Category Archives: Super Smash Bros.

How to unlock everything in Super Smash Bros. Melee

Super Smash Bros. Melee is well over ten years old, but its community is still very much alive! Its competitive metagame really picked up after the game’s inclusion in EVO 2013’s tournament line-up. Simply put, Melee is relevant to this very day despite its age. For players deciding to get in on the action, there are several unlockable characters, stages, and features to work towards — and we’ve got the full run-down on how to access them all right here. Continue reading How to unlock everything in Super Smash Bros. Melee

Why do amiibo behave strangely on other consoles?

Have you ever taken one of your Figure Players to a friend’s house and thought they played odd on your friend’s Switch? It may not be a coincidence. For the entirety of the amiibo competitive scene’s lifespan, there have been occasional mentions of unusual behavior when amiibo are sent to tournaments or used in arenas. Why would this be the case? Well, no one knows for sure, but I have proposed a theory as to what may be responsible for this.

Please note that this is only speculation based on observations – nothing presented here is definitive or proven.

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Exion’s amiibo tier lists have been updated for August 2022

It’s the beginning of August, and we’ve updated both of our tier lists! Come see which characters have risen or dropped and why. If you’re new to competitive amiibo training and need an explanation of how these tier lists work, feel free to check out their respective pages here and here (vanilla and Spirits). Otherwise, let’s get right into the updates! It’s a light slate, but an important one nonetheless.

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What’s the deal with amiibo production right now, anyway?

It’s no secret that the production of amiibo figures has slowed to a crawl. In 2021, we received a rather generous eight brand-new figurines! These include three from the Super Smash Bros. series, as well as two each for Metroid Dread and Super Mario 3D World. The Zelda & Loftwing amiibo was released for Skyward Sword HD as well. In 2022, we’ve received just one new amiibo figure — Min Min.

Between figurine delays and possible cancellations, the future of amiibo is looking rather thin. Today, we’re going to look at the reasons why this may be — and we’re also going to accept the reality that amiibo may be dying (we offer free therapy sessions in our Discord server).

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The amiibo metagame may be shifting back in time

Competitive amiibo training in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been going (fairly) strong for almost four years now! When the game was first released, dedicated amiibo trainers were in a scramble to see what was different. After several years of struggling through amiibo training in Smash 4, players wanted to see something different. And for the longest time, they did: in the Ultimate metagame’s early days, trainers experimented with off-stage play, taunting, and combos — things the CPUs were finally capable of pulling off. But now, it’s 2022, and the metagame is winding down a bit. We’ve quickly realized an interesting tidbit. Over the years, as specific amiibo characters have been optimized and refined, something remarkable has happened: Ultimate’s metagame is beginning to look a lot like what Smash 4’s did toward the end of its lifespan.

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