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RUMOR: Nintendo approached Disney about adding Kingdom Hearts' Sora to Smash Bros. Ultimate, but was shot down

Disney just sounds like a Sora loser

Here's a heartbreaking rumor for both Smash Bros. and Kingdom Hearts fans, and it comes from former Game Informer editor Imran Khan.

On a recent episode of the Kinda Funny Gamescast, a discussion of Smash Bros. Ultimate comes up. According to Khan, Nintendo "approached Disney" about adding Sora from Kingdom Hearts to Smash Bros. Ultimate. You'd think the inclusion would be a match made in heaven, but apparently that's not the case.

While we don't have specifics on why the deal didn't go through, Khan speculates that Disney Japan was specifically responsible for blocking the character's inclusion. That's definitely a shame to hear, but hopefully Disney comes around some day.

If you want to hear the segment for yourself, you can listen in at the 26:50 mark below. The discussion goes on until about the 29 minute mark.

Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open Spring 2020 set for Feb. 29th, 2020

Your chance to put up or shut up!

Coming up in our Online Open Series, Nintendo brings you the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Online Open Spring 2020 tournament! This tournament features the popular best-of-3 sets and no items. Battle it out on February 29 or March 1, 2020 for an opportunity to be one of four finalists, each eligible to win a trip to CEO Dreamland 2020 in Orlando, FL!

PRIZES

The top 4 players are eligible to receive a prize package and registration for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 1v1 Singles event at CEO Dreamland 2020.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Play as much as you want during the 3 hours ladder round starting at 10AM PT on 2/29 for Regions 1 - 4 and 8AM PT on 3/1 for Regions 5 - 8. The top 32 players from each region will advance to a single-elimination, best-of-3 bracket later in the day. This will continue until the Top 2 from each region are decided. The Top 2 from each region from each day will then continue onto the double-elimination finals to decide that day's Top 2 winners.

Check out full details here

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Fighters Pass" advert pops up in Famitsu

Now that's a pack of fighters!

It's hard to believe that the first Fighters Pass for Smash Bros. Ultimate has already come and gone. Nintendo wants to spread the word one last time on all the characters the Fighters Pass includes, which is why they put out a new print ad in the latest issue of Famitsu. Looks like a fine bunch of fighters to me!

Sakurai says Smash Bros. Ultimate has too many Fire Emblem characters and sword users

That's not possible!

Sakurai's latest Famitsu column has come out, and it's a hot one. Sakurai addresses the discussion of Fire Emblem overload in Smash Bros. Ultimate, along with some other tidbits. Check out a summary of the discussion below, courtesy of BlackKite.

- The new fighters were not decided based on Sakurai's favorites
- the new characters were picked by Nintendo
- Sakurai believes there are too many Fire Emblem characters, as well as too many sword users
- Sakurai says this was the decision that was made, so he just continues on with work, as he has other things to consider
- since there are so many sword fighters, Sakurai gives each fighter exclusive tactics to use
- the 3 Hero Relics owned by the 3 house leaders in Fire Emblem: Three Houses are being included in move inputs

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Byleth-taught' tournament announced for Feb. 7th, 2020

A Byleth beatdown

The never-ending run of Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments continues with a new three-day tournament kicking off Feb. 7th, 2020. This time around we have a "Byleth-taught" tournament, which means you can only play as characters who have bows, spears, and axes.

Nintendo has announced a Byleth taught tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beginning this Friday (February 7, 2020) and lasting for three days featuring bow, spear, and axe users. Post to be updated with the full list of spirits.

IGN Video - Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Byleth DLC Review

Byleth DLC Review for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, reviewed by Brendan Graeber on Nintendo Switch.

RARE talks about the process of getting Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Bros. Ultimate

Making the impossible possible

There were plenty of people who thought getting Banjo-Kazooie into the world of Smash Bros. would be impossible. I thought like that at some point as well. Then Microsoft and Nintendo started to buddy up, and the window of opportunity was cracked open just a tiny bit.

Eventually we did get the bear and bird in Smash Bros. Ultimate, and even though it came in a time when the collab was more likely, it was still super surprising to see. In an interview with GamesIndustry, RARE Studio head Craig Duncan explains how it all went down.

"We had an initial kick off call with Sakurai-san and some of his team. There was myself, Gregg Mayles... who is the father of Banjo, even though he hates it when we call him that. Andrew Wensley, who runs our business team. And a chap called Paul Cunningham, who runs our partnerships. Those people had a conversation, [Nintendo] talked through what their approach would be, and then that process started. And then a year goes by of sharing animatics and ideas and character concepts. It was a back-and-forth. We ended up with something that was really great. But the execution came from the Smash team."

Daemon x Machina and Tetris spirits return to Smash Bros. Ultimate

A spirited release

Did you miss out on the Daemon x Machina and Tetris spirits that were part of previous Spirit Events in Smash Bros. Ultimate? You'll be happy to know that you now have another chance to grab them, and there's no rush to do so. Those spirits have been added to the Spirit Board and Shop permanently!

DarkThunder is your DreamHack Leipzig champion – the fourth event of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Circuit

A hard-fought battle

DreamHack Leipzig in Germany was the electrifying halfway point for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Circuit, providing two days of intense Super Smash Bros. Ultimate action. 115 competitors entered, but only one could be DreamHack Leipzig champion! Let’s see how things played out:

In an all-German grand finals and a repeat of their face-off in winners' finals, DarkThunder proved he is the King of the Koopas, with his Bowser defeating Tarik's Palutena and Pokémon Trainer with a decisive 3-0 victory. If you want to catch up on all the matches from DreamHack Leipzig, you can watch the Top 8 here.

What new challengers will emerge during the remaining events? Will anyone dethrone Glutonny before the Circuit Finals? Check out the next event of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Circuit at Tech Republic V in Spain, running from April 11th to 12th, to find out!

If you’re raring to make your tournament debut, or are looking to continue competing at events like Tech Republic V, head on over the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament Portal for all the latest about tournaments going on across Europe.

Internal character codename for Byleth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was "Master"

Internal codenames are a common practice for projects in development at different game studios. DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are no exception, and it's interesting to see the different codenames that were used for each fighter. Joker from Persona 5 was known as "Jack", Hero from Dragon Quest was known as "Brave", and so on and so forth. With the recent launch of Challenger Pack 5, Byleth from Fire Emblem Three Houses is the latest character for us to receive previously publicly hidden information. According to PushDustin on Twitter, Byleth was internally referred to as "Master", which is likely a translation of "Sensei".

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