Sora was the last character, the last spiritual event is this week
I have covered spiritual events that I found interesting since the end of 2018, but these times have come to an end from this month. While Nintendo has kept the weekly spirit event train alive all this time, the last of Smash Ultimate‘s spirit events will be held this Friday, November 12th.
According to a tweet from the game’s official account, from November 19, 2021, “Spiritual events and tournament events will be held back from some of the previous events.” In other words, they’re going to scrape off the last (almost) three years of content from now on and cycle them through. This is very typical of games with live service elements, especially those with “bike modes” like Hearthstone and Heroes of the storm.
With Sora closed Smash Ultimate as the last major DLC, it was only a matter of time before this news fell. Nintendo is probably trying to figure out how to chase success Ultimately, and moves on to the next thing, where series father Masahiro Sakurai takes a much-needed rest.
While many people probably ignored these, I at least appreciated the effort in grouping characters and themes together; and see what they could come up with. Take, for example, this “Game Boy celebration” event from September 2020. Someone actually gathered a wealth of old Game Boy characters into one image and gave someone a little history lesson in the process.
It’s just a random example: there were many more. They were a fun way to learn more about some obscure characters and the relationship between them, but I fully understand that not every game can live forever. Smash Ultimate lasted a long time, especially when it came to fighting games.