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Wait, Goku's voice actor is already in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Pokémon? Here's all of the talent behind the title's massive roster

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has an absolutely massive roster of 74 playable characters currently which means that the game also features a just as high of a level of voice talent for the fighters from many different franchises as well as the Assist Trophies and any other characters in the game.

YouTube content creator TeddyKGaming recently uploaded a video to their channel going over every English and Japanese voice actor used for the playable characters in Smash Ultimate, so we can pull back the curtain a bit and see what the actual people behind the fighters look like — plus also see if we recognize them from other roles.

Some characters feature both English and Japanese voice actors in the game including Marth for the first time, Fox, Falco, Jigglypuff, Chrom, Sonic, Wolf and Pokémon Trainer among others though the Wii Fit Trainers actually have three for the male and female counterparts with Japanese, American English and British English.

Ryu and Ken are obviously in the game themselves as fighters, but other familiar Street Fighter voices can also be found in Ultimate. Chun-Li's English voice actor from Street Fighter 4 and 5, Laura Bailey, also appears in Ultimate as Lucina from Fire Emblem: Awakening along with Fel Long's English voice in Matthew Mercer as Chrom.

There are also characters in the game that technically don't have voice actors due to only 'speaking' in sound effects or animal noises like Bowser, Donkey Kong, King K. Rool, Samus, Ridley, Dark Samus, Mr. Game & Watch, Diddy Kong, Olimar — though the Pikmin actually do, R.O.B, Villager, Mega Man and Pac-Man.

Dragon Ball's Goku has long been a requested character to appear in Super Smash Bros. both jokingly and seriously, but his English voice actor in Sean Schemmel already appears in the series and Ultimate as the Pokémon Lucario.

You'd also likely never guess it, but King Dedede's voice is actually that of the fighting title series' director and Kirby's creator Masahiro Sakurai though it's obviously undergone some heavy modulation. You can check out TeddyKGaming's full video after the jump to see the actors behind every fighter in Smash Ultimate.

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Frosty Faustings currently has more Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle entrants than EVO Japan

Frost Faustings is returning in 2019 for its eleventh run, and will take place on January 18th and 19th in Elmhurst, Illinois. Though on-site registration will be available, RaphTx shared the current numbers for the 20+ titles that will be featured at the event, three of which are outpacing one of the most anticipated fighting game events of the year.

As pointed out by Steve "AceKingOffsuit" Jurek "Frosty Faustings has larger fields for Soul Calibur 6, Guilty Gear Xrd, and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle than EVO Japan. This is wild."

We still have 24 days before registration ends for EVO Japan so there is a chance that later comers will boost up the number of overall participants, but the event has had a few rain clouds pass over it since the completion of the inaugural run in January of last year. Though entrant numbers in 2018 were strong, (over 2,000) the event lost more than a million dollars.

Speculation as to precisely why final reports ended up in the red blames a last minute change in venue paired with a free entry policy. Said free entry policy is likely a result of Japan's anti-gambling laws, which prohibit fighting game tournaments from operating with the traditional model wherein participants pay entry fees that go into a prize pot for top placers.

When the 2019 game line up for EVO Japan was released back in mid December, many FGC members were taken aback by the fact that neither Super Smash Bros. Ultimate nor Dragon Ball FighterZ was to be featured. Smash Ultimate is the currently the leading title for Frosty Faustings with over 250 entrants, and Dragon Ball FighterZ ranks 5th with just over 170.

This year's EVO Japan will be held in Fukuoa, which is over 670 miles (1080 km) from the event's 2018 home city of Tokyo. You can view the current numbers (as of the morning of January 7th) for both Frosty Faustings and EVO Japan (as shared by Anime FGC News) by clicking the thumbnail here:

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God of War's art director creates gritty versions of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite characters

We're excited to share with you some brilliant visual game fusions today as Raf Grassetti, art director for 2018's God of War) has created some of the cast of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as though they shared a universe with Kratos.

