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Training the strongest Fox amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Star Fox characters have a history of being somewhat disappointing Figure Players. They’re based around combos, which the AI can’t consistently pull off. Sheik, Joker, and Pikachu fall into this problem too. By all accounts, Fox is difficult to train, but it’s certainly possible! A few dedicated trainers have figured out how to work around his flaws and unlock his potential. Just don’t expect the AI to combo.

Thanks to Riparo for contributing Fox’s training information!

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Ver. 1.3.0 is now available

The first of two summer updates has just been released for Animal Crossing: New Horizons! Today’s patch marks the return of diving from Animal Crossing: New Leaf. You can swim in the ocean, cannonball off cliffs, and dive to collect sea creatures (which can then be donated to the museum)! To start swimming, just load up the game and purchase a wet suit from Nook’s Cranny for 3,000 Bells.

A strange alter-ego of Gulliver will now occasionally wash up on shore, now with his own pool of exclusive furniture. You can also buy a new Nook Inc. wet suit via the Nook Miles redemption program (it’ll cost you 800 miles). Finally, Nook Shopping has added a few seasonal items to its catalog, so be sure to purchase them before it’s too late!

A second update for New Horizons is slated for sometime in August. We still don’t have any information pertaining to its contents, but we’ll be sure to post updates when more features are announced!

Training the strongest Wii Fit Trainer amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Wii Fit Trainer has always been an interesting fighter. When she was first announced as a newcomer for Super Smash Bros. 4, players were initially confused but quickly warmed up to the idea. Her amiibo figure was notoriously difficult to find, and formed a “holy trinity” of sorts alongside Marth and Villager. Of course, this is no longer the case, as Wii Fit Trainer’s amiibo has since been restocked. If you’ve managed to get your hands on one, you’re in luck: Wii Fit Trainer is one of the most unique characters in the game, and this trait extends to her FP, too!

Thanks to Splice for contributing Wii Fit Trainer’s training information! Check out his Twitch channel for regular amiibo tournament streams.

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amiibo Patch Report: Ver. 8.0.0

Sorry we’re late! Version 8.0.0 of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was released on Monday. Yes, it added Min Min, but we don’t care about that until her Figure Player is made available. What we’re here to look at today are the balance changes, and a lot of them will mix up our metagame. Quick spoiler: Incineroar was buffed. He’s definitely staying banned.

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A Pokémon Diamond & Pearl Retrospective

The recent announcement of Pokémon Unite… didn’t go so well. The Pokémon Company announced a broadcast for June 24, 2020 a week in advance. As you might expect, fans went crazy speculating the broadcast’s contents. A Let’s Go-styled game set in the Johto region was a common guess… but what everybody really wanted was the announcement of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes! Of course, we didn’t get them (yet), and in hindsight, it would’ve been too soon. Especially considering that, at the time of writing, Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC pack remains unavailable.

The desire for Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes is real, though,  and now’s as good a time as ever to talk about what made the originals so special. Pokémon Pearl was the first video game I ever owned, and it holds a special place in my heart to this very day. Today, we’re going to look at everything. Its presentation, soundtrack, Pokémon inclusions… everything. This game is special to me for a reason, and I’m going to do my best to outline what makes these entries so unique.

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