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Uncommon characters like Banjo-Kazooie, Mii Gunner and Young Link appeared in the top 32 of Smash World Tour Central America South Online Qualifier

Smash World Tour Central America South Online Qualifier is the big Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament that's happening this weekend. Players like Bandits|Sonix, Bandits|0mart, SS|Yei, ShinyMark and almost 230 others are signed up to compete for that qualifier spot for the Smash World Tour.

Being that we're already down to the top 32 part of the bracket, we've got some character usage stats to review. It seems this region favors some characters that tend to be uncommon at tournaments.

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Winter Clash 2021 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a fighting game event today which is open to enter for people from certain Central American regions as well as a few U.S. areas, namely Winter Clash 2021.

Players set to compete include Bandits|MenaRD, Bandits|Caba, DR Mandrake, AAA|Kusanagi, SB|Doomsnake, GOT|DR Ray, Crossover, TMM|LuiMan20, RR|Mono, TMM|Lilo, SpaceBoy, Crescent|NovaSpec, Hermes Venatori, RAPTR5|Jazdero, RH|Zeromex7, GranTodakai, Zaferino and many more.

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Only Lloyd Irving hasn't returned from Smash 4 as a Mii costume but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll become playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

During the "Mr. Sakurai Presents Pyra & Mythra" video presentation, it was revealed that Mii costume parts depicting characters in Capcom's Monster Hunter and Ghosts 'n Goblins series would be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Of course, some of these Monster Hunter costume pieces were actually returning from Super Smash Bros. 4.

As a result, there's now only one Mii costume set that appeared as DLC in Super Smash Bros. 4 that hasn't returned as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Since Lloyd Irving from Tales of Symphonia hasn't had his costume pieces return yet, some fans have reason to believe that he might be one of the two remaining challengers present in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. But how likely is that really?

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Here's how to max out your punish damage with Steve in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Even amid a roster as incredibly large as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's, Steve stands out as relatively unique. Hailing from Minecraft, Steve relies heavily on the special ability to manifest various kinds of blocks on the screen that he can use to stand on as well as to hit and hinder opponents.

Being something of an anomaly, the character's more general abilities are somewhat underwhelming compared to his fellow Smash brothers, and understanding how to make the most out of his strengths is absolutely key to winning with him. A player by the name of Mirai the Steve Tech Guy has posted a very helpful, two minute lesson on the matter.

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The team behind Ninja Gaiden is awaiting Ryu Hayabusa's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate invitation

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate awaits its final two DLC characters for Fighters Pass volume 2, and much with like the contenders that preceded the two upcoming combatants, fans are actively speculating on their identities. Any morsel of information that might lead to cracking the case is savored and analyzed from every which direction by the masses, and another such morsel has hit the internet courtesy of Team Ninja.

In a new Famitsu interview (via ryokutya) with Team Ninja lead, Fumihiko Yasuda, we are given a bit of an update on the possibility of Ninja Gaiden's Ryu Hyabusa joining Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character. As it stands right now, things aren't looking too good.

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Patch 11.0.1 now available for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, only reverts Wii Fit Trainer's landing recovery for side special

Patch 11.0.1 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now available to download. The patch was pushed out for the sake of making only a single change to the buff that Wii Fit Trainer unintentionally received in version 11.0.0 of the game.

In an attempt to fix a bug that would sometimes prevent Wii Fit Trainer's Header side special from working in certain situations, Nintendo accidentally reduced the landing recovery of Header from 9 frames to 4 frames. This reduction has been reverted.

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'I think I might've broke Pyra' — GimR unveils new tech for Pyra's Blazing End that could alter the character's meta in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Though Mythra is generally seen as the better character of the Pyra & Mythra duo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pyra isn't without her strong qualities. Her side special, the Blazing End, is particularly good for its ability to lock down an area with a hitbox that stays active for a long duration.

VGBC|GimR recently released a video that highlights some powerful setups that can be employed by Pyra on stages with platforms. Under the right conditions, Pyra can initiate an unavoidable kill move from a tech situation.

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Report: New Nintendo Switch console using Nvidia's artificial intelligence technology to display games at 4K resolution

Rumors about a more powerful Nintendo Switch began circulating the internet shortly after the hybrid console released, but things may be coming to a head quite soon.

Bloomberg released a report this morning that states Nintendo's alleged hardware upgrade for the Switch will come packing some new features that should help games look and run better than the base model thanks to artificial intelligence.

