On January 20-22, 2017, Genesis held its fourth high profiled Smash Bros. tournament at the San Jose Convention Center with Sunday grand finals to be held across the street at the Civic Center. The main games were Super Smash Bros. 64, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and the main event being Super Smash Bros. Melee. There were variations of these tournaments such as doubles, draft teams, and world crews battle. There was also a tournament for the most swag combo in Smash Bros. 64 which I thought was the coolest part.
This tournament was sponsored by various companies like HTC, Twitch, Red Bull, Nvidia, Controller Chaos, and of course Nintendo. Twitch was obviously the stream of choice. Red Bull provided arcade like set ups for Melee. Controller Chaos sold some exclusive controllers for Smash. Nintendo had set ups for their upcoming Switch console along with the game, Arms which was super fun. They also had a booth to sell exclusive Nintendo merchandise.
Besides the heavy hitters in gaming with booths, there were independent booths too. Many of them sold artwork and t-shirts relating to Smash and other Nintendo properties. Panda Gaming also had a booth selling goods from their team.
This marked my first primary Smash event which was different since I was used to traditional fighting games and FGC events. It blew me away on how many people loved the series. It was very different with games like Street Fighter V being regulated to side tournament status. Other side tournament games included Rivals of Aether and Catherine.
I actually enjoyed this event. It was one of the biggest venues for a gaming event I have ever been in. It had a feeling of Fanime as it ran all day and all night. Maybe I may compete next time if I become a better Smash player. It would be cool to compete against the best players from around the world in this title.
Written by: Timtastic