This year’s EVO 2014 fighting games tournament will include Super Smash Bros. Melee, Evo co-founder Tom “inkblot” Cannon announced today.
This makes it two years in a row that Nintendo’s 2001 brawler has been featured in the event. Last year Team Melee It On Me member and professional Melee player Joseph “Mang0” Marquez beat out Wobbles and 700 other competitors in the largest Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament in history. Whether this year will see to a new milestone being achieved remains to be seen.
“The fact that Super Smash Bros. Melee is being used to help determine champion status for competitive gamers so many years after it was released is a testament to the strong fan passion for both this individual game and the Super Smash Bros. franchise overall,” a representative for Nintendo said in a statement. “Nintendo is happy to work with both Evo and Major League Gaming to help make their tournaments come to life using the game, and we hope it helps make their events enjoyable for video game fans everywhere. Nintendo will be releasing a new Super Smash Bros. game for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS this year.”
Aside Melee, there will be six other fighting games, including BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, The King of Fighters 13, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.
EVO 2014 will take place at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino from July 11 to 13, 2014.