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Smash Bros. Ultimate "Weaken Minions" Spirit Board event kicks off Aug. 14th, 2020

You're making me weak!

Nintendo has revealed the next Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Spirit Board' event, which kicks off August 14th, 2020 and runs for three days. This Spirit Board event features the Weaken Minions item, and if you win battles, you'll get the item, along with triple the amount of usual SP.

Mipha and Revali amiibo reprints on the way, Joker amiibo in production

The latest amiibo updates

Nintendo's Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act page is the go-to place to find out what's up with amiibo, and it has once again given us some information on what to expect in the near future.

First up, we have confirmation that the Joker amiibo is officially in production. That shouldn't surprise anyone who's been following the news on Smash Bros. Ultimate amiibo. It's the other listings on the CPSIA page that might be surprising to some.

Nintendo is also working on reprints for some Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo. Both Mipha and Revali’s amiibo will be getting another round of releases in the near future, which most likely means that Urbosa and Daruk will get their shot as well. We'll keep an eye on the CPSIA page for more info.

Smash Bros. Ultimate glitch will crash the game

Crashing the boys

A new glitch has been discovered in Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it is bad enough to crash the game. When selecting a stage, if you press the Y button on any battlefield stage to play any song, then pause the song and select "all", the music will stop. After this, select a stage and the game will crash. Obviously a very specific set of steps, but it still results in a crash. Expect this one to be fixed soon.

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Smash Ball Fake Out' tournament announced for August 7th, 2020

Fake it till you make it!

The next tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been announced to begin on August 7th, 2020. Lasting for just 3 days, the “Smash Ball Fake Out” event will have players dodge plenty of pesky fake Smash Balls during their battles. May the best Smasher win!

Smash Bros. Ultimate Version 8.1.0 video tour

Want a closer look at what Smash Bros. Ultimate's latest update has to offer. Check out the video above, which takes you through a tour of everything included in Version 8.1.0.

Smash Bros. Ultimate updated to Version 8.1.0, includes Small Battlefield, online changes, and more

A considerable update

Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated to Version 8.1.0. Check out the patch notes for this update below.

Stage

- The Small Battlefield stage has been added. You can also set Small Battlefield as a Preferred Rule in Online Battle.
- You can now select any stage-specific music for Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Final Destination stages

Online

- The online user experience has been adjusted
- The way matchmaking is determined when using Preferred Rules has been adjusted
- Following a look at the current number of players eligible for Elite Smash, the threshold for entry has been recalculated to allow more players. Additionally, the way initial values for Global Smash Power are calculated has been adjusted.

Further investigations and adjustments to Online mode are expected

General

- Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Overwatch devs name their top picks for who they'd like to see in Smash Bros. Ultimate

Could it ever happen?

Will Overwatch characters make their way to Smash Bros. Ultimate? That's a question for Nintendo and Blizzard to answer, and you can bet neither side is willing to talk. With that said, Blizzard can still share their own thoughts on what Overwatch characters they'd like to see in the game.

There was an Overwatch Reddit AMA recently, which featured Game Director Jeff Kaplan and Lead Hero Designer Geoff Goodman. Both were asked who they'd like to see join the Smash ranks, to which Kaplan suggested Tracer. Goodman picked Doomfist, and shared a bit of an explanation as to why.

“Doomfist could also work. He’s kind of a fighting game hero already! He's certainly inspired by fighting games.”

Captain Falcon's Smash Bros. voice actor talks about coming back to record lines for Min Min's Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal

Hope he likes ramen!

Ryo Horikawa is the voice actor for Captain Falcon in the Smash Bros. series. His lines in those games have become absolutely iconic, and helped the character become an extremely memorable and important part of the series.

In a recent video, Ryo Horikawa talked a bit about being asked to come back to record lines for the Smash Bros. Ultimate Min-Min reveal trailer. When Horikawa was originally asked back, he thought he'd be re-recording lines for the game in general. He had no idea he was going to be asked back to make ramen-slurping sounds!

Horikawa also talked a bit about his original voice recordings for Super Smash Bros. on the 64. He said that the team told him his recording of Falcon Punch would be used the world over, so they decided that he should do the line in English. Horikawa practiced in order to make sure his delivery sounded like the line was coming from a native English speaker. I'd say he did a pretty good job!

Thanks to PushDustIn for the translation!

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Blue Spirits' Spirit Board event kicks off July 31st, 2020

Blue, you're my boy!

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event has been announced. Starting July 31st and running for 3 days, the 'Blue Spirits' Spirit Board event will include a number of different blue-colored spirits. Defeat them to get more gold than usual!

3 Switch exclusives make the top 10 charts for worldwide digital revenue in June 2020

Pokemon, Smash, and Animal Crossing all make big moves

SuperData has shared their digital charts for June 2020, and three Switch-exclusive titles made the top 10 for consoles. Seeing Pokemon Sword and Shield and Smash Bros. Ultimate make the list is no surprise, as considerable DLC was launched. The real shocker is seeing Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the top 10 yet again, as digital figures are coming from just sales of the game itself! Check out the full top 10 below.

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