Kansai (region)

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Kansai is a Japanese Smash region, coterminous with the traditional region of Kansai, which includes the prefectures of Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyōgo, Shiga, and sometimes Mie. Kansai is regarded as one of the two strongest and most influential Smash regions in Japan, alongside Kantō. The region is also occasionally referred as West Japan, especially historically in regards to its Melee scene, though it is not one of the westernmost regions in the country.

Map of Kansai

The region has a long history of hosting notable Smash tournaments. One of the most notable tournaments was a 2005 Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament known as the Jack Garden Tournament tournament. This tournament may still be the largest Melee tournament ever held in Japan.

Regarding Melee the region would host several notable series including, Crazy Hand, Ketubato, Kansai, and most notably Sumabato. While Sumabato would eventually discontinue hosting Melee tournaments, the series continues to host events for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate. Sumabato is one of Japan's most famous series and continues to attract top talent from across Japan. In addition, KSB and Maesuma TOP continue to host large tournaments in Ultimate. Maesuma also hosts one of Japan's largest online tournament series, alongside Tamisuma. Finally, the region is famous for the Kansai tournament series for Super Smash Brothers 64.

Kansai is the home region of Nintendo, the publisher of the Super Smash Bros. series, and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo has sponsored some of their own tournaments and events.

The Kansai region is rich in talent, being home to players such as 9B, komorikiri and Tea.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These Kansai players were ranked on the Fall 2019 PGRU.

PGRU Rank Name Notes
12 Tea Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngKazuyaHeadSSBU.png The strongest Pac-Man player in the world.
25 Kome ShulkHeadSSBU.png The strongest Shulk player in the world.

Other players[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Notable tournament series[edit]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

A list of significant regional Ultimate events hosted in Kansai. Nationals are bolded.

Name Entrants Date Notes
Sumabato SP 306 January 6th, 2019
Sumabato SP 2 303 February 3rd, 2019
Sumabato SP 3 320 April 13th, 2019
KVOxTSB 2019 149 May 2nd-5th, 2019
Sumabato SP 4 320 May 26th, 2019
Sumabato SP 5 320 June 22nd, 2019
Sumabato SP 6 320 July 13th, 2019
Sumabato SP 7 320 August 12th, 2019
Sumabato SP 8 320 September 15th, 2019
Sumabato SP 9 313 November 10th, 2019
Sumabato SP 10 313 December 15th, 2019
Sumabato SP 11 313 December 28th, 2019
Maesuma TOP 1 256 January 4th, 2020
Furasato Center Smash Meetup 1 96 February 1st, 2020
Sumabato SP 12 320 February 8th, 2020
Mie Bato 128 February 16th, 2020
Maesuma TOP 2 318 March 1st, 2020
Maesuma TOP 3 96 July 4th, 2020
Sumabato SP 14 96 October 11th, 2020
Maesuma TOP 4 137 October 31st-November 1st, 2020
Sumabato SP 15 160 November 15th, 2020
Sumabato SP 16 128 December 26th, 2020
Sumabato SP 17 128 March 7th, 2021
Maesuma TOP 5 128 July 3rd-4th, 2021
Sumabato SP 18 128 July 23rd, 2021
Sumabato SP 19 128 July 24th, 2021
Maesuma TOP 6 320 October 22nd, 2021
Sumabato SP 20 128 October 30th, 2021
Sumabato SP 21 192 November 27th, 2021
Miesuma SP 8 96 December 18th, 2021
Sumabato SP 22 199 December 25th-26th, 2021
Sumabato SP 23 128 March 19th, 2022
Sumabato SP 24 128 March 20th, 2022
Sumabato SP 25 192 April 2nd, 2022
Maesuma TOP 7 512 May 1st, 2022

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These Kansai players were ranked on the Panda Global Rankings 100.

PG ranking Name Notes
12 komorikiri CloudHeadSSB4-U.pngSonic's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
21 Ranai Villager's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Strongest Villager player in the world. Moved to Kantō during Smash 4
44 9B BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.pngShulk's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.RyuHeadSSB4-U.png Top Kansai player before moving to Kantō in 2017. His role as Sumabato tournament organizer was taken over by Nojinko, after moving.
68 Rizeasu Marth's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Zelda's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.Bowser's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
78 Atelier Rosalina and Luma's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
84 Kome Shulk's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
90 Masashi CloudHeadSSB4-U.png

Other players[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Notable tournament series[edit]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

A list of significant regional Smash 4 events hosted in Kansai. Nationals are bolded.

Name Entrants Date Notes
Sumabato 0 180+ October 25th, 2014 3DS tournament
Sumabato 1 114 January 11th, 2015
Sumabato 2 134 February 21st, 2015
Super Sumabato 200+ April-5th, 2015
KSB 2015 120+ May 2nd-4th, 2015
Sumabato 3 130 June 6th, 2015
Sumabato 4 141 July 18th, 2015
Hyper Sumabato 175 August 16th, 2015
Sumabato 5 140 September 12th, 2015
Sumabato 6 207 October 24th, 2015
Sumabato Niconico Qualifier 273+ December 26th, 2015
Sumabato 7 280+ February 11th, 2016
Sumabato 8 230+ March 12th, 2016
Sumabato 9 144+ April 9th, 2016
KSB 2016 116? April 28th-May 1st, 2016
Sumabato 10 210 May 29th, 2016
Sumabato 11 180 July 17th, 2016
Sumabato for THE BIG HOUSE 216 July 30th-31st, 2016
Sumabato 12 184 August 27th, 2016
Sumabato 13 221 September 25th, 2016
Sumabato 14 197 October 22nd, 2016
Sumabato Tokaigi Qualifier 177 December 25th, 2016
Sumabato 15 185 January 28th, 2017
Sumabato 16 165 February 25th, 2017
Sumabato 17 223 April 16th, 2017
KSB 2017 ??? May 4th-6th, 2017
Sumabato 18 215 June 18th, 2017
Sumabato 19 280 August 12th, 2017
Sumabato 20 222 September 24th, 2017
Sumabato 21 177 October 21st, 2017
Sumabato 22 162 November 12th, 2017
Sumabato Tokaigi Qualifier 1 209 January 6th, 2018
Sumabato Tokaigi Qualifier 2 193 January 7th, 2018
Sumabato 23 158 February 17th, 2018
Sumabato 24 233 March 24th, 2018
KVOxTSB 2018 112 May 4th-6th, 2018
Sumabato 25 199 May 27th, 2018
Sumabato 26 196 June 30th, 2018
Sumabato 27 251 August 12th, 2018
Sumabato 28 203 September 16th, 2018
Sumabato Smash 4 Final 250 October 21st, 2018

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Top players[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Notable tournament series[edit]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

A list of significant regional Brawl events hosted in Kansai. Nationals are bolded.

Name Entrants Date Notes
SumabatoX 6 150 March 12th, 2011
SumabatoX 8 115 September 4th, 2011
SumabatoX Light 155 March, 2012
SumabatoX 15 115 August 5th, 2012
SumabatoX 19 140+ March 30th, 2013
SumabatoX 27 115+ March 29th, 2014
KVO 2014 ??? May 5th, 2014
Sumabato X Final 220 August 23rd-24th, 2014

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

These Kansai players were ranked on the Japan SSBM Rank 2019.

National ranking Name Notes
7 Kounotori FalcoHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png Prominent player through the competitive history of Melee in Japan.
37 Kalne SheikHeadSSBM.pngZeldaHeadSSBM.png
40 Donkos FalcoHeadSSBM.png
42 Zer0 DrMarioHeadSSBM.png
47 mamuu IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png

Other players[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Notable tournament series[edit]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

A list of significant regional Melee events hosted in Kansai. Nationals are bolded.

Name Entrants Date Notes
Jack Garden Tournament 116 August 20th, 2005 or August 13-16th, 2005
Sumabato DX Melee 5 92 August 4th, 2012

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Top players[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

  • A list of significant regional 64 events hosted in Kansai. Nationals are bolded.
Name Entrants Date Notes
1st Kansai 46 March 14th, 2008
2nd Kansai 57 August 21st, 2008
Kansai 2010 ??? March 20th, 2010
Kansai 2011 110 March 19, 2011
Kansai 2012 ??? March 17th, 2012
Kansai 2013 79 March 16, 2013
Kansai 2014 ??? March 1st, 2014
Kansai 2015 51 March 14th, 2015
Kansai 2016 50 April 30th, 2016
Kansai 2017 57 March 9th, 2017
Kansai 2018 51 February 11th, 2018
Kansai 2020 57 February 23rd, 2020

See also[edit]

Smashers:

Tournaments: