering assistance.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's new Squad Strike mode is 'one continuous battle' according to JC of Nintendo Treehouse

There's a lot of anticipation surrounding Super Smash Bros. Ultimate since it is jammed packed with content. As of this moment, 72 characters have been announced with more likely on the way.

Not too long ago, JC of Nintendo Treehouse sat down to talk about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Power Podcast. At one point, he started talking about the upcoming Squad Strike mode.

Squad Strike is a new addition to the Super Smash Bros. series that allows two players or two teams of players to choose between three or five characters each. While we got a good look at the menus behind this mode, we didn't get the opportunity to actually see it in action.

JC ended up revealing that "it's one continuous battle." It sounds as though the next character will appear on the respawn platform in the place of the fighter that was defeated.

"Each of the characters can have a certain amount of stocks," continued JC. "It's one full battle." In other words, this might not necessarily be limited to three and five stock matches.

Based on how JC talked about Squad Strike, he appeared to be very confident in its tournament viability. This sounds very similar to team battles in the King of Fighters series.


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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate likely won't support cloud saves on the Nintendo Switch if the game finally includes an online ranking system

Nintendo's paid online subscription finally launches tomorrow bringing with it classic NES titles and — more importantly to many Switch owners out there — the ability to back up your save data to online cloud storage... though there's a bit of a catch.

A number of games including Splatoon 2, Dark Souls: Remastered, FIFA 19 and Pokémon Let's Go: Eevee and Pikachu will not support cloud saves with the service due to concerns about cheating and duplicating items.

All of these games feature the same language in the descriptions on their official store pages on Nintendo's website stating "this game does not support Save Data Cloud backup" which could be a problem faced by Super Smash Bros. Ultimate users as well.

Nintendo hasn't responded to questions about Smash Ultimate's status with cloud saves as of yet though its web page currently only mentions the need for the subscription service to play online.

"The vast majority of Nintendo Switch games will support Save Data Cloud backup," said Nintendo via Game Informer. "However, in certain games this feature would make it possible to, for example, regain items that had been traded to other players, or revert to a higher online multiplayer ranking that had been lost. To ensure fair play, Save Data Cloud backup may not be enabled for such games."

What will likely decide Smash Ultimate's fate with cloud saves will be how the game handles online battle statistics and if the new fighter finally includes an online ranking system that has been absent from previous games in the series.

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Unorthodox Pac-Man vs. Luigi Super Smash Bros. 4 grand finals set at SoCal Regionals 2018 featured shenanigans and on the edge of your seat action

Even though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be releasing at the end of the year on December 7th, this doesn't mean that Super Smash Bros. 4 action at major events have ceased.

Over the weekend, SoCal Regionals 2018 hosted major tournaments for multiple games — including Super Smash Bros. 4. Players like US|Elegant and Tea were in attendance.

For those that are unaware, Elegant is widely considered to be the best Luigi player in the world right now. Meanwhile Tea is a Japanese Pac-Man competitor who rarely travels — but he has earned his title as one of the best Pac-Man users in the world!

The grand finals featured these two charging and zoning each other out for first place. Tea had an uphill battle to climb as Elegant sat in the winners bracket. In fact, Elegant was the one who originally sent Tea to the losers side with a 3-1 victory.

These two immediately began going at it once the set started. Within the first 25 seconds, Elegant showed Tea that he intended to win this tournament with a well-placed up special — which was aided by the windbox of Pac-Man's own hydrant.

Even though Luigi has a fairly decent recovery, Tea was able to stop him from getting back with some off-stage shenanigans. Despite the initial deficit, Tea mounted an unbreachable edge guard that won him the first game. The action wasn't stopping here, however...


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SoCal Regionals 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big shebang this weekend is SoCal Regionals 2018, taking place in Ontario, California.

This is a huge event by all counts, with the biggest part of it being that it is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour, also a Premier event on the Injustice 2 Pro Tour and a Ranking event on the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these three major tours, the event will also be hosting tournaments for the yet-to-be-released Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Pokkén Tournament DX and ARMS.

With Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition over 250 entrants, Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ close to 200 entrants and Super Smash Bros. 4 at around 150 entrants, there's going to be a ton of competition in every game present, for sure.

