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Sakurai shares a look at an early version of Sans for Smash Bros. Ultimate

It's all about the finer details

Sans made his way to Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Mii Fighter costume, but today we get a look at a slightly different version. For the Smash Pic of the Day, Sakurai shared the above image. While it might look like the version in Smash Bros. Ultimate, this Sans is actually an early model for the costume.

Turns out this version of Sans was the one that Sakurai and the team sent to Toby Fox for approval. Fox, creator of Undertale, only had one thing he wanted changed. Instead of the fingers Sans has in the image above, Fox wanted something that was more mitten-like. That's what the team ended up doing, which is closer in style to what Sans has in Undertale.

Sakurai explains how the Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Picture of the Day' series started, and why he keeps it up

A man of dedication

Did you know that Sakurai has been doing a Smash Bros. Ultimate "Picture of the Day" Twitter post every day since Dec. 27th, 2019? In the latest issue of Famitsu, Sakurai explains how the whole idea got started, and why he keeps it up. Check out the info below, courtesy of a translation from PushDustIn, Nokoloc, and Sephazon.

- the Picture of the Day idea is something Sakurai has done for the staff since the development of Kid Icarus: Uprising
- Sakurai uploads the pictures to a private network that is only accessible within the studio
- sometimes the PoTD interferes with his meetings or when he’s driving
- Sakurai even posts them to Twitter on weekends
- the first Smash PoTD came about back in August 2012
- at the time, Smash for 3DS/Wii U was being built
- for Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sakurai's been using pictures from later in development (around March 2018 to now)
- Sakurai first started PoTD as a way to create a good atmosphere among the hundreds of staff
- since every picture varies, it creates an exciting atmosphere for the staff
- Sakurai keeps up the posts as a way for the project to be more open to the entire development team
- because these projects are so large, staff may not see the bigger picture, so it’s important to bring the team together with PotD
- whenever a good opportunity arises, Sakurai may take several photos at once
- when shooting, Sakurai doesn’t think of a ‘story,’ but instead uses a random assortment of fighters and stages
- Sakurai is usually quite busy with development, and these posts do take some time to write
- ‘Picture of the Day’ began as a service directed towards our staff, but it's also become entertaining for fans

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Animal Crossing" Spirit Board event announced

Animal Crossing enters the fray!

Smash Bros. Ultimate is getting a new Spirit Board event on April 3rd, 2020 and it runs for 5 days. This Spirit Board event brings in some Animal Crossing: New Horizons characters. Defeating these spirits will earn you extra SP.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Big Moments & Highlights" trailer

Screams, cheers, tears, and more

There have been lots of exciting memories created since the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Check out this compilation to celebrate & reminisce on some of the biggest moments so far.

Mechanical engineer makes a taser controller to use while playing as Pichu in Smash Bros. Ultimate

Engineers, man...

Pichu has a number of moves in Smash Bros. Ultimate that cause self damage due to electrical discharge. Electrical engineer Eric Heckman thought this mechanic would be perfect for his latest, and most devious creation. Eric has married a GameCube controller with a taser in order to zap himself when playing as Pichu.

Everytime Pichu uses a move that does self damage, Heckman gets a zap from his custom controller. Obviously this isn't a controller you want to use when playing normally (or at all, really!), but it does make for a fun project and video!

Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC fighter will be from ARMS, and will release in June 2020

Up in ARMS

The first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 will be joining the battle from the Nintendo Switch game ARMS! The fighter will be announced and released this June.

Nintendo decided not to mention which ARMS fighter would make the cut for Smash Bros. Ultimate, which means we have until June 2020 to hedge our bets!

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Cherry blossoms in full bloom! Momoiro Spirits" Spirit Board event announced

Pretty in pink

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event has been announced, and it kicks off on March 27th, 2020. The "Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom! Momoiro Spirits" event features Spirits that are predominantly pink colored. You'll be able to participate in this event for three days.

Sakurai says there's "no guarantee" he'll keep making games after Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC is done, has nothing lined up

Say it ain't so, Sakurai!

Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC work is going to continue for quite some time, especially when you factor in potential delays due to the coronavirus. There's no doubt a year's worth of work ahead of Masahiro Sakurai and the team, if not more. What happens when all that DLC is taken care of, though? What does Sakurai have lined up after Smash Bros. Ultimate comes to a close? According to Sakurai himself, he's free and clear!

"That's how I approach game development whenever I start a new project. Though, honestly, there's no guarantee I'll keep making games after this. Right now, all I'm thinking about is the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC development. Once that's done, I actually have absolutely nothing lined up."

Let's hope that Sakurai does decide to move onto other game ideas outside of Smash Bros.. It would be great to see what else he could come up with. Besides that though, let's hope he takes a good, long time to rest!

Yacht Club says Shovel Knight being a playable in Smash Bros. Ultimate was "never really in the cards," hopes it can happen in the future

Just an honor to be included

Shovel Knight does indeed appear in Smash Bros. Ultimate, but as an assist trophy, rather than a playable character. A few fans were upset to see that Shovel Knight didn't get the roster treatment, but Yacht Club says they're just honored to be included.

In an interview with Fanbyte, Yacht Club's Sean Velasco says that Shovel Knight being playable was “never really in the cards,” as Nintendo only ever reached out about including him as an assist trophy. With that said, Velasco holds out hope for the future by saying, “maybe in the next Smash or in the Smash 10 years from now, when Shovel Knight’s like a grandfather figure in the game industry, maybe he can be a playable character.”

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Reflect" tournament set for March 20th, 2020

Right back at ya

For those of you who won't be playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons on Friday, Nintendo has a new Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament for you to jump into. Kicking off Friday and running for three days, Smash Bros. Ultimate players can participate in the 'Reflect' tournament, which only allows fighters that have the reflect ability.

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