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Master Hand and Crazy Hand defeated with only Yoshi's Egg Throw special in world record pace by aMSa in Super Smash Bros. Melee

VGBC|aMSa is recognized in the Super Smash Bros. Melee community as being the best Yoshi user in the world. It can be argued that Yoshi's perceived viability in the game's 18 year and counting meta is thanks to aMSa's hard work with a character that was often written off.

Apparently the Japanese competitor is also quite a speed runner. According to aMSa, he recently beat his personal best and world record for completing Event Match 50 in a challenge where he's only allowed to use Yoshi's up special — the Egg Throw.

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With Smash Ultimate DLC adding characters from Nintendo games that are successful right now, which other franchises seem likely in Fighter Pass 2?

At first, I was entirely convinced that all the DLC we'd be getting for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be from 3rd party developers. Back in 2018 I even wrote an article expecting such a scenario after Reggie Fils-Aime, then-president of Nintendo of America, spoke in a way which led many to believe this would be the case.

Since then, this trend was proven incorrect with the final character of the game's first Fighter Pass being the fairly controversial pick of Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and now we have confirmation that the first character of the second Fighter Pass will be a character from the first-party Nintendo Switch hit ARMS.

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ESAM releases a tier list for version 7.0 of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

"Pikachu busted." This is something you'll often hear from PG|ESAM regarding his main character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Is it any surprise to hear that ESAM believes Pikachu to be the best character in version 7.0 of the game?

Although the electric mouse Pokémon's results do not yet reflect it, Pikachu is often regarded as a top tier in many top player lists. Notably, Pikachu is also currently ranked as the best on our community voted tier list out of 76 listed challengers.

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Masahiro Sakurai reveals he's now working on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from home due to coronavirus concerns and Japan's state of emergency

The current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has turned life on a global scale on its head which is also of course having a major impact on the video game development scene almost everywhere.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Director Masahiro Sakurai previously warned that his and others' work on games might face some big delays or halt all together which has somewhat come to fruition now for the Japanese developers.

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Uncharged Failnaught can be pocketed by Villager but the fully charged version can't — Mythsmashers' latest Smash Ultimate video focuses on Byleth

Byleth ended up being the latest fighter to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via the Fighters Pass Vol. 1. Although the so called "Ashen Demon" was released over two months ago, there are still probably a few things that you might not know about regarding this Fire Emblem challenger.

Henke has released episode 16 of his Mythsmashers series. As the name suggests, Henke tests myths that have been circulating about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The latest episode is focused solely on myths surrounding Byleth.

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NinNakajima updates their rendition of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Everyone Is Here' banner with the Fighters Pass 1 roster

Last time we had a look at NinNakajima's artwork, they were paying homage to the late Desmond "Etika" Amofah by adding him to a version of their rendition of the "Everyone Is Here" banner. While it hasn't been named that specifically by the artist, NinNakajima took the time to draw and color every Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character in their own art style for the sake of this one piece.

NinNakajima has revealed that they have now added the Fighters Pass 1 roster to their work. Indeed, it's now possible to locate Joker, Hero, Banjo-Kazooie, Terry Bogard, and Byleth in the cast of characters.

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Masahiro Sakurai shows off unused Sans Mii Fighter design for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Undertale creator asked to make slight changes to costume

Every day, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Director Masahiro Sakurai shares developer screenshots of the game with fans via his Twitter account, and sometimes they even reveal some things that didn't end up making it into the title's final release.

The latest example of such is the Smash creator's new post which shows off an unused design for Sans' Mii Fighter costume in Ultimate before the Undertale developer asked Sakurai's team to make some alterations to his look.

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Mew2King releases his final Super Smash Bros. Melee tier list

Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman's competitive Super Smash Bros. career dates back over 14 years where he quickly rose the ranks to be considered one of the five gods of Melee along with topping many of Brawl's big events.

The veteran pro recently decided to put a bow tie on top of a wrapped up character debate by releasing and breaking down his final tier list for Super Smash Bros. Melee.

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It's been speculated that Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can't become playable characters, but the ARMS fighter will probably disprove that

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the greatest gaming crossover of all time and while it focuses at its core on Nintendo's colorful cast of characters across a wide variety of different franchises, we've seen a massive uptick in iconic 3rd party franchises joining the fray lately. The trend was started back in Super Smash Bros. Brawl with Snake from Metal Gear Solid and Sonic the Hedgehog himself joining the game but as of this writing there's a whopping 14 playable fighters from non-Nintendo properties to pick from on the roster, and there are many more represented in the game outside of the playable cast as well.

