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Nintendo sponsoring Evo 2014 after attempting to ban SSB last year

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During the Evo 2013 tournament, Nintendo flexed its IP muscle by attempting to ban Super Smash Bros. games from happening during the tournament. The Evo tournament is the largest gathering of competitive fighting games that takes place each year and the Super Smash Bros. games always seem to draw the most attention. It seems as though Nintendo has learned its lesson however, as they’re now listed a a sponsor for the Evo 2014 roster.

Nintendo will be joining other sponsors such as Twitch, Xbox, ATLUS, MadCatz, and Bandai Namco. It’s nice to see Nintendo embracing this side of Super Smash Bros., especially after the Super Smash Bros. Invitational that was held this year at E3.

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  • Stuart Thomas

    Like i always say, “Learn from your mistakes, and all will be well!”

  • Oobz

    If you can’t beat’em, Join’em.

  • RandroidRampage

    FINALLY!!!!!

  • The Clockwork Being

    Well EVO is big and what game is going to be featured there? Super Smash Bros Melee. This is the perfect place to advertise Super Smash Bros for Wii U and 3DS to the hardcore Smash Bros players crowd.

    To me this all seems logical to be honest.

  • MerryBlind .

    Nintendo getting it right again. Let’s continue this way, shall we?

  • FutureFox

    Nintendo IS Cranky Kong.

  • Shota

    i hope they’ll have smash bros wii u. nintendo should give them the gamecube controller adapter.

    • Simon

      Is this trolling…?

      • Shota

        lol i meant next evo

  • SmashFinale

    That’s cool to know.

  • MARIO’SMOUSTACH

    Nintendo going to Evo:

    • WolfgangAmadeusMozart

      Your gif still isn’t working…

  • Shagrath1983

    They would have to when you own Capcom…….

  • Ducked

    This just struck me… What game is more competitive? Smash or Mario Kart?

    • SoulSighter

      On the real competitive scene, I’d say smash brothers.
      Though, I bet the majority of more casual players at home would get more competitive at Mario Kart haha. At least, this is the case at my house. Unless my competitive smash friends are coming over, the majority of my friends can pick up Mario Kart and get better at it faster, thus making more hot heads and “I was THIS close!” moments. ^-^

    • Kaihaku

      Pokemon.

    • Arthur Jarret

      Both are equally competitive – provided you deactivate weapons for both

    • Simon

      1000 percent Smash, no question. There’s way more depth, Mario Kart has an undeniable element of randomness that really isn’t at home in a competitive scene, and just stuff like the Smash community raising nearly $95,000 for breast cancer just to be included at EVO. The Mario Kart competitive scene can’t touch the Smash competitive scene.

  • Andrew St. Clair

    Of course they are. They’re partnering with Namco for the newest Smash game, and Namco has been making tournament-played videogames for years. I imagine they told Nintendo how stupid it was that they were trying to degrade the tournament community and complain about their games being played at tournaments.

  • darkcreap

    I wonder why they didn’t do it last year. I mean, sure they didn’t have Smash Bros for WiiU ready last year, but they could allow a Smas Bros Wii tournament to create expectation for Smash Bros WiiU this year. They could even have shown a trailer for Smash Bros for WiiU, maybe?

    At least Nintendo seems to be correcting their marketing little by little. Good to see they are taking steps in the right direction.

    • Simon

      Because for some reason Nintendo hated competitive Smash last year. They even tried to shut Melee at EVO down. Which really made no sense, it’s like, free advertising. But it’s nice to see they seem to have made a complete 180.

  • BrettTGonzalez

    The Evo tournament is the largest gathering of competitive fighting games that takes place each year and the Super Smash Bros. games always seem to draw the most attention. It seems as though Nintendo has learned its lesson however, as they’re now listed a a sponsor for the Evo 2014 roster. http://num.to/264-974-592-824

  • Gizmo

    Are they replacing melee with the new smash bros or did they do that already?

  • Joseph Oliveira

    And now all the SSB elitist will say stupid shit about the game and how people acts, like when they did about SSB for Wii U tournament this year.

    • Simon

      What are you talking about? Are you talking about the complaints the competitive scene had about Smash 4? So what. they have a right to complain, they’re the consumer.

  • Rinslowe

    I wouldn’t say Nintendo learned it’s lesson lol… At least not on this topic.
    I think they got to where they wanted to be, in control of their IP. If the guys n girls from last years show failed to seek Nintendo’s approval, for use of their IP. And seeing as though the show is quite a big deal… Then fair enough.
    It also plays into their marketing time table quite well this year. Just my opinion.

  • Duke D. Mabirou

    LET THERE BE HYPE

  • William Cole

    That was a great move Nintendo.