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Rayman isn’t coming to Smash Bros, but the fakery is impressive

Over the weekend the internet was all in a limbless flutter when a video, appearing to be a leak from Super Smash Bros., was released showing Rayman as a playable character.

Two videos appeared and were then taken down which only added fuel to the growing fire. One video has a runtime of only three seconds, but was enough to get fans all lathered up.

https://youtu.be/AumXk94NCoA

The other shows what appears to be the game running on Wii U and Rayman being selected from the character select screen. The screen also shows Mewtwo which legitimised the video moreso.

https://youtu.be/kwsEXNejPs8

However, the old adage that when things are too good to be true they probably aren’t proved itself once again as YouTuber Artsy Omni revealed the whole affair to be a massive fake perpetrated by himself. Across three videos Omni explains the process and lengths he want to to create a believable fake including creating a fake menu screen in After Effects, creating new and custom art for both Rayman and Mewtwo and ensuring that the background and lighting effects all pulsed and gelled with the original.

https://youtu.be/CsOX2tfQyZI

https://youtu.be/0-du64tVGfQ

https://youtu.be/IaoB7lnOiXM

The fake was so believable that prior to its ultimate reveal, ScrewAttack contacted Ubisoft for comment. The publisher declined to comment but a representative said it was investigating the matter and would comment on Tuesday. Vooks notes that Tuesday is when Nintendo is holding its delayed investor’s meeting. Ubisoft’s comments only added to the speculation until the hoax was revealed.

Rayman appears in Super Smash Bros. as one of the multitude of collectible trophies. When it was announced in July 2014 it was widely assumed that he would appear as a playable character. Nintendo has never absolutely ruled Rayman in or out, so while this was a just a hoax the potential is still there.

Last October it was revealed that Mewtwo would be released as downloadable content for Super Smash Bros. and that any players who bought and registered both the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game by 31 March would receive the Pokémon free in Autumn 2015. No other DLC characters have been announced.

What do you think? Would you like to see Rayman in Smash?

Super Smash Bros. is available for 3DS and Wii U.



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