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What You Missed From Twitch Plays Rivals Direct 3
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April Fools Day has come and gone, and with it came the third Rivals Direct, this time eschewing the typical Nintendo Direct parody in favor of a Visual Novel-inspired framing device set in the Lovers of Aether universe, mixed with audience participation the style of streams like Twitch Plays Pokemon. Just like Rivals Direct 2, despite the timing and odd presentation, these announcements are all real.
Fighting Game YouTubers Release Archetype Collab
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As part of a collaborative effort, several fighting game content creators have released videos about character archetypes in their favorite games. At the time of writing, three content creators have released videos as part of this collab: Novril, TheoryFighter and Leon Massey
SSBMTutorials Asks if You're Smarter Than a Pro Player in This Punish Game Quiz
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In his latest video for SSBMTutorials, David "Kira" Kim asks viewers to put their knowledge of various Melee characters' optimal conversions to the test. The format is simple: Kira shows a clip of a possible scenario in Melee, then lists several possible options you could take in that situation, before revealing the most optimal one and explaining why.
Delzethin Speculates On How Eggman Could Play in Smash
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As part of his long-running Smash moveset concept series and spurred on by a recent uptick in interest in the character, Delzethin has taken a crack at how Dr. Eggman might play in Smash.
Twitch Plays Rivals Direct 3 Announced
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The team behind hit indie platform fighter Rivals of Aether, has announced Twitch Plays Rivals Direct 3, the third in their series of Nintendo Direct-inspired announcement streams. As with the past two, the direct is scheduled for April 1st.
Evo Championship Series Acquired by Sony
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Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced that they, alongside esports venture RTS, have acquired Evolution Championship Series, alongside its parent company Shoryuken. Evo co-founders Tom and Tony Cannon will still be involved in an advisory capacity.
Springroll Games Releases Open Source Platform Fighter Engine
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Up-and-coming indie studio Springroll Games has just released a public beta for their Platform Fighter Engine, an open source platform fighter template for Game Maker Studio 2. This template is available under the MIT license, meaning it is free to use for commercial products, so long as proper credit to its developers is provided.
Nintendo Shuts Down Collegiate Smash Ultimate League
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Right as it seemed that the Sephiroth reveal might have the side effect of offsetting the outrage caused by Nintendo's stifling of the Smash community, they went ahead and did it again. It was recently announced that Nintendo has shut down a collegiate Super Smash Bros. Ultimate league that was set to run during the upcoming Spring semester.
Sephiroth Announced for Smash Ultimate
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This year's installment of The Game Awards started off with a bang with the reveal of Final Fantasy VII's Sephiroth as Smash Ultimate's next DLC character.
Melee It On Me and Beyond the Summit Announce 5 Days of Melee
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On December 6th, Melee it On Me and Beyond the Summit announced 5 Days of Melee, a five-day stream event celebrating the Melee community and raising money for Direct Relief.
The Big House Online Canceled After Cease & Desist from Nintendo
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After moving online due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's iteration of The Big House has been canceled entirely due to a cease & desist order from Nintendo.
McLeodGaming Launches Fraymakers Kickstarter
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McLeodGaming, the studio behind the Super Smash Flash series of Smash fan games, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an original platform fighter titled Fraymakers. First teased with a title reveal in October, Fraymakers is an all-new indie crossover platform fighter with built-in modding tools.
Review: Knight Club +, an Exquisitely Unique Platform Fighter
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Gutter Arcade's platform fighter Knight Club has been re-released on Steam as Knight Club +, featuring updated visuals, improved online and some additional characters, and this update looks like it could give the game a new lease on life.
Slap City Receives New Trailer With Release Date, Character Reveal
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After nearly three years of early access, Swedish indie studio Ludosity has announced in a new trailer that their cult hit platform fighter Slap City will receive its full release on September 17th, 2020.
Challenger Approaching REBUILD - Delzethin Revisits Geno
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With Min Min out and no news about the next DLC character in sight, things have been pretty up in the air about who's going to make it into Smash next. Amidst all of this, Delzethin has gone back and revisited one of his earliest moveset concepts with a new spin on the character.
Redditor Photoshops Masks onto the Smash Ultimate Roster
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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, wearing face masks in public has become a fairly typical safety measure, especially as shelter-in-place orders are being lifted. Spending time cooped up at home has also given quite a few people artistic inspiration. Among them is reddit user Gleed, who put together edits of each Smash Ultimate character's in-game render depicting them wearing a protective face mask.
Nintendo Direct Mini Announced for July 20th
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Somewhat unusually, Nintendo just made a midnight announcement of an upcoming Nintendo Direct Mini slated for the morning of July 20th, 2020. The direct is intended to be purely a showcase of new games from Nintendo's development and publishing partners, rather than their in-house studios.
Smashboards Stands in Support of Survivors
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Since the end of June and beginning of July, countless members of the Smash community and the greater fighting game community have come forward with allegations of abuse from prominent community figures. The Smashboards staff condemns the actions detailed in these allegations.
Delzethin Gives ARMS Character Predictions
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The ARMS character reveal for Smash Ultimate is coming up on June 22nd, and ever since they were first teased in the March 26th Mini-Direct, many Smash players have been speculating about who the character might be and how they might play. Among them is Delzethin, who put out a video on May 20th outlining his predictions as to the identity and playstyle of this as-of-yet unknown character.
Alt Lab Controllers Releases Melee Tech Skill Tutorial for Smash Stick
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With their upcoming launch in June 2020, Alt Lab Controllers has released the first in their series of tutorial videos for the Smash Stick, this one focusing on advanced techniques in Melee.
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