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Patch 2.0.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to be released within the next week

Upon booting up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, players will be greeted by a message stating that the game will be patched to version 2.0.0 within the next week.

Interestingly enough, the game is currently on version 1.2.1. This is quite a leap in the version number, so it could be assumed that this could be a larger update than the previous patch.

Like before, this will cause replays to be wiped. Remember that you can convert replays into a video format so that it will be possible to view these replays after the game is patched to a new version.

As of right now, we currently have no idea what changes are being applied to the game. Last time, the balance changes in the notes weren't very descriptive as they only told us which characters received changes, but didn't bother to inform us what exactly was changed.

Notably, the Piranha Plant is supposedly scheduled for a February release. Still, February 1st does fall into "next week."

You'll definitely want to ensure that everything is prepared to receive the Piranha Plant fighter for free before January 31st.

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Mortal Kombat's brutalities in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Clever editing from Cilvanis shows what this would look like in game

Getting your shield broken in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will typically result in a loss of a stock at very high percentages. Even if your damage is particularly low, you're probably going to be eating a lot of damage as it is a free combo starter.

Most players will generally opt to fully charge a smash attack in order to send the opponent careening towards one of the blast zones. Others will use this as an opportunity to pull off a tricky yet flashy set up.

Cilvanis has created a new spin on this scenario. Thanks to some clever editing, brutalities can now be performed from the Mortal Kombat series.

More specifically, these are the type of brutalities from Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 rather than Mortal Kombat X and Mortal Kombat 11. These sequences has the performing character chaining together a brutal set of moves together that just looks extremely painful for the opponent.

Thanks to the editing, it looks like the character is moving around so quickly that they are essentially teleporting while mercilessly beating the opposition. Strangely, all the brutalities are performed on Bayonetta. Can't imagine why there'd be so much animosity towards this beloved character...

We'll probably never get to see Scorpion or Sub-Zero facing off against the likes of Mario. Still, it's pretty cool to see with the "Finish Her" and "Brutality" voice clips added in. Here's a look at Ike's brutality to get things started:

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ZeRo: My goal with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in general is to win one EVO or one super major... I have no care for rankings or things like that

If you've been following the Super Smash Bros. 4 scene during its lifespan, then you likely don't need much of an introduction to Gonzalo "Tempo|ZeRo" Barrios. He was well-regarded as the best overall Smash 4 player in the world.

During the early days of the game, ZeRo was virtually unstoppable. Many of his feats were simply unheard of. The man is noted in the Guinness World Records for achieving first place in 56 tournaments in a row.

ZeRo is also the two-time champion of Nintendo's Invitational events. While there wasn't anything technically on the line and the rules were "interesting," this meant that ZeRo won the first ever tournaments for Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Now that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has had some time for the meta to develop, I decided to reach out to ZeRo about an interview. Keep in mind that these questions were asked shortly after Smash Conference United.

Questions asked of ZeRo include his thoughts about his Nintendo Invitational victories, his 56 game win streak, what he likes about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, his decision to main Cloud in the new game, and what learning experiences did he take from his 9th place finish at Smash Conference.

During the interview, ZeRo also revealed that his goal for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is to just win a super major like EVO. He's apparently not putting a lot of focus on securing rankings this time around.

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The worlds of Super Smash Bros. and The Hunger Games come together for a funny reference-filled sketch in Robot Chicken

Adult Swim's Robot Chicken has been going strong for almost 14 years now combining pop culture references and satire into fast-paced stop-motion sketches, and now it's Super Smash Bros' turn to be featured on the show.

The Smashing Games is a new sketch from the latest season of Robot Chicken that combines the worlds of Smash Bros. and The Hunger Games novel series into one where only a single Nintendo character can come out of the battle royale alive.

Following Animal Crossing's Villager as the protagonist, the sketch begins with the character speaking with Tom Nook about not being able to escape their town before being called together to find out who will enter as tribute for the 74th annual Smash Brothers Games — a reference to Smash Ultimate's 74-character launch roster.

Puddles, a frog villager from the series, is selected before the main Villager volunteers to go in her place. Tom Nook then warns our hero about the dangers that lie ahead as "all they care about is competent edge guarding and L-cancelling."

Gathering together on Smash 64's Hyrule Castle stage, Mario, Kirby, Fox and Villager all come out in the stop-motion recreations of their intros for the series before the battle fully kicks off. Samus, Charizard, Link, Wii Fit Trainer, Wario and a number of Smash items like the beam sword and ray gun make appearances throughout the ensuing fight.

