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Nintendo has announced a new Spirit Board event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. As part of that, spirits from Animal Crossing will be added to the game. Four new ones will appear in total.

The latest Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event goes live on April 3. Expect it to last a total of five days.


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Nintendo is keeping things simple for the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit board event. This time around, it will feature pink characters entirely. You can see some of the spirits that will be included above.

The new Spirit Board event goes live on March 27. Expect it to last a total of three days.


Shovel Knight is represented in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – just not as a playable character. Use the Assist Trophy item, and if you’re lucky enough, the character will appear to help you in battle.

Speaking with Fanbyte, Yacht Club Games founder Sean Velasco said that having Shovel Knight playable in Smash Bros. was “never really in the cards.” The studio considered possible moves for him, though it sounds like Nintendo only ever approached the team for its Assist Trophy cameo.

In Masahiro Sakurai’s most recent column in Famitsu, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director touched on the topic of COVID-19 (coronavirus) affecting the games industry. Sakurai stressed the difficulty the industry is facing when it comes to development specifically, because the nature of the job is handling very confidential material which can’t be taken home. He also expressed his concerns for workers with young children to look after (considering schools have been closed), as he says those people might be forced to take off work.

Of particular note to gamers, Sakurai vaguely detailed how COVID-19 has affected development on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s DLC fighters. Apparently, some plans for a certain fighter have been put on hold for the time being.

You can read our full translation of the excerpts below.

Nintendo has announced the latest tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The theme this time around is reflect, meaning only fighters with that ability can participate. Expect projectile items to appear as well.

The new tournament goes live on March 20. It will last for a total of three days.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai is again publishing a new column in this week’s issue of Famitsu. It’s actually a bit of a special one, as there’s a conversation with manga artist Saho Yamamoto. It’s also Sakurai’s 600th column in the Japanese magazine.

The full magazine isn’t available just yet, but as usual, some of the tidbits have leaked online. A major highlight is that Sakurai states that he had plans to present a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter to a publisher at some point, but it’s being delayed due to the coronavirus.

The next tournament for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been announced. This time around, it’s a spiky vs. rounded theme. That carries over into the characters as well as items for use in battle.

You’ll be able to partake in the new Smash Bros. tournament starting March 6. It will last for a total of three days.


Nintendo has announced the latest Spirit Board event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This time around, it will focus on characters that are colored black. Lotus, which is from Warframe, will be added as a brand new spirit as well.

The new event goes live on February 28. It will last for five days in total.


As mentioned earlier this week, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has published his newest column in the latest issue of Famitsu. In the article, Sakurai talks about the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 and the eventual end of DLC, how he does not handle whom is chosen to be a fighter, his role, the future of the series after Ultimate, and more.

We’ve prepared a full translation of the column below the break.