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Hungrybox & MkLeo praise Smash World Tour despite no Nintendo support

Published: 2/Mar/2020 0:49

by Bill Cooney

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Smash pros and the community have praised the newly announced Smash World Tour, despite the competition having no official support from the game’s publisher Nintendo.

Players will be able to compete in Ultimate or Melee at community events in the USA, Canada, UK, France, Mexico, Japan, and Australia before trying for a shot at the $250,000 Championship prize pool.

The Smash community, which has seen less developer support than any other comparable esport, praised the new tournament (that has partnered with Twitch and smash.gg) for doing what Nintendo hasn’t so far.

On March 1, Smash pro Juan ‘Hungrybox’ DeBiedma was hyped about the announcement, proudly proclaiming “WHEN NINTENDO DOESN’T DO IT WE DO IT OURSELVES” on Twitter.

Hbox, along with a lot of other Smash players, was also excited about the quarter-million-dollar Finals prize pool, the largest in Smash esports history so far.

Smash legend Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Perez also praised the move, which seems to be off to a solid start with the entirety of the schedule already available.

Each event will be split into tiers, which determine how many points a player can earn at each event. The top 31 players with the most points at the end of the 10 month series will go to the Smash World Tour Finals.

Players interested in entering the tournament themselves can sign up for Silver Tier opt-in tournaments, which require a minimum of 32 players to qualify for the Tour, so invite a friend while you’re at it.

The location of the Smash World Tour Finals has yet to be determined, but we do know it will be happening December 17-20 later on in 2020.

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The Smash World Tour is a new format for the storied esport.

In the past week, Twitch star Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel claimed Smash had more potential as an organized esport than Overwatch does – the game he was pro in for awhile.

With the first stop of the Smash World Tour right around the corner at CEO Dreamland from March 13-15, players and fans won’t have to wait too long for the competition to kick off.

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Animal Crossing player’s crazy Smash Ultimate tournament venue goes viral

Published: 2/Dec/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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An Animal Crossing New Horizons player designed a brilliant Smash Ultimate tournament venue in-game, and many fans are absolutely loving it.

The global health crisis really hurt LAN events for Smash Ultimate and other fighting games in 2020. Many venues that thrived off hosting events suffered immensely, and while players have been missing in-person competitions, that didn’t stop one player from recreating a tournament venue within Animal Crossing.

Animal Crossing is chock full of materials and objects that work well to design a fighting game venue, and Redditor ‘timshady11’ made good use of them for their creation.

Anyone who has ever been to a weekly tournament at a bar, restaurant or arcade is familiar with the general layout. You have the front desk for signups and registration, numerous setups for people to compete and a spot designated for streaming high-profile matchups.

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The Smash scene got a bit beaten up.

In this case, timshady11 included all of those things and then some. As you can see in the video, there is a desk area by the entrance with a laptop and Smash Ultimate book to keep track of tournament entrees.

Moving on from there, the venue has all sorts of desks with two chairs, a monitor and a Nintendo Switch. In total, we count six of these non-featured setups, which is a respectable number for a weekly event.

The venue also has numerous arcade cabinets, vending machines, booths, couches, and of course, a stream setup. That section is pretty well-made with cameras, a computer, and three couches in the vicinity for observers.

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Users on Reddit were certainty impressed with the creation. “Awesome! The aesthetic is cozy and cool, really like the vibe overall,” one complimented.

“This is amazing! It made me really nostalgic for IRL tournaments tho,” another remarked with a frowny face emoji.

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Smash players have been missing LAN events.

If you want to visit the island for yourself, timshady11 revealed it as: DA-3428-2657-9989.

While Smash tournaments have been forced to move online, hopefully, players will get the opportunity to return to their venues in the foreseeable future and duke it out in person once again. Until then, at least there’s always the Animal Crossing island to tide us over.