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It's a guitar made out of a fully functional Nintendo console and guitarist Rob Scallon plays some killer Super Mario Bros. tunes on it

As much as I have been trying to avoid Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spoilers before its December 7th launch, one thing I have not been able to resist indulging in is the game's music. People have been prematurely uploading new Smash Bros. Ultimate tracks onto YouTube lately (much of which is getting zapped by Nintendo), and there are a handful of tracks that hooked me quickly before they were ultimately taken down (no pun intended).

The music stemming from the games each Smash Bros. character hails from is almost as iconic as the character themselves, and whether it be the original 8-bit track or a new remix, I'm a fan. That's why this video of someone playing various Super Mario Bros. tracks on guitar caught my eye — oh, and did I mention that the guitar itself is made out of a functional NES console?

Rob Scallon recently uploaded a couple of videos showing what the "Guitendo" — a guitar created by Echo Canyon Guitar Co. — can do. Essentially, this electric guitar has a body built out of a Nintendo Entertainment System console, though the innards are actually an NES Classic.

In the first video, Scallon plays the music for the first level of the original Super Mario Bros., handling each of the level transitions as they come up. We get his rocking performance with a side-by-side of the gameplay for the full effect.

The follow up video shows Rob sitting down to play the Guitendo as his friend actually uses the console built into it simultaneously. It's Super Mario Bros. music and the Super Mario Bros. game played at the same time on a guitar made out of an NES.

You can buy a Guitendo yourself over on Reverb, but you'll have to pay an extra $200 to set up an actual functioning game console inside your custom axe.

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Why Piranha Plant? Super Smash Bros. Ultimate creator Masahiro Sakurai reveals his reasons behind including the basic Mario baddie

The first reaction most people probably had when they saw that Piranha Plant would be joining the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster as a pre-order DLC bonus was, "wait, really?"

It's not that there isn't room for such a character, (the current roster boasts more than 70 characters, includes every playable fighter on every previous Smash roster and has more DLC en route) but with so many other potential choices that would have had fans jumping up and down at their computer screens, one does have to ask why developers made this call.

Piranha Plant certainly isn't a bad call, as it's an iconic baddie from the gaming world's most recognizable franchise and is probably older than the vast majority of the Super Smash Bros. community.

The fact that Piranha Plant is so recognizable was actually a key factor in getting him onto the line up. Series creator Masahiro Sakurai sat down to talk with Game Informer about all things Ultimate, and took a moment to specifically address the Piranha topic.

'[U]nlike some main characters from some (not widely known) franchises, Piranha Plant is a character everyone knows well. And, I want to make sure to remind everyone that it is a limited-time offer fighter everyone can get for free as an early-purchase bonus."

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New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer recreates a classic Street Fighter 2 match before Mario rudely interrupts

Nintendo has released a handful of new, short Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailers that feature a wide array of characters. Those of you who are fans of the Street Fighter franchise (if you're on this site, you probably are) will be treated to an awesome nod to Street Fighter 2 in the first trailer of the bunch.

Over on Nintendo UK's YouTube channel this morning we saw three new Smash Bros. Ultimate trailers uploaded. Each of these quick highlight reels focuses on something called "Chain Smashing."

While this might sound like a technique players can utilize in battle, "Chain Smashing" actually seems to refer to the style in which the videos were edited. The pattern here is that a character will get hit with a big attack, sent flying, and end up on another stage in another scenario where they will then do the smashing.

This remains consistent throughout each trailer, and it's a cool way of providing fans with a bit more Smash Ultimate before release day.

Trailer #1 begins with Ryu and Ken squaring up on the Suzaku Castle stage. After trading several trademark special moves like their Hadoken and Shoryuken, Mario jumps into battle and rudely interrupts with an uppercut of his own.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is headed to Nintendo Switch on December 7th. While you wait for its release, be sure to check out the new trailers below.

