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This is an article about jokes and hoaxes made by McLeodGaming on their official website, the McLeodGaming Forums, the Smash Flash DOJO!!!, or social media.

Jokes

2008–2013

On April Fools' Day in 2008, Cleod9 replaced the forums with "Forums baleeted" as a parody of the mass account hacking and porn spamming that took place weeks before. The word "Baleeted" also comes from of an internet series called Homestar Runner in a cartoon called 50 Emails.

On April Fools' Day in 2009, Cleod9 announced that Nintendo had discovered Super Smash Flash 2 and had sent him a cease and desist order to shut down McLeodGaming and cancel the project. Cleod9 then put a link to what seemed to go to the Official Nintendo Forums to protest Nintendo's decision, but it actually went to the RickRoll'd video on YouTube. Cleod9 then announced that it was an April Fools Joke and that SSF2 was still in development.

Cleod9 did not make an April Fools' Day joke in 2010. However, the Smash Flash DOJO!!! did a sort of joke, redirecting people to an "OBJECTION!" page which said "You must be an April Fool if you didn't see this coming".

Cleod9 did not make an April Fools' Day joke in 2011 either, though a DOJO!!! update was titled "Dojo Ending"[1], and detailed the end of the Smash Flash DOJO!!!. However, if the reader scrolled down the page, there was a real update about "trigger items". These items appear to be normal items, but turn into shout-outs from Ace Attorney when used (e.g. "OBJECTION!", "TAKE THAT!"), causing a variety of effects on the player.

On April Fools' Day in 2012, Cleod9 redesigned the forums after allegedly demoting himself from the rank of site administrator. He even claimed that the red color that highlights the name of an administrator did not match his style. In turn, by "demoting" himself he also promoted all global moderators to site administrators and all regular users to global moderators, leaving only developers unchanged. During this day, a forum dedicated to spam was also opened. In reality, Cleod9 never demoted nor promoted anyone, including himself. He just changed the color of the usergroups. The spam forum was erased afterwards.

On April Fools' Day in 2013, Cleod9 turned the main website upside down. For the forums, he replaced every profile picture with an image depicting Link's "Elegy of Emptiness" replica statue from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, based on the infamous creepypasta called the "Haunted Majora's Mask Cartridge Hoax" or "Ben Drowned". The site would also play the Lavender Town theme from Pokémon Red and Blue on an endless loop.

2014

An Incredible Newcomer!

An Incredible Newcomer!

On April Fools' Day in 2014, Cleod9 and the developers released a video on McLeodGaming's YouTube channel which supposedly confirmed Mr. Incredible's inclusion as a playable character in SSF2. To make the joke look more authentic, Mr. Incredible was actually coded into the game, with only one known visible attack, which was used as his down attack in the original Super Smash Flash. His sprites also hailed from the Game Boy Advance version of The Incredibles game but this time using Mr. Incredible's red attire. Additionally, Cleod9 announced a fake release date for demo v0.9b on August 21, 2014, which turned out to be the eighth anniversary of the release of SSF.

2015

On April Fools' Day in 2015, Cleod9 made an announcement saying he made some updates on the forums claiming that "the tone [of the forums] has always been a bit too casual, so these upgrades should make it much easier to converse in a more polite and respectable fashion". In reality, Cleod9 added a tag under every profile pic calling every user a "loyal subject to his royalty cleod9[sic]" and added the text "ALL HAIL CLEOD9!" under very signature. Also, typing things on posts like "Cleod9" or "SSF2" would automatically result in calling them "royal ruler of the forums" or "greatest creation of his royalty cleod9[sic]", respectively. The smiley emoticon was also replaced with a mugshot of Cleod9 himself.

2016

SSF2 BETA A Newcomer Smashes In!

SSF2 BETA A Newcomer Smashes In!