Which character will come out on top and who will end up getting blown to bits? You may or may not find out in the full sketch which you can find after the jump though be warned there is mild NSFW Content to be found.

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How Mortal Kombat 11 killed its reveal and why I think Street Fighter 5 feels like a sinking ship right now

As if NetherRealm Studios' massive Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event wasn't enough, we got a pretty massive news drop over this last week from seemingly all corners of the fighting game landscape.

We kick off this week's podcast with Steven "Dreamking" Chavez as he was able to make it to said MK11 reveal in person and got firsthand experiences with the upcoming title while the rest of us merely got to watch from afar.

Steven helps break down how the game feels, how the game looks, what its new mechanics seem to bring to the table and one or two small details that gave him some hesitation. All in all we're very excited for the next Mortal Kombat, and would go as far as to say it could threaten to become the top fighting game dog.

Catalyst and I then jump into some recent happenings in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Street Fighter 5 as there are developer-driven tours and/or leagues for all three at this point.

After a month with no direct SF5 Season 4 news, I'm starting to feel less and less motivated to play. While this may not be representative of the entire community by any means, I have heard others share similar sentiments.

We close things out with a discussion of why SF5 is feeling somewhat like a sinking ship at the moment, and what Capcom needs to start doing to bring it fully back up to the surface.

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Decidueye was almost the Generation 7 Pokémon chosen for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate instead of Incineroar

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's "everyone is here" theme means that there is an impressive 74 character roster. The final fighter revealed for the launch roster was the Generation 7 Pokémon representative, Incineroar.

Notably, Masahiro Sakurai has stated before that he has always wanted to create a pro-wrestling combatant. During Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's planning stages, a slot was reserved for a Pokémon Sun and Moon character, but it wasn't decided on who this would be until later.

According to PushDustin of Source Gaming, this reserved slot almost went to Decideueye instead of Incineroar. Many were originally predicting Decidueye before a supposed leaker — Vergeben — claimed that Incineroar would be joining after stating that the chosen Pokémon was not Decidueye, Lycanroc, or Mimikyu.

It goes without saying that Decidueye — a grass and ghost type — would play completely differently from Incineroar — a fire and dark type. Decidueye is the only Pokémon capable of utilizing Spirit Shackle and Sinister Arrow Raid.

Interestingly enough, Decidueye is the Pokémon Sun and Moon rep for Pokken Tournament DX. Whether or not this was the deciding factor to exclude the archer-themed fighter from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently unknown.

Having said that, it was revealed that Arms characters — in addition to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 roster additions — just had bad timing for the project plan. We also have official confirmation that Ridley, Castlevania representation, and King K. Rool were selected due to their success during the Smash Ballot.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had the highest selling launch of an exclusive console game ever in the US; sits 5th for 2018 behind Red Dead Redemption 2

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was easily one of the most anticipated titles of 2018 especially to those of us in the fighting game community, and that enthusiasm appears to have carried over into record-breaking sales for the title in its first month on the market.

The NPD Group, which tracks the sales of video games and other industries in the United States, recently revealed the best-selling games of December and the entirety of 2018 where both Smash Ultimate and Red Dead Redemption 2 won big.

Sitting atop the December sales charts, not including digital sales, was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate which saw the highest-grossing launch of a console exclusive title in the United States since the NPD began tracking sales data.

Smash Ultimate's sales beat out the previous record holder of Halo: Reach which released back in 2010, and its dollar sales were 70 percent higher in its first month than the previous best-selling game in the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

For the entire year of 2018, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out as the top dog in sales while Smash Ultimate landed in the number five spot ahead of even Sony's biggest exclusives of the year with God of War and Marvel's Spider-Man.

The fighting game community ended up with another representative on the end of the year sales chart with Dragon Ball FighterZ on the 15th spot having sold over 2 million copies in its first few weeks on store shelves. You can check out the top 20 best-selling games of December and all of 2018 according to the NPD after the jump.

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Nintendo is putting on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments in both North America and Europe

Nintendo has officially made a move in the way of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament organization as they announced today that they'll be holding both the North America Open and The European Smash Ball Team Cup here in 2019.

The North American portion of this series will see the United States, Mexico and Canada divided up into four regions with three online tournaments (single elimination until top four) held in each region for a total of 12 online events.

