Piranha Plant was a shock addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but we’re over that now. The only thing that’s really surprising is the chutzpah of scalpers online, who are trying to sell their DLC codes for the character for silly amounts.
So, yes. Piranha Plant is a thing. It’s here, it’s now, and we just have to deal with it. Sakurai heard all our pleas for Geno, Golden Sun’s Isaac and whoever else, and then went ahead and hit us with the curviest curve ball of all time. He saw our Genos and raised us a generic piranha plant.
Let’s not snark on the character, though. After all, Smash is known for its endless parade of interchangeable Fire Emblem sword-wavers (and other clones besides), so a unique fighter should always be welcomed.
There’s a bit more of a learning curve to Piranha Plant that many other characters, but that’s totally cool. Mastering the use of its poison cloud, ptooie projectile and other intricacies are all part of the fun. Will Piranha Plant be considered OP? Where will the character fall on the tier lists? It’s too early to say, but it sure is a blast to hop online with the pugilistic plant and see how it clicks with you. Just take care not to use Piranha Plant in All-Star mode, if you value your save file.
That’s the beauty of any new addition to the roster, right? Well, that’s the idea, but the nature of its release has led to an opportunity for dastardly online scalpers.
When Piranha Plant first released, it was free for everybody who had purchased the game early and retrieved their Gold points for doing so. Doing so would net you an email from Nintendo, with an eShop code for one free bitey-bitey plant. Did you miss out? There’s no need to worry, as you can download the character on the eShop right now for $4.99.
What you do not want to do, however, is turn to eBay for your fighting foliage needs. As reported by NintendoLife, sellers are charging anything from $5 or so to $25-30 for their ‘limited edition’ download codes!
There are only two flaws with this whole scheme. Firstly, yes, that’s six times more expensive than simply buying Piranha Plant from the store itself. Secondly, even more troubling, the code will only work with the account you originally registered the Gold points with.
To sum up the lesson for today: Trying to sell something that won’t work for six times its value is just a little on the shady side.