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MVD releases his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier list

Solid Snake is certainly one of the more interesting fighters on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster who happens to remain in the spotlight as the game's best zoner character despite his difficulty to play at high levels.

The title of best Snake player in the world generally falls on the shoulders of Jestise "TG|MVD" Negron, and 10+ year competitive veteran recently put together his updated tier list for Smash Ultimate.

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Masahiro Sakurai explains how video games influenced his childhood

Information concerning Masahiro Sakurai's childhood was detailed in the recently released Famitsu Column 604. Although there isn't anything that directly ties to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or the upcoming ARMS character that's supposed to be revealed this June, it does offer possible explanations regarding references to two elements that are present in Ultimate โ€” but keep in mind that this is never explicitly stated.

"Back where I grew up, there was a supermarket called 'Chuujitsuya.' On Sundays, we usually went there shopping with the whole family," wrote Sakurai. "This probably seems unthinkable of nowadays, but when I was a child, doing things separately from your parents wasn't strange at all. We didn't have cell phones, and didn't even make arrangements for when to meet up."

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate hacker pulls out Giga Bowser in online set but that's not enough to save him from getting bodied by a pro player

The online Super Smash Bros. community probably feels like they've seen it all at this point though I'm not sure how many of them have gotten the chance to fight against Ultimate's special boss characters during netplay sessions.

That's exactly what happened during a recent stream, however, when pro R.O.B. player OES|Benny&TheJets joined in on Babyoolong's lobby, which was then invaded by a modder / hacker... who pulled out Giga Bowser in an attempt to cause chaos and play sets.

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GimR demonstrates how one frame can make a huge difference in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate by revealing tech for Sheik, Byleth, and Roy

VGBC|GimR released a video that's simply titled "One Frame." This video demonstrates quite thoroughly how one frame can make all the difference in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (and any fighting game).

Despite the fact that Sheik's up tilt is -11 on block, there are some fun frame traps that can be done with this attack. The fastest grabs in the game come out in six frames. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has this tendency to add four additional frames of start up to grabs after blocking an attack.

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This clip of HungryBox against a random player on the Magicant stage is a perfect example of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's faulty preferred rules

There are plenty of stages that are just not meant for 1v1 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate while items are turned off. This is why there is only a small percentage of stages that are legal during tournament play.

Unfortunately, there are those that intend to win through the cheesiest of methods in their quest to obtain GSP. Even worse, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Quickplay mode actually allows them to do this.

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Is Sheik really the most difficult character to get into Elite Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Those of you that are attempting to get every character in Elite Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have probably heard about the "horror" of Sheik. Out of the 80 characters in the game, it is often stated that Sheik is the most difficult to obtain Elite status with.

Some time ago, I was actually able to get Sheik into Elite Smash. I can definitely say that the experience left quite an impression on me.

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EVO Online's decision to limit open tournaments to titles with great netcode is a bold message to fighting game developers

When news first dropped that EVO 2020 was cancelled and EVO Online would be taking its place, the FGC's immediate concern jumped to how the mainstage games would hold up considering none of them are known for their strong netplay capabilities.

The organizers behind EVO essentially side-stepped that issue completely, however, this week when they announced that none of those titles would be part of the open tournaments for EVO Online with those honors going instead to four fighting games championed by the community for their netcode prowess.

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ZeRo infiltrated random streamers' arenas in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with an alternate account with hilarious results

Although Tempo|ZeRo hasn't been competing in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments with the same amount of intensity as he did for Super Smash Bros. 4, ZeRo is still a very strong player thanks to his fundamentals.

Recently, he decided to infiltrate random streamers' arenas while disguised as somebody else. His username, "Ashleyyy," gave off the impression that he was a female that played Smash Bros.

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Sonix talks about how he'd adjust Sonic the Hedgehog in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and other topics concerning the Blue Blur

Recently, I had the chance to speak with LGCY|Sonix about Sonic in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The first part of the interview focused on how Sonic functions in this forced online meta Smash players are currently experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of course, I also threw a few questions to Sonix that asked him about his thoughts about Sonic's design in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Given the power to do so, what changes would Sonix implement into Sonic's moveset? Sonix also revealed which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series he'd like to see join the battle in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's ever-expanding roster.