These will be seven minute "Time" matches with items on the low setting and Smash Balls activated. Needless to say, this deviates quite a bit from the conditions most competitive Smashers are used to at major events.

Once the 12 winners have been decided, they'll face off at PAX East in Boston at the end of March. The winner of the final event at PAX will receive a collectable item with an estimated value of $500.

Head on over to Nintendo's info page for more details including a link to sign ups. You can view the trailer for the announcement below.

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Smash mods: Deadpool utilizing Snake's moveset in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate actually makes a lot of sense

Although we know that the Piranha Plant and Joker from the Persona series will be joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster, I think it's safe to say that we won't ever see a Marvel character joining the fight — except for mods of course.

DemonSlayerX8 (YouTube channel) recently created a mod that makes the "Merc with a Mouth" playable. Specifically, this is a skin for Snake.

There's no doubt that Snake's moveset makes the most sense for Deadpool as he is known for utilizing explosives. Unfortunately, no swords or regenerating abilities.

For now, Deadpool just uses Snake's voice clips. We don't get to hear Deadpool's infamous dialogue where he breaks the fourth wall.

DemonSlayerX8 posted some images of Deadpool on his Twitter page. He also provided shots of what Deadpool looks like while covered in various levels of the Inkling's ink.

After the jump, you can check out a video that showcases Deadpool in action.

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Glitch 6 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Glitch 6 is a big single-game event taking place in Laurel, Maryland.

In case you're unclear on which single game this is, it is the latest installment in Nintendo's crossover epic, namely Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Although it's only the one game, there are several events for it, including Singles, Doubles, Squad Strike and Morph-Meter (in which Stage Morph and Final Smash meters are activated).

There are 550 players participating in the Singles event, so there's going to be an absolute ton of competition this weekend.

Some of the notable players set to compete are FOX|MKLeo, NRG|Nairo, Tweek, Liquid|Salem, CaptainZack, PG|Cosmos, MVD, Ally, Tempo|Axe, PG|Esam, WaDi, Lima, 6WX, Demise|SeagullJoe, SDX, VGBC|PinkFresh, JTails and TheReflexWonder. Obviously, there are many more as well.

Streaming is being done at VG Boot Camp, VG Boot Camp 2 and NRG|Nairo's stream.

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Wolf and Inkling were the most prominent characters in the top 64 but neither of them made it into the top 8 — Glitch 6 SSBU character usage stats

The big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament this weekend was Glitch 6. There were over 550 players who were entered into the singles event.

We'll be taking a look at the characters of the competitors that made it into the top 64 portion of the bracket. There are a total of 74 fighters in the roster right now. Which ones are the most prominent in the early stages of the meta?

Interestingly enough, Wolf was the combatant that appeared the most frequently in the top 64. Funnily enough, Wolf doesn't tend to be who people bring up during discussions about who the best character might be. Notably, no Wolf users made it into the top 8 or even the top 24 portion of the bracket.

While there were five people using Wolf as their primary fighter, four competitors were using Inkling with an additional user utilizing the Inkling as a backup character. There were also four users each for Palutena and Wario.

Unfortunately for fans of Greninja, Mega Man, Ryu, Ken, Wii Fit Trainer, King K. Rool, Pit, Dark Pit, Samus, Dark Samus, Ridley, Robin, Diddy Kong, and many more, there were plenty of characters that just couldn't make it into the top 64.

Still, it's nice to see that there's a diverse roster of characters that are being used at tournaments right now. Hit the jump to check out the character usage stats for Glitch 6.

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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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Masahiro Sakurai: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies in its first week... I deeply appreciate the developers and players

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game that was creating quite the stir after its announcement among fans thanks to its "everyone is here" tagline. The developers clearly went out of their way to meet fan demand. Not surprisingly, it has been reported that the game has sold extremely well.

In fact, the game sold over 1.2 million units in Japan just three days after launch. We also learned that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently the fastest selling Switch title and the fastest selling Super Smash Bros. entry.

Nintendo Everything recently released a translation of a Famitsu column featuring Masahiro Sakurai himself. He took the time to express his appreciation for the developers and fans for the success of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold over 5 million copies in its first week – that's the most of any of Nintendo's games for home consoles," said Sakurai. "I deeply appreciate the developers and fans of each title, and of course, the players. Again, thank you so much."

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Charles Martinet — voice actor for Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi — really gets into character during recordings

There's no doubt that Mario is one of gaming's most iconic characters. He's an icon that is immediately recognizable by looking at an image of him or hearing his voice.

