Smasher:Oikawa

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おいかわ (Oikawa)
SSB64 main Kirby
Sponsor(s) GRAPHT
Skill Super Smash Bros. Professional (retired)
Additional info
Real name Koichi Oikawa (及川浩一)
Birth date (age 38)
Location Japan Japan

Oikawa (おいかわ), also known as Oikawa Meijin (及川 名人, "Master Oikawa"), is a Super Smash Bros. Kirby main from Japan, notable for being the first professional player.

In 1999, at the age of 16, he won the first Nintendo-sponsored Smash tournament at Smash Bros. Fighting Battle: Smash Bros. Meijin Deciding Game, then played at Spring Selection Tournament Championship and the Super Mario Club National Tournament, which were officially broadcast on the Japan-only TV show 64 Mario Stadium in 2000. He later played at Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1. His high placements made him one of the best early Smash 64 players in Japan. He then played in Premium Fight, the first Melee tournament.

Since 2014, he has provided live commentary for official Nintendo events such as Next Generation World Hobby Fair 2015, 2-on-2 WORLD GRAND PRIX JPN vs USA, and Smash Bros. Ultimate Spring Brawl Festival. In 2017, he joined esports organization Team GRAPHT.

Oikawa continues to enjoy the Smash Bros. series casually and has no plans to compete in tournaments again.

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement
Smash Bros. Fighting Battle: Smash Bros. Meijin Deciding Game August 27th, 1999 1st
Spring Selection Competition 2000 1st
Super Mario Club National Tournament 2000 2nd
Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1 March 26th-28th, 2001 5th

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement
Premium Fight August 25th, 2001 3rd

Trivia[edit]

  • Oikawa is a big Kirby fan; he only bought Super Smash Bros. because Kirby was in it. After winning his Fighting Battle tournament, Masahiro Sakurai interviewed him, surprising Oikawa when he revealed himself as the creator of Kirby.

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