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Link, Snake, Ivysaur, and Squirtle amiibo unboxing

The latest round of amiibo are launching later this week, but why not get an up-close-and-personal look at them right now? Check out the video above to get a better look at Link, Snake, Ivysaur, and Squirtle.

Smash Bros. Ultimate “Who is the Superstar!?” tournament kicks off Sept. 20th, 2019

A Mario-themed tournament

Nintendo has announced a new tournament for Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it kicks off Sept. 20th, 2019. The tournament is called “Who is the Superstar!?,” and features Mario-related fighters and stages. The more you win, the better Spirits you'll receive.

UFC fighter Kevin Lee makes the poor decision to play Smash Bros. Ultimate while putting his Tesla on autopilot

DO NOT DO THIS

I know Tesla cars have the option of autopilot, and they can do a lot of highway driving on their own. That said, I think the above is still incredibly dangerous, and shouldn't be done by anyone. Unfortunately, UFC fighter Kevin Lee decided to record himself engaging in this incredibly reckless act, all to get a bit more attention on social media.

Well its certainly gotten our attention, and we're using it as an opportunity to tell people to drive safely, and make sure you focus on the road, even when you have a car with autopilot.

Did You Know Gaming - Banjo-Kazooie secrets

In this video, Did You Know Gaming takes a look at some facts, secrets and Easter eggs surrounding the Banjo-Kazooie franchise, including Banjo Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie on the Nintendo 64 (N64), and the duo's inclusion on Super Smash Bros Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch.

Sakurai credits Smash Bros. Ultimate's success to the many franchises it includes, shoots down requests for Iron Man and Goku

...but what about Shrek?

As we discussed yesterday, Smash Bros. Ultimate took home a number of awards at the Japan Game Awards 2019, including Game of the Year. During one of his acceptance speeches, Masahiro Sakurai explained what he believes to be the reason why this installment in the series has been so successful. The translation below comes courtesy of PushDustIn.

At the Game Awards 2019, Smash Bros Ultimate broke several records. That was in thanks to the number of series that have contributed to the game. I am incredibly thankful to everyone involved. Let's look back at the pre-release countdown. Smash is truly unique...

It's true that Smash Bros. Ultimate represents an enormous amount of franchises, from first to third parties, including indies. That said, not every request for character cameos is going to be filled. Sakurai once again took a moment to address why certain character requests will never see the light of day in Smash.

I get all these kinds of requests from abroad like, "Where is my believed Iron Man?" or "where is my beloved Goku? " However, basically (Smash) will only have content from video games in it.

Sakurai says Smash Bros. Ultimate was the last assignment Satoru Iwata gave to him before passing, so he put his all into the game

A sentimental acceptance speech from Sakurai

Oh man, talk about a tear-jerking speech. Masahiro Sakurai took home a ton of awards for Smash Bros. Ultimate at the Japan Game Awards 2019. During one of his speeches, Sakurai shared a sentimental tidbit about his work on the game. The translation below comes courtesy of PushDustIn.

I'm sorry for bringing up this personal story at a time like this...but making Smash Bros on the Switch was the last mission the late Satoru Iwata gave to me....I've put my all into the game, and with more DLC I will continue to work hard.

Sakurai always works himself to no end with every Smash Bros. game, but when you know Iwata's words were fueling him with Smash Bros. Ultimate, you can see why the game is the biggest and best the franchise has ever seen.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Experience Before Youth" Spirit Board event announced

Only available to battle before Jeopardy! is on

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event kicks off on Sept. 13th, 2019, and it runs for 3 days. The theme of this event is "Experience Before Youth," which focuses on Spirits that have been kicking around the video game world for years now. Check out the full lineup of Spirits below.

Dr. Wily, Wily Capsule, Dr. Light, Garon, Karate Kong, Roy Campbell, Vince, Chef (Personal Trainer: Cooking), Old Man Lobber, Medeus, Jagen, Wrinkly Kong, Hsien, Yama, Olaf, Frillard, Wrys, Hongo, and Toadsworth.

Smash Bros. Ultimate takes home multiple wins at the Japan Game Awards, including Game of the Year

Sakurai should be proud

Smash Bros. Ultimate has absolutely cleaned up at the Japan Game Awards. The game managed to win the Game of the Year Award, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, Best Sales Award, and the Award for Excellence. None other than Masahiro Sakurai was on-hand to collect the awards.

Find your local European Smash Bros. community with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament Portal

Immerse yourself in the tourney circuit!

Whether you’re a veteran tournament goer or are looking to attend your very first event, find Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments happening all over Europe and submit your own events with our newly launched Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament Portal!

New tournaments will appear on the site once they have been approved by our dedicated team, so check back regularly to see what events are happening near you! For more information on getting your tournament featured on the Tournament Portal, simply head to the website and check out the “Submit tournament” tab to see all the details.

For those looking to prove their Super Smash Bros. skills on the European stage, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Circuit is for you! Taking place across seven events around Europe before culminating in a grand final, this competitive circuit will see players vying for the title of Europe's best Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player.

Syndicate 2019 will be the first stop on the pan-European tour, running from October 25th-27th, and you can head on over to the Tournament Portal to see the other six events which will make up the circuit.

Check out the Super Smash Bros. Tournament Portal for all the latest about tournaments going on across Europe and keep up to date on all things Smash Bros. by joining our Smash Bros. Facebook community, or by following @NintendoUKVS on Twitter. Happy smashing!

Bandai Namco shares more insight into Smash Bros. Ultimate's development (work load, challenges, stress-testing Switch, & more)

An insane amount of work to take on

We've already covered some details from the Smash Bros. Ultimate panel at this year's CEDEC, but another round of information has come in. Check out a summary of Bandai Namco's insights into development below.

- with over 100 stages, Bandai Namco had the task of bringing back and creating new stages
- they had to balance the ‘game’ (functional) and ‘art’ (aesthetic) aspects
- Smash Ultimate’s Battlefield stage ran with the concept of ‘a grand place,’ and went through many designs
- the devs brought over Super Smash Bros. Wii U and tested how much they could do with it on Switch
- in the end, a majority of the Switch’s GPU is used on the stage, with fighters being second
- this is followed by the system, effects, items, and finally UI
- the team had to work on pushing down the GPU loads for each character
- for larger fighters like King K. Rool, even the insides of his cape are rendered
- the team reduced load by not rendering the parts that overlap with his body and aren’t seen
- Bandai Namco's basic strategy was to reuse as much of Smash Wii U's assets as possible
- problematic aspects were replaced entirely, and the team further optimized their development efficiency
- in order to reduce the game's file size, they removed duplicated data that was the same across fighters
- they also removed textures that were used in multiple parts of the stage
-Mario’s eyes and nose are consistent across the models
- the Super Mario Maker stage has reused textures

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