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It has been a good year for gaming. However, there is still a little over a month left of 2018, and one of the most anticipated Nintendo titles has yet to release. Nintendo fans have highly coveted Super Smash Brothers. Every major console that the company has put out has had a Smash game come out for it. The Switch is no different, and Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the game, has pulled out all the stops to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the best in the series.

Characters

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Super Smash Brothers is a crossover fighting game where Nintendo uses characters from their franchises. Many familiar faces have appeared in the Smash games such as Mario, Link from Legend of Zelda, Pikachu from Pokemon, and many more. While the game has primarily used characters created by their company, they have also included figures such as Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, Ryu from Street Fighter, and more.

Part of how Smash generates so much news and excitement from fans is through the characters. Everyone wants a character from a series they love, be it from Nintendo or not, to be a part of Smash Bros. Ever since the game allowed other characters from different companies join the possibility became even grander. Everyone watches the Nintendo or Smash directs, which are shows that Nintendo streams to give out information on their games, in hopes of their favorite character getting into Smash. While reactions vary, it is always fun to guess, hope, and see who will join this vast Smash universe.

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Masahiro Sakurai, the director of the game, confirmed in the latest Super Smash Bros. Direct that there would be DLC characters in the future. He had included all of the characters from past games and planned to work on new fighters from scratch. The developers will work on one fighter, a corresponding stage and music track. There is room for five DLC characters that will leave fans wondering who will enter the ring next. For now, we look forward to the newest character that will be added to Smash a few months after launch, Piranha Plant.

Sakurai made sure that in his latest Smash game, every character that had ever appeared in Smash will be in Ultimate. Smash Ultimate will have the most extensive roster of any past game.

Season Pass

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This is the first time a Smash game will be selling a season pass for players. Usually, DLC characters would be paid for separately. In Super Smash 4, DLC character such as Corrin from Fire Emblem, Cloud from Final Fantasy, and so on would be purchased from the Nintendo E-shop for around $5.99 per character. This option is still, and any fighter a player would want to purchase will cost $5.99.

Now, Smash is offering a Super Smash Bros. Fighting Pass. This pass will include all five DLC characters, their corresponding stages, and their music tracks. How this will work is, the player can purchase the pass upon the release of the games and as the DLC fighters are released the player can download them instantly to their copy of the game. The pass will be available upon release for $24.99

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DLC is not the only thing included in the Fighting Pass. Smash Ultimate also sees the return of Mii Swordfighter, Mii Brawler and Mii Gunner. These three characters can dress in different skins, one skin that will be included in the pass is Rex from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. There will also be some music from Xenoblade as well.

Features

For a long time, fans have hoped for another Adventure mode. Brawl created a small story around the multitude of characters in the game and even included a way to make it co-op. Smash Ultimate didn’t disappoint. There will be an adventure mode in this latest installment of Smash. However, it is not known if it will be co-op. The title for the mode is called World of Light.

Sakurai does mention that World of Light is made more for fun rather than a plot-heavy story. There is a trailer to provide some background info before diving right into the adventure. Sakurai wants to leave it up to fan interpretations once we get to play for ourselves. But off the trailer alone, fans can’t wait to play this new adventure mode.

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World of Light isn’t the only feature to Smash Bros. Ultimate. The developers have implemented a new way to enhance fighters using characters known as Spirits. These spirits are characters that players can obtain by accomplishing unique challenges. Each spirit gives the main fighters a boost in their power or ability. It’s possible to level up spirits in different ways and have them do other things such as collect items and treasures.

Pre-Order and Release Date

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available for pre-order now. It has been confirmed that Smash Ultimate has broken Nintendo records as the most preordered game in the company’s history. This is no small feat especially for a massive gaming company such as Nintendo. Especially when they had heavy hitting gaming releases last year and this year such as Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu!/Eevee! and Super Mario Odyssey. Smash is one of Nintendo’s biggest games and is set to release on December 7th, 2018.

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Microsoft

With the holidays coming up there are many deals and sales for gamers. No matter your preference your favorite company and console have their own Black Friday surprises. Here are some sales to watch out with Xbox products.

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The Xbox One X console is available for $399.99 on the Microsoft website.

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The Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle is $199.99 on the Microsoft website.

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The Xbox One X 1TB Fallout 76 Bundle is $429.99 on Microsoft.

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The Xbox game pass is also available and costs $1 for your first month. It gives unlimited access to not just Xbox One games but also Xbox 360 games.

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There is also a sale to save $20 on select Xbox Wireless controllers on the Xbox website.

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You can also save $10 on Xbox Design Lab controller, where players can design their controllers.

