This Week in Smash Bros. #3
April 28th – May 4th, 2014

Welcome to the third installment of “This Week in Smash Bros.” 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 have a lot to discuss! Nintendo has revealed their plans for E3, including an invitational event for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at the Nokia Theatre and exclusive demos at select Best Buy stores. Meanwhile, the competitive scene chugged on with weekend tournaments following a week of rather revealing daily updates.

The Daily Updates

As we grow closer to release, Sakurai has been frequently on-point with giving us informative screenshots that trim the fluff. This week is no different, as we receive a good amount of Assist Trophy information, more on ledge play and recoveries, and some chaotic forces in the form of a new item and stage hazard.

Midna (4/28):

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At the beginning of the week, we got a taste of Midna and her bad medicine. She\’ll throw things around the stage, likely characters and items.

Tether Recovery (4/29):

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Sakurai and company are really putting work into recovering and ledge play. Now, it seems, characters with tether recoveries have much longer range with their tether tools. Further, while multiple fighters can tether to the ledge at the same time, who actually grabs the ledge once they\’ve pulled themselves in will be determined by standard ledge grab rules.

Undeniably, Link and Samus are boasting pretty ridiculous tether ranges here. Will this have a major effect on edgeguarding and ledge play overall?

Super Leaf (4/30):

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Grab a Super Leaf, prepare your raccoon ears, and put that tail to work! When you get this item, you\’ll be able to float as if it was a Super Mario Bros. game. Apparently, Sakurai is still undecided on whether or not players will be able to attack with the tail.

Orne (5/01):

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In comparison to Super Smash Bros. Brawl‘s Chimera, the New Pork City stage hazard, Orne is an even more destructive force. How is this possible?!

Well, either way, you\’ll have to watch out for this enemy.

\”It inflicts devastating damage – it’s even more powerful than the Ultimate Chimera in the last game. RUNNN!!”

We sure will, Sakurai. We sure will.

By the way, for the uninformed, Orne is a powerful being from Kid Icarus: Uprising, so this enemy may appear on a 3DS stage as a stage hazard or may make an appearance in Smash Run.

Dillon (5/02):

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And finally, to round out the week, Sakurai revealed a brand new assist trophy: Dillon from Dillon’s Rolling Western. This eShop representative rolls around and deals damage with quick attacks. Though a somewhat popular choice and a new Nintendo character with his own new series, it wasn\’t enough to get Dillon onto the playable roster. That being said, Dillon looks great in his Smash Bros. debut. Maybe he will follow in the footsteps of Assist-Trophy-turned-fighter Little Mac.

Nintendo Takes on E3: The Super Smash Bros. Invitational and Smash-Fests at Best Buy

Last year, Nintendo ditched the traditional press conferences for an online-only presentation. One year later, Nintendo plans to top their previous efforts with a massive E3 campaign under the banner \”Play Nintendo,\” headlined by a 16-man invitational tournament for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at the Nokia Theatre.

Play Nintendo is the umbrella name for Nintendo’s E3 festivities, which include the Super Smash Bros. Invitational

“2014 will see the arrival of not one, but two new Super Smash Bros. games: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. To commemorate this occasion, Nintendo is inviting 16 highly skilled Super Smash Bros. players to the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles to compete in aSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Thousands of fans in the audience and countless more watching a live stream online will see new Super Smash Bros.characters clash with existing favourites in action for the first time. More important than declaring a winner, however, this event is a celebration of all things Super Smash Bros., and a great way for new and veteran fans to take part in a tribute to this legendary franchise.\”

Since the announcement, the Smash Bros. community has feverishly speculated who will be invited to the tournament. For everyone else, this is the ultimate opportunity to celebrate the series and kick off the real anticipation for the Wii U installment. These sixteen will be some of the first in the world to get their hands on the new Smash title for Wii U.

The invitational has been extremely well-received by the enthralled community, even without rules and other information publicly available. Super Smash Bros. Melee commentator Wynton “Prog” Smith, like many, is optimistic about Nintendo’s E3 plans.

\”I think it’s amazing. The community has always wanted Nintendo’s recognition in a positive light, and 2014 sees not just acknowledgement but a hand being extended.\”

If you can\’t make it to E3, a local Best Buy should be your next stop. As invitees and E3 attendants get their hands on the new Smash Bros. out in California, select Best Buy stores will offer demos for the public. These events, much to the delight of the competitive community, have been dubbed “Smash Fests.\”

\”In 2013, Nintendo broke new ground by expanding its E3 activities outside of the walls of the Los Angeles Convention Center and letting fans play some of the games being played on the show floor at participating Best Buy stores. The partnership between Nintendo and Best Buy continues in 2014 and will mark the first time around the world that fans have had the opportunity to get their hands on Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.”

The rest of Nintendo’s plans include another Nintendo Direct, although Nintendo claims that this Direct will stand out from the rest. Known as the “Nintendo Digital Event,” this direct will offer “a new kind of video program that will reveal and provide further detail about the gaming experiences on the way for Nintendo platforms in 2014 and beyond. “ Nintendo will follow their presentation with “Nintendo Treehouse: Live @ E3,” event-long coverage of Nintendo demos and news right from the Nintendo booth on the E3 show floor.

As Nintendo waits to unveil more information concerning the invitational, questions continue to arise. Who will be playing? Who will commentate? Who will be allowed to join the audience at Nokia Theatre? How will the game be played? What will the rules be? What will the starting roster be? What’s at stake? Nintendo certainly has everyone’s attention. Now, it’s only a matter of time before more news breaks.

Most importantly, the invitational may be Nintendo’s first testing of the eSports waters. The Big N may have plans for more competitive support for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, with the invitational being a crucial foundation.

Upcoming Tournaments

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.

Get On My Level (05/10) – Toronto, Ontario
Brawl, Melee

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

Ultimate Fighting Game Tournament 10: X (05/23) – Chicago, IL
Melee, Project M

SKTAR 3 (05/31) – Somerset, NJ
Brawl, Melee, Project M

MLG Anaheim (06/20) – Anaheim, California
Melee

CEO 2014 Fighting Game Championships (06/27) – Orlando, Florida
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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