Characters like Fox McCloud, Samus Aran and Link undergo makeovers that remove them from the more lighthearted world of Super Smash Bros., and instead imagine them as much more realistic and rugged.

Grassetti's take on Sonic the Hedgehog is great, and perhaps should be considered by Paramount Pictures considering the amount of backlash their initial Sonic the Hedgehog film teaser trailer got them... or maybe the character just needs to stay on the cartoon side of the spectrum.

That brings us to Bowser, who certainly looks like he could be one of the most gruesome and intimidating bosses the God of War franchise has ever seen. The king of all koopas looks like a near impervious mound of hard shell, leathery skin and sharp edges.

Grassetti has also offered his take on two characters from the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite roster in both Nova and Ultron. You can view the gallery featuring all the aforementioned characters below, and please tell us what you think in the comments after.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've just barely entered the new year, and we already have a slew of events upon us.

Kumite in Tennessee is one of them, and as you'd expect, it's taking place in Tennessee — more specifically, Franklin, Tennessee.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Tekken 7 both having over 100 entrants, and Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition all being above 50 entrants each, respectively, this is going to be a pretty loaded event.

The games being played besides the aforementioned five are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Some of the notable players attending include Lil Majin, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BC|Biohazard, CuddleCore, SB|JB, W2W|KnowKami, Neon, Pokchop, BC|HoneyBee, MnT|Trungy, SperoGin, KoDee, TS|Arturo Sanchez and of course many more beyond that.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, VG Boot Camp, NYC Furby, HXC Gaming Events and TNEA Live.

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Which characters are the most popular for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate so far? Usage stats for Kumite in Tennessee, Valhalla 2, and Smash Conference

We had three major events host Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments this weekend. These events are Kumite in Tennessee, Valhalla 2, and Smash Conference United

The meta for this month old game is already beginning to develop. Events like these are starting to help us understand which players and characters are going to be dominant throughout the game's lifespan.

orKsGP|Glutonny ended up taking Valhalla 2 with his disgustingly good Wario. FOX|MKLeo proved at the Smash Conference that we should really like Ike. Finally, the competition just wasn't able to keep up with Typo|Sonido's Sonic at Kumite in Tennessee.

Outside of their performances, which other characters are helping competitors bring their best performance? Also, which fighters aren't seeing much representation yet?

This is an extremely diverse cast. After all, there are 74 different combatants to choose from. There's someone available to represent just about everyone.

Hit the jump to check out the top 64 character usage stats for the Smash Conference, the top 32 character usage stats for Valhalla 2, and the top 8 character usage stats for Kumite in Tennessee.

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Smash Conference United results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Smash Conference United is happening this weekend in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

This is mainly a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event, for which the tournament has almost 350 entrants, but there are a bunch of other games being played as well.

The event also features Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 64, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guily Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Besides this, it will also houst Doubles events for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Some of the players set to attend include Tempo|ZeRo, Liquid|Hungrybox, FOX|MKLeo, FOX|Mew2King, GRV|Dabuz, Liquid|Salem, eU|Samsora, MVD, Myran, Dyr, AMG|8BitMan and many more.

Streaming is being done at MVG League and G-Force Gaming.

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When you pop off too hard and fall off of the stage: Valhalla 2 highlights for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Valhalla 2 wrapped up earlier today. This was one of the first major Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events in Europe.

As a result, the tournament attracted a number of big names to the scene. Competitors like TSM|Leffen, Cyve, myR|Light, orKsGP|Glutonny, BSD|Izaw, and many more were gunning for first place.

Many players are already demonstrating amazing skill despite how young Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's meta is. There were plenty of intense moments throughout the event.

As a result, we've got a batch of highlights to talk about.

Let's start things off with Light's comeback from near death in his winners set against Glutonny with the well timed dodge into forward smash causing the Palutena main to pop off by jumping around and falling off the stage.

