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Smash Bros. Ultimate mod adds in Koopa Kid

No kiddin!

The last few mods for Smash Bros. Ultimate have added in some rather wacky characters that are far, far removed from the realm of Nintendo. The latest mod brings things back to Nintendo's universe with the inclusion of Koopa Kid. Once again, this looks like another top-notch mod. Fans continue to impress with the amount of detail they include with their custom characters.

Sakurai goes over Smash Bros. Ultimate's 3.0.0 update, talks about goals for the game, and having fun with user-created stages

Sakurai is getting a kick out of what players are creating

Sakurai's most recent Famitsu feature dives into details on Smash Bros. Ultimate's Version 3.0.0 update. Check out notes from article below, translated by PushDustin.

- the sharing aspect took the staff extra time to prepare because of the testing and debugging
- Sakurai didn't want a game where only the winners of battles can have fun, so he didn't want Smash to just have fighting
- Sakurai's three goals for Smash Bros. Ultimate were "Fighting," "Sharing," and "Fighting Together"
- "Fighting Together" is something that was difficult to implement
- fighting with 4 players online, using the CPU, and 4 player Spirit Battles were decided, but there were limits
- Sakurai has checked out some user-created stages and is having a good time, and some of the ideas have him laughing
- Sakurai is looking forward to seeing the movies that the community creates
- Sakurai asks everyone to follow the rules and community standard

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Suit Up' Spirit Board event announced

Everyone's crazy bout a sharp-dressed spirt

The next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event has been announced. This Friday you'll be able to take advantage of the ‘Suit Up!’ event, which features spirits wearing ties or bow ties. Taking down those spirits will earn you extra snacks. Check out the full lineup of Spirits below.

Dr. Wily, Jeff, Party Phil, Kazuhira Miller, Dr. Wily, Jeff, Wily Capsule, Dr. Light, Kazuhira Miller, Party Phil, Brewster, Bowser (Wedding), Paz Ortega Andrade, Roy Campbell, Reporter & Wrestler, Kyle Hyde, Elite Beat Agents, Digby, Dr. Shrunk, Strangelove, Sick Beats Doctor, Lyle, Count Cannoli, Tsubasa Oribe, Rabbid Kong, and Toadsworth.

Smash Bros. Ultimate outsells Splatoon 2 at Japanese retail

A Smashing success

Smash Bros. Ultimate has taken down Splatoon 2 in Japan. Total sales for Smash Bros. Ultimate's retail release sit at 3,066,906, while Splatoon 2 is at 3,058,082. Splatoon 2 reigned supreme for quite some time, but the Smash Bros. juggernaut was just too much for the kids and squids to fight off.

Mod adds in Ganondorf to Super Smash Bros.

In all his 64-bit glory

Ganondorf has been in the Smash Bros. series for a long time, but he missed out on the debut experience on N64. Well that's not the case anymore, as a recent mod ads Ganondorf into the original game. This isn't just a swap though, as Ganondorf includes some of his moveset from subsequent Smash Bros. games. The end result is a pretty impressive mod!

Detective Pikachu writers reveal how they'd approach a Smash Bros. movie

Nintendo Cinematic Universe?

With Detective Pikachu now out at theaters, fans are already dreaming of what movies could be next. We know a Mario movie is coming, but what else could get greenlit? Could we eventually get to a time where a Smash Bros. movie happen?

While that might be a pipe dream, the writers behind Detective Pikachu have shared how they'd pull off a film adaptation like that. Here’s what they had to say in an interview with Screen Rant.

"I think that the key to doing anything like that is to make sure that the other introductory movies are sensational. It’d be a dream to write something like Legend of Zelda, but before you can get to that Smash Bros stage you have to write the best damn version of The Legend of Zelda that you possibly can. And the same with Mario, the same with Kirby, the same with Star Fox." - Dan Hernandez

"Avengers: Endgame is only as good as it is because we loved all of those characters individually, so when it came together it was just magic. And I think that’s how you have to approach the Smash Bros." - Benji Samit

Japanese audience extremely pleased with how the Smash Bros. Ultimate SP Japan Championships played out

A bonafide hit

As we've already shared, the finals for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate SP Japan Championships took place earlier today. After the presentation was over, viewers on NicoNico were asked to vote on how they enjoyed the championship. Check out the poll results below.

- 94.8% said it was “very good”
- 3.9% said it was “good”
- 0.4% said it was “okay”
- 0.9% said it was “bad”

Smash Bros. Ultimate SP Japan Champion 2019 revealed

Konbu takes it all

All the battles have been fought, and the dust has settled. Emerging atop all others is Konbu, your Super Smash Bros. SP Japan Champion 2019. Konbu, along with Kuro, and Zackray all received Super Smash Bros. SP Japan jerseys from Masahiro Sakurai himself. The trio will represent Japan in the World Championship 2019 3v3 at E3 on June 8th, 2019. Check out a full video of the SP Japan Championships below.

Some fans are convinced they see Rayman hiding in Smash Bros. Ultimate's Battlefield stage

A legitimate tease, or crazy talk?

This is one of those stories that transports me back to the early days of the internet. The days when people scoured images of games and claimed that insane secrets were hiding in plain site. Those discussions lead to very passionate people who believed the rumors to be fact, and others who thought those fans were crazy.

The video above takes a look at Smash Bros. Ultimate's Battlefield stage, where some people claim they can see Rayman frozen in a block of ice. As you might suspect, some think Rayman is 100% there, and others think it's nothing more than a visual trick. Which team are you on?

Nintendo says Tetris 99, Switch Online NES games, and DLC keep Switch engagement up

Coming back for more

Coming from Nintendo's investor Q&A...

Question: My question is about Nintendo Switch usage. I can see how releasing new titles like TETRIS® 99 will increase use of the hardware, but Iʼd like to know if you've had any success implementing measures to raise engagement rates with software that has already been released.

Answer Furukawa: TETRIS® 99 has helped maintain Nintendo Switch engagement, as well as increase the number of new members joining Nintendo Switch Online. And when we add new titles to Nintendo Entertainment System ‒ Nintendo Switch Online, one of the services available to Nintendo Switch Online members, we see consumers returning to play on Nintendo Switch. As for individual titles, we released the first add-on content just the other day for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, to give one example. The release of add-on content and updates like this is proven to raise engagement rates again that may have temporarily dropped.