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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a region-locked event online mode only in Japan that resembles traditional ranked play

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate proved itself to be worthy of that title with how much content and characters are packed into the game though players have lambasted it since release for the way online is handled.

While the best-selling fighting game ever doesn't have a traditional ranked online mode, players in Japan recently got to try out a new mode exclusively that is set up almost exactly like what many had been asking for.

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Masahiro Sakurai explains the intricacies behind designing an easy to understand user interface in video games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Masahiro Sakurai's 610th column for Famitsu Column has been released. Translations have been provided by PushDustIn and Robert Sephazon.

The topic of Sakurai's column this time is user interface. Evidently, designing the perfect UI for a game like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is more difficult than one might imagine.

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What goes on in the mind of a Richter player while camping in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's online mode? Doeboy and ShoYouMomo may have the answer

Although Simon Belmont and Richter Belmont don't have much of a presence in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's competitive scene, they can still be quite difficult to deal with while playing online. Zoning characters by default tend to be more annoying to fight against with additional frames of input delay.

Doeboy ended up running into a Richter player that seemed determined to camp despite being behind. ShoYouMomo created a animation that provides some insight on what goes on in the mind of a Richter player during sequences like these.

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An adjustment made to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in version 3.0.0 accidentally only targeted Training Mode and wasn't noticed for over a year

Back in April of last year, version 3.0.0 made Joker available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Numerous balance adjustments were also made to the game including one that supposedly "shortened the downtime when performing a perfect shield against projectiles," according to the patch notes.

Successfully performing a perfect shield — or "parry" — would allow the defender to recover two frames faster than previously. However, it has recently been discovered as of version 8.1.0 that this might not be working as intended.

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One hit KO from Hero during online Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament causes a shocked Samsora to not want to play anymore

Since his addition, Square Enix's Hero from the Dragon Quest series has been a controversial character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as far as the competitive scene is concerned. Although Hero is generally regarded as a low tier or mid tier, he can sometimes feel like a top tier thanks to his emphasis on random chance.

While competing at the Juice Box #9, eU|Samsora found himself going up against a player known as Akiro. This would result in a funny match up that featured Samsora's Peach against Hero.

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Further investigations and adjustments to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's online mode are expected, according to 8.1.0's patch notes

Patch 8.1.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate dropped last week without any prior warning. While there weren't any balance changes made to the roster, the update added Small Battlefield to the stage list and supposedly made improvements to the online user experience.

The patch's timing almost seems like it was in direct response to the #FixUltimateOnline "movement" that was trending on Twitter some time ago. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community has resorted to online competitions until things return to normal. Needless to say, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's online problems become even more glaring in this type of scenario.

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Hungrybox releases Version 8.1.0 tier list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Liquid|Hungrybox is probably known by all as one of the gods of Super Smash Bros. Melee though his work in Ultimate as a player, tournament organizer and commentator should not go overlooked too.

Recently, the world's best Jigglypuff sat down to create and go over his new tier list for Smash Ultimate's Version 8.1.0 update covering all of the most recent balance changes and additions to the game — like Min Min.

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Peach's fastest Target Test run in Super Smash Bros. Melee is only possible once out of 114,137,910 attempts due to reliance on pure luck

The Super Smash Bros. series is known for having a variety sequences that use a random number generator. For example, sometimes you're just destined to lose against Hero no matter how well you play since there's a chance Hocus Pocus (via the Command Selection down special) will give the Dragon Quest rep a Super Mushroom, dramatically increasing his attack and launch power.

Nintendo Unity recently uploaded a video that highlights the odds of numerous situations that are based entirely on chance.

