TL;DR Nintendo announces Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 Online Tournament

Have you been honing your skills online in Smash or Splatoon 2? Nintendo is hosting their second online tournament which features Super Smash Bro. Ultimate and Splatoon 2. Here are the rules below

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Sign up on Battlefy.com.

Each region will be split up based on parts of North America. Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast. You can check your region here. Each region starts Qualifiers will be held February 2, 2019. Finals will be held February 9, 2019. The registration period for the Regions Online Event 1 is January 22, 2019, through February 2, 2019, at 9:00 AM PT. Check your standard times!

  • Format: One-on-One (1 player vs. 1 player), single elimination (Best of One)
    • Seeding will be determined by Battlefy prior to the start of the Tournament. Battlefy to determine seeding based on player ranking and/or play history.
    • All game results must be reported on Battlefy
    • Style: Time
    • Time Limit: 7:00
    • FS Meter: Off
    • Spirits: Off
    • Damage Handicap: Off
    • Items: Low
      • Smash Ball: On
    • Stage Morph: Off
    • Stage Hazards: Off
    • Launch Rate: 1.0x
    • Underdog Boost: Off
    • Pausing: Off
  • Only Top 4 will advance to the Online Events Final Rounds

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Jan. 22 – Feb. 10 at 9 a.m. PT
The team captain must register all four members (and one optional alternate) of the team online via Battlefy.com.

All results must be registered through Battlefy

INK POOLS ONLINE QUALIFIER

FEBRUARY 10

Starts at 9 a.m. PT and ends when the top eight teams have been determined.

 

Required Gameplay and Settings: Once the two designated Teams are in the Private Battle room, the host must select Turf War with the following settings:

  • Stage : Stages will be pre-determined by Sponsor and displayed on the Battlefy bracket and the Tournament chat before the start of the match.
  • Weapons/Gear: Anything player has unlocked may be used, except that Splatfest Tees are not allowed to be worn. Any player wearing a Splatfest Tee may result in an automatic loss for their Team in Sponsor’s discretion.
  • Settings: The host must press X Button for more options, and then set the following settings:
    • No Secondary abilities: OFF
    • Use amiibo Gear: ON
    • Use amiibo User Name: OFF
    • Reset Options Every Match: OFF

Nintendo brings the Ban Hammers on Hackers

Nintendo has always had their share of hackers and devices throughout their console releases. Everything from GameShark, R4’s, and homebrews have broken through Nintendo’s hardware. The Nintendo Switch is filled with hackers as well. Hacking ranges from playing pirated games, cheating in Splatoon 2, and adding pornography on Mario Odyssey. Fortunately, now that Nintendo has a stronger online game presence, they’ve been able to slam the ban hammer on hackers.

 

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Anybody who plays pirated games online on the Switch are banned. An exploited hardware patch in April allowed hackers to play pirated Switch games. However, a recent patch allows Nintendo to detect players using the hacking software on their Switches. Each Nintendo Switch games has a unique token for the game and when you play online, the console submits a token. This counts for physical games. Downloaded games have an encrypted game ID tied to the Nintendo Switch console and the Nintendo ID. Pirated games don’t have the token or code and Nintendo will notice and ban you instantly from playing online.

 

Of course, there are complainers on forums such as GBAtemp and on r/SwitchHacks but they have high hopes of getting past Nintendo’s defense.

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Examples of hacks:

In Splatoon 2, hackers are plaguing online multiplayer matches by being invisible, having more specials and rapid fire. While you can report them and they disconnect frequently, hackers appearing on ranked games have frustrated players.  Super Mario Odyssey recently added Balloon World to allows players to create platforming time trials. When you’re playing, you can see other players Switch icons. Through homebrew hacking, players were able to add pornographic images throughout the game which would be difficult to explain to your parents.

Thanks to Jairus for the news suggestion!

Sources:

Gamenesia – Super Mario Odyssey Porn?

Gamasutra – Nintendo Switch Pirate game detection

Reddit: Original Source

Details on Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. World Tournament at E3 2018!

Nintendo will be hosting a tournament at E3 for Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch. The tournaments will be hosted at E3 2018 in Los Angeles on June 11th and 12th. There will be two different formats for both games. Nintendo has announced they will continue to release E3 announcements next month.

Splatoon 2:

Splatoon 2 will be 4 way round robin tournament with 4 teams at E3. One form Japan, the U.S./Can, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. Winning the Splatoon 2 US/Canada Inkling Open 2018 online qualifiers will qualify your team for a spot. Qualifiers begin April 21, 11 a.m. PT, and finals will take place on April 28 at 8 a.m. This will be Splatoon 2‘s first World Championship. There is no entry fee and rules are in the link below. You can register online via this link http://e3.nintendo.com/splatoon-2-inkling-open

Super Smash Bros:

Nintendo has announced that the Smash game will be for Nintendo Switch. It will be a invitational with a non-disclosed amount of players invited by Nintendo. Details on whether its a new Smash game or a port of Smash 4 for the Wii U is still undetermined. The tournament will appeal to casual and competitive Smash players. Bill Trinen, Nintendo’s senior product marketing manager, said it will be similar in structure to the E3 2014 Super Smash Bros. invitational. Top players from the Smash community such as Mango, Hungrybox and ZeRo won in E3 2014 for the Super Smash Bros for Wii U.

Sources:

Nintendo