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ESAM releases new tier list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate version 11.0 that has the Pyra & Mythra duo located in the top tier category

Pyra & Mythra was recently released with version 11.0 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. A variety of characters saw some buffs and nerfs from this latest update. As such, tier lists are bound to see some shifts.

PG|ESAM recently released a new tier list that details his opinions regarding the roster in version 11.0 of the game. Though we've only had a few weeks with Pyra & Mythra, ESAM was able to place them on his latest tier list.

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Pyra's hitboxes tend to be bigger than Mythra's but both characters feel 'very DLC' in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate according to Rekzius' analysis

Pyra & Mythra are the most recent additions to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's gargantuan roster. Like many other fighters before them, they are sword users that really benefit from disjointed hitboxes.

As is tradition with DLC releases for Smash Ultimate, Rekzius has released a video that provides a visual guide and analysis of the hitboxes and properties of the newest DLC combatant.

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Smash World Tour Oceania's incredibly close grand finals set ends in unfortunate disqualification

The transition to running pretty much all fighting game tournaments online this past year has brought with it quite a few growing pains which can lead to some headaches and unfortunate situations though this is probably every player's worst fear.

During an intensely close grand finals set today at the Smash World Tour Oceania Online Qualifier, one of the players ended up being disqualified after a bracket reset due to internet issues.

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Smash World Tour Oceania Online Qualifier results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Smash World Tour continues this week with its second installment, this time taking place in Oceania.

Notable players set to compete include Kanga|Ben Gold, Kanga|Jdizzle, GZ|DD, Kanga|Ghost, Kanga|Shadrew, GZ|SebPro101, Extra, FURY|RaZe, GG|Sriks and more.

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Will Nintendo wait for E3 2021 to show the next character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass Vol. 2 or can we expect another before then?

Pyra & Mythra from Xenoblades Chronicles 2 recently became available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2's Challenger Pack 9. At this point, there are only two characters left in Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Masahiro Sakurai has heavily implied that these next two characters will be the final ones for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As such, the waiting period for the next reveal has once again begun. When can we expect this reveal to happen?

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29 characters appeared in top 32 of Smash World Tour Oceania with most of the top tiers absent from the upper bracket

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts a ridiculous roster size of over 80 characters to choose from with just as many match ups to attempt to learn which can lead to some of the most varied competition in the fighting game genre as a whole.

The Smash World Tour Oceania Online Qualifier this weekend is certainly proof of that with at least 29 different fighters being represented within just the top 32 though many of the ones considered the best in the game are not among them.

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Terry Bogard's iconic 'Are you okay?' line has a surprisingly simple yet sweet origin story involving an amusement park ride

Terry Bogard remains one of the most endearing and quotable fighting game characters in the entire genre for his own unique interpretation of the English language, and fans wouldn't change that for a second.

One of the Wild Wolf's most iconic lines across his many appearances for the past two decades, including his most recent in King of Fighters 15, is the call out of his Buster Wolf with 'Are you okay?' which has a surprising origin story that's cute, comical and sincere all at once.

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The unrelenting Super Smash Bros. community is, once again, rallying for Nairo to be unbanned from Twitch

Social media can be a fickle beast as trends and fads can garner massive support overnight and then burn away just as quickly, but the Super Smash Bros. community is proving the wave of support they've been showing former pro player Nairoby "Nairo" Quezada is not fleeting.

Today marks the one month anniversary of Quezada's "ready to return" video after being banned from streaming service Twitch.tv as well as the Super Smash Bros. community over. His fans ("Naifus") and some of his fellow pro players are making waves for the second time now on Twitter, appealing to Twitch with "#Justice4Nairo" in a communal effort aimed at allowing the Smasher to return to streaming.

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Super Smash Bros.'s future at Evo isn't looking like a lock after Sony's acquisition of the tournament circuit, Nintendo releases statement

The fighting game community was taken by surprise yesterday afternoon when the return of the Evo tournament series was announced. Not only had the silence on what lies ahead for the longtime fighting game competition been broken, but we also learned that Sony Interactive Entertainment and RTS had jointly acquired the organization.

Naturally, this has stirred up a lot of questions from fighting gamers, especially the one that asks about the future of games that aren't on Sony consoles — such as Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Following the announcement, Nintendo released a statement on the matter, and from the sound of it Smash at Evo isn't looking like a lock just yet.

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