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'We don't have to rely on Nintendo' - Leffen explains why he thinks the future of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online play is in computer emulation

Somewhere in recent history the fighting game community turned a corner and changed its broader views of online play from a fun, additional bonus to a mandatory component of the fighting game experience.

Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been crushing records left and right when it comes to popularity and widespread engagement, but it simultaneously wears something of a scarlet letter for having one of the worst netcode experiences in its genre (and that's saying something). Pro Smasher TSM|Leffen has spoken on this particular subject before, but recently released a video wherein he offers quite an ambitious proposition: ditch the Switch and turn to PC emulation.

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Richter says Dracula's name when put to sleep: PJiggles' new Useless Smash Facts delves into changes made within Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

With over 80 playable characters and hundreds more included throughout the game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is built on decades of small details that largely go unnoticed by even the most avid players.

Smash Bros. Content creator PJiggles began his Useless Smash Facts series just over a year ago to showcase all of the obscure / overlooked aspects of Ultimate, and he recently released a new entry to cover everything that has changed about the original videos plus new discoveries made for the one-year anniversary.

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Mario's legacy recreated in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to honor Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary

Nintendo just dropped a wave of news on Mario fans this morning. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., a Nintendo Direct was released that detailed all of the upcoming products the franchise will see up through Spring 2021.

During this Mario overload, the official Japanese Super Smash Bros. Twitter account wanted to get in on the fun of honoring the popular plumber. They uploaded a video that recreates Mario's 35-year legacy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Something similar to rollback netcode was attempted for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but there were too many side effects according to Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai's 611th column for Famitsu Column surfaced on the internet earlier today. In the latest Sakurai Column, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Director discussed the latest update that included the improvements to the online experience among other things.

"We've also done several adjustments to online play," stated Sakurai. "By far the biggest element we've been prioritizing is to battle against the input delay that happens during 1-on-1 battles online. We've reduced the transmission interval and buffer. But, as a result, when there is delay occurring, you might experience some partial freezing in the match. We've also worked on the matchmaking and optimization, many small and precise adjustments like that."

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Someone turned Overwatch into a Super Smash Bros. meets Marvel vs. Capcom style fighting game

You don't have to look too hard to find avatars from Blizzard's Overwatch first person shooter make guest appearances in other avenues of pop gaming culture, but one fan has taken things to the next level when it comes to the fighting game genre by creating a two-dimensional fighting game mode via the game's custom Workshop mode.

Qtpiheart has already laid the groundwork for something of a Super Smash Bros. meets Overwatch modification as Doomfist, along with a handful of assist characters, take their FPS abilities into the fighting arena.

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'That online player just destroyed me... I better rematch him so I can learn from my mistakes' — Here are 50 things you won't hear from Smash players

HopCat recently released a video titled "50 things you NEVER hear Smash players say." This is a skit that comedically pokes fun at player stereotypes and character properties.

For example, you'll probably never hear two players agree to play a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate match at the Great Cave Offensive stage. Even looking beyond competitive rules, the stage is just too big with hazards that are too obstructive.

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We're just a few days away from the one year mark since the last full Nintendo Direct

The last time Nintendo fans got to watch a full Nintendo Direct was September 4, 2019. We're now approaching the one year anniversary since that event. Indeed, this is currently the longest period of time that has elapsed between full Nintendo Directs if we don't count the mini presentations.

Needless to say, Nintendo gamers are getting anxious for game and DLC announcements for the Nintendo Switch. It's no wonder that there have been unconfirmed rumors that the next full Nintendo Direct will air in September.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Amiibo theory predicts when the next DLC character may release which has remained consistent for every previous fighter

Min Min's been available as the newest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for almost exactly two months at this point which has the playerbase chomping at the bit to know who, when, why and where the next DLC fighter will be coming from.

Well, it turns out there's a pattern in Amiibo releases since Ultimate launched that appear to tie into the Fighter Pass and points to the new character's probably release window — which could be surprisingly soon.