Notable players attending are too many to count, but among others, you can expect to see FOX|SonicFox, FD|Fujimura, FOX|JDCR, FOX|Tokido, CYG|Fuudo, FOXSaint, GGP|Kazunoko, CO|Dogura, UYU|OilKing, FAV|Sako, CYG|Daigo, EG|NYChrisG, FOX|Punk, FOX|Justin Wong, Jimmy J Tran, Reynald, Ghost|NuckleDu, Gachikun, Noble|Tweedy, PG|Nakkiel, FOX|Dekillsage, EQNX|JoeyFury, PG|Speedkicks, BC|ApologyMan, Noble|Semiij, EQNX|Dimeback, UYU|Cloud805, NRG|Supernoon, Shadow20z, NASR|TekkenMaster, PG|Hayatei, UYU|KizzieKay, MnT|Trungy, UYU|Princess Ling, Nisshin, Noble|Rewind, Pokchop, UYU|BeautifulDude and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, LevelUp Live, LevelUp Live 2, NetherRealm, 2GGaming and SilentScope88.

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Amazon listing of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch bundle suggests theory that final roster count is 74, with just two missing

During the last Nintendo Direct that aired on September 13, 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans were treated to the reveal of two things: the announcement that Isabellea semi-clone of Villager, but not an Echo Fighter — is a playable fighter and there is a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch bundle that will be released on November 2nd.

Interestingly enough, the aforementioned bundle is releasing before Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is made available. In addition to a Nintendo Switch, themed docking station and controllers, the customer of this item will also get a download code for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that will become usable on December 7, 2018.

Recall back to what Masahiro Sakurai — through an English translator — stated during the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate focused Direct that aired on August 8, 2018. "This time, we plan to reveal the design of every fighter before the game launches," said the game's project director.

With images of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch bundle now surfacing on Amazon, speculation about the final roster count has come about. On one side of the box, we can very clearly see the presence of 36 of the characters arranged in a very specific order.

Oddly, the first character shown from this side is Luigi rather than Mario. In fact, it's especially odd how the first nine characters are skipped when Masahiro Sakurai has placed special emphasis on the order in which each combatant has joined the series in the past.

After fighters 10-18 are shown, fighters 19-27 are skipped before 28-36 are seen on this side of the box. See the pattern? Characters are either present or hidden in intervals of nine.

This stays true from top to bottom... except in the case of Corrin. If this pattern were to continue correctly, then Corrin should theoretically be absent from this side of the box.

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REV Major 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's another tour event taking place this weekend, namely REV Major 2018.

It's happening in Manila, Philippines, and although unfortunately some of the top players set to attend were forced to drop out because of the ongoing super typhoon, there are still many others who have made the trip and will compete.

This is a Tekken World Tour Challenger event, with almost 200 players set to fight it out for the points.

Besides this, the event will also feature tournament play for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Players attending include UYU|Jeondding, UYU|Qudans, Fursan|LowHigh, Kkokkoma, AR|Book, Ulsan, UYU|Yuyu, MulGold, Dee-On Grey, DoToRing, AG|R-Tech and many more.

Streaming is being done at Playbook PH and Gariath TV.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stage count declared to be 108 rather than 103 in Japanese magazine

The sheer volume of content contained within Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is pretty mind boggling. We already have the confirmation of at least 72 characters — counting Echo Fighters separately, Pokémon Trainer as one character, and Mii Fighters separately — and 103 stages.

During the Nintendo Direct that aired back in August, Masahiro Sakurai was heard saying that "now the total of stages is 103." There have been different interpretations as to whether or not Sakurai was specifically stating that 103 would be the final stage count at launch.

According to Source Gaming, the most recent issue of Coro Coro in Japan lists that the total number of stages to be 108 rather than 103. It is currently unknown if this was a mistake, a leak, or the intentional release of new information.

The last Super Smash Bros. Ultimate focused Direct did show us all 103 stages in the menu, while random select occupied the very first slot. Curiously, there were a total of six blank spots that sat at the very bottom.

Source Gaming has noted that Sakurai has declared the stage count to be 103 in a previous Famitsu column. It sounds as though five of those six slots that sit at the bottom can be filled with stages while the final position can be potentially reserved for a DLC page.

Outside of this unique stage count, the rest of the information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is supposedly just a review of August's Direct. There's probably no mention of Isabelle — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's latest newcomer as of September 13 — within Coro Coro.

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Dixie Kong's chances of joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may have just increased dramatically with Isabelle's inclusion

Yesterday, we finally got to see the Nintendo Direct which had been delayed a week because of the earthquake that hit Hokkaido, Japan the week before.

In said Direct, Nintendo announced a few new titles, showed new footage of several titles we knew of, brought out a bunch of remakes and remasters, and ended it on a very high note with a Smash Bros. reveal and announcement for one of their biggest franchises.

Yes, the Direct ended with a new Animal Crossing game being confirmed for next year, and one of that series most popular characters since her debut in Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS, Isabelle, joining the battle.

In Super Smash Bros. discussions, Isabelle had generally been viewed as something of a shoo-in, with people always saying she was a locked character and there's no way she would miss the cut.

However, the majority's assumption was that she would be an Echo Fighter of Animal Crossing's current playable character, Villager, which was not the case.

In fact, while Isabelle seems to have some moves that are similar to Villager's, her situation seems much more similar to that of Lucas or Toon Link from the Super Smash Bros. Brawl days than any sort of Echo Fighter, and this is great news for my personal most wanted character of all the ones not already in, Dixie Kong of Donkey Kong Country fame.

If you're wondering how Isabelle relates to Dixie in this regard, I'd be more than happy to explain it to you. Just continue below to be enlightened.

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'IS IT SMASH OR ANIMAL CROSSING?!' - prominent competitors, streamers and content creators react to Isabelle's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate unveiling

You can almost always expect the Super Smash Bros. community to turn excitement levels up to 150% whenever new content is revealed for a title in their franchise and yesterday's Isabelle reveal was no exception.

Many tuned into yesterday's rescheduled Nintendo Direct to find out what new announcements the titan of gaming had up its sleeve and those hoping for Smash Ultimate news were not disappointed.

Animal Crossing's Isabelle is taking a break from her duties as the Mayor's assistant to beat the living tar out of every character that's ever been in a Smash title as well as the handful of newcomers in the upcoming entry.

While certainly not a household character name in the gaming world, Isabelle does seem to be a generally welcome addition to the roster. We've gone out and collected a few videos as prominent members of the Smash and/or fighting game community recorded their reactions.

These include the likes of TSM|ZeRo, Maximilian, Alpharad and The Keef Crew.

Continue on to watch as these personalities react to Isabelle's unveiling and then let us know if (and how loudly) you lost composure when you first saw her. Here's the first and most over the top. Headphone users will want to turn down the volume. Also expect some NSFW language in any and all of these.


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Isabelle is not an Echo Fighter of Animal Crossing's Villager in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday brought with it another big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcement — just as fans had hoped. Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series — as well as a new entry in the Animal Crossing series — was unveiled at the very end of Nintendo's broadcast.

It didn't take long into the trailer to see that Isabelle harnessed moves similar to Animal Crossing's Villager. The assumption going into the announcement was that Isabelle would simply be an Echo Fighter of Villager (based on logical reasoning and rumors we had heard previously), and possibly have a slightly different move here or there like Fire Emblem's Chrom — being an Echo of Roy, but having Ike's up B.

Isabelle's official announcement trailer showcased several unique moves, however, with other attacks being similar to Villager. This put her into a bit of a gray area, seemingly sitting somewhere between Echo and standalone character.

The official Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website has since updated with Isabelle's character information, and with that we have our definitive answer. Isabelle is not an Echo Fighter, she is a standalone character.

Among the character list we see Isabelle marked as #68 — a number indicating at what place she joined the Super Smash Bros. series. Echo Fighters on the website are represented with the same number as the character they're copying, as well as a symbol by their name indicating an Echo — which Isabelle does not have.

It appears that rather than being an Echo Fighter, Isabelle falls more on the side of a clone-type character such as Toon Link or Lucas (for Link and Ness, respectively). Basically, she's modeled after Villager, but has enough unique traits to hold her own character slot on the roster.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate special hardware bundle for Nintendo Switch revealed; launches in November

Nintendo held their special Direct stream today to announce and show off upcoming 3DS and Switch titles where they closed the show with the announcement of Isabelle's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate plus the reveal of a new Animal Crossing game for the Switch. Nintendo had more to show than just software, however.

A special hardware bundle for the Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was also revealed before the close of the live stream and presents the perfect opportunity for players still waiting to hop on the highly successful hybrid console platform.

The Switch console itself features a dock branded with the eight original Super Smash Bros. characters from the Nintendo 64 title — Mario, Samus, Kirby, Fox, Donkey Kong, Link, Yoshi and Pikachu — plus Joy-Cons branded with the Super Smash Bros. cross logo.

This special bundle will also come with a digital code for the new Super Smash Bros. title and is scheduled to launch on November 2nd along with the new Smash Ultimate branded controllers and GameCube controller adapters, but players will still need to wait that extra month to actually play the fighter.

As of the time of this posting, the hardware bundle is not yet available to pre-order though it is set to retail for $360 USD. This wasn't the only Switch bundle announced in the past week either, as Nintendo also recently revealed the Pokémon-themed Pikachu and Eevee Nintendo Switch for the new Pokémon: Let’s Go games also coming this Fall.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is still scheduled to release on December 7, 2018. You can check out the official images of the bundle in the gallery below plus the trailer from the Direct in the video after the jump.

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Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Isabelle was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during today's Nintendo Direct stream from the Animal Crossing series as a newcomer fighter using a variety of tools and objects to assist her in battle.

She is listed as character number 68 meaning that she is not an Echo Fighter of Animal Crossing's Villager, so she has her own unique move set though she still has many similar items that are used in different ways.

Isabelle's running attack causes her to trip and drop a pot, down Smash looks to be tossing a bucket of water side-to-side, side Smash appears to be a party popper with quite a bit of kick to it and she has a fishing rod to pull enemies closer to her. Her up Special appears to be a pure recovery move, as she's shown sitting on a swing tied to balloons.

Her first appearance came in Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 where she served as the player character's assistant and secretary as mayor. She quickly became a fan favorite among players of the series to the point where she became a DLC character for Mario Kart 8 and used as costumes for other titles.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS saw her introduction to the Smash series as an Assist Trophy that would throw fruit for players to help heal them. Isabelle was also featured as a Mii Gunner costume in Smash 4 as well.

Rumors / leaks arose earlier this Summer relating to Isabelle's inclusion in Ultimate which have now come true, so Vergeben's other statements appear to have even more credibility now including recent posts about another Square Enix representative and Street Fighter's Ken. You can check out Isabelle's artwork and screenshots in the gallery below plus her full reveal trailer along with her Smash Bros. character trailer showing off more of her move set and Final Smash after the jump.

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Nintendo Direct Stream is now live; new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcements likely inbound

Update: The Nintendo Direct stream is now live. Come watch it with us below.

Nintendo was originally scheduled to hold their latest Direct stream a week ago, but the company ultimately decided to delay the event due to recent natural disasters in Japan.

The Nintendo Direct focused on showcasing games for the 3DS and Switch will now take place today at 3:00 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT and will likely run for about 35 minutes.

For new fighting game news, this Direct won't be focusing solely on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate though we're still expecting it to make an appearance with at least one or two new announcements based on multiple factors. Dragon Ball FighterZ on the Switch is also launching later this month, so we may also see some more for that title as well.

We could very likely see some newcomers or new Echo Fighters announced during the stream today or learn more about the mysterious mode that was censored out of the last direct which may be called "Spirits" and tie into Nintendo's recent trend of killing characters in Smash trailers.

Nintendo runs a daily Smash Bros. blog where they post screen shots, videos and music tracks in numbered posts, and they actually skipped some numbered updates following the delay of the Direct leading many to believe that new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content is part of today's Nintendo Direct.

We'll also likely get a better look at the recently announced Pikachu and Eevee special edition version Switch during the stream as well. You can watch the Direct stream here with us once it begins after the jump.

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Could we someday see Doom's main character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Bethesda says they have discussed Smash with Nintendo

With the release date of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate quickly approaching, Western video game developers appear to have taken an interest in the massive crossover title with perhaps the hopes of some of their characters will one day make it in.

We previously reported that Activision Blizzard's Pete Stilwell stated that he'd like to see Diablo added to Super Smash Bros. the most out of all of their characters which is an interesting route to take when they've got colorful heroes from Overwatch and the like. Now it looks like it's Bethesda's turn.

Pete Hines from the publisher / developer of titles like Doom, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein and The Evil Within recently joined Metro for an interview where they discussed Bethesda's love of single-player games, the Nintendo Switch, the possibility of future Nintendo exclusives and even Super Smash Bros. among other topics.

To cap off their interview, Hines is asked if they have spoken to Nintendo about Super Smash Bros. to which he simply replies, "oh yeah." It's certainly not much to go on, so it's not likely we'll see Doom Slayer or a Hell stage in Smash any time soon — though what a world that would be.

Nintendo's platform fighter has focused solely on Japanese IP with some exceptions coming from some Western designs for characters like Diddy Kong and King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong Country games though we have yet to see a wholly Western property represented by a playable character — Shovel Knight does appear though only as a guest character.

You can check out Metro's full interview with Pete Hines here, and let us know in the comments if there's a Bethesda character you'd like to see appear in Smash Bros. or any Western gaming franchise like Crash Bandicoot or Shantae.