Evo 2019 registration numbers are in, biggest year for Smash yet

Ruben Fields
July 18, 2019

Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch has been extremely popular, but questions remained regarding how well the game would translate to the competitive scene where Super Smash Bros. August sees the return of EVO, the premiere showcase for the fastest thumbs in the fighting game genre as thousands of players throw down in a wide variety of games.

The second largest Super Smash Bros. tournament was EVO 2016, where Super Smash Bros. for Wii U had 2,662 registrations. Ultimate. While there's no denying that Melee is still popular, retiring it has allowed the new Super Smash Bros. game to reach an unprecedented height.

Evo 2019 will be held from August 2nd - 4th, with multiple streams for those not in attendance. Last year's Melee tournament had 1,351 competitors.

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Whether or not the Hero comes out this month, he's heading to Smash Bros. sooner rather than later. "Melee" was so enduringly popular that it's been an Evo tournament fixture ever since. A good way to promote the release of Dragon Quest XI Echoes of a Lost Era Definitive Edition on Nintendo Switch, scheduled for September 27th. The Clip also shows some gameplay sequences of Super Smash Bros Ultimate starring the heroes of Dragon Quest. Another milestone shattered is that, for the first time ever, seven games will have more than 1,000 individuals competing in it for fight-game glory. That's followed by Tekken 7, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late [st], each with over 1,100 registrations.

Another title that saw a significant drop in participation was Street Fighter V, which went down from about 2,400 entrants in 2018 to 1,929 in 2019. Stay tuned for more information on where to watch and any exciting reveals coming out of the event.

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