Smash Bros. Melee gets official Nintendo tournaments in 2022

The fighters of Smash Bros.  Melee are lined up with a blue sky and clouds behind them, waiting to see what Nintendo will do next.

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After years of neglect and, in some cases outright hostility, Nintendo has finally admitted that the competition Smash Bros. Melee exist. Thursday, Nintendo announcement a series of all new tournaments for the 20 year old GameCube game. They will be part of an official Smash Bros. the championship series kicks off in 2022 which will also include the last game in the series on Switch, Smash Bros. Ultimate.

While the events will be licensed and supported by Nintendo, esports organization Panda Global will be the one to run this new North American Championship circuit. Players will first compete in online qualifying rounds, followed by in-person qualifying “once the large-scale events return”. The winners will then be invited to the grand final later in the year.

Details such as the schedule, rules and prize pools, long delicate subject for Nintendo, are still pending, and obviously any live event will have to deal with the ongoing pandemic. Smash Bros. UltimateWith ‘s online netcode being what it is, hopefully Nintendo and Panda Global will be able to figure it out as soon as possible. Smash Bros. Melee, meanwhile, isn’t even available on modern platforms, so go call your childhood neighbor if you want to train for the event. Maybe a friend will still have their old GameCube.

Either way, this is big news in part because of Nintendo’s long history of being super weird about the big fans of its games. Past tournaments supported by Nintendo have been rare. And when they do, they tend to use bizarre rule sets and restrictions that do not fit together well with existing communities.

“For all those who do not realize how big a problem this is: Nintendo, in addition to finally providing prize pools, has just recognized the existence of a Melee for the first time in years and choosing to kiss her ”, Juan Manuel“ Hungrybox ”DeBiedma, one of the best scrum players of all time, tweeted today. “@PandaGlobal is doing God’s work. Never imagined the day.

On some occasions Nintendo has tried to resist the enthusiastic grassroots competitive scenes that have arisen around the Smash Bros. series. The company at the start struggled to keep Smash Bros. Melee out of Evo, the biggest fighting game event of the year, in 2013. The company also barred third-party tournament organizers to broadcast the games in the past.

As a result, Nintendo’s new entry into the competition Smash Bros. The scene also brings new concerns about whether she will try to exert too much control. The company has a story aggressively shutting down fan mods that have been crucial in preserving the competitive viability of the alumni Smash Bros. Games. Just recently he canceled entire tournaments on use modified versions of Smash Bros. Melee and Fight, games that have not been on sale for a long time.

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