Cleod9 did not make an April Fools' Day joke in 2016. However, the fifth SSF2 Dev Blog posted by developers that day, supposedly to be focused on costumes to be included in the game, was allegedly interrupted by a bot in the likeness of Cleod9, called CLEODBOT, that has grown tired of working for the devs and has rebelled against them. As punishment for trying to seize him (and failing to do so), he executes his revenge by downloading his consciousness into the Sandbag. A trailer uploaded alongside the blog showcased gameplay of Sandbag as well.

This joke invariably served as a confirmation for Sandbag's playable inclusion as the game's joke character. However, it still seemed that it could be a joke not to be taken seriously, as fake character inclusions have been done in the past (such as Mr. Incredible's case). An extra Dev Blog was posted two days later to clarify the Sandbag was, indeed, made a playable character, and that the intended joke of the previous blog was to trick people into thinking that Sandbag would not be playable.

2017

April Fools! SSF2 Beta Multiple Challengers Approaching!

April Fools! SSF2 Beta Multiple Challengers Approaching!

Cleod9 did not make an April Fools' Day joke in 2017. Instead, developers published yet another video supposedly confirming multiple new playable newcomers for SSF2: the video features literal stages as the actual playable characters fighting each other. The match has Smashville facing against Final Destination on a Sandbag-esque stage, with the Falcon Flyer from Sand Ocean making an appearance at the end as well. As usual, developers achieve this joke thanks to model replacement with Smashville being a swap of Marth (using its floating platform as substitute for Marth's Falchion), Final Destination as a swap of Fox and the Falcon Flyer as swap of Captain Falcon.

2018

April Fools! Flash Minus Sonic the Hedgehog Introduction

April Fools! Flash Minus Sonic the Hedgehog Introduction

Cleod9 did not make an April Fools' Day joke in 2018. Instead, developers made an announcement that SSF2 would allegedly be completely rebranded as Flash Minus, named after the popular Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod Brawl Minus, due to the amount of ex-Brawl Minus developers that have joined their development team. This announcement came with a YouTube video introducing the new moveset of Sonic that parodies the style and format of Brawl Minus's own character introduction videos. The changes spotlighted in the video include the ability to cancel any attack where Sonic spins into a Homing Attack with no startup lag, the ability to hold Light Dash to indefinitely move forward with a guaranteed sweet spot, a forward aerial that could now always meteor smash opponents hit, down aerial and the Spring Jump spring being able to meteor smash, and an overall reduction of landing lag.

Unlisted

Unlisted

A second video was published the following hour, simply titled ".", which features a giant Sandbag in the background of Final Destination with a Master Hand on either side of the stage, acting as the hands of Sandbag. Sandbag's eyes and the crystals of Final Destination have an orange glow, and a slowed-down version of the song Vs. Master Hand is played. The video is now unlisted.

2019

McLoudGaming

The McLoudGaming logo.

McLoudGaming Forums

The McLoudGaming Forums logo.

Several jokes were made on April Fools' Day in 2019, with the most major one being announced in a news post. It was announced here that McLeodGaming would be officially renamed to "McLoudGaming" due to how common it was for people to mispronounce the name. With the renaming of McLeodGaming, a new logo for McLoudGaming was created, which temporarily replaced the main logo on the website. The name of the website changed accordingly, along with the names of the forums, Twitter account, and Discord server. The McLeodGaming Forums logo was changed to reflect this, and any mentions of McLeodGaming on the forums were replaced with McLoudGaming. Also, Cleod9's username on the main website was changed to Cloud9.

This joke was expanded upon using the Twitter account, which vaguely teased throughout the day that there was a secret hidden by the company somewhere. This secret turned out to be another website named after the rebranded company, www.mcloudgaming.com/, which hid ten free Steam keys for Yeah Jam Fury: U, Me, Everybody!. By the end of the day, all ten keys had been used. The website was not officially revealed until the following day, when it was redirected to the main McLeodGaming website, although its existence was hinted still during April 1, in McLeodGaming's twitter.

