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Man dies and two medics injured in horror smash between car and ambulance

Witnesses said “dozens” of emergency vehicles descended on Lichfield Road in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, following the smash on Monday, July 5 at 10am. The male driver of the car, who has not been named, was found in cardiac arrest and despite best efforts from medics he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The two non-emergency patient transport staff, a man and a woman, were rushed to hospital, reports Black Country Live.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said the ambulance was on the way to collect a patient for non-emergency transport at the time of the crash.

He continued: “West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a car had been involved in a collision with a non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) ambulance on Lichfield Road, Wolverhampton shortly after 10.00pm last night (Monday).

“The PTS ambulance was on the way to collect a patient for non-emergency transport at the time of the collision.

“Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, a senior commander and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the scene.

“The first ambulance was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call and arrived to find a man, believed to be the driver of the car, in cardiac arrest.

“The team worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“Meanwhile the remaining team of ambulance staff focused on assessing and treating their two PTS colleagues who had been injured in the collision. The two PTS staff, a man and a woman, were conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.

“The service will be assisting West Midlands Police with its investigation into the collision.”

The road, which connects Wednesfield with central Wolverhampton, was closed for eight hours.

Police continue to investigated the collison and are liaising with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The crash led to heavy traffic, including in evening rush hour, on the A460 in north Wolverhampton and the A454 in and around Willenhall. 

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Random: Smash Fan Celebrates Shantae Mii Fighter Costume With Custom Lighthouse Stage

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate© Nintendo

One of the highlights in the world of Nintendo this week was the arrival of the Tekken fighter Kazuya in Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Alongside him, Masahiro Sakurai revealed four brand new Mii Fighter outfits – one of them was Shantae, a character who has been requested by her respective fanbase for a long time now. If you missed it, co-creator Matt Bozon thanked fans everywhere for showing their support:

“BIG NEWS!! Shantae returns to Super #SmashBrosUltimate, this time as a downloadable Mii Fighter Costume + music track!! A huge thank you to @Sora_Sakurai, and to Shantae Fans everywhere for supporting your favorite Half-Genie Hero!!”

The celebrations of the Shantae Mii Fighter costume in Smash haven’t stopped there. It seems one fan on Twitter known as @miiyouandmii2 has now gone to the extent of creating a Shantae-themed level. It’s based on the lighthouse, which is Shantae’s home. It’s apparently even better with the included music tracks that come with this DLC Mii Fighter costume:

The ID code you’ll need to download this level from the Smash Bros. online menu is: Q7M12YPL. And here’s what the lighthouse looks like in the Shantae games, in case you were wondering:

We’ve also seen a cool recreation of Scuttle Town and a few other levels. Have you enjoyed playing as a Shantae Mii Fighter since her arrival earlier this week? How about the new fighter Kazuya? Leave a comment down below.

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Smash Bros Ultimate: One rumoured character ruled out for final DLC

At E3 2021 the House of Mario announced the penultimate Smash Bros DLC character – Kazuya Mishima from the Tekken franchise. Kazuya will be the headline act for Challenger Pack 10, which is part of Fighters Pass 2. And after Kazuya’s arrival in Smash Bros there will just be one more DLC fighter left.

Challenger Pack 11 is not only the last bit of DLC for Fighters Pass 2, but will also be the final DLC fighter for SSB Ultimate.

After Fighters Pass 2 is wrapped up then there will be no more new DLC characters heading to Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

And there are plenty of rumours swirling around who could be the final Smash Bros DLC character.

A wide selection of gaming icons are tipped to be heading to Smash Bros, including Sora from Kingdom Hearts, Dante from Devil May Cry, Doom’s Doomguy, Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa, Crash Bandicoot and – of course – Waluigi.

But with only one remaining DLC release left for Smash Bros, there are plenty of rumoured characters who will miss out.

And as Smash Bros fans wait to find out who is the final DLC character it looks like one gaming icon has been ruled out.

Halo’s Master Chief is one character that has been tipped to head to Smash Bros.

And this has seemed like a more distinct possibility given how closely Microsoft and Nintendo has been working in recent years.

Xbox exclusives such as Cuphead and Ori have all headed to the Switch, while Rare’s Banjo & Kazooie characters – who Microsoft have the rights to – have also arrived in Smash Bros as DLC.

It had been thought that Master Chief could be one of the upcoming Fighters Pass 2 releases.

And a leak in the run-up to the E3 Direct hinted that could end up being the case.

However, following the E3 Direct Brian Jarrard, the Community Director at 343 Industries, said he wasn’t aware of anything happening regarding Master Chief in Smash.

Which appears to all but rule out the Halo hero arriving in Smash as the final DLC character.

But Jarrard did open the door to a collaboration in the future.

Jarrard said: “As a longtime fan of both games, it would be amazing to have a Chief/Smash announce today. Nothing is happening that I’m aware of, but maybe momentum this week can open a door. If you agree, maybe we can *politely* express our excitement to @XboxP3 and @thetruebowser”.

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Feature: Toys For Bob On Crash 4 For Switch And The 'Dream' Of Smash Bros.

Crash Bandicoot 4 Switch.original© Activision

Nintendo Switch has lots of major exclusives and its share of awesome download titles, but the little hybrid system can still hold its own and join in with major multi-platform titles. A recent example is Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, which arrived earlier in the Spring; in our review we described it as an “excellent offering”, with the game making the necessary tweaks and cuts to squeeze onto the system.

We had a chance to pose some questions to Lou Studdert, a Creative Producer at Crash 4 developer Toys for Bob; he told us a little about the development approach, and of course we asked the inevitable question – Crash for Smash?