Now, Nintendo are shifting at least some focus back to their own properties as evidenced at first by the addition of Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and further solidified with the recent announcement that the first character of Fighter Pass 2 will be from ARMS, the fledgling franchise which launched on the Nintendo Switch in 2017 and went on to sell over 2 million copies.

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This fan-made Super Smash Bros. Ultimate animation sequence from MemoryNova is absolutely brilliant

We'd believe it without a second thought if you told us this Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sequence was done by a long time animation professional, but the fact of the matter is this high-quality clip is the handiwork of a 20-year-old Canadian Source Filmmaker animator who goes by the handle MemoryNova.

Clearly done by someone who loves what they do, this 42-second clip sees three Smash characters (King K. Rool, Ridley, and Isabelle) vie for center stage spotlight and the adoration of an unseen audience.

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The ARMS challenger in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will likely take a number of cues from Street Fighter's Dhalsim in terms of playstyle

Thanks to the recent mini Nintendo Direct, we know that the first challenger of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will be some representative from ARMS. We won't know exactly which fighter has been selected to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster until June.

There are 15 different possibilities in total — Spring Man, Ribbon Girl, Ninjara, Master Mummy, Min Min, Mechanica, Twintelle, Byte & Barq, Kid Cobra, Helix, Max Brass, Lola Pop, Misango, Springtron, and Dr. Coyle. In our recent ARMS poll, it was determined that Twintelle, Min Min, Ribbon Girl, Spring Man, and Dr. Coyle were the most popular candidates among our readers.

Regardless of who is ultimately going to be playable, there is one attribute that is shared among all these fighters. Whichever ARMS character joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster will very likely emphasize reach in a way that dwarfs everyone else.

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Tweek releases his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 7.0 tier list

Having hit a recent subscriber goal on Twitch, TSM|Tweek has fulfilled a promise to share his updated tier list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As one of the absolute best competitive Smashers on the planet right now, Tweek's opinions carry a good bit of authority. The Pokemon Trainer user notes that his choices here are aimed to reflect character potential moreso than simply going off of tournament results.

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Sakurai's Super Smash Bros. 'Pic of the Day' was originally meant to keep team morale up while working, idea was formed during Brawl's development

In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, Super Smash Bros. series producer Masahiro Sakurai brought up a seemingly mundane but actually surprisingly interesting subject in his weekly column — namely, his custom of posting a "Pic of the Day" on Twitter featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

This week's column sees Sakurai explain that the Pic of the Day was originally something he never meant to release to the public, but has been a custom he's been doing internally for the sake of his development team as far back as when they were developing Kid Icarus: Uprising (though the team was also much smaller back then). In short, he wanted to keep his colleagues focused on what their work was accomplishing but there's more to it than that — I've included some translations from parts of Sakurai's column below in which you can hear about his thought process towards both his colleagues and all of the game's fans.

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An ARMS character is coming up next in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — but which one of the stretchy fighters will it be?

It was announced earlier this week, albeit in a slightly unceremonious manner, that the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character to be added to the game, and thereby kicking off the game's second Fighter Pass, will be from Nintendo's fresh Switch intellectual property ARMS.

What wasn't mentioned at all though was just who it will be. All that was said was that the fighter will be able to extend their arms — a universal trait in the game, since that's how you fight. Let's take a look at some of the most likely candidates for being the next Super Smash Bros. fighter releasing in June.

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Where do our community voted tiers for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sit at two months after Byleth's release?

Byleth was made available on January 28, 2020. It's been nearly two months since the first Fighters Pass wrapped up for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Where does our community voted tier list section for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate currently sit at considering the addition of this new character, balance adjustments, and meta developments? Let's take a closer look.

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Hacker invades ZeRo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate arena with Giga Bowser and inaccessible stages

Until the Fighters Pass Volume 2 starts releasing new challengers, there are currently 80 different characters that are playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. However, there is one more character that's technically accessible through abnormal means.

One of the game's bosses, Giga Bowser, can be used during gameplay — if you know how to hack the Nintendo Switch. Tempo|ZeRo recently hosted an online arena in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that was visited by a certain hacker.

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Poll results: Which ARMS characters would you like to see join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster?

Update: The results are in. Check out which of the ARMS characters are the most popular after the jump.

Earlier: During the recently released Nintendo mini-Direct, it was revealed that the next challenger that will be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster via the Fighters Pass wave 6 would be some representative from Nintendo's ARMS series.

This seemingly narrows it down to 15 different possibilities — Spring Man, Ribbon Girl, Ninjara, Master Mummy, Min Min, Mechanica, Twintelle, Byte & Barq, Kid Cobra, Helix, Max Brass, Lola Pop, Misango, Springtron, and Dr. Coyle. Which of these ARMS combatants will be represented?

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