EVO co-founder Tom Cannon has confirmed that, after its successes last year, Super Smash Bros. Melee will return as part of the fighting game tournament.
It joins six other fighting games, incorporating BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, The King of Fighters 13, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.
“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 Nintendo representative explained to 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”.
Nintendo of America had disallowed organisers from livestreaming the GameCube title at last year’s event, the company later, thankfully, reversing their decision.
The game had been voted for inclusion after a charity drive, which saw total donations toward it reach $94,683. It’s victory resulted in attendee numbers doubling, as well as breaking concurrent view records.
EVO 2014 will this year take place at Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, between July 11 – 13th.