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HungryBox is going to destroy careers with this frighteningly strong Jigglypuff rest combo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Jigglypuff has fallen hard since Super Smash Bros. Melee. Its wall of pain and rest combo setups has ensured a top tier status for that particular title. Thanks to nerfs, it is a bottom tier character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4.

Despite being considered the worst fighter in Super Smash Bros. 4 (arguably), Jigglypuff ironically never received a single buff throughout the game's entire patch history. With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the horizon, things might be finally looking up for Jigglypuff fans.

Since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has already broken its street date, players are already exploring every character's kit of tools. 13ryce (via PneumaticSSB) has discovered an 8-9 hit combo with Jigglypuff, that ends with a rest, and is capable of defeating Ryu at 35% on Final Destination.

Upon hitting an opponent with an aerial side special, Jigglypuff can follow up with a rising down air. While the clip doesn't show this as a true combo, 13ryce has confirmed that it does if timed correctly.

Afterwards, you can true combo the opponent with a rest. In total, 50.4% damage is dealt. If Jigglypuff is able to hit an opponent with rest, then it'll recover faster compared to a whiff in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so a counterattack probably won't be possible.

Thanks to the game's impressive training mode options, it's now possible to have the AI use directional influence in order to try to escape combos. This setting was turned on during this sequence.

Something tells me that Liquid|HungryBox is going to destroy some careers with combos similar to this in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Jigglypuff hasn't been capable of anything like this since Super Smash Bros. Melee — a game that HungryBox is considered to be one of the best in the world at.

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Rumor: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has 30 character placeholder slots in the code potentially for DLC

"I wonder if I'll ever get to take a break," said Masahiro Sakurai after announcing that the Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will add five additional characters after launch.

There's no doubt that the man has worked extremely hard to put 74 characters, 103 stages with Battlefield, Final Destination, and hazard-less versions all into a single game — not to mention the Piranha Plant that will be free to those that pre-order the game.

Creating just one character to put in the game surely takes a lot of work. It's been predicted that all five fighters of the Fighters Pass will be ready by February 2020. In total, this would make the roster expand to a total of 80 combatants.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaking its street date in some areas, players have already begun data mining the contents of the game in search of secrets. Needless to say, something very interesting was revealed. Apparently the number of placeholder character slots set aside in the code is 30 rather than six.

Keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean that 30 DLC characters are planned for the future. This simply means that the door is potentially open for more content over the course of years after the first DLC pack. Nothing is guaranteed outside of the Piranha Plant and five combatants right now.

Assuming all 30 slots were used for individual fighters, it would mean the game would have 105 characters that can be selected. Of course, this is a scenario that is difficult to imagine. It's best to keep your expectations low for the time being.

While the roster is already extremely impressive looking, there are definitely still a number of fan favorites still missing. Many of these favorites are currently in the game as Assist Trophies and Spirits. Perhaps not all hope is lost for Waluigi, Isaac, Shovel Knight, Shantae, Geno, and the others after all.

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King K. Rool can shoot any vacuumed object straight up with his blunderbuss in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In the Super Smash Bros. series, large super heavy weights have typically performed very poorly in the meta. Universal changes to the mechanics in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might change this.

All characters in the upcoming Smash game will now have access to equal jump squat frames — a change that will level the playing field between the super heavy weights and the speedy archetypes. Not only this, but aerial landing recovery will be generally lower across the entire cast.

One super heavy weight that's looking particularly versatile this time around is a newcomer to the series and the arch-nemesis to Donkey Kong — King K. Rool. That gold-plated belly isn't just for looks...

Many of King K. Rool's attacks will benefit from super armor. This means that he'll be able to plow through most attacks through brute strength alone. Be careful though as it will stun King K. Rool if you use the armor properties three times in a short period of time.

Not only does his down special act as a counter, but it also reflects projectiles just like Palutena's version of the move. Why don't they just give King K. Rool a gun while they're at it... actually, they already did that.

King K. Rool's blunderbuss first fires a projectile then acts like a vacuum while the projectile is out. Previously, we thought it was only capable of shooting diagonally upwards after an object was pulled in.