As a result, I'm sure everyone is well aware of the fact that Charles Martinet has been the voice of Mario since Super Mario 64. This individual also provides the voice for Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi.

Many pictures were taken of Charles Martinet during a recording session of Mario Party 4 back in 2002. In that game, Martinet is voicing all four of these iconic characters.

The first image is him voicing Wario who tends to be very menacing with his strength. As for the second image, he takes on a more cowardly persona as he provides Luigi's voice clips.

With a cunning and sinister smile, the third image has him speaking as Waluigi — who is only an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate despite an attempt to give him his own element on the Periodic Table.

Finally, Martinet takes on a very jolly and friendly stature as provides the iconic lines for Nintendo's gaming mascot, Mario. As you can see, Martinet really gets into character during recording sessions like these.

We can't help but think that Martinet does this during recording sessions for other games too. After all, Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi are all present in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. One can't help but think how fun it would be to be present during these recordings just to see Martinet's mannerisms.

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Not sure where to begin with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Here are a few characters that should be pretty suitable for new players to the series

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out, and it boasts a gigantic roster of over 70 characters, right out of the box.

In fact, every single character ever playable in the series is back, including even more beyond that.

I've personally been playing Super Smash Bros. since the very beginning back on the Nintendo 64, but it's becoming more and more evident with each game that there are a lot of people for whom the current game is their very first Smash game, and it can be a daunting series to get into, even at a casual level.

With so many characters, mechanics and the fact that it functions quite differently from the majority of other fighting games, through things such as not having HP bars but instead knockback which increases with the damage you take, it's quite the unique romp.

As such, we decided it would be good to have a writeup of characters for any of you players who might be unfamiliar with the Super Smash Bros. series and are looking to get into it, but don't quite know where to start.

To reiterate, you should always play the characters you like or enjoy the most, but if you're struggling to find your groove, maybe starting with one of these characters will help ease you into the system a bit more before you go for your absolute favorites.

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I was banned from playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online for an early disconnect I didn't commit

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's online experience has seen improvements since launch, but it still has some kinks to iron out.

Shortly after Smash Bros. Ultimate's official launch back in early December 2018, fans were quick to report trouble with the matchmaking in Quickplay and Elite Smash (essentially the game's online ranked modes). Despite having preferred rule sets in place to make matches as close to competitive standard as possible, players were still actively being dropped into free-for-alls, team bouts, and those that had all manner of random settings.

The 1.2.0 update was added to the game on December 13th, 2018, and with it came a higher priority on preferred rules for matchmaking. Post-update, I definitely get matched up with fights closer to my preferred rule set more often than not, and random matches are fewer and farther between.

However, disconnects from online matches can still pose problems for players even when they aren't the offender.

Nintendo punishes those who rage quit or disconnect from a game early with a ban from online play for about 30 minutes. Unfortunately, it looks as though the game still can wrongfully penalize players when these disconnects happen.

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This set between 2 Smash Bros. champs came down to a glitched KO involving a giant turtle that had both ZeRo and Mew2King in hysterics and disbelief

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been out for just over a month now, and it has taken the world by storm in terms in sales plus in terms of interest garnered throughout the fighting game community as a whole — even with the Melee players. The game does have a number of bugs though most of them don't affect competitive play... typically.

Two of the best Smash players in the world for different titles with Tempo|ZeRo from Smash 4 and FOX|Mew2King, one of the gods of Melee, recently faced off on stream in a set that would leave them both in hysterics.

During ZeRo's Twitch stream, the Smash pros ran a best of three set that would come down to the final game and final stock, but would ultimately end in a glitch that made Mew2King leap out of his chair exclaiming 'what?'

The pair both ended up stuck under the giant turtle on the classic Great Bay stage where the Melee god as Lucina and Smash 4 champion as Pokemon Trainer were trading blows in an attempt to bounce each other off of the creature's neck for the final KO, and ZeRo would come out on top... literally.

Normally, the turtle is a solid part of the stage that cannot be jumped through, but Lucina and Ivysaur's attacks appear to collide in such a way and cause a glitch that made ZeRo actually clip through the animal and land on top of it while Mew2King fell through to his demise.

After seeing the KO flash, Mew2King stood up from his seat with a look of disbelief on his face while the Smash 4 champ also had to get up and run from his seat as he laughed at what just happened and his friend's reaction to the situation. You can check out the full glitched finish and reaction in the hilarious clip below.

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