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A hand-drawn version of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's character select screen is being created by one dedicated fan using coloring pencils

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster is absolutely massive thanks to its "Everyone Is Here" theme. As of Min Min's release, there are 81 different characters featured on the game's character select screen.

Needless to say, it'd be quite the undertaking to hand-draw this character select screen. It seems one fan has been tirelessly working on a recreation since June 2019.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the new Spirit Board event this week likely disconfirming a representative as DLC

The Spirit Board in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate replaced the classic trophy hunting from the series which added the new facet of bringing in otherwise unrelated properties to the biggest crossover possibly in video game history.

Nintendo has announced Paper Mario: The Origami King will be the next of characters coming in a Spirit Board event called Ambition of Origami which probably means we shouldn't expect to see a representative from the spin-off join Fighter Pass 2.

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It's possible to build a zip line for tether recoveries with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Stage Builder

Released in version 3.0.0 of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate back in April 2019, the Stage Builder is more advanced than ever before. Creative use of the Stage Builder can result in some very unique interactions that Nintendo themselves are probably unaware of.

The Beefy Smash Doods recently teamed up with VGBC|GimR for their 80th Smash Review video. At one point, we get the glimpse of a zip line that was built using the Stage Builder.

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How the rumored new and more powerful Nintendo Switch model could impact Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's gameplay and systems

Rumors surrounding a new and improved Nintendo Switch console have been floating around since shortly after the system first launched though they are seemingly becoming more and more substantiated.

Following reports that a more powerful Switch could likely be coming early 2021, now is probably a good time to delve into how an improved model may potentially impact Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's gameplay, systems and features.

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GimR explains how to negate 'animation interpolation' to get the most out of Kirby and Jigglypuff's crouches in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

It's no secret that Kirby and Jigglypuff have access a couple of the best crouches in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While performing this action, they can low profile well enough to evade most of the grabs in the game.

However, it's strange that Kirby is unable to crouch against grabs after having his back aerial blocked. With good spacing from the ground, Kirby's back aerial is only -5 on shield. To get into his low profiled state, Kirby only needs 2 frames to crouch.

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8.0 Gimvitational results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today will be the host of a special invitational event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate featuring 8 highly regarded players.

The people who are participating in this tournament are T1|MkLeo, Liquid|Dabuz, TSM|Tweek, PG|Marss, CLG|VoiD, Cosmos, Larry Lurr and Fatality.

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Which characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can break a healthy shield with one attack? Not many...

There are currently 81 different characters that are playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Needless to say, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hosts one of the largest rosters in fighting game history.

As such, characters are armed with unique strengths and weaknesses to help diversify everyone. For example, some characters are particularly strong against shielding opponents since they can dish out a lot of shield damage.

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'WHAT WAS THAT?' Crazy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate interaction between Terry and Samus cause Mew2King and Salem to lose their minds

You might think long time professional Super Smash Bros. players like Jason "MVG|Mew2King" Zimmerman and Saleem "MVG|Salem" Young would have seen it all by now, but a jarring interaction during one of their recent Ultimate sets proved that's not exactly the case.

With Zimmerman playing Terry Bogard and Young rocking Samus Aran, the two players found themselves engaged in a very casual contest as fans watched along via live stream. Zimmerman's calm train of thought was very abruptly interrupted as his foe unexpectedly went hurtling through the air in the opposite direction of the momentum from an incoming attack. "WHAT?! WHAT WAS THAT?!!" suddenly erupted from Zimmerman's mouth while Salem's face clearly enunciated his exact feelings in the moment.

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MkLeo's Byleth turns the tables with his up special for a disgusting jump cancelled spike in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament match

Although Byleth tends to be regarded as a low tier or mid tier in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, T1|MkLeo has been investing practice time into Byleth thanks to his interest in the Fire Emblem series.

Evidently, even a character like Byleth can appear to be quite strong in the hands of MkLeo, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's strongest competitor. A beautiful conversion was made against TSM|Tweek's Diddy Kong during the Juice Box 10 online tournament.

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