With parts of Japan set to be declared a state of emergency, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed he is now supervising the Fighter Pass 2 remotely in a tweet that reads: “I am now working remotely. Essentially, I’m supervising the project from a distance. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a very high-security project, which makes it difficult to take it out (and work). However, we have no choice, but to do it. Everyone, let’s do our best to get through this!!” Purchase the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass 2 at this link. [Thanks, PushDustIn]
Nintendo have announced the cancellation of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments in Japan for school students due to the continued coronavirus pandemic. The tournaments “Dai-3-kai Zenkoku Shougakusei Sumabura Taikai Dantaisen” (The 3rd National Primary School Students’ SSB Tournament – Team Competition) and “Sumabura SP 2020-nendo Chuukou Ikkan Dairantou Gakuen” (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – School Year 2020 – Middle & High Integrated – Great Brawling Academy) were set to run between May and August in Japan. Purchase the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass 2 at this link.
Nintendo have announced an “Animal Crossing Spirits! Yes, Yes!” spirit event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beginning this Friday (April 3, 2020) and lasting for five days featuring spirits from the Animal Crossing series including four new spirits from New Horizons! Defeat them in battle to earn more SP than usual. Post updated with the full list of spirits including Orville & Wilbur, C.J., Flick, and Daisy Mae.
Nintendo have announced that an ARMS representative will be the next DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and will be added this June. In related news: ARMS will be free for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers from March 27-April 5 with a Party Crash event between Spring Man and Ribbon Girl also taking place. Nintendo Direct mini trailers added below…
Nintendo have announced “The Power of Pink” spirit event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beginning this Friday (March 27, 2020) and lasting for three days featuring pink spirits brightening up the spirit board. Defeat them in battle to earn more gold than usual. Post updated with the full list of spirits including Paula, Wario-Man, Hinawa, and Sukapon.
Nintendo have announced a “Stop Hitting Yourself!” tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beginning this Friday (March 20, 2020) and lasting for three days featuring only fighters that can use reflecting moves. Many projectile items will appear. Use them wisely. The further you advance, the better spirit you’ll win! Post updated with full list of rules, available fighters, and items.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Fighter Information Postponed
From his latest Weekly Famitsu column (Issue No.1633), Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai says that new fighter information has likely been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus infection. Sakurai also notes that if an office member contracts COVID-19, then the entire building will close and development would be completely stopped. Buy Weekly Famitsu here (use the code JPNINTENDO for 5% off all physical orders above $20). [Thanks, PushDustIn for the above and BlackKite for the below]
2nd Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Challenge Rules
Nintendo have announced the rules for the second Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Online Challenge which takes place this Sunday (March 15, 2020), from 19:00-21:00 JST. The tournament score starts from 15,000 and will increase or decrease depending on the outcome of the match. Matches will be 1-on-1 rules, with each player having 2 stock. Fights will be 4 minutes in length, FS Meter and Items are both ON, with Stages set to Random. The top 10 players will be sent a certificate at a later date with the top 8 will to invited to compete in the finals in Tokyo on Sunday April 5, 2020, which will be broadcast on YouTube Live and OPENREC.tv. The date of the finals are subject to change due to the current social climate.
Nintendo have announced a “Spirits Fit for a Fight” spirit event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate beginning this Friday (March 13, 2020) and lasting for five days featuring three new spirits from the Ring Fit Adventure universe. Defeat them in battle to earn more SP than usual. Post updated with artwork for Ring Fit Trainees, Dragauxm, and Ring…