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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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Training the strongest Zero Suit Samus amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Bayonetta, Sheik, and Zero Suit Samus. These three characters have something in common: they’re not very good — at least when it comes to AI. In the context of our amiibo tier list, Bayonetta and Sheik aren’t rising anytime soon. But Zero Suit Samus has risen and has the potential to rise even further! She’s been quite underrepresented until recently, so now’s as good a time as ever to start training her!

Thanks to forenmagra for contributing Zero Suit Samus’s training information! Feel free to read their notes document for more character-specific strategies.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s hidden gem

I’m not going to sugar-coat it: 2020 has been a disappointing year for everybody, to say the least. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected jobs and schools around the globe. The world is in a state most of us has never seen before. To those of you who have been affected by quarantine – in terms of work or education – you have our sympathy, and I hope things can get back to normal sooner rather than later.

Serious matters aside, COVID-19 has changed the Super Smash Bros. scene, too. Enthusiasm for the game and its content has arguably hit an all-time low, and this is attributed to its poor online service. Players have complained about shaky connections, unbearable lag, and even matchmaking issues. Given these issues, then, it’s no surprise that Ultimate’s morale has decreased.

Luckily, there’s another way to play the game that many players probably haven’t even considered! Of course, regular readers know exactly what we’re about to segue into. Many Smash players have at least one or two amiibo figures, and many more don’t even know there’s a complex metagame behind them! Things change when characters are controlled by an AI. So what, then, makes amiibo training so special? That’s what we’re here to talk about today!

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