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  • Tried Min Min today and she definitely has a learning curve. Her poor disadvantage and reliance on keeping the opponent at a great distance keep me from maining the character, but I can definitely see others maining her. In addition, her neutral air with the Ramram is plain broken and yet another contender for the best neutral air in the game. And I love it.
    Meanwhile, I can easily imagine that some people probably believe Spirits still deconfirm despite Min Min proving them wrong, because some Smash fans are just like that.
    One thing I love about that presentation is that when Sakurai is showing his gaming setup, you can see he not only owns an XBOX One X, but also a PS1, PS3, PS3 Super Slim, PS4 AND PS4 Pro. He wasn't afraid to show all these during a Nintendo presentation either.
    Min Min looks very unique; she isn't really my kind of character but will definitely appeal to others. She looks a little too much like a 'skill check' such as Little Mac or Ganondorf, which may hurt her viability or reputation in the community. However, I don't follow the Smash playerbase and competitive scene anymore, meaning I thankfully won't have to see all the complaints from scrubs that she's another zoner.
    In addition, she proves the argument of 'Spirits deconfirm' wrong, which is great as just about everyone I talk to online thinks the argument is dumb. It also gives Octoling (the only character I've properly wanted in Smash) a higher chance, but I still doubt it'll happen sadly. In addition, while not definitive, she does hint that Assist Trophies do deconfirm, so take that as you will.
    Finally, Ben Holt Ben Holt I dare you to post 'Reminder: It wasn't Spring Man' every week from now on.

