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As billed earlier in the week, the “Now You’re Playing With Spirit Power!” Spirit Board event is now live in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Players will see an increased spawn rate of iconic characters from the NES, Famicom, and the Famicom Disk System up until midnight of January 7th.

Throughout the event, users will also encounter the Donkey Kong and Lady, Link (The Legend of Zelda), and Sukapon Legend class Spirits as the focus of the time period.

Datamining has led to all sorts of information being uncovered early about games in the past. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be the latest example of this – specifically regarding DLC.

Fans have been poking through Smash Bros. Ultimate’s files and may have come across possible information regarding future DLC characters. Obviously, if you’re looking to avoid any potential spoilers, you may want to skip what we cover below.

Sometimes you end up working on a dream project without initially realizing it. That’s what happened with Abby Trott, who is the English singer behind Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s “Lifelight” theme.

In an interview with Puissance Nintendo, Trott said she cried when she found out what game she had been singing for. She’s a “life-long fan of Nintendo,” so being involved with Smash Bros. Ultimate was “really special”.

Ahead of the “Now You’re Playing With Spirit Power!” Spirit Board event set to take place in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate this weekend, Nintendo has officially revealed three of the retro Spirits that will be part of the Focus.

As was somewhat teased in the promotional image that was put out for the event yesterday, both the Donkey Kong & Lady and Sukapon Spirits will be highlighted. In addition, the Link (The Legend of Zelda) Spirit will appear more frequently. Each of these three Spirits are Legend class.

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Nintendo has announced the next Spirit Board event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The theme this time is “Now You’re Playing With Spirit Power!”, featuring icons from the NES, Famicom, and Famicom Disk System. While active, such spirits will show up more regularly and you’ll earn more rewards.

The upcoming event kicks off on January 4. It’ll last for three days.


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In just three days, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold five million copies worldwide. Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa commented on the early success while speaking with The Sankei News.

Furukawa said, “The people who’ve played Smash before are coming back for this one; that accumulation of players contributed to the initial push [in sales]”. He also said that Nintendo needs to continue selling “and not get caught up in that initial momentum.”

You can now take place in the Mario-themed spirit board event, which runs through January 1. Here are the rare spirits featured and what time you need to be playing to get them. All times are EST.

  • Golden Dash Mushroom (Ace) – 1am and 1pm EST
  • River Survival (Advanced) – 5am and 5pm EST
  • Dice Block (Novice) – 9am and 9pm EST

And here’s a list of all the spirits for the event:

Throughout the life cycle of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS, Nintendo prepared extra Mii Fighter costumes. We haven’t really seen this yet for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but that could be changing in the future.

Over on Nintendo’s customer support website, there’s a page for available Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC. It specifically mentions “Mii Fighter Costume” as part of that downloadable content. It states that one costume is included for $0.75, with a release planned for 2019.

We do have a small bit of doubt that Nintendo will be going all out with Mii Fighter costume DLC for Smash Bros. Ultimate. Though it could very well happen, we can’t help but wonder if the customer support site is referring to Rex. That Xenoblade Chronicles 2 outfit can only be obtained by purchasing the Fighters Pass currently. The fact that the page lists just a single costume may point to a wide release of the Rex costume. Either way, we should know come next year.


Joker from Persona 5 will be the first paid DLC character to be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. To promote this occasion, Masahiro Sakurai recently visited the office of Atlus for an interview, which you can see in the video below: