How will online amiibo tournaments be hosted in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is fast approaching, and as you might have guessed, we’re busy behind-the-scenes working out potential rulesets and tournament guidelines. Of course, no matter what we come up with now, they’ll be changed as the metagame develops. So, then, you may be wondering: how will online amiibo tournaments be hosted in Ultimate? Well, here’s the answer: the same way as in Smash 4. But there’s a bit more to it than that: what if Nintendo adds official online amiibo support? How would that shake things up?

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Amiibo Training Myths: The “Braindead” Stage

It’s time to revisit an age-old question – one that, three years later, is still submitted to our contact form on a daily basis – was the “Braindead stage” an effective amiibo training method? The short answer is no, but the long answer is why we’re here today: we’re going to break down the “Braindead stage”, clickbait, and how misinformation nearly killed the amiibo training community.

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Trying to simulate the SSBU hype

Look, we’re all excited for SSBU. How could we not. Well, I’m tired of waiting and with SALTI wrapping up it’s first season tonight, I want to announce my first 1-on-1 League, simply called, The Amiibo League. In keeping with the idea of trying to get ready for SSBU, the tournament will be set up in such a way as to simulate the SSBU gameplay changes as best we can. May I suggest you come inside and see what it is we are trying to do?

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Isabelle Joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

September 13th’s Nintendo Direct revealed that Isabelle from Animal Crossing will be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Surprisingly, Isabelle isn’t an Echo Fighter of Villager; instead, she appears to be a semi-clone of the character. Isabelle retains Pocket as her neutral special and still uses a butterfly net as a grab, but the two fighters’ resemblances end there. Isabelle’s forward smash fires a party popper, her up smash erects a stop sign, and her down smash attacks with a bucket of water.

If you haven’t done so already, now may be a good time to pick up an Isabelle amiibo. At the time of writing, they’re still inexpensive, but their price will no doubt increase following this announcement. From what we know so far, Isabelle may actually perform better than Villager – in the amiibo metagame, at least.

“Come inside, the show’s about to start”

After the horrors of having no internet for the greater part of last week, I have returned! And let me tell you friends, I am excited. After 15 sets of matches spread out over two months, the Seasonal Amiibo League Team Invitational is ready to begin its first Playoffs (and AntiPlayoffs) ever!

The questions we asked two weeks ago about to be answered so, in the immortal words of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer:

Come inside, the show’s about to start!
Guaranteed to blow your head apart
Rest assured you’ll get your money’s worth
Greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth!
You’ve got to see the show. It’s a dynamo!
You’ve got to see the show. It’s rock and roll! Woahhhh!

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S.A.L.T.I: The Calm Before the Saltstorm

There are only two sets of matches left before the playoffs. It is do or die time. Some teams put themselves in very good positions. Some messed up royally. And others we thought messed up but, because things are so bunched up in the middle that Jimmy Eat World is considering writing a song about it, still have a chance at sneaking in. Care to take a look?

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