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.
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.
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!
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
By all accounts, Super Smash Bros. 4 wasn’t kind to Jigglypuff. Unlike every other fighter, it was never buffed or nerfed via game updates, and this eventually led to its labeling of “worst character in the game“. Things weren’t much better for its Figure Player, either: the amiibo Buff made shield breaks rather common, making Jigglypuff’s matchups against metagame titans Bowser and Little Mac nearly unwinnable. Luckily, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate showed the Balloon Pokémon a bit of compassion. It’s actually high tier now (albeit in a very specific format)!