Nintendo is making its presence felt at Gamescom 2023 in Germany, and the spotlight is on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While fans may not expect DLC reveals, the fact that Nintendo is hosting a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament speaks volumes about the company’s evolving relationship with the competitive community. Esports group Team Vermilion is organizing the event, featuring eight top players battling in intense 1v1 matches. The tournament aligns with the competitive ruleset favored by the Smash Bros. community, hinting at Nintendo’s growing commitment to supporting the competitive scene for the beloved brawler.
Historically, the competitive Smash Bros. community and Nintendo have experienced differences in their approach to promoting tournaments. This Gamescom event, hosted on Nintendo’s stage, marks a notable shift in the company’s attitude towards competitive play. The involvement of Nintendo Germany and Nintendo of Europe signifies a welcome change, garnering excitement from the community. Germany’s renowned Smash Bros. player, Marcel “quiK” Romagnuolo, took to Twitter to express his enthusiasm, describing the opportunity as “pretty crazy” and urging the community to make it a significant moment. Others in the Smash Bros. community share the optimism, viewing this tournament as a positive step toward fostering a stronger partnership between Nintendo and the competitive scene. Reddit discussions echo the sentiment, with players welcoming the initiative as a promising sign for the future.