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Xbox is also having a sale on the digital copies of their games. Games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition, Destiny 2: Forsaken – Legendary Collection are all available on the Xbox website.

Other retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop and more are also offering sales on Xbox consoles, accessories and games. Some of the games that are available are:

Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey – $30 at Best Buy

BioShock: The Collection – $20 at Best Buy

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – $12 at Walmart

Monster Hunter World – $17 at Walmart

And many more games.

Be sure to check out all the Black Friday deals on both the Xbox store and other retailers to expand your Nintendo library.

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Disney

Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+ is the latest project that will bring new shows that expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars franchise. Disney is ending their partnership with the popular streaming site, Netflix and is opening their service in 2019. Disney+ will be the new home for all your favorite Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars movies and will add more content such as shows in the future.

Release Date and Monthly Fee

Now you may be wondering if you want to another monthly fee if you already have Netflix or Hulu. In this article, we will go over all Disney+ has to offer and why it would be worthwhile to get this new streaming service.

Disney is planning to release their service in 2019, but it will be near the end of it. There is also no word on how much Disney+ will cost, but CEO Bob Iger has this to say:

“We’ve given a lot of thought to pricing. I can’t get specific with you yet, because we haven’t determined it yet. It will be substantially below Netflix because we’ll have substantially less volume.”

Iger did explain that part of the reason it will cost less than Netflix is that in the beginning, their site will not have as much content as their competitor. Netflix did raise their monthly fee to $10.99 but there is still no concrete word of how much it will be exactly. However, Iger did mention that as the content on the platform increased so will the fee.

Shows and Movies

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Disney + will not just have all of your Disney favorites but will include new TV shows and even reboots of past series. These new shows will consist of not only MCU content but also Star Wars and even older Disney franchises that were once on Disney Channel.

In September of 2018, Variety reported that Disney would focus on lesser-known MCU characters. Even though these characters are not ‘as big’ as say Iron-Man or Captain America they have their fan following. They plan to create shows centered around the Asgardian god of mischief and lies Loki and the mystifying red Avenger, the Scarlet Witch. Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen will reprise these roles.

On the Star Wars front, there will be a new season of the hit show Star Wars: The Clone Wars that had initially been on Cartoon Network. There will also be a TV series that is a prequel to Rogue One, and Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor. There is also word of another Star Wars television show that will be called The Mandalorian. Jon Favreau will develop it.

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Disney+ will also develop a reboot of the favorite Disney Channel hit movie High School Musical. However, the series will not be a movie but rather a television series that explores a high school theater group putting on a production of High School Musical. They are also in talks of creating a Muppets television series as well. The service will provide another television show that will set in the world of Monsters Inc.

Disney isn’t pulling any punches with their new streaming service. They are providing a lot of content for fans of every franchise. Whether you are a Star Wars, MCU, Pixar, or a Disney fan, in general, this service may be worth your while.

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Marvel’s legend Stan Lee dies at age 95. Well-known for his comic book writing, editing, publishing, acting, and cameos he was an icon in pop culture. People of all ages come together to give their condolences and revel in the legacy of the man who changed the entertainment world.

Born on December 28, 1922, in New York, New York to Jack Lieber and Celia (Solomon) Lieber. He is survived by daughter Joan Celia Lee. His wife, Joan Clayton Boocock Lee passed away in 2017 at aged 95.

In the 1960s, Lee worked alongside writers and artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The three men took initiative in the comic book industry that was slowly dying out due to bland characters and plots which resulted in poor sales. Lee wrote and directed many beloved comic book heroes and teams we know today such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Fantastic Four and more.

Due to the ingenuity of Lee, Kirby, and Ditko they created vibrant characters that were different from other superheroes of the time. They created heroes with real-world problems and flaws. These heroes were characters that people could relate to and draw inspiration. It was a message that resonates to this very day.

The Fantastic Four was the first superhero team that Lee created. Afterward, he would continue his successful trend and lend a hand in creating iconic comic book heroes such as The Incredible Hulk, Thor, the X-Men and so on. Lee laid the foundation for the company to continue to grow. In 1972, Lee became Marvel’s publisher, and he created storylines that are well-known to this day. Lee pushed the boundaries of what comics could discuss and even referenced political and social issues of his time. A man of integrity he did his best to create stories that people would not only enjoy but learn from.

In 2001, Lee created POW! Entertainment. It was a company that created television shows and movies based on superheroes. Lee did his best to expand the Marvel brand and expose his characters not just in comic books but other forms of media as well. In the past two decades, Lee earned an incredible 120 production credits with countless other cameos and writing credits. Lee had become an icon in comic books and continued to leave his mark years after leaving the publishing side of Marvel. His legacy will live on in his stories and his characters.

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