Smash Ultimate's EVO Japan return sets up major clash with legacy event - Dexerto
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Smash Ultimate’s EVO Japan return sets up major clash with legacy event

Published: 15/Oct/2019 4:50 Updated: 15/Oct/2019 5:53

by Brad Norton

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For the first time in the history of Super Smash Bros. it appears as though two S-Tier events could be hosted on the very same weekend in 2020.

With the first iteration of the Nintendo brawler released in 1999 on the Nintendo 64, Smash has been a staple in the Fighting Game Community (FGC) ever since.

Throughout 20 years of heated competition, no two S-Tier events have ever coincided on the same dates. The pinnacle of Smash tournaments, S-Tier events are labeled as such based on the number of registered players, collective prize pools and the prestige of the competition.

Now, however, it appears two premier events are about to collide, following an announcement at the Nintendo Live Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Challenge Cup Grand Finals that EVO Japan would be welcoming Ultimate back into the game line for their 2020 event, on the same weekend as North American tournament GENESIS 7.

Smash Ultimate will be featured on the Japanese main stage, and headline the event in Fukuoka, from January 24-26, which came as a surprise to much of the game’s community considering the title was excluded completely from EVO Japan 2019.

EVOAn enormous turnout at a recent EVO event.

While the news of Smash headlining a major international event, one with such renown as EVO Japan, seemed an all-around win, the announcement came as a shock to the FGC as the dates just so happened to clash with one of the most significant grassroots events around the globe.

GENESIS 7 will be taking place in California across the same weekend, meaning that professional players will have to weigh their options and select one of the major events to attend. GENESIS was established in 2009 and has contributed to the stardom of many professional players over the years with GENESIS 6 even boasting over $40,000 in total prize pools.

With over 800 attendees already registered for GENESIS 7, and Smash Ultimate being heralded as the headlining title at EVO Japan 2020, this could mark the very first time in Smash history that two S-Tier events have collided in such fashion.

Reddit user ‘ForgotPasswordNewAcc’ expressed the shock of the community: “Genesis is the biggest, most prestigious smash tournament of the year. This is terrible news.”

It remains to be seen which tournament the majority of professional players will choose to prioritize, however it certainly makes for a historic weekend in the Smash scene with two landmark events kicking off at the exact same time.

The calendar clash news comes just weeks after Nintendo turned a new leaf in regards to the competitive scene, and announced support for a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate circuit that contains seven marquee tournaments from October 25 through to May 17 in 2020. 

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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.

Joker holds smash invitation
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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.