This year’s Game Awards pushed through with a stacked roster of announcements and awards amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the announcements at the event was Nintendo’s latest addition for Smash Bros. Ultimate – Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth.
As reported by Nintendolife, Masahiro Sakurai, game director for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to “host a special presentation on December 17th” where more details of Sephiroth addition into Smash Ultimate other key details will be unveiled.
The internet however had mixed receptions with Sephiroth’s addition into the Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. Replies under the Twitter thread are a warzone with players launching a barrage of comments either complaining of “another animé swordsman” being added into the game or fans wishing that Nintendo released a different character instead.
In addition, while there are some fans that were ecstatic with the announcement of Sephiroth being added to Smash Ultimate’s roster, others have continued the hashtags #SaveSmash #FreeMelee reminding Nintendo and Nintendo fans of the incident last month Nintendo of America handed Smash Bros. tournament The Big House a cease and desist order.
The Big House is one of Super Smash Bros.’s most iconic home-grown tournaments. It was forced to cancel due to the use of Slippi – a third-party mod that would add a rollback netcode to Super Smash Bros. Melee – Ultimate’s older brother.
The rollback netcode, as Kotaku have argued, is basically the delay-based netcode “with a few more features.” Specifically, rollback netcode used a smaller, fixed amount of delay compared to the variable delay used by traditional delay-based netcode, using a system where “rollbacks” handle any desyncs between both players. This allows online play to be almost as good as offline play as it reduces the amount of online input delay felt by both players since each player’s copy of the game no longer has to wait for the other player’s to process inputs in on the screen.
Going back, Super Smash Bros’ latest addition, Sephiroth, is part of the Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Pass Vol. 2. This $29.99 season pass features six challenger passes each containing one new fighter, one new stage. In addition, players who will avail the fighter pass will also receive an additional skin. As of this writing, the Fighter Pass Vol. 2 has unveiled Min Min from ARMS, Steve & Alex from Minecraft and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII.
Last year’s fighter pass, on the other hand, included Banjo and Kazooie, Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Joker from Persona 5. In a similar fashion to Sephiroth’s reveal, Joker was also previewed during the previous iteration of The Video Game Awards.
Released last 2018, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of FGC’s biggest titles to date, spanning an already impressive 80 character roster, multiple stages that Nintendo continues to expand as time goes by.
Since its release, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has grown and sold more than 21 million copies globally, topping other major titles including Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mortal Kombat X and Tekken 7.
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