Ironically, he was able to keep himself on the stage within the game but couldn't do so in real life. Light also took out the light on the stage by doing this.

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'Underdog Boost' appears to have been in effect for Smash Conference United's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament

Update: PG|MVD and GRV|Dabuz have double checked the rules on stream. Thankfully, Underdog Boost has been confirmed to be turned off on the current console for today.

Earlier: It appears that someone may have tampered with the in-game rules for Smash Conference United's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament. Specifically, it looks as though "Underdog Boost" may have been toggled on.

For those that don't know, Underdog Boost makes it so that the player that is behind on stocks will receive a damage boost in order to assist their comeback. It's actually very similar to Lucario's aura effect.

The community has highlighted two matches that really indicates that the rules were altered in a way that was not intended by the organizers. First, NRG|Nairo showed a match where FOX|Mew2King was able to secure a KO on BxA|Tachyon's Pichu thanks to a forward throw.

In this sequence, Bowser was behind in the stock count by two. His forward throw inflicted over 20% damage. Normally, Bowser's forward throw should only deal about 15.1% damage even after the 1v1 bonus is applied.

In the other sequence that was highlighted by fgzzz on Reddit, it was demonstrated that Lucina's fully charged up smash dealt 35.9% damage when it is only normally only able to deal 30.4% in this situation.

It's extremely unlikely that the players involved in these matches had anything to do with the tampering. Similarly, the tournament organizers were probably unaware of these occurrences.

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Valhalla II results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we've Valhalla II taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It'll be one of the first instances of a major event with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the European region, and a lot of top players are looking to show up.

The event also has Super Smash Bros. Melee, and doubles events for both, as well as a 3v3 Battle for the Boroughs where different cities take on one another in teams.

Some of the players set to participate are TSM|Leffen, Asterion|Amsah, Professor Pro, Demise|Trifasia, BZG|Overtriforce, orKsGP|Glutonny, Cyve, iStudying, Alliance|Android, DJ Nintendo and many more.

With almost 400 entrants, you can bet there'll be a lot of hype matches going on, and this is also the first chance to see Melee godslayer TSM|Leffen show what he's made of in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so it's bound to be a good one. We originally reported that Alliance|Armada would be competing this weekend, however, the Melee god said on Twitter that he cannot attend due to sickness.

Streaming is being done by Geeky Goon Squad and Geeky Goon Squad 2.

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Melee's EVO champion had some of the most exciting matches in Super Smash Bros Ultimate's early competitive life despite not making finals at Valhalla

Recent entries in the Super Smash Bros. series have struggled to pull in and keep the Melee crowd to stick around the competitive scene, but it appears that Ultimate currently has the attention of the old guard more than the games that came before.

TSM|Leffen finally won his first EVO in Melee last year, and he's since gone on to spend much of his time in the past month diving into dissecting Smash Ultimate at a competitive level and picking up Pokémon Trainer as his main while putting out tons of content for the game on YouTube and Twitch.

Valhalla II proved to be the first major tournament where Europe's best Smash players like Leffen, orKsGP|Glutonny, Cyve, Meru and more could come together and show off their month one tech and early potential for Ultimate.

Although he did not make it to the finals, Leffen and his opponents provided some of the most exciting and intense Smash Ultimate sets yet with his matches against Glutonny and Meru especially standing out where both would come down to last game, last stock scenarios.

The number one seeded Glutonny and Leffen would meet to decide which of them would advance to top 8 on the winners' side where the Melee champ would quickly go up 2-0, but Wario's Wafts would not be stuffed for long.

You can check out Gluttony and Leffen's full match in the stream archives here, but we're going to be going over the highlights from that set and the top 8 set against Meru where we'll start off with Daisy being able to pull out the rare Mr. Saturn and instantly break Leffen's shield in an amazing turn in RNG.

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Here's a recommended list of out-of-shield options for the entire Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster — frame data included

Update: Piranha Plant's information has been added.

Earlier: Super smash Bros. Ultimate's tempo is far faster than Super Smash Bros. 4's. The amount of time it takes for a character to recover after landing with an aerial is way quicker.

Veteran Smash players might think that the optimal punish is to go for a shield grab. Players that are just jumping into the series for the first time and are coming from a traditional fighting game might opt to go for a jab instead.

Not too long ago, we learned that cancelling the shield into a grab invokes a 4 frame penalty after blocking an attack. Simply releasing the shield button will put your character in 11 frames of recovery before being allowed to perform most actions (this has been increased from Super Smash Bros. 4's 7 frame recovery).

Punishing aerials that have low landing lag might come across as unintuitive at first. It's not always clear what the fastest out-of-shield option is. Luckily, the training mode arms us with the ability to go frame-by-frame.

We've taken a look at every character's tools to consider which moves would be ideal to punish with. As a result, we've created a "recommended list of out-of-shield options" list to help everyone figure out how to deal with those pesky safe aerials.

As a rule of thumb, you can forego the shield drop animation with an Up Smash, an Up Special, a jump, or an item toss. You can also technically cancel a shielding state with a grab, but remember that a 4 frame penalty will be applied if you block an attack first.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate data mine may provide hints to the DLC characters' identities by way of code names

We know that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be receiving at least six DLC characters now that it's launched with Piranha Plant likely coming in February and Persona 5's Joker after that plus four other currently unknown fighters.

It appears, however, that even the Nintendo Switch and Smash Ultimate aren't immune to data miners poking around the game's files who have reportedly found entries that hint to at least one new character we don't know.

Data miner and game modder Jam1garner recently shared on Twitter findings of three character code names in Smash Ultimate's files that appear to refer to the first three DLC fighters.

The names Jack, Brave and Packu are all reportedly referenced multiple times in the data that reveals aspects of their play like run speed, size, jump abilities and more.

Packu likely refers to Piranha Plant due to being very close to its Japanese name of Packun Flower while Jack could be the code name for Joker as a pun on playing card names or possibly be tied to the Persona / Shin Megami Tensei mascot Jack Frost.

The name Brave might lead some to believe that the character may be tied to a game like Bravely Default or Brave Fencer Musashi, but many around the internet believe that the name points to a Dragon Quest representative.

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How good is each character's recovery in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? These videos really showcase their ability to travel horizontally and vertically

One of the most basic fundamentals of the Super Smash Bros. series is recovering back to the stage after getting knocked away. Even though there are winged fighters, no character is able to fly indefinitely.

How does one go about measuring the effectiveness of each character's recovery options? Well, you basically have to manually test them in unique circumstances.

Typically though, we rely on YouTube content creators like Yeet Smash and Practical TAS to create "who can make the (blank) jump videos."

The Hyrule Temple jump showcases which combatants are able to make it to the ledge on the right of the Hyrule Temple from the bottom platform. Those that are able to make this have access to excellent vertical recoveries.

As for the best horizontal recoveries, we see that only a select few characters are able to get over the Battlefield location in the training stage to the other side.

Thanks to Snake's ability to blow himself up with C4, he's able to constantly refresh his access to his up special, the Cypher, in order to achieve the however much horizontal and vertical space as needed. In terms of just distance, Snake probably has the best overall recovery in the game at the risk of being easy to intercept.

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ANTi releases his tier list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Chrom is not among the best in the game

Tier lists have quickly become a way for the fighting game community and top players to share their thoughts on a particular game's meta, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was seeing lists made before the game even came out.

Jason 'ANTi' Bates is considered one of the best Smash 4 players in the world for using a range of characters at a high level, and he landed at the 17th spot of Panda Global's last power rankings for the Wii U title.

ANTi retired from Smash 4 play in 2018, but he's back and digging into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate where he's recently released his first tier list for the game like a number of other top players wanting to give their early impressions.

In his Twitch archive that's now been uploaded to YouTube, ANTi placed all 74 fighters into either top tier, high tier, mid tier or low tier in his semi-ordered list where he started out including a bottom tier section that he deleted because he feels that every character in Ultimate is viable right now.

Some surprise picks can be spotted fairly quickly in ANTi's list, as he actually has Chrom in high tier instead of top tier plus he sees Bayonetta as an actual low tier in the new Smash title right now.

TSM|Leffen, Tempo|ZeRo and Demise|Seagull Joe have all recently their own tier lists for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that you can check plus you can vote on our own tier lists on EventHubs. You can find ANTi's completed tier list below plus his full video breakdown after the jump, but be warned there is NSFW language throughout.

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ESAM reveals his early impressions top 10 tier list for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Top tier competitors like Tempo|ZeRo and TSM|Leffen have already begun releasing their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tier lists despite the game only being less than a month old. Even Demise|Seagull Joe had some early impressions to share with the Smash community.

This time, it looks like PG|ESAM has some opinions about which characters will be the strongest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Rather than creating a full list, he has revealed his top 10 in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as he apparently doesn't care that much for the low and mid tiers.

A few of ESAM's selections go against the more common choices. For example, ESAM apparently believes Yoshi to be within the top 10.

This probably isn't as surprising anymore based on this fighter's success, but Pichu also managed to make the cut. While this baby Pokémon was designed to be intentionally handicapping in Super Smash Bros. Melee, it has some insane strengths in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate despite the self-damaging mechanic and being the lightest in the game.

You might be surprised to hear that Chrom didn't make this list (but he did make the "honorable mentions"). It's also interesting how Lucina made it but Marth didn't — clearly the consistency of Lucina's blade is more valued than Marth's tipper mechanic.

Inevitably, it seems ESAM is a big believer in Pikachu's capabilities in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. ESAM suspects that he is maining the best character in the game by sticking with his favorite electric mouse.

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6 of Amazon's top 10 best-selling games of 2018 are from Nintendo with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the highest spot

2018 will likely go down as one of the best years for video games along with a few other years with eights in them like 1998 and 2008 having a wide variety of series and genres being well represented by great titles.

Fighting games also had a great year with major titles like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate all releasing in 2018 alongside updates to already available games with Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 Season 2.

The giant online retailer Amazon recently released their best-selling video games list for 2018 where — despite being out for the shortest amount of time — Super Smash Bros. Ultimate took the top spot ahead of even Red Dead Redemption 2.

Nintendo had a great showing on the entire list for their Switch titles taking six of the top 10 slots for the year past with games like Super Mario Party, but three of them actually released back in 2017 which shows great staying power for titles like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

It is worth noting that this list does not combine mutliplatform releases together, so Red Dead Redemption 2 may have sold more copies combined though the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales are listed separately. Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee were also counted separately.

Unfortunately, none of the other fighting games listed managed to make the top 100 list which combined sales listings for games, consoles and accessories like controllers or currency cards, but you can check out Amazon's best-selling games for 2018 after the jump.

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You're not ready for Gootecks and Justin Wong playing Smash Ultimate with Yipes and Neo in the peanut gallery; Excellent Adventures returns

It's been almost a full year since we last saw the likes of Gootecks' Excellent Adventures, but it seems the face the behind fifth-most popular global emote on Twitch has decided it's time to get back on the online horse.

Cross Counter is back with new episodes of Excellent Adventures, this time featuring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the game of choice and guest FOX|Justin Wong.

Though they're off screen, we get a special peanut gallery in the form of none other than IFC Yipes and Neo as they chime in with colorful commentary throughout.

The result? A great time with a wonderful blend of skill, salt and personality. Yipes' constant call outs and heckling keep the players (and us as well) laughing all the while, making it even more entertaining when they slip up.

Check out episodes 193 and 194 below, and stay tuned for even more Excellent Adventures in the near future.

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