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Nintendo pays tribute to Super Mario 3D All-Stars' release by recreating game scenes in Smash Bros. Ultimate

A fun tribute

Super Mario 3D All-Stars is now available, and Nintendo is celebrating the launch in all sorts of ways. That includes the Smash Bros. Twitter account in Japan, which has shared the compilation of screens above.

Those might look like any old Smash Bros. Ultimate screens at first glance, but a closer look reveals that each scene is meant to pay homage to one of the three games in Super Mario 3D All-Stars. There are two for Super Mario 64, one for Sunshine, and one for Galaxy. Some pretty fantastic work done on with each one!

Nintendo Versus Smash Bros. Ultimate Challenge Cup September 2020 kicks off Sept. 26th, 2020

Best of luck!

Nintendo has announced their next tournament for Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Nintendo Versus Smash Bros. Ultimate Challenge Cup September 2020 is taking place on Sept. 26th, 2020, and Nintendo is giving away over 70,000 My Nintendo Gold Points throughout the tournament. To get more details on how to participate and other rules, you can check out the official tournament page here.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Close Quarters Combat" tournament announced for Sept. 18th, 2020

No missiles allowed!

The next tournament for Smash Bros. Ultimate kicks off Sept. 18th, 2020, and it runs for 3 days. This tournament is for close-quarters fighters only, so no one that uses ranged attacks as a primary method of offense will be allowed. This fight is up close and personal!

Sakurai includes a nod to Undertale's 5th anniversary in his latest Smash Bros. Ultimate pic of the day

The Undertale of two games

Undertale released on this date 5 years ago, and it's still just as popular all this time later. Undertale became an absolute phenomenon that swept the industry, and the effects are still being felt to this day.

The 5th anniversary of Undertale is being celebrated all over the world, with numerous fans, developers, and publishers paying tribute. That includes none other than Masahiro Sakurai, who included a tribute to Undertale in his latest Smash Bros. Ultimate pic of the day.

Toby Fox, creator of Undertale, has said that Earthbound was a huge influence on his work. Clearly Sakurai knows that tidbit as well, as he made sure to include Ness an Onett in the pic!

Smash Bros. Ultimate's option to select over 1,000 songs for certain stages had to be approved by each third party individually

That's an insane amount of work!

Just last month, Smash Bros. Ultimate got an update that allows anyone playing on Final Destination, Battlefield, Big Battlefield, and Small Battlefield to choose from the over 1,000 song library that the game has to offer. While implementing this feature was a huge amount of work in and of itself, Masahiro Sakurai had get a lot of paperwork signed off on as well.

According to Sakurai, permission from all the third parties involved with those songs had to be given. This wasn't something that was covered already in the Smash Bros. Ultimate agreements, so Sakurai and his team had to work the music selection out with individual companies.

"Getting permission from all the rights holders for something like this is a very big undertaking, but somehow we managed to make it a reality."

No one doubts how dedicated Sakurai is to the Smash Bros. series, but this is just one more example of how far he's willing to go.

Thanks to Dondom95 for the heads up!

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Fluttering Hair' Spirit Board event announced

Long hair, don't care

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event has been announced, and it kicks off Sept. 11th, 2020. This event will feature Spirits with long, flowing hair. You can see a handful of the Spirits to be featured in the image above. This Spirit Board event lasts for three days.

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Super Mario 35th Anniversary' tournament announced for Japan

A Smashing idea!

Nintendo is going big on Super Mario 35th anniversary celebrations, and the fun is expanding over to Smash Bros. Ultimate. Over in Japan, Nintendo has announced Super Mario 35th Anniversary online tournament for Smash Bros. Ultimate, which allows you to play as a number of different Mario characters. Nintendo is planning to run the tournament sometime between November and December of 2020. No word on a North American or European tournament at this time.

Sakurai goes over Smash Bros. Ultimate's Small Battlefield, talks online play, rollback netcode considerations, and more

More insight from the man himself

Masahiro Sakurai is back with another Famitsu feature. This time around, he goes over the addition of the Small Battlefield stage, along with the intricacies of online play. Check out the translation below, courtesy of PushDustIn and Sephazon.

- although Battlefield is often used in 1v1 competitive play, it was originally designed for 4 players
- this is why Battlefield is slightly tall and wide
- Small Battlefield removes the top middle platform and brings the left and right platforms closer together
- it would’ve been impossible to make 100 ‘Small Battlefield’ style stages
- the team wanted to add Small Battlefield as a single-stage option
- Sakurai decided to allow all the songs in the game to be playable on FD and Battlefield-related stages
- a lot of attention was put into making the input delay when fighting 1v1 as very low
- as a side-effect, when there is a delay in communication, the match may drop
- some small adjustments to matchmaking and other optimizations are still being tweaked
- specific details of these updates have not been revealed, as they are largely client-side, and there is a limit to improvements
- Mr. Harada, the producer of Tekken, said that “60% of home console gamers use WiFi”
- the number is likely higher for Switch, and internet connections across the world may not necessarily be as fast as Japan
- making adjustments and improvements to online play has its own risks
- Internet speed has seen its own improvements over recent years, and Sakurai says he will review and adapt accordingly
- there are requests to display when a player is using WiFi, but it’s not possible to refuse a player based on their connection
- regarding rollback netcode, Sakurai researched a similar feature during development and decided against it
- this decision was made due to the side-effects being substantial
- Sakurai is thankful for more than 20 million players buying Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Sakurai will do his best to make all possible improvements and adjustments to the game

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Origami Ambitions' Spirits join the action

Coming into the fold

The characters of Paper Mario: The Origami King are making their way to Smash Bros. Ultimate! Starting Friday and running for 5 days, the 'Origami Ambitions' spirit event kicks off, and it'll feature Origami Peach, Olivia, and King Olly. Make sure to get in there and add these three to your collection!

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Royal' tournament kicks off Aug. 21st, 2020

A royal rumble

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament has been revealed. The Royal Tournament starts on Aug. 21st, 2020, and features a roster of royal characters, alongside castle stages. The more battles you win, the better Spirits you'll get. This tournament runs for 3 days.

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