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Masahiro Sakurai's specialized developer screenshots for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate feature a ton of neat fighting game references like EVO moment 37

Super Smash Bros. as a series combines characters from pretty much every major genre the video gaming space has to offer, but the influence of traditional fighting games has become more ingrained into its latest iterations with the addition of characters like Ryu, Ken and Terry Bogard.

Masahiro Sakurai, the longtime director of the series, began sharing daily developer screenshots from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's development, and one thing that stood out in particular among them is how many fighting game nods and references there are among them.

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'Did he just lag in real life?' - The Keef Crew's take on EVO Online's announcement and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's exclusion hits down to the core

When EVO Online was first teased following the offline major's cancellation, players around the world wondered how their games would hold up in a large netplay setting. One community, however, had their concerns answered rather directly, as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate did not make the list.

The Keef Crew put together a hilarious skit at the time warning of the impending Wi-Fi warriors, but now with Smash no longer part of the equation, their newest video takes on the exclusion and how the various scenes reacted to the news.

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'EVO online not including Ultimate is such a good thing' - Leffen, ZeRo, Hungrybox, Armada, and others react to no Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at EVO

Ever since we learned that EVO 2020 was going to migrate online roughly two weeks back, the entire fighting game community has been simultaneously curious and understandably somewhat pessimistic about how well transitioning the largest yearly fighting game event online could possibly go.

EVO staff revealed Wednesday evening that it would actually be four titles not previously on the EVO 2020 lineup that would have open online brackets and that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would seemingly not have a presence at all.

The Smash community has had some time to react to this, and we've rounded up a handful of tweets and YouTube responses from notable figures in an attempt to garner an idea as to what the masses may be thinking.

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Why is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not part of EVO Online?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was quickly shaping up to be the biggest game at the Evolution Championship Series for the second year in a row, but fans were surprised to find out now it won't even be part of the official festivities.

The EVO Online announcement from last night revealed the updated list of games slated to take part where all of the mainstage titles are set to return except for Smash Ultimate and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 which has everyone wondering what happened.

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EVO Online details revealed with 5 weeks of events, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate removed from lineup

With the cancellation of the main EVO 2020 event due to worries about the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have pivoted to move the event online with a newfound focus on fighting games with the best netplay around.

The first details for EVO Online have been revealed via an announcement trailer which will be split up over five weekends and features a very drastic change up to the events and games originally planned to take place.

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'The reality is that people are very bad at the match up... most won't even bother practicing it' โ€” Sonix discusses the controversy of Sonic and Wi-Fi

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Smash community has seen a transition towards playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments online instead of offline โ€” for better or worse. Needless to say, it's often said that certain characters are benefiting from this so-called "online meta" more so than others. Sonic, in particular, is a fighter that's often cited as being at the heart of the problem.

Competitors like Wrath and LGCY|Sonix, two Sonic mains, have started seeing more success in recent times. Notably, Sonix was able to take down players like TSM|Tweek and T1|MkLeo to win a major online event. I recently had a chance to speak with Sonix about his thoughts regarding the controversy surrounding Sonic and this online meta that's being forced due to the quarantine.

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How many characters have a combo that deals 50% or more on Final Destination in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

The ability to inflict damage is rather important in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Opponents will be launched further the more damage that they have suffered.

So which characters have access to combos that deal 50% damage or more on Final Destination? How many don't? Henke recently uploaded a video that answers these questions.

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GimR explains why Sonic's unreactable burst range is harder to deal with during online play in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Since there's been this transition towards playing tournaments online rather than offline due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Sonic has suddenly become a controversial subject. As Sonic is "the fastest thing alive," it can be difficult to to react to Sonic's attacks due to the additional input delay.

Recently, VGBC|GimR uploaded a video that talks about "WiFi Sonic." He explains exactly what makes Sonic so strong in this type of environment.

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