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Spectator : Dojo Update

Spectator : Dojo Update

by Bradley DeLorenzoNovember 16, 2007

Even among Smash players, there are some people who just aren’t that good at action games. With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about how I can convey the fun of Smash to newcomers. I’ve been thinking about this type of thing since long before I joined this industry.

So, for this game, I’ve prepared a new kind of mode. It’s called Spectator, and you’ll find it in the With Anyone menu. If I had to describe it in a word, it’s “watching!”


You can enjoy watching matches between other people!

This mode is a service where Nintendo uses Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to send the data for games played between other people to every Smash household.

Match selection is handled automatically, and absolutely no names of any players can be seen. It feels like there’s a continuous broadcast of matches on your television! Even if you don’t play, you can enjoy the battles of other characters!

And at the beginning of each match, you can even bet coins on the character you think will win.


I’ll bet some coins. I’ve got a winner!

Glean what hints you can from the stages and combatants and try to deduce the winner.

Of course, if your pick wins, your coin count will increase! And the more players in a match, the higher the payout. There may even be extra prizes.


Even if you lose, you can get some stickers.

Just to make sure there’s no mistaking that just watching a match can be fun, we’ll be passing out stickers left and right.

For those of you who want to cooperate with our data collection for Spectator mode, set Allow Spectators to Yes in your Wi-Fi Options. This will result in your play data occasionally being sent to Nintendo.


This setting is in your Wi-Fi Options.

The content that is broadcast is the same for everyone spectating (if your connection timing is the same), so it should be fun to have people in different environments watch and cheer the same match.

To be shocked by impressive play, or to bust a gut laughing at some accident will be quite fun! Perhaps you can use it as reference for your own matches.

Hopefully this mode is something that even people who aren’t good at games can enjoy.

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  • Coolidge
    November 16, 2007 at 9:15 am

    It’s cool to see costume changes are back with Peach “Daisy” and “Blue” Link…

  • scullum2001
    November 16, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Interesting. I wasn’t too sure people would even use this until he talked about the betting, stickers, and “prizes.”

    I did have a quick question…what happened to yesterday’s update? It never showed up on here. I think that’s the first one you guys have missed.

  • Max
    November 16, 2007 at 11:42 am

    Just real busy and I forgot to post it.

    I apologize.

  • scullum2001
    November 16, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    It’s ok. I check the actual Smash Bros. Dojo for the updates, but it was just weird not seeing it on here for once. Thanks for all your work, though, Max (and the rest of the gang)!

  • brawl_fan
    November 16, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    if you guy slook on the bottom of the picture w/ the one with the blue link, you can see little cut outs of characters, like toad and soothe from Fire Emblem. I think they could be stickers.

  • November 16, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    I keep wondering why they wont let you view names, it’s really anoying… in 42 all time classics (clubhouse games) and mario kart you can see names, so why not here? Atleast you’d be able to tell if you’d played someone before or know if it was someone you knew

  • buckley
    November 16, 2007 at 6:17 pm


  • Matt
    November 16, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Did anyone notice the “pictochat” thing?

  • C
    November 16, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Pictochat = level, Matt.

  • scullum2001
    November 16, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    @ brawl_fan — yeah, that’s what the text under that picture says — those are stickers.

    @ buckley — yeah, so? there’s probably stickers of non-playable characters just like there were with the statues in Melee.

    @ fadecy — yeah, I don’t understand that yet. maybe that’s only for certain things. i’m sure they’ll be somewhere where you can see you you’re playing for those very reasons you mentioned. (on a side note, it’d be great to be able to add someone to your friend list after playing them in a random match…but that’s been asked for in previous wi-fi games, and no luck so far.)

  • Derek
    November 17, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    (pic 2, Player 1) Why Look! Its Daisy! or more likely, Peach in a Daisy outfit….

  • Matt
    November 17, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    Wow…C, I just noticed that Pictochat was the level right before I read your post. I got really excited about using Wifi on a DS to pictochat and talk with someone before you play or while you are a spectator… Who agrees that it woulda been awesome?

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