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Some of the strongest characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had some light shed on them during Genesis 6

One of the biggest Smash events of the year has narrowed down to its final eight competitors. For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's singles tournament at Genesis 6, there were 2,106 entrants participating.

Due to the massive scope of the super major, getting into the top 128 was actually an accomplishment. The character usage stats for the top 128 revealed some interesting data about which combatants within the game are bringing about the most success.

Of course, actually watching the matches as they transpired gave us some better insight on the pacing of the meta. We're starting to develop a more solid foundation as to which fighters are the best options for tournaments.

First of all, bear in mind that Genesis 6 is being played on patch 1.2.0 rather than the latest patch, 2.0.0. However, as we noted in our four big takeaways article, characters did not receive drastic buffs or nerfs.

Although the Piranha Plant was recently released alongside patch 2.0.0, my initial impressions suggests that the character wouldn't have fared well in Genesis 6 even if it was a legal fighter. In other words, I don't see the Piranha Plant causing any sort of disturbance to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's tier listings any time soon.

In any event, let's take a look at the characters that has had a strong showing during Genesis 6 so far.

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Olimar beat out Wolf, Mario and Inkling while Sheik and Rosalina were non-factors: Top 128 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character usage at Genesis 6

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has one of if not the biggest fighting game roster at launch ever with 75-selectable characters right now, so it's fairly impressive how many of them are currently seeing tournament play at the highest level.

Genesis 6 is going on as the biggest tournament for Smash Ultimate since its launch with top talent from the Americas, Europe and Asia coming together for the first time for a true test of wills and how the early meta is shaping up.

We've collected the character usage stats for the top 128 players at Genesis this weekend, and between them 52 different gaming icons came out to do work with some familiar and new faces.

Olimar appears to have risen from his mediocrity of Smash 4 since he was the most used character at Genesis with nine players picking him up along with some other popular fighters including Mario, Wolf and Inkling who each had six people maining them.

Some of the biggest threats from the Smash 4 days seem to have not transferred over to the new game, however, as Sheik, Corrin and Rosalina did not see any play so far this weekend in the upper brackets.

Unfortunately, some of the newcomers seem to have dropped off a bit as well with fighters King K. Rool not making it very far at Genesis either. You can take a look at the full character usage statistics for the top 128 after the jump.

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Lucky has the unluckiest premature celebration to end his Super Smash Bros. Melee set that leaves the players and commentators confused and stunned

Premature celebration happens in just about every competition out there, but it certainly stands out in the fighting game community due to its one-on-one nature always leaving the door open to comebacks against all odds though we also run into misplaced pop offs like the infamous "what are you standing up for" EVO 2015 moment.

DIG|Lucky's loss against DarkAtma at Genesis 6 in Super Smash Bros. Melee falls more into the unlucky category and can be a teaching moment as to why you should never look away from the screen until you see the final KO pop.

During their top 128 set at the event, Lucky's Fox and DarkAtma's Peach went back and forth until they both reached their last stock in the third and final match where things would get weird — and maybe even historic.

DarkAtma manages to knock Fox off stage and follows him off in an attempt to finish him for good, but Lucky ended up countering with his fiery up-special that spiked Peach away from the stage. Trying to use Peach's parasol to make it back to the ledge, DarkAtma realized he was facing the wrong way and was blocked from grabbing on, so all he could do was slowly glide to his doom.

As his opponent was floating his way down to the bottom of the screen, Lucky began shaking his fists in excitement after the extremely close set and stood up. What he didn't realize, however, is the fact that he accidentally pressed left on the controller's analog stick during his moment of victory causing Fox to jump off of the stage and SD before Peach was KO'd.

Both players stood up not quite sure of what just occurred until the princess popped up as the winner of the results screen, as the commentators began yelling "oh no." All Lucky could do was shake his head and raise his arms in disbelief about what just happened, but he still went over to fist bump DarkAtma, who was still processing his victory.

You can take a look at the full clip of the wild ending below.


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Piranha Plant was originally planned to have three jumps instead of two in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Recently, Piranha Plant was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via patch 2.0.0. In terms of its personality and play style, the Piranha Plant is one of the oddest additions to the series.

For me personally, my initial impressions of the Piranha Plant suggests that the character is on the weaker end of the spectrum when compared to the rest of the cast. It's possible that the Piranha Plant was intended to do very different things compared to what was actually released.

According to a reliable data miner, Meshima, the Piranha Plant was going to have three jumps instead of two. This would be similar to how Charizard and Ridley have two extra mid air jumps to aid their movement.

Apparently, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's day one patch reduced the Piranha Plant's "jump_count_max" parameter in the code from three to two. Meshima then demonstrates that the Piranha Plant has an unused motion that was intended to animate during this supposed third jump.

Although this might sound odd, it's actually not completely outlandish. Some Piranha Plants are known for flapping their leaves in order to fly. Petey Piranha, for example, did this during the boss fight in Super Mario Sunshine.

Here's a look at the animations for the Piranha Plant's second and third jumps. Notice how the leaves flap a little lower on the third jump.


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Imagine how different the Piranha Plant would be if it had three jumps instead of two. This advantage might've actually circumvented its intense landing lag for its aerials.

Piranha Plant now available as paid DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Over 5 million players already have their hands on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the United States alone Nintendo recently announced, but those still waiting to pick up the game will need to pay a little more now to get all of the content available.

Piranha Plant was offered as a free bonus DLC character for players who pre-ordered or purchased the game up until January 31, but it's available to purchase as standalone DLC now that we've passed the initial cut-off date.

The classic Mario enemy will now cost players $4.99 USD though Nintendo notes that those who did register the game before the cut-off date can still redeem their code to get the plant for free until June 30, 2019.

Other DLC characters, like Persona 5's Joker, will be available for $5.99 individually or as part of the Fighters Pass for $24.99. Each of the five characters coming later will include a stage and music though Piranha Plant is not part of the pass — nor does it come with any of the bonus goodies.

Piranha Plant came to Smash Ultimate seemingly ahead of schedule before the end of January along with the Version 2.0 balance patch for the fairly new title. Our initial impressions of the character are not the best from a competitive standpoint, and it is also reportedly linked to a bug that can corrupt the entire game's save data.

Although next on the list of upcoming characters for Smash Ultimate, we'll likely need to wait a while longer still to hear more about Joker's release / see his gameplay trailer reveal. You can take a look at Piranha Plant's DLC page below along with Nintendo of America's recent thank you message to fans of the series.

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Piranha Plant has an Easter egg that causes Virdi to drive Palutena crazy

When DLC characters were introduced in Super Smash Bros. 4, some fans were disappointed that all their "Palutena's Guidance" dialogue basically said the same thing. Essentially, the game was invaded by an "unknown fighter" from "another dimension."

Recently, the Piranha Plant was released as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first post launch fighter. Interestingly enough, the Piranha Plant has a unique Palutena's Guidance sequence.

Does this mean that all future DLC combatants will be given the same treatment? Unlike the others, Piranha Plant's development started before the game was officially launched, so the answer to that remains to be seen.

When Pit ponders about his opponent, the Piranha Plant, Palutena immediately responds by telling Pit not to say that so loud or else "she'll hear you." Note that Palutena is referencing Viridi, the goddess of nature, rather than the Piranha Plant.

The Piranha Plant is probably best referred to as "it" rather than "he" or "she" since most plants actually have both male and female parts. Yes, I felt the need to explain this since some have been referring to the Piranha Plant as "she" because of this Easter egg...

Unfortunately for Palutena's sanity, Viridi managed to overhear the conversation. Like a crazed botanist, Viridi begins gushing about the many different species of Piranha Plants.

Inevitably, this results in Palutena not wanting to talk about the opposing fighter anymore, resulting in the weirdest Palutena's Guidance yet as Pit ends up getting absolutely no advice about the attributes or attacks of his opponent.

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Piranha Plant's neutral and side specials are great but its aerials are laggy — impressions for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's newest fighter

Patch 2.0.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released earlier this week on January 29th. Since the game was updating from version 1.2.1 to 2.0.0, many were predicting that the Piranha Plant would become available to play.