SSF1 HD

The image shown of Super Smash Flash 1 HD.

In the same news post, it was also announced that the original Super Smash Flash would receive a remake titled Super Smash Flash 1 HD (abbreviated SSF1 HD). This remake would feature much of the same content with higher-quality sprites resembling those of SSF2, though all of the original game's physics would remain unchanged. More updates would come in the future, and a channel for the game was created in the official Discord server for the duration of the day. This announcement came with a screenshot of the starting character selection screen for SSF in which the character portraits are changed. Characters who also appear in SSF2 simply used their sprites from that game, while Knuckles, Mega Man X, and Blade received new custom sprites of a similar style. Updated sprites of Mr. Incredible and Blue were also shared over Discord by developer Tommy FriendAlias Le, who later revealed himself as the sprite artist on his Twitter account[2].

Trophy War Teaser Trailer

Trophy War Teaser Trailer

Additionally, the developers created a teaser trailer on YouTube announcing that a role-playing game based on SSF2 called Super Smash Flash 2: Trophy War was in development for mobile devices. The trailer, shown in a portrait orientation, shows colorless trophies of Mario, Ichigo, and Sandbag falling to the ground before the characters on them quickly jump off of the bases, now colorful. The logo for the game then appears with text saying that more information would be coming soon, and images appear in the lower-right corner showing fake mobile distribution platforms, which parody the App Store and Google Play. Like with SSF1 HD, a channel for the game was created in the official Discord server for the duration of the day.

Another joke was played on the official Discord server. Similarly to the company's April Fools' Day joke in 2012, developer Jamal Zero Insanity Ransaw recolored almost all the roles below Administrators to blue, the color of the SSF2 Developers role, which gave the appearance of all users being developers. This ended the next day when Zero Insanity made the announcement that "you're all fired".

WcLeodGaming

When Waluigi was revealed during the Super Smash Con 2019 Day 3 stream, the avatar on McLeodGaming's Twitter page was changed to fit Waluigi's motif, with the fist on the logo being flipped upside down, the explosion in the back being colored purple, and Waluigi's mustache being added. The account's on-screen name (McLeodGaming → WcLeodGaming) and biography were also changed. The Regulars role in the Discord server also got its color changed from orange to purple. However, they were all reverted back to normal the following day.

Hoaxes

On January 30, 2010, developer Steven, backed up by several other developers, spread a false rumor that Jigglypuff would be replaced with Gligar in SSF2. This created an uproar amongst the members of the McLeodGaming Forums until the rumor was disproved on February 1 by the same developer.

Luffy Hoax 2010

The aforementioned screenshot.

On October 17, 2010, developer Dr. Geno posted a screenshot of Monkey D. Luffy using his Gum-Gum Munch-Munch (ゴムゴムのバク バク) against Ness in SSF2, leading fans to assume that he would appear as an Assist Trophy in the upcoming Super Smash Flash 2 demo v0.7. While it was later revealed to be a hoax, Luffy was eventually confirmed as a playable character at Super Smash Con 2016. It was later mentioned that the Luffy from the screenshot was actually an early version of him, before he was completely revamped for SSF2 Beta.

On December 23, 2011, developer Void claimed to have uploaded the final character dev blog video for v0.8 of SSF2, which was supposed to showcase Mega Man. However, after the usual intro, the video would just show Mega Man on Battlefield, using his side taunt repeatedly.

On January, 2013, Steven once again spread the false rumor of Batman being a playable character in SSF2, claiming he was added because of critically-acclaimed games like Batman: Arkham City getting released for the Wii U. Another former developer, RoyMaster4, also "confirmed" the rumor as well. People were more skeptical this time around, but some still fell for it.

References

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20110407234025/http://ssfdojo.mcleodgaming.com/index.php/2011/04/01/dojo-ending/
  2. https://twitter.com/FriendAlias/status/1113284541777534976
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