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Smash Wii U, Melee Returning To EVO 2017 Fighting Game Tournament

by Donald Theriault - January 24, 2017, 7:07 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: EVO

The last game is a player's choice.

Super Smash Bros for Wii U and Super Smash Bros Melee will be returning for a 3rd consecutive year at EVO 2017.

The mascot fighters will be a part of a 9-game main field for the world's largest fighting game tournament, to be held July 14-16 in Las Vegas, NV. Joining the Smashes will be Street Fighter V, King of Fighters XIV, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear XrD Revelator (Rev 2) and Tekken 7.

A fan's choice charity drive will determine the 9th game in the field. Pokkén Tournament and ARMS are in the field along with Mortal Kombat XL, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Killer Instinct (Xbox One/PC), Nidhogg and Windjammers.

Talkback

SorenJanuary 24, 2017

Sorry Arms, but Windjammers or bust.

OedoFebruary 09, 2017

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, unsurprisingly, won the final spot. Pokken Tournament put up a much better fight than I was expecting though and came just short of winning.

ClexYoshiFebruary 12, 2017

I saw many folks who were quite insulted that UMVC3 was on the player's choice ballot and not just a game. MVC was the second ever represented Franchise at Battle by the Bay 2000, which would later become known as Evolution. in 2010 when MVC3 was imminent Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 had been at EVERY Evolution/B3 tournament besides the first, which was just Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo and Street Fighter Alpha 2. Super Turbo had gotten ousted by other versions of the game, and... let's face it; Watching high level super turbo isn't very entertaining. people came to watch Marvel Vs. capcom 2, and eventually Third Strike and other games, but MVC was a core pillar to what Evolution has always been.

and against the odds, people have kept MVC3 and UMVC3 a living scene with a rich history. Dropping UMVC3 this year would have been akin to if they had dropped Ultra Street Fighter 4 or any other Street Fighter game for Evo 2015. It just would have been unacceptable in the community's eyes.

As much as I would have LOVED to see what the formative period of high level ARMS play looks like, a second year of pokken, for Mortal Kombat 10 to have gotten more than a single year at EVO, some much beloved Skullgirls hype, or for one more year of Maximillian Dood doing commentary for Killer Instinct... I do recognize the sheer disrespect that not having MVC3 get one final shot in the limelight would have caused.

At least this isn't like that one year where Melee folks were about to legitimatley get trounced by Brony power, and then Fighting is Magic got the C&D axe by Hasbro. I'm still extra excited for when Them's Fightin' Herds hits, though. I can't imagine that game will ever get to go to Evo, but it looks awesome and might have one of the most awesome single player modes in a fighting game since Soul Calibur Weapon Master mode.

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