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Smash Bros. Ultimate "Headgear" tournament kicks off Nov. 27th, 2020

Hats off to ya!

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament has been revealed. The "Headgear" tournament starts Nov. 27th and runs to Nov. 30th, 2020. As you might have guessed, this tournament is open to fighters who wear hats and helmets. The more you win, the better the Spirits you'll snag.

Octopath Traveler and Paper Mario: The Origami King spirits permanently added to Smash Bros. Ultimate

Look who's back

Nintendo has just added in some Spirits to Smash Bros. Ultimate, and they're sticking around permanently. The previously limited-time Octopath Traveler and Paper Mario: The Origami King spirits have been added back into the game, and they're here to stay. Check them out on the Spirit Board or in the Shop.

The Big House Online events for Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate have been cancelled due to a cease & desist from Nintendo

The no fun zone

The Big House had plans to host both a Smash Bros. Melee and Smash Bros. Ultimate online event from Dec. 4th to 6th, 2020, but those plans have now been called off. The Big House took to their official Twitter account to reveal that Nintendo has sent a cease and desist for the event, forcing them to call off plans. Refunds for the event will be offered in the near future.

It seems Nintendo took issue with The Big House using Project Slippi to facilitate the online tournament. Project Slippi allows Smash Bros. Melee to automatically save replays, use live match mirroring, implements rollback netcode, and opens up online matchmaking. Obviously Nintendo isn't too keen on this sort of thing, hence the cease and desist.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

UPDATE - Nintendo has provided a statement on why they're stepping in to shut this tournament down. You can read it in full below.

Nintendo appreciates the love and dedication the fighting game community has for the Super Smash Bros. series. We have partnered with numerous Super Smash Bros. tournaments in the past and have hosted our own online and offline tournaments for the game, and we plan to continue that support in the future. Unfortunately, the upcoming Big House tournament announced plans to host an online tournament for Super Smash Bros. Melee that requires use of illegally copied versions of the game in conjunction with a mod called “Slippi” during their online event. Nintendo therefore contacted the tournament organizers to ask them to stop. They refused, leaving Nintendo no choice but to step in to protect its intellectual property and brands. Nintendo cannot condone or allow piracy of its intellectual property.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Sleeveless Spirits" Spirit Board Event announced

Nothing up this sleeve...

Nintendo has announced the next Spirit Board event for Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it starts on Nov. 20th, 2020. For three days, players can participate in the Sleeveless Spirits event, which features characters who wear sleeveless clothing. If you battle them and win, you'll get more gold than usual.

Smash Bros. Ultimate updated to Version 9.0.2

A bounty of bug fixes

Smash Bros. Ultimate has been updated to Version 9.0.2. Check out the patch notes below.

General

- Fixed an issue where you could not use the stick to jump while falling after creating an anvil using the down air attack.
- Fixed an issue where the gunman from Duck Hunt’s down special and the phantom from Zelda’s down special were not behaving as intended.
- Fixed an issue where the initial velocity of Samus’s and Dark Samus’s up special when used on the ground was not behaving as intended.
- Fixed an issue where fighters would sometimes warp on the Venom stage.
- Fixed an issue where sometimes fighters would pass through landscapes when they were launched on some stages.
- Fixed an issue where sometimes you would be forced to end a battle on a stage created in Stage Builder.
- Various gameplay fixes.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Let's Eat!" tournament kicks off Nov. 13th, 2020

Chow down

Smash Bros. Ultimate's next tournament is set to start on Nov. 13th, 2020, and it will run for three days. This time around, only fighters who have some sort of eating mechanic will be included. Think of characters like Wario, Yoshi, Kirby, and others. Edible items will appear more frequently than usual during this tournament.

Smash Bros. Ultimate being updated to Version 9.0.2 soon

Another update incoming

Smash Bros. Ultimate has another update right around the corner. Nintendo has announced that Version 9.0.2 is coming in the "near future." We don't have any patch notes for this update, but as it's a minor version number, it's likely just a bunch of bug fixes. We'll bring you full details once Nintendo shares them.

