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This Sakurai Presents Super Smash Bros. Ultimate created stage is so damn meta it's hurting my brain

Masahiro Sakurai is the creator of the Super Smash Bros. series and a very familiar face when it comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The developer is well known today for being the face of the "Sakurai Presents" broadcasts during which Sakurai himself walks viewers through everything they need to know about the latest DLC characters.

These segments are so popular, in fact, that one Smash Bros. Ultimate user took it upon themselves to create a selectable stage in the game that recreates the Sakurai Presents setting. Sakurai made Smash, then he got made IN Smash... and now my brain hurts.

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You can completely erase Fire Emblem characters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate using this fan-made mod

Even in a game with around 80 characters to choose from, the multiple sword-fighter Fire Emblem representatives who are featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have overstayed their welcome as far as a number of community members are concerned.

A modder by the name of Akrenix has created a pair of mods that Smashers can install that will either remove all Fire Emblem content or make it the only intellectual property featured in Ultimate.

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Dante, Dr. Eggman, Scorpion, Freddy Fazbear, Geno, Shantae and more get fan-made victory animations by Sourcy for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

We've already seen just how ridiculously talented Sourcy is at creating his own spin on victory animations for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Challengers like Phoenix Wright, Kazuma Kiryu, Master Chief, Gordon Freeman and many others have had fan animations made that show us how they'd behave in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Looks like Sourcy is back with another batch of fighters. This time, we get to see epic wins from Dante, Dr. Eggman, Shadow, Tails, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Crash Bandicoot, Bandanna Dee, Freddy Fazbear, Geno and many other legendary gaming icons.

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Super Mario Party's out of nowhere online update could serve as a glimmer of hope for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fans who want better online

Earlier today, Nintendo announced that Super Mario Party for the Nintendo Switch would receive a free update that incorporates online play for the board game mode, 70 minigames, and the 2vs2 Partner Party mode. This update seemingly came out of nowhere considering how Super Mario Party was originally released in 2018, and its only other update was released back in early 2019. By all accounts, there was no reason to believe that a new patch like this would be coming to Super Mario Party.

To think that this could mean something in the long term for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a bit of stretch. However, this new announcement could be the result of Nintendo experimenting with a new multiplayer server technology called "NPLN." This would suggest that Nintendo is looking to put a greater emphasis on online interactions for their games going forward.

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Meta Knight with Sephiroth's sword is as ridiculous as you'd probably think as showcased by Vishera Games' mod for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Despite wielding the Galaxia sword, Meta Knight in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate isn't generally looked at as a "sword character" in the traditional sense. Though his attacks are disjointed, his sword swipes and stabs lack the range of a true "swordie archetype" in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Sephiroth, on the other hand, is kind of the opposite extreme. Though his frame data isn't the best up close, he probably wields the longest reaching sword โ€” the Masamune โ€” in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. What would happen if the Masamune was given to Meta Knight instead?

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Masahiro Sakurai used a R.O.B. accessory as a model to create the fighter in Brawl, but the white parts on that accessory have now turned yellow

Masahiro Sakurai recently revealed in Famitsu Column 627 (according to Kody Nokolo's translations) that he used the R.O.B. accessory for the Famicom as a model to create the fighter version of R.O.B. in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. This certainly fits along with what Sakurai said previously about using 3D figurines as reference material when creating in-game models of characters. Somewhere, some 3D figurines of a character or two for the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is probably hiding inside Sakurai's locked drawer at this very moment.

However, Sakurai also recently mentioned how his R.O.B. accessory has begun turning from white to a bright yellow. Strangely, it's only the head and the base of the R.O.B. accessory that's changing colors. Meanwhile, the "arm support" (chest region) of the R.O.B. has remained white.

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More than half of the DLC characters saw usage in the Smash World Tour East Asia South Online's top 32 for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament

The Smash World Tour East Asia South Online tournament was the big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event this weekend. Though there weren't any names that most players would recognize, there were a total of 190 competitors that signed up to compete for one of those Smash World Tour 2021 qualifier slots.

This provides us with an opportunity to take a closer look at the online meta that's been developing thanks to the COVID-19 global pandemic. As such, we've tallied the number of players using each character within the top 32 portion of the bracket.

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Smash World Tour East Asia South Online Qualifier results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Smash World Tour has another qualifier this weekend, this time centered on the somewhat strangely defined region of East Asia South.

Players participating include FA|LynZle, Tanark, RPG|JJRockets, Lira, Mazer|ShiNe, PSI Force, RIBG|Lookkrung, OTT|Nugget613, Techno, Raelu, Camjkz and more.

