What You Need to Know:
- With E3 showcasing to the world a plethora of new titles for us to play on the horizon, many gamers around the world have their hopes high. One game in particular was Nintendo's highly anticipated unveiling of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest entry in the incredibly popular franchise. Fans of the game were delighted to see all the returning cast members from previous iterations make their triumphant return, such as Snake and Ice Climbers. Another major surprise was that Metroid's antagonist Ridley was announced by Sakurai himself, and fans were awestruck by it all. We saw pro player Zero take home the trophy for the invitational, and the Nintendo Direct showcased a lot more features from the game which made us hype!
- The fun didn't stop there however as Rage 2018 Summer kicked off this past weekend, with Nintendo's big hit title waiting to be played by an enormous group of fans. We had the opportunity to take a look at the title first hand but didn't spend too much time with it due to the massive amount of people in attendance. Rage 2018 Summer is an eSports event that focused on popular titles like Cygames' Shadowverse (Dawnbreak Nightedge), Servant of Thrones along with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile, all of which had their own respective tournaments held at the event. While these tournaments were surely the focus of the actual event, it was surely Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that became the true highlight since it's been a title everybody has been hankering for, for a long time.
- The event started at around 9am, with players flocking in like ants in order to get the best seat possible in order to play against the pros in Smash. Of course there were notable players in attendance such as Abadango, Nietono and Ken, who participated in an audience event where players can face off against them for pride. It was really fun to see Smash Bros. Ultimate in action since everything looked a lot cleaner, fast paced, and actually more offensive in terms of gameplay. This of course will help to speed up matches when the game starts to become more competitive, while other changes were made such as increasing the damage during 1v1s.
- For the casual side of things, Smash Bros. Ultimate definitely stands out since a lot of the changes really aid in balancing all the gameplay mechanics, so that everyone can enjoy the game on equal terms. On the other end were of course some pretty intense Shadowverse battles but sadly we didn't get the chance to see the grand finals winner. You can actually check out the official Rage 2018 Summer Grand Finals down below if you're interested to see who won! In the end, the event became the hub for smash players because this was a big chance to play the brand new game before its release December 7th. Check out some of the matches below to see what you might have missed! Overall, the event lasted quite long time though we stayed long enough to catch some of the action and so look forward to more Smash Bros. Ultimate info soon!
Source: Official Press Release
Rage 2018 Summer - Abadango (Inkling) vs. ??? (Ganondorf) - SSBU Demo
Rage 2018 Summer - Nietono (Sheik) vs. Kisha (Bowser) - SSBU Demo
RAGE Shadowverse Dawnbreak, Nightedge Grand Finals
Whhaaa?! I totally missed this! Where was it streamed?
It might've been on Twitch? Or maybe another Japanese streaming site. I missed it too sadly!