    Edit: One thing I noticed just now is that, like with the Altaïr Mii Fighter costume, the American presentation doesn't list Vault Boy being from the Fallout series, instead saying 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate X Vault Boy', while most of the other streams do. Is this going to be some bizarre pattern?
    https://twitter.com/NintendoUKVS/status/1273979256188567552
    It's happening bois: Nintendo have scheduled a 35 minute long livestream for the Smash Ultimate ARMS fighter on the 22nd of June, 3PM BST (that would be 10AM EST, 7AM PST and 12AM ACT, so RIP Australia). They also said that no new fighters will be revealed, so expect a longer presentation like Terry's.
    As sad as it is that this basically confirms no general Direct this month, it's still something I'm going to enjoy - though I do feel sorry for all the non-Smash, Pokemon or Animal Crossing fans out there.
    LONG, NOSTALGIA-BASED RANT INCOMING:
    Nintendo speculation has almost reached a dead end as we've had so little news for almost the past year. Technically speaking, the Nintendo Direct drought of late 2019 - early 2020 is still going on because the March 2020 Direct was only a Direct Mini and didn't reveal much (not even the Smash Ultimate CP6 reveal was very big as they only gave us the series the new fighter is from, not to mention it's DLC). Now that we're halfway through June 2020, past when E3 would have been, and Nintendo have still mostly stayed silent, I've reached the conclusion that the insiders were probably right: Nintendo, at this rate, likely won't hold a Direct this month.
    That makes me very sad. When I was watching people's reactions to the PS5 reveal, despite not being a PlayStation fan, I could sense the massive feeling of excitement and hype PlayStation fans were having. Experiencing a very big reveal, especially for a new console, is a magical moment. I remember following the Smash Ultimate hype train ever since its first announcement in the March 2018 Direct, and the game's reveal at E3 2018 excited me so much that I could hardly concentrate at school the following day. I remember, before the Switch launched, secretly going onto the 3DS eShop in the morning and repeatedly watching all the trailers from the Nintendo Switch Presentation in January 2017. 11-year-old me was worried my parents would punish me for going onto the eShop (which was a pretty irrational fear in retrospect), but I still couldn't wait for the Switch to launch, even if I didn't get one until just after Christmas 2018. Looking back now, I can still feel the excitement people who were watching the presentation live felt throughout the stream.
    Knowing that E3 2020 was cancelled and Nintendo have offered no replacement event, many people have suggested the idea that many of Nintendo's plans, including Directs, have had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 and work-from-home policies. I am one of the few that rejects this idea. I'm no industry insider or know-it-all, but typically a game's production takes years to complete and is finished around 3 months before its release, which means only games or DLC released in June or onwards will have been impacted at all by lockdown, and games released in the months after will probably only be impacted a little. For example, the ARMS fighter in Smash can't have been a result of coronavirus as, not only was it announced in March, the month lockdown was actually implemented worldwide, but Sakurai said in the Byleth showcase back in January (and filmed in November) that the Fighters Pass vol. 2 lineup has already been decided upon. It's games released in the next one or two years that will probably be impacted. Similarly, Directs seem like they could be edited by one or two people as normal. I learned earlier that Japan has a big focus on working face-to-face, to the extent that many people don't even have a PC or Internet connection at home, but I'm willing to bet the Direct editors do. If not, Nintendo of Japan could possibly still send some Nintendo of America employees the video templates for Directs and have them edit them.
    I honestly think Nintendo's radio silence on anything this year was simply the result of Nintendo not having much planned for this year. People have raised concerns over their seemingly lacking 2020 lineup since November 2019, and it doesn't seem to have changed much. 2 games have been announced since then - PMD:RTDX (in all its long abbreviation glory) and PM:TOK - as well as DLC for 2 games - SSBU and Pokemon S&S - but that still feels very lacking. I believe at this point that Nintendo's 2020 would have been disappointing regardless of a global pandemic... or I'm just using this as an overly long explanation as to why I miss E3. Who knows.
    LAA9000
    LAA9000
    Sorry, I haven't seen their announcement. When did they announce it?
    Champion of Hyrule
    Champion of Hyrule
    I'm not sure when, it was a while back
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Venus of the Desert Bloom
    Ok the topic of Japan, they have a very loose understanding of “working from home”. My employer, the city hall, had all foreign workers (myself included) work from home Everyone was staggered so like...a zigzag shape where people are sitting. Someone stays at the office one one day while the people directly next to that person stays home. Then switch. However, they were worried that sensitive Information would get leaked so they couldn’t actually take any files or important data home so if they wanted to do any actual work and use this important information - they had to come in and do it as quickly as possible before running back home. So actually, most people were in the city hall regardless of “stay at home orders” .... except for foreign workers. We were told we are more at risk of catching the virus than the Japanese workers...
    This recent hate following surrounding Sonic in Ultimate is just going to be another 'ban Hero' situation where everyone will figure out the matchup in a few weeks and thus shut up about it.
    Strong Badam
    Strong Badam
    I don't see how they're similar? Hero was an extremely new character so it makes sense that dislike for him would die down over time as counter-straetgies become more known. In contrast, Sonic has been in the game since release, so there's been plenty of time to "learn the matchup" or whatever. The recent uptick in dislike for Sonic is due to how much more powerful he is in an online play environment where known counterplay to his strategies is significantly harder/impossible.
    Pokelego999
    Pokelego999
    I didn't think Sonic was that good. I thought his hate was a joke.
    So ZeRo has just put out another clickbait video, this time titled 'Is Smash Ultimate A Bad Game?', likely a response to Fudj's 'The Competitive Failings of Smash Ultimate' (before you ask, I've seen that video and think it's very flawed, but does have a lot of effort put into it so I'll let Fudj pass). Sorry for my ignorance, but I can realistically see Ultimate taking a large hit or even dying soon: not because of a lack of tournaments (though that is a massive issue as well), not because of an overcentralising DLC character, but because a load of famous players start saying 'Ultimate was actually bad the whole time' and because of the influence they have on the community, it will become cool to hate Ultimate.
    I'm beginning to really hate ZeRo, from him not even playing the game for the majority of his recent content (though that is a bit of a nice refresher, given my last status post), to some of his commentary videos being nothing more than mind-numbingly dumb reactions, and worst, his blatant clickbait.
    Smash content of his and Alpharad's style can be exciting, as long as it's well made or isn't just 'going on Elite Smash with this very slight twist' or 'reacting to this publicly available YouTube video with mediocre commentary' every time. Ironically, a series I've really enjoyed is Alpharad Plus's 'Josh Ruins Melee' series, because they use random characters a lot of the time which keeps it interesting, Josh's commentary is quite insightful and their trolls, while not the highlight for me, are a bit funny and refreshing.
    Zachmac
    Zachmac
    There's always going to be critics who don't enjoy the game. I'm pretty sure ZeRo has preferred Smash 4 for a while, but he's entitled to that opinion.

    We just have to accept that and move on.
    S
    StoicPhantom
    - ZeRo has said he doesn't like the direction Smash has taken since Brawl and I believe he said he wasn't a big fan of Smash 4, even if he did dominate it.

    - Street Fighter V seems to be widely disliked among the base, but is still relevant, so I don't see Ultimate dying for that reason.

    - ZeRo isn't the only one criticizing Ultimate, Tweek caught a lot of flak early on for his criticisms. Leffen also exists. So I think it's unfair to put this on ZeRo. Even still, the reaction has been more negative to the critiques, so I don't think there will be a bandwagon effect anytime soon.