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Rumor: 'M Theory' may indicate the presence of a challenger who hails from a mature rated game in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass Vol. 2

Thus far, only Min Min from ARMS has been released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass Vol. 2. We've yet to receive any official information regarding the identities of the five remaining challengers. Despite the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic, Masahiro Sakurai has promised to deliver these five fighters which will likely mark the end of the post-launch development for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

PapaGenos has recently released a video that discusses a theory that was presented to him by Meteor Tome, a user from PapaGenos' Discord channel. The idea of this theory suggests the presence of a challenger in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 who hails from a mature rated game.

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Cosmos turns the tables on a player trying to exploit the lack of Min Min match up experience in hilarious Super Smash Bros. Ultimate skit

Being consistent at high level play for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is quite difficult due to the sheer size of the roster. Being well-rounded in nearly 80 different match ups (certain Echo Fighters are excluded for being too similar) is no easy task.

Min Min, the ARMS rep, became playable only about a month ago. Since Min Min is fairly complex, it's difficult to say if anyone has truly mastered the character yet — or the match up against her.

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Masahiro Sakurai's list of unused Smash Bros. characters reveals Star Fox's teammates were briefly considered to be his alternate costumes in Smash 64

This information about the Super Smash Bros. franchise has been floating about for a while now, but thanks to compilation efforts from Source Gaming we find an interesting bit of "what might have been" history as Masahiro Sakurai comments and shares snippetsof information about characters who were considered, or even almost made it into one of the Smash titles.

Sakurai notes that while designing the original Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 his team briefly considered making Fox's alternate colors turn him into his crew mates Peppy Hare, Slippy Toad, and Falco Lombardi. While Falco would end up becoming his own character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and beyond, the other two would have to settle for being background NPC's and trophies.

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Hideki Kamiya's comments on which of his characters he wants in Super Smash Bros. points to one of them perhaps already being part of Fighters Pass 2

Hideki Kamiya's legacy as a video game director is among the most impressive in the entire industry from Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry to Okami and Wonderful 101 which has also produced some of the most iconic characters in the medium as well.

GameXplain recently had the opportunity to interview Kamiya and Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba to talk about a variety of subjects including the characters they'd most like to see added to Super Smash Bros. — which raised the eyebrows of attentive fans.

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Small Battlefield in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may indeed be small but the memes are large and in charge

One of the notable things about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's version 8.1.0 patch is the addition of Small Battlefield as a new stage.

Essentially, Small Battlefield is Battlefield with the top platform removed. As expected from the Smash community, numerous memes have surfaced that poke fun at the new stage.

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Small Battlefield is an interesting stage addition for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch 8.1.0 but it will possibly end up banned for tournament play

Without prior warning, patch 8.1.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released last night. Along with changes directed towards the "online user experience," this update added a new stage known as "Small Battlefield."

Small Battlefield is like Battlefield, except the top platform has been removed. In addition, it seems as though the blast zones are smaller. Although Battlefield is a tournament legal stage, it's looking like Small Battlefield might be banned from competitive play.

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This Samus Aran cosplay looks this good AND has a working arm cannon, though it doesn't pulse beams

We can't imagine how long it must have taken the very talented Vadu to imagine and piece together this perfect Samus Aran cosplay, but however many hours went into this incredibly impressive project, they were worth it.

The end result is a full suit of the Metroid heroine's armor complete with glowing LED lights and a visor that seems to produce the exact kind of visual we tend to see in games.

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Patch 8.1.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate now available, here are the listed patch notes

Version 8.1.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now available to download. According to the patch notes, this update intends to improve the online experience and fix certain issues with the gameplay.

A new stage known as "Small Battlefield" has been added to the stage selection screen. Essentially, it's Battlefield with the top platform removed. This means that there are only two platforms present.

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'Who needs talent or hard work when you can just spin dash?' - Cosmos reads the mind of a Sonic player in his latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate skit

"Can't catch me. Can't react. Just play this lame and we'll escape from the city."

These are the lyrics Cosmos heard while reading the mind of the Sonic user that was playing against him in his most recent skit featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This video takes all the stereotypes of Sonic mains in Smash and pits them against Cosmos' sanity.

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