This prediction ended up being correct. Despite there being 75 characters in the game, Piranha Plant's general game plan somehow manages to be unique.

We've had some time to dissect the Piranha Plant's tools. This gives us a general idea of what Piranha Plant wants to do in every match.

Like any character for a fighting game, the Piranha Plant has its set of strengths and weaknesses. I've developed an analysis for these attributes.

At the very end, I'll be giving my prediction on where I think the character will end up on the tier list without any changes. Keep in mind that this is merely a prediction and is subject to change.

All it would take is a single player discovering something that everyone else overlooked to really shoot a character up the tier list.

Now let's dive right into it.

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These are the four big takeaways from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 2.0.0 patch

Earlier this week, Nintendo dropped the 2.0.0 patch update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most notably, the Piranha Plant has been added as a brand new fighter to the series.

In addition to this, there were many character balance adjustments that were applied to the game. 56 of the game's 74 character base roster received changes.

To the surprise of fans, Nintendo actually released patch notes this time. It's nice not having to scramble in order to figure out everything that was altered.

Some changes are obviously going to be more significant than others. As a result, there are some big takeaways that need to be reviewed for the patch.

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The internet loves Piranha Plant Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate saw the release of its first DLC character earlier this week. Super Mario Bros. series baddie Piranha Plant has joined the fray early for those who followed a few simple steps (which you can find here), and fans seem to be enjoying the new, albeit odd, contender so far.

We've been seeing combos, tech videos, and impressions across social media — as we often do when a new character for a fighting game is released — but there's something I've been seeing far more going around than Piranha Plant itself. Apparently, people are going crazy over Piranha Plant Kirby in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

If you're familiar with the Super Smash Bros. series, you're probably aware that when Kirby inhales his opponent with his neutral B special move and actually ingests them, he will don a resemblance to that character in some form (a hat, helmet, or mask) and will be able to harness one of their abilities. When Kirby takes in Piranha Plant, he essentially becomes a small Piranha Plant head with Kirby's face peeking through the mouth, and it's pretty darn cute, honestly.

Over the past couple of days, it's felt like I can't look in any direction without seeing a Piranha Plant Kirby meme or piece of artwork — among the sea of Shaggy memes, I mean. But this press is good press, as fans are sharing tons of love for the little guy.

We start, of course, with the memes. The internet loves its memes, and there are already a handful of great ones out there.

For the perfect representation of the love fans have for Piranha Plant Kirby, look to Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Rosa as she threatens everyone around her, ensuring little Kirby's safety is never compromised. Also featured here is an older meme from back before Piranha Plant was released that speculated on what Kirby would look like after absorbing the potted fighter, and there are some scary examples to see...

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Why the Dragon Ball FighterZ leak got less heat than Street Fighter 5's did, Team Ninja jabs Capcom, Smash drama at Genesis and more

Yet another episode of the EventHubs Podcast is live and ready to make your longer car rides seem not quite so long as we delve into all things fighting games.

Almost any time you check out a tournament story here on the site you're viewing the handiwork of Mr. Nicholas "MajinTenshinhan" Taylor, our tournament coverage extraordinaire.

Seeing as we had the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Finals play out with no less than four last chance qualifiers followed by an incredible top eight and then capped off with reveals, we thought it'd be a good idea to rope Nick in this week as he watched it all go down live.

Hear how he, Catalyst and I sing praises to CO|Fenrich for his insane weekend, and get an earful oo how we think Dragon Ball FighterZ will change with these recent patch notes.

Bandai saw a similar hiccup to Capcom as both of their respective big tour finales were a bit spoiled by early leaks of their upcoming reveals. While Capcom was hounded fairly heavily about it, Bandai seems to have gotten off with little more than a smack on the wrist. Why?

We also delve into the penguin-themed seeding drama leading into Genesis 6 this weekend, and try to predict when we might hear some Season 4 news about Street Fighter 5.

