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Recapping the 6/22/20 Smash Bros. Direct

The Arms fighter direct has come and passed, and there is a surprising amount of information to unpack! The fighter has been revealed to be Min Min, one of the most popular choices I’ve seen since the teaser, and I think a lot of people are happy about this. If you don’t really have any interest in the fighter, there is still one important takeaway from this: Spirits no longer prevent fighters from being included. This means that a lot of fan favorites are back on the board going into the final 5 DLC fighters, and absolutely all expectations are shattered! Continue reading Recapping the 6/22/20 Smash Bros. Direct


Teaching your amiibo to taunt

An amiibo’s capability to taunt was a feature we as a community were overjoyed to receive at the beginning of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Very quickly, however, we would discover that taunting came with many AI issues — most notably, the freeze glitch. This left the concept of taunting reluctantly shut away, considered too risky for any competitive amiibo. Of course, this didn’t stop some trainers from teaching it to their amiibo, and once the freeze glitch was patched, research into the subject became a lot more valued. Despite this, even today most competitive amiibo do not taunt, but some people simply want their FP to be an entertainer, and we’re here to help you achieve that goal!

Thanks to TooLoocas for contributing the information in this post! His twitter can be found here!

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Updating the metagame’s stage list

Tournaments have played by the same rules for a really long time. Stages have always been limited to Ω- and Battlefield-forms. This is because amiibo AI doesn’t navigate certain courses very well, but after a ton of testing, we’re ready to update the metagame’s official stage list! We’ve selected a variety of new stages – a much wider variety than competitive Smash – to keep things fresh, interesting, and maybe even a bit more balanced!

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Training the strongest Lucario amiibo in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Lucario was a top-tier threat in Super Smash Bros. 4. In that game, its Aura mechanic was stronger than ever; when paired with equipment, its attacks could reach nuclear power levels. Just one forward smash from Lucario was enough to KO an opponent. For its appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Lucario was significantly nerfed, and so it’s kind of fallen off the radar. It’s still got potential, though, and that’s what we’re here to discuss today!

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A perspective-changing CPU theory

So, I’ve got a theory. And, if it’s true, it’s a theory that would change our perspective on not just amiibo training, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s AI as a whole. It’s a time-consuming test, so I can’t say for sure, but it’s still something to discuss regardless. Here’s the premise: yes, amiibo learn from you. We knew that. But what if I told you the CPU learns from you, too? Now, again, it’s tough to say for sure, but I’ve gathered some evidence that might support this. Take this post with a grain of salt and let’s get going.

Please note that this theory was originally researched by Leaf. The topic itself was explored prior by the competitive amiibo community. Do not repost, rewrite, or otherwise reproduce this work without direct permission from staff. This includes (but is not limited to) blog or website posts, images, and videos. Thank you for your patience.

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