Recent footage has demonstrated that King K. Rool is capable of pointing his blunderbuss directly above him in case an opponent gets wise and tries to attack from a higher angle. Luckily, it doesn't look as though King K. Rool will be able to fire a second time directly ahead so try attacking from there.

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Lady Gaga and Bayonetta are caught in a Bad Romance, but maybe we can get her to settle it in Smash

Since the beginning of the month, Lady Gaga has been tweeting about her experience with playing Bayonetta for the first time. While the game has apparently been challenging, she has endured and continue to progress.

Even Nintendo of America has been giving her words of encouragement. Still, she's mentioned how the game has kept her up until 4 a.m. and has caused her hands to hurt.

On the bright side, if she is able to master Bayonetta then she'll probably be very good at Smash Bros. Many people would argue that Bayonetta is so well-represented in Super Smash Bros. 4 that it's just like playing a single player game — her combo game is just that devastating.

Fans have taken the opportunity to pin some funny images that involve Lady Gaga and Bayonetta. Perhaps we'll see a mashup of the two at Lady Gaga's next concert.

It seems that some are even hopeful that Lady Gaga will join the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I'm pretty sure that would be even more surprising than the Piranha Plant...

At the very least, she can be recreated via the Mii Fighters.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's opening cinematic is now online along with the full World of Light introduction

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now less than two weeks away from its official release date in December, but more and more information is popping up online about the title's contents through official and unofficial means.

The full opening cinematic for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has appeared online and can currently be found on YouTube via the channel Blocked Content likely due to some players getting their hands on early copies from broken street dates.

We won't spoil the opening's contents for those who are waiting to see it on their own Switches at the time of Smash Ultimate's official release, but it does feature a number of nods and references that longtime fans are sure to appreciate.

Along with the opening cinematic came the full introduction cutscene for Smash Ultimate's Adventure Mode, World of Light, which we had seen most of before, but never as the complete package on GameXplain's channel.

The full Adventure Mode introduction is nearly identical to the one we originally saw during its reveal at the previous Nintendo Direct, but this one features subtitles for an unheard narrator who gives more context to the giant enemy Galeem's actions in setting up more of the story. We also get a slightly better look and explanation for the mode's Puppet Fighters as well.

Both the opening and World of Light cinematics can be found after the jump for those who wish to see them, but obvious spoiler warnings ahead. We also recently got our first look at the first 10 minutes of gameplay in World of Light for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Rumor: First Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC character of the Fighters Pass will be a Square Enix representative

Now that we know Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's entire base roster and character select screen, everyone has begun to speculate on the five characters that will be downloadable via the Fighters Pass. Piranha Plant is an entirely separate entity that will be available to those that pre-order the game.

According to Masahiro Sakurai himself, the five mysterious DLC fighters have already been decided upon by Nintendo. It doesn't appear as though there will be a ballot in which fans will be able to submit their requests this time around.

Vergeben, a notable leaker for a number of fighting games including Super Smash Bros., recently revealed some information regarding the first DLC character after Piranha Plant. This individual was correct in guessing the appearance of characters like Snake, Ridley, Simon Belmont, Isabelle, and Ken Masters.

Most notably, Vergeben claimed that the Grinch leak was fake due to the fact that Isaac would show up as an Assist Trophy in the next Smash Direct that aired on November 1st. This information supposedly came from his sources. While many were disappointed at Isaac's exclusion from the roster once again, this turned out to be true.

You might recall that Vergeben at one point stated that Square Enix would get a second representative in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Surprisingly, we haven't seen any sign of this with the confirmation that Ken and Incineroar are the last two newcomers.

Not only is Vergeben sticking to this statement, he is now outright stating that this mysterious Square Enix representative will be the first DLC character of the Fighters Pass. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Vergeben has any plans to reveal the name of the combatant due to how Square Enix's reputation with regards to how they deal with leaks.

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Poll results: Which characters would you like to see as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Update: The results are in! Check them out after the jump.

