Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to be big. Sure, there’ll be large tournaments, tons of YouTube content, and hype everywhere, but we’ll be busy exploring our own niche: amiibo training. Despite our constant efforts to host tournaments and release credible information, amiibo training remained an overlooked subset of Smash 4 for the game’s lifespan. We’re hoping to change that in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – and how YOU can help invigorate the community.
Video Content and its Effects on the Community
Smash 4’s amiibo training content was… strange, to say the least. Here at the Amiibo Dojo, we’ve always worked hard to protect and ensure the veracity of our content. However, other outlets – most notably, YouTube videos – spread a lot of misinformation and put people in the wrong mindset. Due to the nature of the Super Smash Bros. YouTube scene, the most views come from “disrespect” and “stylish combos”. As a result, people tried to apply these concepts to their amiibo. From the very beginning, I wrote posts explaining that teaching an amiibo to consistently gimp its opponent or perform long combos was impossible. With continued amiibo training coverage on YouTube, however, the misconceptions began to spread further. Throughout the lifespan of Smash 4, I had to answer questions about combos, taunts, and gimping thousands of times, and that’s not an exaggeration. The questions rolled in continuously regardless of the fact that my writings against these concepts was easily accessible on the site’s main page.
Here’s the point: amiibo training content, both written and on YouTube, can certainly be helpful. On the other hand, it can spread misinformation, and can actually hurt the community’s understanding of amiibo training as a whole. If you do decide to cover amiibo training in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, be sure to do your research first. Don’t post content all willy-nilly with unverified claims. It’s going to take a while to research Ultimate’s mechanics, especially as they pertain to amiibo.
The Amiibo Dojo will be producing a set of training guides for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. I’ve talked about this a few times before, but I’ll say it again: it’s going to take a while to write up definite, credible guides. In the meantime, we’ll have a steady stream of our findings ready for you all to read.
Spreading the Word
Not all of you can produce video content – in fact, I can’t either – running a site and a YouTube without consistent revenue simply isn’t feasible. But I digress; something everyone can do is spread the word. Whether it’s putting up a quick blog post about your experiences with the game, writing a simple tweet, or showing one of our guides to a friend – all of these actions help grow the community by getting the word out. As mentioned before, amiibo training was very overlooked in Smash 4. It’s up to us to fix that for Ultimate.
We’ll also be hosting regular tournaments once the game comes out. Encouraging a friend to enter their own amiibo is all you need to do to expand the community’s horizons, even if it’s only a little bit at a time. If you have the equipment necessary, you can even host your own tournament – we’d all love to enter!
So, to wrap up – even as a reader, there’s a lot you can do to help. Even tasks as simple as writing a tweet, posting a blog entry, or jotting down your experiences with training can help bring the community together.
The Amiibo Dojo doesn’t have to be the all-encompassing centralizing site for amiibo training – that is to say, there can be other options available, and that’s fine – as long as they content they produce doesn’t spread misinformation! That being said, we’re still going to work hard to make this place an excellent Ultimate amiibo training resource.
Thanks again for your continued support! We still have Smash 4 amiibo content on the way – we’re not totally done with that yet. In the meantime, check out our training guides – many of them have been newly updated and are now worth a second look. Happy training!