Digital Schoolhouse hosts their Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle 2020 Grand Finale on Nov. 11th, 2020

The not-for-profit Digital Schoolhouse aims to get kids interested in learning about computers, getting them comfortable with tech moving forward. Digital Schoolhouse has teamed with Nintendo UK for a special Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, and the Grand Finals of the event take place later this week. Read up on the special event in the press release below.

Reaching a thrilling conclusion on Wednesday 11 November, the grand final of the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle 2020 will see 13 semi-finalists battling it out for a chance to become UK esports champions.

Contestants from schools across the UK will battle it out, taking part remotely. There will be 13 semi-finalists battling it out to be crowned an esports champion.

Hosted by journalist Alysia Judge, the competition begins 10:00am on Wednesday 11 November and will be streamed on Digital Schoolhouse’s Twitch channel: twitch.tv/DSH_TV

The event will also feature a panel with industry figures discussing their journeys in the games industry and the skill shortages that students and the next generation of talent can solve. This will take place prior to the grand final match.

The panel’s line-up includes:

Elle Osili-Wood – Award-winning video game presenter and journalist
Jade Leamcharaskul – Composer, sound designer, performer, events management & consultant
Abubakar Salim – Actor, producer and CEO of Silver Rain
Wayne Emanuel – Lead Strategic Partnerships (Europe) at TikTok
Nida Ahmad – UX Designer and Researcher at Netspeak Games
In celebration of Nintendo Switch’s involvement in the tournament, the careers panel will be hosted in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Students can come for the insightful industry advice and stay for the idyllic island setting!

Together with Nintendo Switch, the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle reached over 10,000 pupils and 1000 teams in schools and colleges across the UK over the last academic year.

Through competitions like this, Digital Schoolhouse aims to engage students with developing digital skills and soft skills, as well as enabling future talent to aspire to careers they have yet to discover.

Smash Bros. Ultimate mod adds in characters from Among Us

They're all imposters this time!

Smash Bros. Ultimate has an insane amount of characters on its roster, but clearly there are still other familiar faces/IP that fans would like to see added. When it's unlikely Nintendo will add those franchises, fans step in and make that happen. That's exactly what's happened with the latest mod for Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The video above showcases a mod that adds in some of the Among Us roster to the game. This is a purely cosmetic mod, as all versions of the crewmates play like Pac-Man, rather than having moves related to Among Us. Still though, pretty neat to see them in action!

Collectible medals are up for grabs in Nintendo UK's Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Game Challenges

Medal Mario

Want to get in on some extremely limited Nintendo goodies? Nintendo UK is giving fans a chance to win collectible medals for Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2, and Smash Bros. Ultimate. Want to see how you can win? Check out the official press release below!

Collectible Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary medals will be awarded to top players in select in-game events taking place over the coming months, including Super Mario Maker 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2.

100 special collectible medals will be up for grabs in the Super Mario Maker 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate events each, and a further 200 medals will go to the top 100 players on each team in the upcoming Splatoon 2 Splatfest (that's 400 medals in total). This means you'll have three chances to win one!

As pictured above, each medal is engraved with the respective game’s logo as well as the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary logo engraved on the other side.

The first Game Challenge event is Super Mario Maker 2’s special 35th anniversary-themed Ninji Speedrun course, titled “35th Anniversary Auto-Mario”, taking place between November 18th, 03:00 (UK time) and November 25th, 03:00 (UK time). The top 100 players who manage to set a best time on this special course will win one of 100 medals with a Super Mario Maker 2 engraving.

There’ll be more chances to get your hands on one of these collectible medals as we’ll also be awarding them to top players in our upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: European Online Challenge – Super Star Showdown and Splatoon 2: Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary Splatfest taking place in December 2020 and January 2021 respectively.

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