The Smash Box kickstarter campaign announced to begin March 1st

The developers of the Smash Box have announced that the kickstarter for their product will start on March 1, 2017. It's been a long wait for the kickstarter to begin, most likely due to all the controversies surrounding the Smash Box.

Similar to when the Hit Box first became a product, many have wondered how "fair" this form of control is. The idea behind the Smash Box is to remove execution limitations that a normal controller provides and to preserve hands that may overwise be cramped for using a GameCube controller.

In particular, the Hit Box is said to provide a certain consistency that can be harder to replicate with other types of controls. For some reason, this has created concerns that the Smash Box may be "bad" for Super Smash Bros. Melee tournaments.

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The unknown Japanese Lucario player, Tsu, made major splashes at Frostbite 2017 - Tsu vs. ZeRo highlights

Frostbite 2017 has ended, and boy did it have some really gripping upsets.

We previously saw an unknown Kirby player take a set off of Ally at Frostbite 2017. I figured this would be enough of an upset at this particular tournament.

Boy was I wrong. The Japanese player known as Tsu almost took the whole tournament.

Tsu was able to take sets off of DNG|Kameme, Void, Salem... and even TSM|ZeRo himself. I've never actually seen anybody force ZeRo off his main characters (Diddy Kong and Cloud these days) after a loss like Tsu has.


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ZeRo ended up coming back to meet Tsu in grand finals after eliminating Nairo.

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Frostbite 2017 results ft. ZeRo, Ally, Nairo, Dabuz, VoiD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Smash Bros. Wii U fans will be able to catch some serious action this weekend as Frostbite 2017 is taking place in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Huge levels of talent will be present, including TSM|ZeRo, C9|Ally, NRG|Nairo, RNG|Dabuz, CLG|VoiD, LG|Abadango, FOX|MKLeo, DNG|Kameme, 2GG|Komorikiri, MVG|Salem, Ranai, Zinoto, P1|Tweek, RvL|Mr. E, KEN, CaptainZack, InC|WaDi, PG|Rich Brown, PG|Esam, FS|Fatality, E2C|DarkShad and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Unrivaled Tournaments and Gooshi Gaming.

Check out the full action below.

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Naptown City Clutch VI results ft. ChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, RayRay, Yipes, Romance

Update: This story has been updated with finalresults.

Indianapolis, Indiana is going to be filled with fighting game goodness this weekend, as Naptown City Clutch VI is taking place there.

Games set to be played are Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Smash Bros. 64, Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

Players attending include EG|NYChrisG, KaneBlueRiver, PG|RayRay, IFC Yipes, Romance, TS|Arturo Sanchez, GS|Gllty, BxA|Squall, JoeyD, DualKevin and many more.

Streaming will be handled by Team Spooky, Push Block Gaming and PBLK Gaming.

Check out the full action below.

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Poll: Diddy Kong, Cloud, or Bayonetta? Which character is the best in Super Smash Bros. 4?

For those that have been paying attention to my series of articles where I interview top Smash Bros. 4 players, I've been asking every player who they think is the best character. Three characters in particular have been standing out the most.

With the exception of a few outliers, the response I typically get is Diddy Kong, Cloud, and Bayonetta as being the best. Either one of these characters is better than the rest, or some combination of them are tied for number one.

There's been a lot of debate lately if these characters need to be nerfed for the rumored Smash Bros. for the Switch title. Surprisingly, there's even been a debate that one of these characters might even need a buff.

Now I'm curious about what the majority of our readers think about these three characters.

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One of Smash 4's best sent to losers by unknown Kirby player at Frostbite 2017, Komota's reaction to beating Ally is priceless

The Frostbite 2017 event is dedicated solely to Super Smash Bros. 4 and is currently underway. Today marks day 1 of the Michigan-based tournament, and we have already seen quite the upset in the Wii U singles pools.

Elliot Bastien Carroza-Oyarce, better known in the community as C9|Ally, is widely regarded as one of the best Super Smash 4 players on the scene today. When it comes to top tier talent, he is among the best of the best, which makes his winner's side loss today all that more intriguing.

A player that the scene hasn't heard much about by the name of Komota went head-to-head against Ally in the singles pools earlier today and managed to pull off the unexpected. Using Kirby -- a character not seen very often in high-level tournament play -- Komota sent Ally to the losers side of the bracket with a 2-1 win.

With both players on their final stock and Ally's Mario at a dangerous 125%, Komota landed a swift back-air, sending the popular plumber off stage for the KO. The Kirby player couldn't even believe what he had just accomplished...


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'I hate rage [mechanic], straight up... Without rage, R.O.B would ALWAYS have down throw, up-air as a kill confirm' - 8BitMan on R.O.B. and rage

For my weekly interview with Smash Bros. players series, I decided to ask Brett' Fable|8BitMan' Esposito about some of his opinions on R.O.B. in Smash 4.