Can you talk about some of the particular elements that had to be changed to get Crash 4 running on Switch?

Great question! Bringing a game to a new console really depends on the amazing work that our artists and engineers do to customize our game for the specific hardware. Regarding the Switch, there are several things that needed to be done due to its unique nature. To ensure that the game looked and performed at its best, the team had to make adjustments to the following areas: texture size, static model polys, skeletal mesh bones, shadow map density, light map resolution, particle systems and textures.

It appears the game almost has more of an overall cartoonish look than other versions. Did the character models and other textures have to be completely reworked to make this happen?

I wouldn’t say completely reworked; I would definitely say the team made some smart modifications, so the game performed as well as it does on the Switch hardware. Each console is unique in what we have to do to it, so our Engineers and Artists just really make smart decisions on making sure that the game play and the adventure and the feeling of playing Crash Bandicoot 4 is preserved, playing wherever you are.

At what point in development did you decide to bring Crash 4 to Switch?

We don’t really talk about timelines but it’s safe to say we were always fully committed to bringing Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time to the platforms that fans wanted to play it on.

For those yet to pick it up, is there anything unique on the Switch version?

As far as the the core adventure, the story and the gameplay goes it is the same; obviously we have done some updates to the appearance of the game to make sure it runs the best it can on the Switch and now you can take Crash Bandicoot 4 on the go wherever you want to play it. So, really it is the inherent specialness of the Switch that is changing the way that you play the game, but the actual content is the same.

Were there any ideas the team had for Crash 4 that never left the drawing board, that you can talk about?

Part of the fun of working with this amazing team is the fact that we put it all out there and whittle it down to the kind of game that you want to make.

Oh yeah, so many… so many! The way that Toys for Bob works is a “let’s throw everything at the drawing board” type environment, and so part of the fun of working with this amazing team is the fact that we put it all out there and whittle it down to the kind of game that you want to make. It’s not that we have cut content, or we didn’t have enough time or anything like, far from it in fact; we actually kept adding things as we were making the game because we kept having these great ideas. Through development, you hone-in on the game that you want to make but we start off with a huge bucket of ideas, we have so many! That’s part of the fun; some ideas are really great, and some are really bad! But that is part of the process of making games.

Platform games of the ’90s were famous for having loads of secrets and the occasional cheat code, and the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy had its fair share of course! Are there any secrets still waiting to be discovered in Crash 4?

Well, if I told you they wouldn’t be secrets anymore… I think you’ll be pretty happy with your discoveries.

Now that we have a plethora of Crash games on Switch, do you think we’ll ever see Crash join the Smash roster? We all dream of the day Mario, Sonic and Crash can duke it out like the old days!

We all dream of that day, don’t we?! If I had any influence, I sure would love to see that as well but it’s something out of my hands entirely!

What’s next for the Toys for Bob team? Crash and Spyro have often been seen as friends in the realm of platformers. Could we ever see them buddy up again for a new adventure like they did on Game Boy Advance and in the Skylanders series?

Who knows? We aren’t specifically talking about anything that we are doing next up but the sky’s the limit at this point. Watch this space.


A big thanks to Lou Studdert for their time; are you a fan of Crash 4 on Switch?

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Random: Hey, There's Also A Smash Mod That Keeps Fire Emblem Content And Removes Everything Else

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Whether you love or hate the Fire Emblem cast in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it seems there’s a mod for you.

It turns out the same individual (Akrenix) – who created a mod that removes all things related to Fire Emblem from Nintendo’s all-star brawler – has also released one that gets rid of everything except the Fire Emblem characters from the game. It’s called ‘No, More Fire Emblem!’ – here’s the full summary:

“The long-awaited sequel is here! If you only like Fire Emblem and don’t want to play anyone else, well this mod is just right for you! This time, I have another quote with Sakurai when I made contact with him: “Please stay away from my house or I’ll file a restraining order against you and get you arrested!” I didn’t know what he meant by that but I just went with it anyways.”

With everything else gone, it’s rather slim pickings and is smaller than the original Super Smash Bros. roster. To be precise, there are just eight characters and four themed levels remaining. Here’s a look:

Of course, if you want to recreate something like this in your own game – you don’t have to resort to modding. You could simply bar levels, characters and even disable certain items from your own matches.

These funny mods (in case you don’t quite get what’s going on here) are all tied to some comments the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai made in the past – mentioning how there are too many FE reps. For some though, it’s probably still not enough!

Nintendo Actually Responded To A Fan Request Asking For Rayman In Smash

Nintendo Actually Responded To A Fan Request
One of the most popular playable character requests for Super Smash Bros. over the years has been Ubisoft’s Rayman.

While he’s already been added to Nintendo’s all-star brawler as a spirit and trophy, the chances of him joining as a playable character seem far less likely – especially now that Ubisoft isn’t making much use of him, and considering the fact Sakurai only has a few slots remaining in the second Fighters Pass.

This hasn’t stopped one fan, though, from requesting Ubisoft’s beloved mascot. The New Zealand-based Smash fan – who goes by the name CallMeKorora on Twitter – sent off a letter to Nintendo of America last year – requesting Rayman in Smash, and surprisingly, Nintendo actually responded.

In short – while there’s no clear “yes” or “no” line, the Nintendo representative was more than happy to forward the suggestion to the “other departments” within the company. Sure, it might not really pass the message on, but the letter itself is rather neat. It also included some free bookmarks!

There has been a lot of talk about adding Rayman to Smash Bros. games in the past as a playable fighter, and even Ubisoft said it was all for it a number of years ago:

Would you like to see Rayman one day join Nintendo’s famous fighting game series? Share your thoughts down below.