After the controversy at EVO 2013, Nintendo has provided the go-ahead for Super Smash Bros. Melee to return at this year’s EVO. The line-up was announced last month and will include six other games; Ultra Street Fighter 4, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, King of Fighters 13 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Last year’s EVO tournament encountered live-streaming issues with Nintendo, plus there was controversial talk concerning Super Smash Bros. Melee as “dangerous” brand from a marketing perspective. But with Nintendo approving the game for EVO 2014, it’s hoped that the tournament will run smoothly without any live-streaming hiccups. The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino will host this year’s EVO between July 11 – 13.
“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 told Polygon. “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.”