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Masahiro Sakurai notes that MP costs for Dragon Quest Hero's attacks have been adjusted since the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E3 trailer

We're still all eagerly awaiting exact details about the Dragon Quest Hero's release date in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that goes beyond "Summer 2019." In the meantime, Masahiro Sakurai (as translated by PushDustIn) has provided some information in his most recent Famitsu Column regarding this upcoming fighter.

Keen-eyed fans have probably already taken note of the MP (mana point) system present in the Hero's moveset. Don't bother memorizing specific values from the E3 trailer though.

According to Masahiro Sakurai, the amount of MP the Hero uses for attacks have changed since the big reveal.

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Leffen creates Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 'delete tier list' where he explains which characters he'd like to remove from the series

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's starting roster begun with a massive 74 characters. "Everyone is Here," after all.

Even if one veteran was left out, that tagline couldn't exist. Having said that, there are probably a few fighters some people would be fine without, for one reason or another.

Humorously, TSM|Leffen — often regarded as a top Super Smash Bros. Melee competitor — created a tier list on which characters he would like to see deleted from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Useless Smash Facts debuts with random information about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, like how many characters make noise with their idle animations

Useless Smash Facts provides some info you may not want, but definitely need. There are many things we still don't know about Ultimate that we learn daily that interest and disgust us.

Joker is DLC, and there are still informational bits being realized about his character. His victory screen is based off which player is controlling him, including player five, six, seven, and eight.

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Let's look at the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate characters in the top 8, 16, and 32 at the last few majors for version 3.1.0 before EVO

EVO 2019 is just a couple of weekends away at this point. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has the most competing with 3,492 entrants and will feature the last grand finals to play out on Sunday.

As a result, it's particularly important to review how the meta has been progressing at major events that used version 3.1.0 of the game. We've decided to review the characters that made it into the top 8, 16, and 32 for CEO 2019, Albion 4, Low Tier City 7, and Defend the North 2019. Although the sample size is somewhat small, the data is still interesting nonethless.

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Best Mr. Game and Watch player in the world releases pre-EVO match up chart for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

KJS|Maister has been a very notable Mr. Game and Watch player since Super Smash Bros. 4. He's often recognized as the best Mr. Game and Watch player in the world.

Since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first released, he's been advocating that Mr. Game and Watch has been severely underrated in the game's meta.

Recently, Maister released a "pre-EVO match up chart" for his main character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Taking the chart at face value, it does give off the impression that Mr. Game and Watch is one of the stronger playable fighters right now.

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Bowser and Falco infinite 2v2 combo even with team attack on — Beefy Smash Doods review crazy and puzzling Super Smash Bros. Ultimate clips

The Beefy Smash Doods have maintained a string of videos where they review Smash clips that were sent in to them. These sequences can either be crazy hype combos or puzzling interactions that require their testing.

As they've been doing this for a little bit, we're currently on episode 24 of the series. This time, they were provided a video that showcased an infinite combo in a 2v2 situation — after one of the players was already eliminated, of course.

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EVO 2019 finals game order revealed

The fighting game community's Super Bowl is fast approaching as EVO 2019 is taking place next weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has been providing updates about the upcoming event over the past several months, and today we've got another big one.

This morning, Wizard sent out a tweet that reveals the game order for EVO 2019 finals. If you want to know on which day and slot your favorite game's finals are being played, we now have the answer.

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Dragon Quest's Hero, Detective Pikachu, Waluigi, and more featured in this batch of popular Super Smash Bros. Ultimate created stages

We continue to spot amazing, highly detailed fan-created stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate thanks to the game's Stage Builder feature. When you filter the stages by popularity in Smash Ultimate's Shared Content section, you'll often find the best of the best and those that have been downloaded and liked the most.

We have taken another trip into the created stage popularity contest to see what goodies we might discover. This batch of most popular Super Smash Bros. Ultimate stages does not disappoint.

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Defend the North 2019 results

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Defend the North 2019 is happening this weekend in New York.

This is a stacked event across a ton of games, with some of the big players showing up including FOX|SonicFox, FOX|NuckleDu, OGN|JDCR, PG|Marss, Justin Wong, EG|NYChrisG, Liquid|Dabuz, Rise|Smug, MenaRD, eU|Samsora, PG|MarlinPie, JB, FOX|Dekillsage, Rogue|Light, TGS|ElChakotay, Linkorz, BC|LordKnight, PG|Nakkiel, Caba, Demise|Mr. E, DF|Saiyne, W2W|KnowKami, EQNX|Brian_F, T1|ANTi, Coosco, KOA|Sandman, Thermidor, DualKevin, TGS|CeroBlast, iDom, TSB|Blaze, END|Shine, Tempo|Alex Myers, TGS|LTL, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, Terrence, DR Ray, UYU|Kami, TS|Arturo Sanchez and many more.

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Wolf, Falco, and Peach were common in the top 64 of Defend the North's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event but only a lone Peach made it into the top 8

Over 400 competitors have been participating at Defend the North 2019's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event this weekend. Notable players include PG|Marss, Rogue|Light, eU|Samsora, T1|ANTi, Demise|Mr. E, SpS|LeoN, John Numbers, DA|Sinji, Liquid|Dabuz, and many more.

In order for someone to make top 64, about three or four victories would be necessary, depending on how they were seeded. Let's take a look at which combatants made an impact at this tournament by looking at the top 64 character usage stats for the event.

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LeoN's Bowser captures the world's attention with insane run at Defend the North 2019 defeating Marss, Light, Dabuz, and more

SPS|LeoN is a prominent Bowser player out of the tri-state area. He's been making waves since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released, but he may have had his true breakthrough moment.

With wins over both NRG|Nairo, and PG|Cosmos, he's had his strong upsets already. The young Bowser only strengthened his resume at Defend the North 2019 with wins over Rogue|Light and PG|Marss.

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Close Super Smash Bros. Ultimate set against top competitor Marss had the defeated player popping off at Defend the North 2019

Whether or not you agree that Zero Suit Samus is a strong character, there's no denying that PG|Marss is one of the best players at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right now. He's just one of the competitors that's duking it out at Defend the North 2019 this weekend.

During Marss' run at the event, he ended up crossing paths with Lonesome and his Link. Most betting men would probably place their bets on Marss taking the set without too many troubles, but this ended up being a battle that really came down to the wire.

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Over 9,000 individual players have signed up for EVO 2019; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has the most unique entries, Samurai Shodown the most crossover

EVO 2019 starts in less than two weeks now though we already have all of the data we need to see how the biggest major of the year has been evolving and changing over the past seven years or so — spoilers it's getting bigger.

SRK Stats has released the full bevy of numbers, statistics and comparisons to see things like how many individual players signed up for EVO 2019 overall, which games had the most unique entrants, which had the most crossover with each other and how many countries are going to be represented among other interesting tidbits.

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Mortal Kombat 11 beat by Mario Maker 2 and Crash Team Racing in June's NPD; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate keeps selling and Samurai Shodown is left off

Mortal Kombat 11 got off to a tremendous start earlier this year topping the NPD group's best-selling game chart in the United States in both April and May, but it couldn't quite keep that momentum going for a third consecutive month on top.

Super Mario Maker 2 and Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled topped the NPD charts for June 2019 though Mortal Kombat 11 would still receive the bronze medal while still keeping its place as biggest game of the year thus far.

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Ness' PK Flash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is stronger than you might think, check out this montage of Fow using it with surprising efficiency

Ness and his psychokinetic abilities have been a part of Super Smash Bros. since the franchise's earliest days, but his PK Flash technique is sometimes regarded as a tad too slow to be all that big of a threat. A Ness player by the name of Fow thinks differently.

Fow has more than a few tournament matches under his belt with Earthbound's silent protagonist and has been spotted multiple times making PK Flash look much more efficient than many of us would have thought. The Ness player recently released a montage showing this off directly.

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Defend the North returns bigger and better than ever in 2019 with over double the attendees and more experiences than ever

Since becoming a staple of the fighting game community, Defend the North has continued to grow. It reached a new high this year, posting personal bests in attendance and registration while more than doubling up last year's numbers.

Now boasting stats better than a couple of premiere events, Defend the North is larger than ever. On top of the entrants increase, DTN will be paying out winners and top eight the same day.

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Up against VoiD's Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, your character may not even have a full minute to live

It's no secret that CLG|VoiD was the player that really demonstrated Pichu's top tier attributes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Since then, Pichu was actually nerfed quite harshly in the version 3.1.0 patch.

Likely as a result of those nerfs, VoiD has been spotted spending at least some time with Pichu's evolved form, Pikachu. The match highlighted didn't even last a full minute.

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