Nintendo is doubling down on the competitive elements of Super Smash Bros. for the launch of the Wii U and 3DS sequels, it seems. After a hugely successful Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament during E3, in which top Melee and Brawl players went head to head, and then with the upcoming EVO Championship tournament this weekend, Nintendo is thirsting for more. Today they announced the first Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament, planned for the upcoming San Diego Comic Convention.
SDCC will kick off in late July and Nintendo will be attending with an off-site "gaming lounge" at the Marriott Marquis & Marina. On July 25 fans can begin signing up for the tournament in a first-come, first-served fashion. A preliminary round will have groups of four face off with only the winner continuing on to the finals. The finals will be played one versus one, slowly dwindling down the pool to just one winner.
It's an interesting choice for Nintendo to make Super Smash Bros. 3DS' first tournament be fan registration only. I personally believe they're going this route because a full-on professional tournament might show that the game doesn't hold up the the competitive expectations that the franchise is known for -- mirroring my impressions from E3. That doesn't change whether the game is tons of fun, which it most certainly will be, but it's still interesting to think about.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS is planned for release October 3, with its Wii U bigger brother planned to be launched this holiday season.