This Week in Smash Bros. #2
March 10th – March 16th, 2014

Welcome to the first installment of “This Week in Smash Bros.” Each week, we’ll be recapping the latest in Nintendo’s all-star fighting franchise — from Super Smash Bros.-related news to wrapping up the daily Wii U and 3DS updates, and even covering competitive Smash Bros., plus much more.

This week, we go another seven days without a character reveal but instead an unexpected stage unveiling that throws everybody for a loop. Plus, competitive Smash Bros. gets the co-sign it has been looking for from a major North American competitive gaming circuit, although not everybody is invited to duke it out in sunny Anaheim, California or Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Daily Updates
This was quite the week for updates! Sakurai handed us a new trophy, a new item, a buff to one of Zelda’s specials, and two new stages for 3DS! Sakurai’s daily updates have become just as revealing as Brawl’s Smash Bros. DOJO!! pre-release updates, though sometimes not nearly as informative. As we inch closer and closer to the unrevealed release date of Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Sakurai seems content with packing each update with surprises and has trimmed down the fluff.

Chubby Little Mac (03/10):

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Prism Tower (03/11):
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Although we now know that Pokemon X/Y have their own stage on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS, we have next to no information about the stage itself. As you can see, the screen is a dynamic shot of the location, but we cannot decipher what the structure of the stage itself may be. Without seeing the stage, we also cannot tell what kind of stage it is. Will it cruise Lumiose City like the Rainbow Road stage or will it be stationary atop the Prism Tower? We\’ll just have to wait and see.

Din’s Fire (03/12):
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A buff to Zelda’s side-B special, Din’s Fire, followed the reveal of the Prism Tower stage. According to Sakurai’s caption, the burst of fire “is now stronger in its core.” Additionally, the farther it is projected, the bigger and stronger it gets — but you still want to off an opponent, so you\’ll have to be accurate.

Motion Sensor Bomb (03/13):
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Tomodachi Collection Stage (03/14):

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Fans hoped for a reveal of Yoshi, a member of the original twelve members of the Smash cast and a member of the first starting roster in Smash Bros. ever, but instead got a new stage. The Villager and Wii Fit Trainer showed up in a funky-looking pad from Tomodachi Collection, a Japanese-only 3DS title featuring Sims-like gameplay and your custom Miis.

The News

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Following the annual Apex event, the world’s largest Smash Bros. competition,  this past January, the future of Smash Bros. was full of both excitement and uncertainty. Despite making an appearance at EVO 2013, the return of Melee to the massive fighting game event was still unconfirmed. Likewise, the rumors of Major League Gaming’s Anaheim event potentially hosting both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl raised more questions than it provided answers. MLG’s Grassroots Program, which supports not only Melee and Brawl but Project M — a mod of Brawl that incorporates the best of Melee and Brawl — only fogged up the issue further.

This past week, however, Smash Bros. finally got a glimpse of the big picture. Announcements from both Major League Gaming and the Evolution tournament series that Super Smash Bros. Melee would be featured at MLG Anaheim in June and EVO 2014 in July, respectively.

Excited to welcome back Super Smash Bros. Melee to the #MLG Pro Circuit at #MLGAnaheim June 20-22. More details and pass sales this week!

— Adam Apicella (@MrAdamAp) March 12, 2014

Evo registration has been updated to reflect Super Smash Bros. Addition. Register Now! http://t.co/u4TVJmmsFv

— Joey Cuellar (@EvilMrWizard) March 12, 2014

Unfortunately, while Nintendo has given the greenlight for Melee to appear at these tournaments, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was not given the same permission. Normally, light for words in these kinds of situations, Nintendo finally responded to OnGamers.com for a comment about Melee‘s inclusion at EVO and MLG Anaheim:

\”\’The fact that Super Smash Bros. Melee is being used to help determine champion status for competitive gamers so many years after it was released is a testament to the strong fan passion for both this individual game and the Super Smash Bros. franchise overall,\’ Nintendo of America Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta told onGamers. \’Nintendo is happy to work with both Evo and Major League Gaming to help make their tournaments come to life using the game, and we hope it helps make their events enjoyable for video game fans everywhere. Nintendo will be releasing a new Super Smash Bros. game for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this year.\’\”

Super Smash Bros. Melee will join Ultra Street Fighter IV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and other fighting games at EVO 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11 – 13, while Melee will be featured alongside Call of Duty: Ghosts and Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm at MLG Anaheim, on June 20 – 22. Melee‘s top fighters will be tussling for $15,000 in prize winnings at MLG’s event.

A few days later, in an interview with Twitch.TV, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima was excited to see Snake return to Smash Bros., but considers his chances in the new games unlikely.