Earlier: We now know Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's entire roster. Newcomers Ridley, Inkling, Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, Isabelle, and Incineroar are just a small portion of the 74 characters that can be selected.

Before we knew the title of the game, we held a poll that asked our readers which newcomers would they like to see join the base roster. Notably, many of the combatants that would later be confirmed received the highest number of votes.

We have confirmation that post-launch content is being developed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While the Piranha Plant makes character number 75, there will be five additional characters that will come with the Fighters Pass.

Although Masahiro Sakurai has already confirmed that the DLC selection has been completed by Nintendo, we can still maintain our hopes for our favorite gaming icons. Even if Waluigi, Shadow, Isaac, Shovel Knight, and many others have been confirmed as Assist Trophies, fans are still holding out hope for the possibility of their inclusion.

Funimation seems to have an interest in finally adding Goku to the roster. There are surely a number of fans that were disappointed that the "Grinch leak" ended up being a farce.

We've created a poll to gauge the interest in DLC candidates. It's a very extensive list, but you only have 10 choices. Keep in mind that this is just for fun, so many fighters that have seemingly been "disconfirmed" are still present.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may have already broken the street date

December 7th just can't get here soon enough for some of us. We're now exactly two weeks away, or 14 days, from the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Rumors are currently circulating that a copy of the game has broken the street date. A user has posted an image of the case's inside on 4chan (always be aware of NSFW language while on 4chan).

According to SSBU News via Comic Book, they were able to privately confirm that this is the real deal. They also stated that this particular individual will not be releasing World of Light or Classic Mode spoilers.

Supposedly, there are unconfirmed rumors that suggest that early copies of the game have appeared in Mexico. It appears to be about that time where things begin leaking for the newest Smash Bros. title before release.

As a result, you might want to consider where you go on the internet as spoilers might be looming. We here at EventHubs will be taking precautions to avoid spoiling those that want to reserve certain experiences for after the game's release.

Luckily, we already know the game's entire roster so there's no possibility of being spoiled of that. Still, there are a number of things about the game that we don't know about.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best pre-selling game on Nintendo Switch and in the franchise

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is gearing up for a big launch. With the amount of hype Nintendo's upcoming fighting title has generated throughout 2018, the launch of the game on December 7th will very likely be huge.

While the excitement among fans is something you can feel in the air right now, Nintendo put out some information that is a bit more concrete and certainly very impressive. Apparently, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now the best pre-selling game on Nintendo Switch.

On top of breaking the record for most pre-sales of any Nintendo Switch game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is also the best pre-selling game in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Though concrete numbers were not released by the company, this information comes from a new video on Twitter from Nintendo Versus. In it, we see various clips of Smash Bros. Ultimate in action, as well as some early comments from different gaming publications — all of them complimentary.

With several other triple A titles on Nintendo Switch, it's awe inspiring that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tops the ranks for pre-sales. Since its release back in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has seen titles such as Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Splatoon 2 released.

Over on Nintendo's list of their top-selling products, we see that Mario Odyssey tops the list with 12.17 million units sold, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe comes in next with 11.71 million, then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's 10.28 million units, and Splatoon 2 with 7.47 million. Based on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's record-breaking pre-sales numbers and the game's massive hype, these other titles' sales could be a potential glimpse at Smash Ultimate's future.

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Will Bayonetta still be strong in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with the nerfs? Salem believes so but she'll actually need to play the neutral now

There's no doubt that Bayonetta is the most controversial character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Despite the fact that "everyone is here" for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, not every player was honestly happy to see her return.

These days in Smash 4's meta, Bayonetta is nearly indisputably seen as the best fighter in the game. Most infamously, this tends to be because of her ability to "0-to-death" opponents with her outstanding combo game.

Bayonetta and Cloud have been noted as being the two most nerfed characters during the transition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so far. Notably, Bayonetta's overall damage output and punish game have been dramatically reduced.

Is she still going to be the best character out of 74 combatants at launch? Will she even be top tier? EVO 2017 champion Liquid|Salem appears to believe so.