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Sephiroth's victory animation with the fiery background surprisingly loads the fastest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate โ€” More useless facts by PJiggles

It's been some time since PJiggles released a video from his "Useless Smash Facts" series. Since the last time, both Sephiroth and Pyra & Mythra have been released as DLC challengers.

As such, PJiggles' most recent video puts quite a bit of emphasis on useless facts regarding these new releases. Did you know that the victory screen will load faster if Sephiroth wins a match as opposed to any other character in the game?

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New triple jump tech discovered for Steve in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might mean the Minecraft character just got a lot stronger

While there are plenty of exceptions to rules across Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's massive roster, it's very rare for characters to be able to perform more than two jumps without touching the ground again.

Those who can pull this kind of thing off (Bayonetta, Sephiroth) often have significant advantages as a result, and a recent discovery for Minecraft guest Steve reveals that he has a lot more air mobility than previously thought. Competitor and content creator ESAM has produced a video showing off exactly how to pull off and apply Steve's triple jump in regular gameplay.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has now reportedly achieved over 22.85 million sales worldwide

Back in November 2020, we reported that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had achieved around 21,100,000 sales worldwide. However, it seems that this number is not yet done growing.

As of December 31, 2020, this number has now updated to 22.85 million according to Nintendo's top selling title sales unit page. This makes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the Nintendo Switch's third best selling game after Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (33.41 million) and Animal Crossing: New Horizons (31.18 million).

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Knuckles prop spotted for the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie set, implies team up with Sonic and Tails

Based on the movie's logo, we know that Tails will be playing a more prominent role in the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 movie than he did in the first film. This does make sense as Tails began making appearances in the series starting from the Sonic the Hedgehog 2 video game for the Sega Genesis.

However, it's starting to look like we won't have to wait until the third entry in the cinematic lineup before Knuckles gets in on the action. A leaked photo had a Knuckles prop standing next to Sonic and Tails near some rubble in a city environment.

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VoiD releases new Sheik match up chart for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 11.0.1

Sheik is a very interesting character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In return for some of the best frame data and attributes in the game, Sheik's damage and kill options feel very lacking at times. As such, the amount of precision and skill needed to play Sheik makes her less than ideal when playing online. It's no wonder that many players will often cite Sheik as being the most difficult character to get into Elite Smash with.

One player that's proven to be able to handle Sheik with great efficiency is CLG|VoiD. This competitor is generally regarded as the best Sheik user in the world. He recently released a match up chart for Sheik in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 11.0.1.

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DLC challengers Min Min and Pyra & Mythra were the most popular in the Smash World Tour Japan Online Qualifier's top 32

The Smash World Tour Japan Online Qualifier event wrapped up earlier today. Many notable names like R2G|Kameme, SG8|Tea, SST|Shuton, ProtoBanham, SBI|KEN, R2G|Gackt, SNB|Abadango, DNG|Nietono and 200 more were seen competing for a qualifier spot for the Smash World Tour 2021 Finale.

As such, we're provided with an opportunity to gauge how the online meta is shaping up. Let's take a closer look at the top 32 competitors and the characters that were used.

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Here are the 5 most nerfed characters throughout Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's lifespan according to Larry Lurr

Version 11.0.0 and 11.0.1 were the latest patches to drop for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As such, there have been numerous balance adjustments that have had major impacts on the game's meta.

While it's more likely for a patch to contain buffs for weaker characters, there have been plenty of times where fighters received some fairly significant nerfs. Notably, patch 11.0.0 provided a number of fighters with nerfs. Recently, Larry Lurr created a list that depicts who he believes to be the 5 characters who have received the most impactful nerfs since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's launch.

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Smash World Tour Japan Online Qualifier results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Smash World Tour is on again this weekend with its sights set on Japan.

Players participating include R2G|Kameme, SG8|Tea, SST|Shuton, ProtoBanham, SBI|KEN, R2G|Gackt, SNB|Abadango, DNG|Nietono, VOX|Lea, Yuzu, R2G|Paseriman and R2G|Etsuji and more.

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ESAM hilariously almost loses his mind to frustration trying to practice Yonni's difficult Steve combos in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

PG|ESAM is known for having exceptionally good execution while playing titles in the Super Smash Bros. series. His main character, Pikachu, is regarded as being difficult to play despite his top tier status. Notably, ESAM has even spent time practicing Ice Climbers' desync combos.

A Steve player known as Yonni recently uploaded some insane combo strings with Steve that really demonstrate the Minecraft rep's potential. As such, ESAM recently attempted to replicate these combos while noting how difficult they really are.

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