    FWIW, I agree with most of the criticisms, but still like playing and talking about the game. It just could be a lot less frustrating and smoother with some tweaks.
    MilkCalf
    MilkCalf
    You were right on the Zero video being about the Fudj video, but Zero didn't actually agree with him all that much. He agreed with the buffer system having it's problems but disagreed with much of the critiques of Ultimate meta.
    This is old news by now, but at this point 'Smash Ultimate' and 'legitimately funny' are mutually exclusive. Every Ultimate meme on the internet follows some overused and unfunny to begin with joke such as 'this newcomer sucks', 'hoes mad', 'I'm so amazing at the game' and 'this character is toxic'. The last one especially grinds my gears as it just shows how much more effort people will put into complaining about characters in the hopes they get nerfed as opposed to just learning those matchups. I remember seeing a meme once that went along the lines of:
    Me going online: happy face
    Me encountering Mario, Link, Samus, [proceeds to list literally 35 characters, almost half the roster]: angry face
    In addition, I just saw Alpharad's latest video and he has to be one of the most unfunny YouTubers I've seen in a while. He just spent the entire video bragging about how he's so good at the game because he can beat people on Elite Smash by hitting the same move, when that's the opposite of 'good' in my opinion. He also complained about Wii Fit Trainer mains camping at the ledge when that's exactly what he did a lot of the time. Lastly, he ended the video with a super anticlimactic and stale PK Fire joke. When talking about Lucas, the one who doesn't even spam PK Fire (well neither should Ness, really).
    Going back to the topic at hand, pretty much 99% of Smash memes I've seen just make me more angry than happy. But that's what the creators of Smash memes want a lot of the time: to just get everyone to complain. Thus I am stuck in bad meme limbo and just have to try and not look at them.
    Zachmac
    Zachmac
    "In addition, I just saw Alpharad's latest video and he has to be one of the most unfunny YouTubers I've seen in a while. He just spent the entire video bragging about how he's so good at the game because he can beat people on Elite Smash by hitting the same move, when that's the opposite of 'good' in my opinion."

    That's the joke.
    LAA9000
    LAA9000
    But is it a good joke? For that I'd have to say no by a mile. It would probably be fine if it wasn't the sole focus of an entire 12-minute video, so it wasn't constantly shoved in our face every 10 seconds for 12 minutes.
    Also some food for thought: for every 'hype' moment, such as landing a meteor (and they're called meteor smashes, NOT spikes. Spikes are a different thing), on a video, there are likely at least 5 times they tried to go for the 'hype' thing but failed. Those 5 fails are almost always left out of videos and montages.
    MilkCalf
    MilkCalf
    Comedy is subjective. And Alpharad himself claims to have a bad sense of humour and that at least his second channel is pretty much dedicated to pleasing other people with the same sense of humour.
    Probably talking my daily nonsense here, but not a single Smash Ultimate guide on the internet seems to cover any part of the game outside shield pressure, edgeguarding and ledgetrapping, even the best ones. Simply asking yourself 'OK but what do I do if my opponent doesn't shield' single-handedly invalidates every single guide on the internet. Thinking about that too much has made me question what this game even is.
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    KirbyWorshipper2465
    Any guide can become outdated, I mean just look at the Prima Games guide for Ultimate; it doesn't take DLC into account at all (although the company was shutting down at the time).
    LAA9000
    LAA9000
    Agree that a physical guide makes no sense due to patches and DLC. Also doesn't help that, from what I've read on SmashWiki, the guide was inaccurate to begin with: for example, it said how to do Bayonetta's Smash 4 combos despite them being removed from Ultimate. Prima Games have a history of inaccuracies in their guides.
    The past few days I've been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons and going back to some games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and I've been reminded, after spending 485 hours on Smash Ultimate, of how much I really enjoy games that aren't Smash. I've realised I've essentially burnt myself out on Smash and am beginning to wonder if I even enjoy it anymore, even considering quitting my ambitions to play competitively. Now I want to get a load of other games, but I'm almost out of money and can only afford 1 more full-price game this year. It's a bit ridiculous to say this, but maybe I shouldn't have spent £50 on the Fighters Passes.

    Safe to say, being stuck in lockdown, I think I'm gonna go insane soon.
    MajoraMoon
    MajoraMoon
    I have seen many players complain about starting to hate smash and I keep telling them to take a break and play other games and this proves it. Also, isn't going insane always a good thing in this insane world?
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