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Why Steve might be the worst character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Shortly after his release into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as is often the case with new DLC characters, Steve popped on many of our radars a potentially overpowered roster member. This stemmed from his unique abilities and the potential many saw as they imagined how such tools might work together in powerful ways.

The face of Minecraft has been throwing down for exactly one month today, and despite those early concerns it actually may be the case that Steve is Ultimate's worst character. A recent examination by IzawSmash explores why.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee modder creates nice quality of life update for the almost 20-year-old title

Super Smash Bros. Melee saw a recent surge this year thanks to the Slippi Online program that added rollback netcode matchmaking to the GameCube classic though that's not all the community has been up to lately.

A Smash modder by the name of UnclePunch recently released an update for Melee that added in a nice quality of life feature that was included in Brawl onwards which any player can appreciate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Version 9.0.2 patch notes

Feels like it was just yesterday, but Minecraft's Steve has been part of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster for almost a month now with a third update since his release now added as well.

The Version 9.0.2 update is now available to download for Smash Ultimate, and Nintendo also helpfully released the patch notes to fill us in on what's different now.

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Tekken 7 named fighting game of the generation by the EventHubs community

Update: The community has spoken! With more than 1,600 votes cast and plenty of great candidates to chose from, Tekken 7 has been crowned as the fighting game of the generation by all of you, the readers of EventHubs. You can check out the final poll numbers in the original story below and see how close some of the rankings are.

It's kinda hard to believe, but the next generation of consoles is no longer on the horizon. The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will be here in just a few short days.

Though many players will be looking forward with what's about to come, it's also a great time to reflect on the fighting games that defined the eighth generation these past seven years from Killer Instinct to Granblue Fantasy: Versus.

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A 9.0.2 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming very soon, warning that replay data might be lost in coming transition

We have word from Nintendo VS that information concerning Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's new 9.0.2 patch will soon be released so that we can see exactly what's been altered.

We don't, in fact, expect there to be much in the way of balance changes at all this time around, but instead suspect that the majority of the bullet points we'll see will simply be bug and quality of life alterations. That said, there is something worth knowing before you cue up the update on your Nintendo Switch.

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Goku's animations from Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2 have been ported into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via hacking

Masahiro Sakurai has been adamant that characters like Goku and Iron Man will probably never join the roster of a Super Smash Bros. title. Having said that, he does acknowledge their popularity.

This means that it's really up to the fans if they truly want Goku to be playable in Super Smash Bros. Mastaklo has reported that he was able to successfully port Goku's animations from Xenoverse 2 and Dragon Ball FighterZ into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sales officially surpass 21 million, DLC numbers increase in 2020

Masahiro Sakurai and his team have been taking an already immensely attractive idea in the Super Smash Bros. franchise, and increasingly made it more refined, further fleshed out, and a must-have for personal gaming libraries. Updated sales numbers have come out for the latest entry in the series, 2018's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and they're jaw-dropping.

We heard tell from Sakurai back in September of this year that Ultimate had surpassed the 20 million unit sales mark, but it seems the title has been continuing to chug right along as the latest report finds it having sold a whopping 2,110,000 copies... and there's more.

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Masahiro Sakurai remarks about how Twitter's troubles caused a unique situation for Nintendo when Steve was announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

When Minecraft's Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman were first revealed as challengers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 1, 2020, Twitter seemingly struggled to handle the traffic. Even Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, took notice of this phenomenon. "Perhaps Twitter has fallen...?" wondered Sakurai.

While the reaction to Steve's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was fairly mixed, there's certainly something to be said about the representation of the most popular video game in the world. In Sakurai's latest Famitsu Column entry, Sakurai made additional comments about the Twitter issues that surfaced following the big reveal.

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Dabuz releases Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 9.0 tier list

Professional player Liquid|Dabuz has released his latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list. This assortment of rankings takes into consideration everything from the latest version of the game, 9.0.1, including newest DLC character Steve from Minecraft.

Instead of your standard S rank through D rank, Dabuz organizes characters into categories such as "Sauce Tier," which are top ranks and could use some slight nerfs and "Could Use Buff?" 9.0.0 did implement several balance changes for Smash Bros. Ultimate, so let's take a look at where Dabuz places the cast now.

