EVO 2016’s Super Smash Bros. Melee Entrants Nearly Equal Smash 4’s
July 15, 2016 - Super Smash Bros
Nintendo expelled Super Smash Bros. Melee 15 years ago on a console that sole reduction than a competitors, a PlayStation 2 and a Xbox. In 2001, and even in 2005, we would not have believed God if he told me that Melee will draw 2,372 entrants to this weekend’s Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Only about 300 entrants behind 2014’s Smash 4, Melee is in a fourth uninterrupted year during what EVO says will be a biggest Smash contest ever. EVO has not featured Brawl since 2008, when it was expelled (controversially, that year’s contest allowed items).
Melee fans hail a game’s speed and play techniques like wavedashing, arguing that Melee features special, exploitable mechanics that minister to a game’s depth. Its extensive story and grown metagame also clear a continued cultish pull in a rival fighting diversion scene.