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Piranha Plant has one of the coolest win poses in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and it involves Mario

Nintendo dropped Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's version 2.0.0 update yesterday, and as a nice surprise for fans, the company released the game's first DLC character without any prior word. Piranha Plant is now playable for those who purchased a copy of the game before January 31st (which you technically still have time to do) and redeemed their code to access the character early.

If you haven't bought the game or haven't taken the necessary steps to receive your Piranha Plant code, you can find out how to do that here. He is free for those who follow these steps, but will join the game at a later time as paid DLC.

As we continue to spend time with Piranha Plant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we're getting the opportunity to learn more about what the character is capable of and see some of the awesome animations it's got.

One of Piranha Plant's win-screen poses is easily one of the best in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as it's a classic, nostalgic callback to the character's origin. Of course, that means it features Mario himself.

Upon winning the game, you'll see Piranha Plant's mushroom icon pop up, but what follows is Mario running up and going for a big jump across the screen. The popular plumber attempts to clear the pipe, but ultimately mistimes his leap and finds himself clamped down upon by Piranha Plant.

Mario goes flying off as Piranha Plant is left with a giant, mischievous grin on its face. Nintendo's attention to detail in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is staggering and well-known, and this win-pose for Piranha Plant is just another top-notch example of it in action.

You can see the win-pose in the GIF below. Be sure to hit the sound icon on the top right to hear it as well!


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PSA: Using Piranha Plant in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's All-star Smash mode may corrupt your game data

Piranha Plant came out seemingly ahead of schedule as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first DLC character, but he may have brought a very dangerous bug with him that could certainly ruin a day or two.

Some users are reporting that playing as Piranha Plant in the game's All-Star Smash mode can cause the title to crash and the game's data or possibly even save data to become corrupted.

While we have not been able to verify any images or videos confirming this crash, postings indicate that these issues may be tied only to the digital version of the game, but it is still advised to avoid the mode on all versions until Nintendo debunks the situation or puts out an updated patch.

One Gamefaqs user allegedly had their entire game file become corrupted forcing them to re-install the title for trying out the new fighter against the rest of the cast — some are also reporting the crash can occur in Classic Mode as well. Others have stated that it can corrupt the save data as well causing players to lose all of their character unlocks and progress if it was not backed up in the cloud.

All-Star Smash is Ultimate's new take on the previous All-Star modes in the series where you must battle all 70+ fighters featured in the game in one go though no issues have been reported for using classic Mario enemy in the regular Smash modes or online.

There is certainly the possibility that this crashing rumor could be a hoax, but it's better to be safe than sorry when dealing with the chance of potentially losing dozens or hundreds of hours worth of progress.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch now live, Piranha Plant playable

The patch notes for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are now live as Nintendo America has shared the full list of character changes.

Piranha Plant has also been released and is now playable for those that pre-ordered the game. To gain access to him players will need to follow these steps:

After 2.0.0 is live, restart your console by turning it off (hold power button and select turn off). Once you start Switch back up, hit Plus on the Smash Bros. Ultimate icon and select "Software Update." After the update goes through, you should have Piranha Plant in-game, if you redeemed your code.

Nintendo VS posted the below clip of Piranha Plant in Ultimate along with the caption, "Piranha Plant pipes up in #SmashBrosUltimate as a new playable fighter! Ready your flowerpots for battle with this poisonous powerhouse starting today! Piranha Plant is a free bonus for players who have registered Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and redeemed their code before 1/31.

This new update brings with it changes for more than 50 fighters on the roster as we see King K. Rool has been nerfed while Bowser and Sheik have been buffed. See if and how your favorite fighters have been altered below.

We've nabbed a handful of screen shots of the newest playable character in action. Check out the gallery and then read on to see the full list of patch notes.


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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's 2.0.0 patch could possibly go live later today, if this bot is to believed

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is gearing up for another update, and it's possible that the version 2.0.0 patch may be live later today.

The SSBUBot website and Twitter page put out a notification late last night about the distribution of 2.0.0. According to the bot, the update is set to go live at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST today.

