Ahead of Pound Online this weekend, top players like Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez began tweeting with the hashtag #FixUltimateOnline, which soon began trending worldwide with over 16,000 tweets at the time of writing.
The game’s poor online service has come into the spotlight since many Smash tournaments have switched to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with many calling for Nintendo to implement a rollback netcode, which is becoming the new standard for online play, instead of the game’s delay based netcode.
Many top players have since tweeted their support, including Juan “Hungrybox” Debiedma, Tyler “Marss” Martins and Ezra “Samsora” Morris.
Cant believe this actually became trend so...keep using the hashtag and see what happens 👍 https://t.co/U2nVphjtrd— T1 | MkLeo (@Mkleosb) April 23, 2020
#FixUltimateOnline— Tempo ZeRo (@zerowondering) April 23, 2020
The input delay and the system it plays under (not rollback) make the online so much worse than it could be.
Smash Ultimate with an improved online experience would be even more successful and make the player base that much more happy.
Use the hashtag!
It’s another example of frustration from the Smash community with Nintendo, after Hungrybox previously pleaded with the company to fund the game’s esports scene earlier this year.
Nintendo however are notoriously cold towards supporting esports events in a meaningful way, especially with cash prizes, despite Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being the biggest fighting game in the world.
While Nintendo will likely brush over this rally cry, it might become something they’ll struggle to ignore if the Smash community is persistent in their message.
You can check out competitive Smash Bros. Ultimate and Smash Bros. Melee at Pound Online, which starts Friday 24th April.