8BitMan is considered to be one of the best R.O.B. players in Super Smash Bros. 4.

In this interview, 8BitMan talks about R.O.B.'s viability as well as how the character is affected by rage. His perception of how rage affects R.O.B. might be different than those that don't play the character.

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We can't decide which is better, Tali xoxo's Zero Suit Samus or her Supergirl

With the beautiful cosplay work of Tali xoxo and the amazing photography skills of Cliff Sun, we're happy to bring you this Zero Suit Samus and Supergirl gallery.

These high res shots are incredible, and we can't decide which look like better. If you can somehow decide, please let us know in the comments.

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Winter Brawl 11 results ft. SonicFox, ChrisG, RayRay, Scar, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Winter Brawl 11 is taking place this weekend in Essington, Pennsylvania, and there's a lot of action to be seen.

You can expect to see high level play in Street Fighter 5, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Soul Calibur 5, Killer Instinct and more.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, PG|RayRay, FOX|Scar, ANBU|Punk, PIE|Smug, UA|Bass, Dieminion, IMT|ANTi, PG|Coach Steve, D-Link|LordKnight, MrKwiggle, DF|PinkDiamond, LI Joe, NS|Ludovic, Unkn0wn, TA|Moons, GG|SherryJenix and many more.

Streaming is being handled by Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network and BlazeU25_.

Check out the full action below.

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BEAST 7 results ft. Armada, Leffen, Mr. R, SFAT, Ice

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, BEAST 7 is taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a lot of top Smash players have showed up for the event.

The tournament will feature Singles and Doubles events for Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U as well as tournaments for Super Smash Bros. 64 and Street Fighter 5.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, Alliance|Armada, TSM|Leffen, ELV|Mr. R, CLG|SFAT, LG|Ice, SPY|Nintendude, MSF|The Moon, VwS|Professor Pro, DruggedFox, DizzKidBoogie, EGTV|Crush, Slox, iStudying and more.

Streaming is being handled by Geeky Goon Squad and BYO Controller.

Check out the full action below.

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Is Ryu truly a top tier candidate in Super Smash Bros. 4? How will his meta evolve without Trela?

Since his initial release as a DLC character, there has been a perception of Ryu's ranking in the tiers as a high to top tier character. It certainly isn't an unfounded notion due to some of the properties of his attacks.

At the same time, Ryu has produced very inconsistent tournament results even after about a year and a half. Many note that this is due to Ryu's learning curve being more difficult than any other character in the series.

Not too long ago, FOX|MKLeo, a very talented professional player, played in a tournament called "Austin's Really Feeling It!" in Texas. One of the most interesting matches was between MKLeo and Trela.

This match actually occurred twice since one of the players was sent to the loser's bracket and made their way back to grand finals. Hit the jump below to check out the matches.

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Arturo Sanchez, The Moon, DJ Nintendo and more from the FGC will appear in Elementary's special eSports episode tonight

Tonight the show known as Elementary will have a special showing tonight. Special for the fighting game community anyhow.


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As mentioned in the Tweet, the episode airing tonight will be showcasing the eSports scene. The episode's title is called "Rekt in Real Life."

Below is the synopsis of the episode.

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a former professional eSports video game player who died after being assaulted in front of his fans during a live video stream. Meanwhile, Shinwell seeks advice from Joan when his teen daughter asks to meet with him for the first time in years.

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'I feel like if you don’t believe your character is good enough to win a major [then] you shouldn’t play your character' - ESAM on character selection

For my weekly interview with Smash Bros. players series, I decided to ask Eric 'PG|ESAM' Lew about some of his opinions on Pikachu in Smash 4.

ESAM is widely considered to be the best Pikachu player in the world for Super Smash Bros. 4. ESAM is known for believing Pikachu's potential to be greater than what is usually most commonly accepted among the Smash community.

In this interview, ESAM talks about why he believes Pikachu to be as good as he is, as well as a few other topics such as why he quit playing Super Smash Bros. Melee.

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Lylat Cruise returns to the Super Smash Bros. 4 stage list after receiving feedback

Not too long ago, we saw a change to the recommended ruleset for Super Smash Bros. 4. Perhaps the most controversial part of the changes were the changes to the recommended stagelist.

Apparently the people behind the 2017 ruleset change decided to review all the feedback they've gotten regarding their proposed changes. This has resulted in them making a few changes to the rules that they originally presented.

Lylat Cruise has gone from being a banned stage to a starter stage.

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EventHubs 2016 top 51 Super Smash Bros. 4 players 1-11 - the end of the list showcasing the best players in the world

We're back with our last segment of our top 51 players list for Super Smash Bros. 4.

As with all of our top player lists for any game, we had a panel of players and well known voices in the community vote on how the various competitors stacked up.

We compiled everyone's results and built this ranking based on their votes.

Today's listing covers the final 11 placements of our top player list for Super Smash Bros. 4.

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