In a recent video released by Most Valuable Gaming, Salem and FOX|Mew2King discuss why they still believe she will be a strong character in the meta. Interestingly enough, Salem at one point states that Bayonetta users will actually have to play the neutral and typically won't be able to defeat opponents at 0%.

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New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate song contains potential nod to Super Mario RPG

A new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate track was uploaded onto the official Super Smash Bros. YouTube channel and it might feature a nod to a Super Mario RPG song.

The "King Bowser" song in Smash Bros. Ultimate remixes a classic track that fans are probably familiar with. Reddit user Anonymous Josh noticed something interesting about this Smash Ultimate remix, however.

Apparently, this Bowser battle song remix includes a transition that can be traced back to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. As the Redditor points out, this Smash track is a remix of the Super Mario Bros. 3 Bowser battle theme.

Looking back at an extended version of the original song and its remastered version in Super Mario All-Stars, neither contains the transition we hear at around the 50 second mark in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version.

But if you listen to the "Fight Against Koopa" song in Super Mario RPG, the drum-heavy transition can be heard pretty clearly.

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Palutena's Guidance is back in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and has new dialogue for the newcomers

We now have confirmation that Palutena's Guidance will be a returning feature in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like in Super Smash Bros. 4, this is a conversation that can only be initiated by Pit during a match in Palutena's Temple.

It is here that Palutena gives Pit advice to use against one of the opponents. Due to the nature of conversations in Kid Icarus: Uprising, these tend to be rather comedic.

Unfortunately, these were never updated after the game's release. DLC fighters Mewtwo, Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta only had the characters mention that they were an unknown combatant of sorts with no data.

GameXplain has uploaded footage of Palutena's Guidance on the topics of King K. Rool, Daisy, Chrom, and Ridley. Supposedly, most characters that are returning from Super Smash Bros. 4 will just reuse their old conversations — with some exceptions like Link due to his Breath of the Wild design.

It's currently unconfirmed if those DLC fighters from Super Smash Bros. 4 will get conversations. We also don't know anything about Snake's codec call in Shadow Moses.

Palutena's Guidance only lasts about a minute per character, so the four videos will only run about four minutes.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate EventHubs moves database now available

16 days. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be released on December 7, 2018. Just like everybody else, we can hardly wait.

This is one of the biggest rosters in fighting game history. Every character that has ever been playable in a Super Smash Bros. title will be returning.

In other words, there are a total of 74 fighters that will be playable at launch. Piranha Plant and five unnamed DLC combatants will be released after launch.

As a result, we've taken the time to prepare our moves database page for the game. All the newcomers — including the Piranha Plant — have pages dedicated to their movesets.

You might notice that Lucina, Dark Pit, Daisy, Chrom, Dark Samus, and Richter are missing. We're having most Echo Fighters share their moves and tiers pages with the fighters that they are echoing. Ken seems different enough to the point where his adjustments will have the greatest impact on match ups.

Feel free to give us feedback on the Echo Fighters dilemma. After the jump, you'll find individual links to each character's move page.

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New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate footage shows three big boss battles

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to feature several boss battles in its Classic Mode. Today we're given a look at three of these exciting fights.

Arekkz Gaming recently uploaded new footage of Smash Bros. Ultimate that provides a closer look at Classic Mode — a more standard single-player experience that sees players battle through numerous opponents and bosses. In this video, fights against Monster Hunter's Rathalos, and both Giga Bowser and Galleom from the Super Smash Bros. series are shown.

Arekkz Gaming notes that depending on the character you choose, you can trigger unique boss battles. As seen in the video, Duck Hunt brings out Rathalos, Captain Falcon fights Giga Bowser, and Wolf takes on Galleom.

They go on to say that not everyone has a unique boss, as there was some overlap between characters. Though, we recently learned that you'll face Master Hand when playing as Roy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming to Nintendo Switch on December 7th, and that day cannot come soon enough.

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