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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is cycling in a new Spirit Board event this week. The theme is “Power, Wisdom, and Courage”, and based on the image above, you can probably guess that it’s all about Zelda. Defeating these spirits will give you a bit more gold than usual.

The Zelda-themed Spirit Board event kicks off on Friday. It’ll last for three days, as per usual.


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Nintendo is kicking off the first online qualifier finals for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019. The action should just be about starting now, so you can watch all of the high-level action as it happens below.

The latest Spirit Board event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now live, focusing on many rounded spirits.

The event is set to run through the weekend. Legend-class Spirits that will have an increased drop rate this time around include Shine Sprite and Sukapon.

Devil May Cry is a series that has completely skipped Nintendo platforms so far, and that includes the upcoming Devil May Cry 5. The producer of that game, Capcom’s Hidaki Itsuno, was recently on a press tour for Devil May Cry 5 and talked to a number of outlets, including VG 24/7. They asked him about the possibility of Dante, the series’ main character, being added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character. Here’s what Itsuno had to say:

This week’s issue of Famitsu has a report on Japan’s best-selling games of December. We’ll publish the full chart soon (sometime after the magazine actually releases), but we do have an early tidbit. Famitsu reports that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 309,229 digital copies.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 is another game that debuted in December. According to Famitsu, the Switch version sold 33,506 digital copies.


Nintendo has announced the next Spirit Board event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Titled “Well-Rounded Spirits”, you’ll be more likely to encounter ones with a round shape.

The new Spirit Board event will last for three days. If you beat the included spirits, you can earn more SP.


Last week, Piranha Plant was added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a new playable character. It can be used in all sorts of game modes and isn’t just limited to regular battles. But soon after the character was made available, reports started to surface that using Piranha Plant in All-Star mode could corrupt save data.

Newsweek has now obtained an official statement, and Nintendo says it “has not been able to confirm that there is an issue”. The full comment reads:

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Nintendo has big plans moving forward, and there’s a lot we don’t know about yet! In addition to the jam-packed news, Galen reveals how little he knows about using My Nintendo, Oni loses his mind and memories, and the gang laughs together along the way.

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Did you know that Piranha Plant was initially imagined as a tri-jumps character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? Researcher Meshima discovered that the team lowered the amount of maximum jumps from two to three in the day one. Why this happened is unknown.

Interestingly, the game’s motion folder still has the unused third jump animation. Here’s a look: