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Heading for Battle!

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Heading for Battle! (頭に注目! かぶりものトーナメン, Pay attention to your head! Headgear Tournament), known as Ahead of the Game in PAL regions, was an Event Tourney with a theme of headwear. It ran from 6 a.m. on November 27, 2020 to 6 a.m. on November 30, 2020 (UTC). During the event, only certain characters could be chosen.

Description[edit]

North America[edit]

Only fighters with hats, helmets, or other headwear may enter this time-limited tourney!
The further you advance, the better the spirit you'll win![1]

PAL regions[edit]

Only fighters with hats, helmets or other such headwear may enter this time-limited tourney!
The further you advance, the better the spirit you'll win![2]

Rules[edit]

Available fighters[edit]

The character selection screen for Heading for Battle!.
Fighters
Mario SSBU.png
Mario
MarioSymbol.svg
Samus SSBU.png
Samus
MetroidSymbol.svg
Luigi SSBU.png
Luigi
MarioSymbol.svg
Ness SSBU.png
Ness
EarthboundSymbol.svg
Captain Falcon SSBU.png
Captain Falcon
FZeroSymbol.svg
Ice Climbers SSBU.png
Ice Climbers
IceClimberSymbol.svg
Sheik SSBU.png
Sheik
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Young Link SSBU.png
Young Link
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Wario SSBU.png
Wario
WarioSymbol.svg
Pokémon Trainer, along with his Squirtle, Ivysaur, and Charizard.
Pokémon Trainer
PokemonSymbol.svg
Diddy Kong SSBU.png
Diddy Kong
Symbol of the DK series.
King Dedede SSBU.png
King Dedede
KirbySymbol.svg
Olimar SSBU.png
Olimar
PikminSymbol.svg
Toon Link SSBU.png
Toon Link
ZeldaSymbol.svg
Mega Man SSBU.png
Mega Man
MegaManSymbol.svg
https://twitter.com/SmashBrosJP/status/1169388880182689792
Terry
FatalFurySymbol.svg
Min Min SSBU.png
Min Min
Symbol of the ARMS series.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 頭に注目! かぶりものトーナメン Watch the head! Headgear Tournament
USA English (NTSC) Heading for Battle!
UK English (PAL) Ahead of the Game
France French Au chapitre des chapeaux In terms of hats
Germany German Harte Helme, wilde Kämpfe Hard helmets, fierce fights
Spain Spanish A la cabeza At the head
Italy Italian Usa la testa! Use your head!
China Chinese (Simplified) 大出风头!戴帽角色淘汰赛 Big show! Headgear Tournament
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 大出風頭!戴帽角色淘汰賽 Big show! Headgear Tournament
South Korea Korean 머리에 주목! 쓸 것 토너먼트 Watch the head! Headgear Tournament
Netherlands Dutch Op je hoede On your guard
Russia Russian Дело в шляпе! It's in the bag!

Trivia[edit]

  • While the Pokémon Trainer wears a hat, the Pokémon do not, making them the only fighters in this tourney not to wear any headwear.
  • The tourney is seemingly limited to headwear that completely covers the head. Because of this, several fighters with headwear such as crowns, bandanas, and wreaths are excluded from the tourney.
  • Similarly, only fighters with headwear in all of their alternate costumes are available. Because of this, Link, Pikachu, Jigglypuff, Pichu, Little Mac, Inkling, Hero, and Steve are excluded from the tourney.
    • Despite this, Link's hat from his Hero of the Wild alternate costume is featured in the tourney's banner.
  • Дело в шляпе, the Russian name for this event, is a pun. It can also be translated as "It's in the hat!"
    • Similarly, Op je hoede, the Dutch name for this event, is a pun as well, as the word "hoede" includes the word "hoed", which is Dutch for "hat".

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