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Nintendo has announced the latest tournament event for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This time around, the theme is based around Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Players can only use fighters from the Wii game, and it will feature stages and items from that title as well.

The new tournament goes live on April 10. Per usual, it will last a total of three days.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still has a few DLC characters to go before the game is fully complete. With coronavirus still having a major worldwide impact, director Masahiro Sakurai is changing his approach to development. On Twitter, Sakurai confirmed that he’s now overseeing and supervising the game remotely.

Sakurai did say that this is a difficult process largely in part due to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being a “high security project”. That being said, he has no choice but to work on future updates this way.

The next DLC character from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was recently announced to be from ARMS, who will be unveiled and released in June.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai and Undertale creator Toby Fox have revealed the original design for Sans in the Switch title. While not massively different from the final model, Sans originally had tiny fingers. According to Fox, he “asked them to replace them with a larger mitten-like hand instead.” You can see what the initial design looked like above.

Sans is one of the more recent Mii Fighter costumes we’ve seen in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that represents an indie game. Cuphead is another example of this type of collaboration.

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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.

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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.

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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.