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Cloud and Sephiroth may be in Super Smash Bros. now, but Square felt Nintendo never wanted them to come back after Final Fantasy 7's PS1 exclusivity

Square Enix is now one of the most represented third-parties in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Cloud, Sephiroth and Dragon Quest's Hero as playable characters, but that would have once been thought to be impossible when the crossover series was first created.

It almost feels like a miracle that Final Fantasy 7 could receive two fighter slots in Smash too considering it was the game that led to perhaps the biggest breakup in video game history that left some at Square feeling like Nintendo closed the door to them and never wanted to see / work with them ever again.

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Modders have added Wolf into Super Smash Bros. Melee and pro player Leffen couldn't be happier

We recently reported on a new mod that's turning lots of heads in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community as a group called Team Akaneia is attempting to give a major overhaul update to the 20 year old title.

While some impressive stages and a fun new volley ball mode have rolled out, the most recent (and largest) piece of the pie yet has to be the inclusion of Wolf, a character appearing in later Smash entries, to the Melee roster. Smash professional TSM|Leffen recently got his hands on a beta version of the character and is absolutely loving what he's seeing thus far.

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ESAM shares his Min Min matchup chart, and we can see why she's becoming one of the most hated characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In a game with 80 characters on its roster, one that loses only to 10 others is an absolute beast. According to PG|ESAM, that's Min-Min's current status in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The community figure has recently released a matchup chart for the ARMS guest, and if he's correct in his analysis here, Min Min is an uphill battle for the vast majority of Ultimate's characters.

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Volleyball mode added to Super Smash Bros. Melee thanks to mod

Although Super Smash Bros. Melee is nearly 20 years old at this point, fans are still modding the GameCube classic. Team Akaneia recently released a new build of Super Smash Bros. Melee that has a never-before-seen mode added to the game.

Using any of the 26 playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee, players can compete against one another in a volleyball mode. As expected, this new game mode plays very similar to the volleyball sport.

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Min Min is rapidly becoming the most hated character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Japanese scene

Min Min became available as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 81st character during an era where the world was essentially on lockdown due to the COVID-19 global pandemic of 2020. Offline tournaments around the world were suspended with the hopes of curving the spread. As such, players were relegated to playing online for the foreseeable future.

It's often argued that playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online offers a completely different experience compared to playing offline. This means that some characters might come across as being less effective than normal while others benefit from a reduced reaction speed in an "online meta." With Japan now transitioning back to offline tournaments, it's starting to look like Min Min might might be a fair bit stronger offline. Funnily enough, this is resulting in the character acquiring a lot of hate in the Japanese region.

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Sonic gets extra edgy after stealing Sephiroth's fiery win screen in this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate mod

Sephiroth is one of the most renowned villains in all of gaming, and while his name is one to shudder at the mere mention of, there's another character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that arguably inspires even more terror in the hearts of potential foes... at least online.

Sonic has garnered quite a reputation for having a particularly pestersome play style, and a 3D animator by the name of Sourcy has paired the two characters by creating a sequence featuring Sonic on Sephiroth's scorching win screen.

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Masahiro Sakurai notes the challenges of adjusting goals mid-development in reflection of Cyberpunk 2077's troubled release

Famitsu Column 620 had Masahiro Sakurai talking about Cyberpunk 2077 — a game that wasn't released on a Nintendo console. Thanks to Kody NOKOLO, we have a translation of Sakurai's thoughts regarding his experience with Cyberpunk 2077. Sakurai even seemed to empathize with the developers as he discusses how difficult it is to change goals mid-development.

"Sakurai writes that the limits of game development can hinder a game's performance by the time development ends," said Kody in his outline of Sakurai's column. "It's very difficult to adjust development goals during development. Development requires a lot of estimation beforehand because mid-development is tough to balance."

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New sound mod gives Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Third Strike parries, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 effects and more iconic fighting game audio cues

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now the biggest fighting game of all time in terms of sales, but what if it was every big fighting game?

Well, modder ShoYouMomo set out to give everyone a small taste of just that with their new mod that replaces Smash's sound effects with those from some of the most iconic fighting games of the past 20+ years.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate created stage sends you to Pokemon Platinum's Distortion World and makes me long for a Sinnoh remake

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Shared Content section has tons of great pieces for fans to check out. One of the most creative categories of this section is the created stages, where players upload their best backdrops for others to download and do battle upon, and the popular filter currently boasts several top notch designs for you to experience.