\”I\’m not working on that game so I don\’t know, but I don\’t think that’s likely,\” said Kojima. \”Well, if Mr. Sakurai is watching this, please use Snake.\”

As Snake appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, we\’re not quite sure why Kojima thinks his inclusion in the next games is unlikely. Snake and Kojima have been in the public eye as of late, thanks to the promotion of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.

Speaking of the Playstation 4, Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai commented on the system in a recent interview with Famitsu. Sakurai doesn\’t believe in the console wars, especially console favoritism between fans of Nintendo and Sony. He instead made positive comments about the PlayStation 4, despite it being a console he does not develop for.

\”PlayStation 4 is good-looking, the DualShock 4 is light and using it feels good, Remote Play can reliably handle even action games, and the network functionality is well done. The machine power is another attractive factor, there is no loss of detail in the image, and it looks so natural and spontaneous that you often forget that you\’re playing a game.\”

This Weekend’s Results

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There was a wealth of tournaments this weekend, featuring big names participating in singles and doubles events for Super Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl, and Project M. Check the following results for who won recently in your area!

Don\’t Get 4 Stocked!
Project M – War Torn Front, Manteca, California

Singles (31 entrants)
1) Choknater (Ness)
2) SlayerS | BoNeR 420 (Ganondorf, Ike)
3) E102 (Zelda)
4) Armes (Mario)
5) RedX (Link)
5) uCool (Donkey Kong, Mario)

Level|Up & Team OXY Present: Super Smash Sundays @ Super Arcade #15
Super Smash Bros. Melee – Walnut California

Singles (52 entrants)
1) OXY_Westballz (Falco, Captain Falcon)
2) [GLG] OkamiBW (Sheik, Pikachu)
3) CT_MacD (Peach)
4) Fly Amanita (Ice Climbers, Sheik)
5) Kira (Sheik)
5) DEHF (Falco)

Doubles (11 teams)
1) CT_MacD + Fly Amanita
2) OXY_SUNG475 + [GLG] OkamiBW
3) SFS_Khepri + SFS_A Rookie
4) Squid + Tapez
5) OXY_TheCrimsonBlur + [GLG] PikaZoo

Tantalus Presents: Consult the Helix @ Xanadu Games
Super Smash Bros. Melee – Arbutus, Maryland

Singles (27 entrants)
1) Chillindude829
2) Cyrain
3) Milkman
4) Vist
5) Nintendude
5) ChuDat

Melee Night in Canada 3
Super Smash Bros. Melee – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Singles (58 entrants)
1) EMG | Weon-X (Fox, Marth)
2) RaynEX (Fox, Marth)
3) Idea (Jigglypuff, Falco)
4) Reis (Marth)
5) Windrose (Captain Falcon)
5) BaM | Riddlebox (Peach, Pichu)

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Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Project M – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Brawl Singles (19 entrants)
1) LOE1 (Wario)
2) Stewy (Ice Climbers)
3) Ksev (Snake)
4) Zyth (Metaknight, Donkey Kong)
5) Nom (Falco)
5) Ori_bro (Olimar)

Project M Singles (53 entrants)
1) Anther (Pikachu)
2) LOE1 (Wario)
3) Carls (Wario)
4) Solharath (Sonic, Metaknight)
5) Lordy (Ike, Captain Falcon)
5) Identity Crisis (Zero Suit Samus)

Project M Teams (15 teams)
1) Lordy + Solharath
2) Identity Crisis + Anther
3) Carls + Soulpech
4) LOE1 + Tbird
5) 2ndwinds + Varigo
5) NoLife + Zyth

Upcoming Tournaments
Big Smash events are lined up for either side of the United States with KTAR 9 in New Jersey and The Next Episode in California. A number of other tournaments are being hosted in other regions as well, so be sure to check Smashboards.com and the following list for tournaments in your area.

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter usually have postings for upcoming tournaments and recent results while Smashboards.com has a convenient tournament listings board that allows you to search for event pages by region.

Here’s your second list of upcoming tournaments around the world:

KTAR 9 (03/22) – Somerset, New Jersey
Brawl, Melee, PM

NorCal Melee Presents: The Next Episode! (03/22 – 03/23) – Oakland, California
Melee

Nowhere Land, Texas (03/22) – Stephenville, Texas
Project M

UGC Brawl Bi-Weekly #8 (03/22) – Los Angeles, California
Brawl

Maryland Madness (03/29) – Fallston, Maryland
Melee

Civil War VI (4/12) – Richmond, VA
Melee

Republic of Fighters 3 (05/17) – Noisy-le-Grand, France
Melee, Project M

You’ll be able to find these tournaments and more streamed online, thanks to Twitch.tv and streamers like Video Game Boot Camp and Clash Tournaments.

Check back next week for more Super Smash Bros. recap. Keep up with the daily updates and look out for the upcoming tournaments coming to up on the weekend. We’ll be posting more results and new tournament listings as the weeks go by. Hopefully, a veteran or newcomer reveal will appear over the horizon, too!

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