This bot essentially charts the pop-up notifications found in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that prompt players at start up and when they'll go live. It states that the news has not officially been shared yet, but when 5 p.m. comes, we should be seeing this notification in Smash Ultimate:

"Version 2.0.0 is now live! You can confirm your current version by checking the upper-right corner of the title screen. For more details, select Details."

SSBUBot correctly predicted the announcement of the 2.0.0 update's existence the night before Smash Ultimate saw the notification in-game. You can see their tweet announcing it was posted on January 24th at 1:41 a.m. PST, and the in-game notification followed on the 25th.

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'I think Little Mac is most likely the worst character in [Super Smash Bros. Ultimate]' — ZeRo explains what makes the Punch Out fighter low tier

Tempo|ZeRo continues to put out content over on his YouTube channel that further breaks down the intricacies of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With 74 playable characters currently on the roster and more on the way, there is still a ton to dive into — especially when it comes to learning and understanding the game's meta.

In one of his most recent videos, the Super Smash Bros. 4 champion shares his thoughts on a character who had a very strong ground game in Smash on Wii U. If you're a fan of Little Mac, this analysis might not be what you want to hear (though it's important to check it out).

ZeRo's video is titled "The Worst Character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," and right at the start he says, "I think Little Mac is most likely the worst character in the game."

It's not just doom and gloom, though, as ZeRo explains that he feels Mac has the most weaknesses in Smash Ultimate. From worse ground mobility (due to Perfect Pivot not being in Smash Bros. Ultimate) to taking most of his follow ups from down tilt, Mac saw several of his tools and set ups toned down or removed entirely.

But outside of the smaller changes, ZeRo notes three major disadvantages that Little Mac suffers from in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You'll have to watch the video to see what those are, but one of them comes in the form of Mac's somehow worse recovery when knocked off the stage.

Below is a quick clip showing ZeRo's explanation of Little Mac's recovery in Smash Ultimate. For his full thoughts, be sure to check out the full video.


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New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Amiibo reportedly leaked for Snake, Pokemon Trainer, Simon Belmont and more

Nintendo's line of Amiibo figures launched in 2014 to coincide with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's release, so it's only fitting the series is continuing that trend for even more characters with Smash Ultimate.

The new official guide for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Japan reportedly includes a page of the currently planned line of Amiibo for the recently released game including a number of figures that were unannounced up to this point.

Characters like Solid Snake and Pokemon Trainer are featured with their actual Amiibo designs according to the page which has been reportedly confirmed as accurate by Nintendo Wire. A number of other new / returning characters are listed on the page without images accompanying them including Chrom, Dark Samus, Incineroar, Richter and Simon Belmont, Ivysaur and Squirtle — Charizard already got his Amiibo in Smash 4's line.

New Amiibo for Inkling, Wolf and Ridley came out alongside Smash Ultimate's release and are featured on the page with some other figures that have been shown off but aren't out yet.

Fighters like Piranha Plant, Ice Climbers and King K. Rool are scheduled to have their toys release on February 15 while Isabelle, Pichu, Ken, Daisy and Young Link still only have tentative 2019 release windows for their Smash Amiibo.

This new image likely points to Snake and Pokemon Trainer being among the next group of Amiibo to see release this year with the others a bit farther off, but none of them have been officially announced by Nintendo as of yet. No other DLC characters, like Persona 5's Joker, are reportedly listed on the page either. You can take a look at the new Amiibo figures below.

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Here is my wish list for the version 2.0.0 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch

Earlier today, we learned that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would be receiving a patch that will update its version from 1.2.1 to 2.0.0. The adjustments will be made live sometime next week.

Some have speculated that the Piranha Plant will become available thanks to this patch. You'll of course want to be sure that all the arrangements have been made before January 31st if you want the character for free.

The in-game message mentioned that the patch notes will be released alongside the update itself. Of course, we're all hoping that Nintendo actually provides the important details of the patch notes this time.

Since the game has been available for some time now, there's a list of changes that I'd personally like to see implemented. Don't worry though: I won't be talking about any balance adjustments.

These are strictly quality of life improvements that I think would be good for the game. Let's dive right into my personal patch wish list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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