One of these designs that caught my eye while perusing the content this week was that of Pokemon Platinum's Distortion World. At a time where a remake of Pokemon's generation 4 (or a Sinnoh remake, as it's often referred to) is still nowhere to be seen, this created stage not only makes me long for such a remake more, but will help tide you over until we actually get one — hopefully, anyway.

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Tweek releases Pokémon Trainer match up chart for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pokémon Trainer has long been regarded as one of the strongest characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but what does their best player think about them now?

TSM|Tweek came so close to winning EVO 2019 with Charizard, Ivysaur and Squirtle, and now the top competitor has released his new match up chart for how they fare in 2021.

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I got teabagged the most in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when I was trying to get Sonic into Elite Smash

If you're playing Sonic online in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, then you probably aren't very popular with most opponents. I recently found this out for myself while attempting to get Sonic into Elite Smash.

By this point, I've already managed to get most of the roster into Elite Smash. For some characters, this has proven to be a somewhat difficult task while others have been relatively easy. Much to my amusement, I found that opponents, once they've secured a lead, were much more likely to teabag against my Sonic than against other characters I've used.

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Mario now has an official Super Saiyan transformation... sort of

Nintendo has given Mario a vast number of transformations over the past 35 plus years though his latest stands out a good bit more than most of the rest for some obvious reasons.

The developer released a new trailer for the upcoming Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury game and expansion this morning which closes off with Mario picking up a new item that makes his cat form look just like a Super Saiyan from Dragon Ball Z.

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The villains of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate get inspired by Dragon Ball Z's Ginyu Force and their poses in this creative fan animation

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate features many iconic video game heroes, but villains tend to be less common by comparison. This makes the addition of characters like Ganondorf, Bowser, Ridley, King K. Rool, Wolf and Wario feel particularly unique within the game's 83-fighter roster.

Recently, Sourcy created a team victory animation that highlights most of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's villains. Fans of Dragon Ball Z are sure to be reminded of certain characters from the Frieza Arc.

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Rumor: Nintendo Direct could be incoming here in January if Nintendo website updates are an indicator

According to Porkydickson on Reddit (via Nintendo Life), the Nintendo Direct archive has seen numerous updates over the last week or so. Fans are beginning to speculate that a Nintendo Direct might be happening sometime in January to kick 2021 off for Nintendo enthusiasts.

Looking backwards, there's always been a Nintendo Direct of some kind — whether it was a standard Direct that showcased multiple games or focused solely on one game — in January since 2013, with 2016 being the sole exception.

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Sephiroth is top tier according to Tweek but the character takes a lot of work to be successful with in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Sephiroth is the latest challenger to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 83-fighter roster. Players are beginning to come to their own conclusions on just how viable the Final Fantasy antagonist is in the overall meta.

TSM|Tweek recently released a video that has him talking about his opinions on the One-Winged Angel. At the very end, he concludes that Sephiroth is among the top tiers.

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Japanese Donkey Kong player reacts louder with each failed recovery attempt against Min Min in hilarious Super Smash Bros. Ultimate clip

The Donkey Kong vs. Min Min match up tends to be a fairly volatile one in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Either Min Min gets Donkey Kong off the stage once then bullies his linear recovery indefinitely with her Ramram ARM or Donkey Kong takes advantage of Min Min's lackluster recovery by pushing her too close to the blast zone with his cargo throw.

A Japanese player known as SSG|J recently uploaded a video that showcases one match as Donkey Kong against Min Min. Unfortunately for the controller of Donkey Kong in this match up, the first situation occurred rather than the latter.

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Ex-Halo composer would love to compose music for Master Chief's entry into Super Smash Bros. but hasn't been approached

It's still crazy to think that Banjo-Kazooie and Steve are playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate considering that both intellectual properties are owned by Microsoft. Somehow, the idea of Halo's Master Chief joining the roster doesn't seem as farfetched as it used to.

Recently, Martin O'Donnell, ex-Halo composer, was interviewed by Kiwi Talkz. "If you were approached [by Nintendo], would you be open to composing a remix if Master Chief ended up in Super Smash Bros.?" asked Kiwi Talkz. The question ended up prompting some laughter from O'Donnell.

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