Are you a fan of Super Smash Bros.? Do you enjoy playing with friends but also enjoy watching others compete? Ever been to any Super Smash Bros. tournaments for the original game, Melee, Brawl or the newest titles on 3DS and Wii U? Tournaments like these that may seem not seem as popular as competitions for esports like League of Legends or Dota 2, but in fact Melee tournaments seem to collectively award the most prize money in all fighting game competitions. And look at how epic they are:
When you have top notch players who dedicate hours on hours of practicing Smash techniques such as teching and wavedashing and polishing their combos to near perfection, coupled with commentators with an obvious passion for the game as they hype up the crowd and spectators, mixed with excited fans who will ‘Ooh!’ and ‘Aah!’ at even the slightest moment of a perpetual comeback or mercy beating, the Super Smash Bros. competitive scene is in a realm of its own, and a great one at that.
Huge tournaments don’t occur every day though, or even every weekend and often you may not be able to make it to Vegas for EVO, or Jersey for APEX, or Florida for CEO, but did you know that Smash competitions might be going down in your very backyard? No, not your actual backyard, but it is likely there are weekly tournaments happening at your local gaming/comic book store!
Scope around your neighborhood, and if there are no venues in sight take to Facebook and search for Smash scenes in your city/town/state and join a local group or two! This is a great way for updates, finding local competitions and to organize pick up games. Better yet, if there is a venue close to you with no Smash scene, start your own with friends! Most comic book and video game stores are happy to accommodate these kinds of tournaments because it brings them business and attention and they may charge a small fee for using their location, which is minimal when everyone throws in. High school and college campuses are other excellent locations to start clubs at and hold competitions.
If somebody owns or has access to streaming equipment, displaying the tournament over Twitch or other streaming websites, or posting the best matches, semi-finals and finals on YouTube, is yet another great way to publicize your scene and attract fellow Smashers. I participated in a local tournament in my own town with familiar faces I never knew were also in Smash at a place I had never even been to after I noticed a post on a Facebook group I was apart of, got invited to a separate group for this particular tournament and received an invite by text from a fellow Smash friend of mine.
Only around 10 people entered this particular tournament and the entry was only five bucks. Sure, it was small, but it had heart. A room full of big, clunky TVs, game systems, friendly people with a similar interest and a copy of Smash and you just can’t go wrong! I lost my first round, and the losers round, by the way, but I like to think a Dr. Mario main like me put up a good fight. Some of these players are just too good! Me and the Doc will get ’em next time.
I encourage all of you fellow Smash fans, and those unaware of this wonderful game, to go out and check out your local Smash scene for a good time. And don’t forget to let us at RL know how it goes!
It is also your last chance to sign up for our Spring Smash Tournament! Don’t forget!