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Masahiro Sakurai is looking forward to what is next for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate despite challenges with Steve's presentation

In Masahiro Sakurai's latest Famitsu Column, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director talked about being excited about the prospect of showing what's next for the game. During the "Mr. Sakurai Presents" videos, you can really tell that Sakurai puts his heart and soul into these reveals.

"Being able to take part in this many different types of content truly makes me feel like I have a job filled with happiness, and I'm looking forward to what we get to show you next," stated Sakurai.

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Did you know that Sonic's personality was partially based on Bill Clinton?

Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most iconic characters in gaming. During the Nintendo vs. Sega "console war" era, Sonic was Sega's answer to Nintendo's Mario. It was quite the rivalry back in the day.

Although Alex Kidd was unofficially considered to be Sega's mascot by fans during the Master System era, Sega eventually realized that they needed a new mascot for a game series that could really demonstrate the power of the new console's hardware. To solve this problem, Sega developed a character based on qualities from... Bill Clinton, Michael Jackson and Santa Claus?

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Minecraft's Steve doesn't crack the top 50 characters in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier lists 3 weeks after his release

The debate surrounding Steve's strength in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate continues to rage across many in the community even three weeks after the Minecraft star's release.

Now that players are getting extended hands-on time with Steve and the rest of the Minecraft crew, however, we figured now would be a great time to see just where the community ranks him in the tier lists.

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Fashion model Gigi Hadid and tennis star Genie Bouchard cosplay as two fighting game favorites

Two beautiful ladies from circles well outside the gaming community decided to dress up as Super Smash Bros.' Zero Suit Samus and Mortal Kombat's Mileena this year for Halloween.

American fashion model Gigi Hadid and Canadian tennis professional Genie Bouchard posted up images to their respective Instagram accounts showing off their costumes for their millions of followers in recent days, and we've got them here to share with you as well.

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Uploading Minecraft worlds to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was originally a planned feature by Masahiro Sakurai but it didn't work out

Minecraft's Steve, Alex, Zombie and Enderman were recently released as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 82nd fighter via Challenger Pack 7. This newest character is fairly complex thanks to their resource management and crafting abilities.

As revealed in Masahiro Sakurai's latest Famitsu Column, the developers did briefly consider making more beginner friendly, but it apparently goes against Masahiro Sakurai's values to make his moveset generic. As such, the developers instead opted for the more difficult route of developing a character that essentially required all the stages to be reworked.

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Remember the time Donkey Kong ran against King K. Rool in an election for ‘Ruler of Kongo Bongo?'

Back in the late 1990s, a tv series was airing on television based on Nintendo and Rare's Donkey Kong Country. While the animation has not aged particularly well, the children's cartoon series ended up having two seasons.

I remember one particular episode — Vote of Kong-Fidence — where it was determined that an election would be held to determine the "Future Ruler of Kong Bongo." Initially, this plot pitted Donkey Kong up as a candidate against Bluster Kong (exclusive to the cartoon series). Eventually, King K. Rool caught wind of the election and also decided to run.

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This flip-book animation imagines Mortal Kombat's Scorpion putting poor Kirby through a painful Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Though there's been speculation in the past, the prospect of seeing a Mortal Kombat character join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as DLC feels like one that probably won't ever happen. While we could see a heavily toned down version of a Mortal Kombat warrior join the battle, the highly gory nature the series is known for likely wouldn't jive well with the kid-friendly atmosphere of Smash Bros.

That hasn't stopped people from imagining what such a crossover could look like, though. This flip-book animation of Scorpion performing a Final Smash on Kirby in Smash Bros. Ultimate from DannerM5 is evidence of that, and it's already caught the attention of NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon.

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Masahiro Sakurai: Making Steve beginner friendly in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossed our minds but it would go against my values to make him generic

It's easy to see how Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, puts his heart and soul into game development. In the latest Famitsu Column, he described the inability to fit Minecraft music into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with the Steve Challenger Pack as being the "biggest crisis yet in our long history of making Super Smash Bros. games." While not outright confirmed, this heavily implied that the developers weren't allowed to do this due to copyright issues. Were they prohibited by Mojang Studios?

During the Famitsu Column, Sakurai also mentioned how difficult it was to develop Steve. In particular, getting Steve to blend in with the rest of the roster and game world proved to be quite challenging. This also had to be done while properly representing Minecraft's gameplay.

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