Super Smash Bros. fanatics are excited to see a recent development to an almost 20-year-old GameCube title to support online matchmaking.
From fans anticipating the Playstation 5 this year to the disappointments of The Last of Us 2 in terms of storytelling, time and again, we’ve seen the gaming community continue to thrive through its ups and downs.
However, shifting the attention to the Nintendo community, this independent developer, who goes by the codename Fizzi, revived an old Smash Bros. game to support a seamless online multiplayer experience. He surprised Twitter this week with this announcement.
Melee community. Welcome to the era of rollback. After seven months of full-time work, the newest Dolphin build from Slippi brings you:
✅ Rollback netcode
✅ Integrated matchmaking
— FIZZI#36 (@Fizzi36) June 22, 2020
Independent development team impressed the Smash community
A recent video this week from William “Leffen” Hjelte, who’s a Swedish Smash Bros. competitor, showed that he has been collaborating with Fizzi on a project called Slippi—a modded Dolphin emulator that can play GameCube and Wii games over the PC.
However, Slippi has been focusing more on Melee to support multiplayer, and for the past couple of months, they’ve been working together on this project.
With the combined announcements from Leffen and Fizzi, this major update could change the landscape of the Smash multiplayer community, possibly ditching Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the process.
In addition, Super Smash Bros. Melee smasher Hungrybox from Argentina also praised Fizzi for doing a great job in creating this framework for the Smash community.
These are just some of the smash competitors that showed positive sentiments about this ambitious project. So expect more professional players in the Smash Bros. scene to hype this multiplayer breakthrough.
Smash Mod with “better multiplayer” compared to Ultimate
As Leffen mentioned in the YouTube video, the recent release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch did not get much attention for the competitive Smash community.
Leffen also mentioned that the reason why he left competing in Smash Bros. was mainly because of network issues. Now, it looks like the Smash gaming community have something to look forward to, especially with most gamers under quarantine.
A quick look at the Slippi website tells us that Fizzi left his job just to work on this feature for the Smash gaming community.
Super Smash Bros. Melee enthusiasts can try installing the modded version in the video below, and interested players can also visit the Slippi website if they want to pledge support to this lone developer.
If this development continues to be successful, it looks like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might have a hard time fixing this ongoing issue, especially that they got beaten by an independent development team.
Featured image courtesy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate/Nintendo