Fans angered as Super Smash Bros. Melee is controversially dumped from Evo 2019 - Dexerto
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Fans angered as Super Smash Bros. Melee is controversially dumped from Evo 2019

Published: 27/Feb/2019 11:42 Updated: 27/Feb/2019 11:50

by Matt Porter

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Super Smash Bros. Melee fans have reacted to the news that the 18-year-old fighting game will not feature as part of the featured lineup at one of the biggest tournaments of the year, Evo 2019.

Super Smash Bros. Melee has been a staple of Evo tournaments for some time, and 2019 will mark the first time in six years that the legendary fighting game will be absent from the lineup.

While a large chunk of fans are devastated to see Melee depart from Evo 2019, many have celebrated the news, as the game continues to split the fanbase of fighting games almost 20 years after its release.

NintendoMelee has been a staple of Evo for six years.

Melee fans have immediately lashed out at Evo for the decision, questioning why the game has been dropped from the lineup for the 2019 tournament when it remains one of the most popular fighting games on Twitch. 

While Melee has remained a major player in the fighting game scene, many believe it is finally time to put the game to rest, and cite the large Melee audience’s reluctance to move forward to other Smash Bros. games as part of the reasonthey’re glad to see the back of it.

It can also be extremely difficult to run a Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament due to the equipment required to run the game, as organizers need to acquire CRT monitors and Nintendo Gamecube consoles to actually play the game, two objects that are extremely challenging to find.

In the aftermath of the announcement, people began to post on Twitter celebrating the news that Melee would not feature at Evo 2019, with some saying that “the evil is defeated,” while others said it was the game “had a great run, but man it’s time to bury it.”

During the announcement, Evo played a special video clip saying farewell to Melee, featuring some of the game’s biggest stars such as Joseph ‘Mang0’ Marquez, who won back-to-back Evo tournaments on Melee in 2013 and 2014.

While Melee won’t feature at this years edition of the tournament, Smash Bros fans will still have an opportunity to see their favorite Nintendo characters in action, as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will feature at Evo 2019 for the first time.

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How to get physical Smash Ultimate fighter invitations with My Nintendo

Published: 14/Jan/2021 20:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans wanting to send an iconic invitation to a friend or family member can now get their chance as physical envelopes can now be shipped through My Nintendo.

A common motif in Smash is characters receiving an “invitation” with the game’s logo to indicate they had been chosen to join the star-studded fighting game.

This has been seen in many DLC fighter announcements such as Terry Bogard’s and Min Min’s trailers where multiple characters fight over the invitation with whoever receives it being added to the roster.

As such, the invitations have become an iconic piece of Smash and video game history, which is saying a lot considering they’re just pieces of paper.

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The Smash invitation has become a series icon.

Be that as it may, fans can now earn these invitations through My Nintendo for 400 Platinum Points. Each set contains three white, green and blue cards, envelopes and stickers with the Smash logo.

In order to get the invitations, you’ll have to follow these steps:

1) Sign in to your Nintendo Account.
2) Redeem your Platinum Points for the item you’d like to get. You will receive a promo code.
3) Select “Access Now” to visit store.nintendo.com.
4) Select “Add to cart.”
5) Enter the code that you received in the pop-up.
6) Complete your transaction and your item will be shipped to you!

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The cards come in white, blue and green.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a limited-time item so be sure to grab it while you can. Interestingly, the reward code will expire on March 8, 2021.

The expiry is note-worthy as it could be yet another sign pointing towards the release of DLC fighter 9. As Dexerto has previously reported, there are plenty of indicators so far suggesting that the next character will be released in March.

The next wave of amiibo consisting of Byletyh, Terry and Banjo is scheduled for March and in the past, all amiibo releases have coincided with a DLC fighter reveal.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
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Who could the final three fighters be?

March is also when the Tales Of Festival will begin, and signs have pointed to a Tales of Symphonia representative potentially being the next DLC fighter, so this is just one other thing to keep in mind.

In any case, be sure to pick up your own Smash invitations so you can invite whoever you want to the game while you still can.