Category Archives: Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS

Growing the Metagame in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Less than a month remains until Super Smash Bros. – and, as a result, amiibo training – changes for good. In essence, we’ve been given another shot at bringing amiibo training to the forefront of the community, and it’s up to us to make that happen. That being said, we can’t handle all of it ourselves, and that’s where you come in. Here are a few simple steps you can take to contribute towards the growth of the metagame.

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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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“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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S.A.L.T.I: An Underdog is a Hungry Dog

Last Wednesday made NO SENSE! Day 11 of SALTI should have clarified the playoff picture a lot. There was an edge case where a massive amount of upsets happened that could muddy up the playoff picture rather than make it clearer. But that wasn’t likely, right?

Wrong. Day 11 was the day of the underdog. Of the sixteen matches we had, the lower ranked team won TEN of them! These weren’t some mild underdogs either. The bottom ranked teams in both divisions won. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. To quote Jason Kelce of the Philadelphia Eagles after they won the Super Bowl, “You know what an underdog is? It’s a hungry dog.”

Well, the hungry dogs ate last week. So let’s dive in and see what a mess the underdogs have made of the S.A.L.T.I. standings.

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Amiibo Nicknames: Lucas

Welcome to the first iteration of Amiibo Nicknames! This week’s character is Lucas, who appeared in Mother 3. Out of every fighter playable in Super Smash Bros., Lucas is perhaps the most obscure. Mother 3 was never released outside of Japan, and it appears Nintendo has no plans to release an official localization.

Most amiibo trainers haven’t played Mother 3 – as a result, they’ve given their Lucas amiibo nicknames that have nothing to do with his character or origins. It’s time to change that: I’m an avid EarthBound fan, and have played through each of its entries several times over. I’ve prepared a list of potential Lucas nicknames, pulled straight from Mother 3 – and each one includes context! Do note that there are spoilers inside.

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