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For other people with the name "James", see James (disambiguation).
Rivers "Shoyo James"
Ultimate main Diddy Kong
Other Ultimate
SSB4 main Diddy Kong
Other SSB4
Retired SSB4
Former sponsor(s) Mentality Esports, team ZENMA, Nevermore International
Crew(s) DMG Alliance
Former crews Ocean County Smash
Skill Super Smash Bros. 4 Top professional (semi-retired)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Top professional
Ranking Super Smash Bros. 4 Panda Global Rankings 100: 54th
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate New Jersey Ultimate Power Rankings: 5th
Additional info
Real name James Wade
Birth date (age 28)
Location New Jersey USA

Rivers, formerly known as Shoyo James, is a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Diddy Kong player with a Chrom secondary from Howell, New Jersey. He is considered one of the best Diddy Kong players in the United States and the best Chrom player in the world during the early metagame. He has wins against top players such as Tweek, Dabuz, Cosmos, VoiD, Myran, ESAM, Mr. E, and Dark Wizzy. Rivers was formerly ranked 5th on the New Jersey Ultimate Power Rankings, 49th on the Wi-Fi Warrior Rank v6, and 18th on the Spring 2019 PGRU. He was also one of the main tournament directors for the New Jersey scene.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he was a Diddy Kong main with a strong Luigi secondary. He has taken sets off of top players such as Tweek, Elegant, Ally, CaptainZack, komorikiri, MVD, Darkshad, Mr. E, and Zinoto, and is ranked 54th on the Panda Global Rankings 100. Near the end of Smash 4's lifespan, Rivers entered semi-retirement due to medical conditions. In an interview with ZeRo at Smash 'N' Splash 4, Rivers revealed that he suffers from tendonitis and thus doesn't enter many tournaments. More recently, Rivers has switched to the Switch Pro Controller for a more ergonomic control scheme and has begun to compete again in Ultimate.

He is currently affiliated with the American crew DMG Alliance, and was formerly part of Ocean County Smash. On November 29th, 2018, Mentality Esports signed Rivers to prepare for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[1]. However, Mentality Esports shut down on March 17th, 2019, thus ending their sponsorship. Rivers joined team ZENMA on August 15th, 2019, along with many other smashers. He later left team ZENMA at an unknown date due to controversies with its CEO, false. Rivers joined Nevermore International on July 25th, 2020, later on May 28th, 2021, Nevermore International announced Rivers's departure[2].

Tournament placings[edit]

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 Placement 2v2 Placement Partner
Xanadu Arcadian May 16th, 2015 4th
KTAR XIII July 12th, 2015 7th 4th Biddy
S@X 107 July 21st, 2015 3rd
SKTAR 4 August 22nd-23rd, 2015 13th 9th Biddy
KTAR XIV November 7th, 2015 25th 4th The Great Gonzales
Smash @ GAMEACON November 20th-22nd, 2015 1st 1st The Great Gonzales
Wii Bear B-Airs #12 January 1st, 2016 1st 1st The Great Gonzales
KTAR XVII February 13th, 2016 4th 5th The Great Gonzales
Pound 2016 April 2nd-3rd, 2016 25th 17th Apple
Smashadelphia May 15th, 2016 1st 3rd Apple
S@X 150 May 17th, 2016 7th 2nd Apple
Apex 2016 June 17th-19th, 2016 7th
Bros Gone Wild #4 July 6th, 2016 1st 1st Apple
Bros Gone Wild #6 August 3rd, 2016 2nd 1st Apple
Super Smash Con 2016 August 11th-14th, 2016 49th 25th Apple
Collision XIV September 3rd, 2016 7th 3rd Tweek
Glitch 2 September 24th-25th, 2016 65th 4th Apple
The Big House 6 October 7th-9th, 2016 17th 33rd The Great Gonzales
Olympus October 28th-30th, 2016 17th 2nd The Great Gonzales
KTAR XIX November 19th, 2016 129th 17th The Great Gonzales
UGC Smash Open December 2nd-4th, 2016 33rd 49th Hertz
Poplar Creek Bowl Weekly #81 January 5th, 2017 2nd 4th Biddy
Midwest Mayhem 6: SoCal Invasion January 7th, 2017 2nd 3rd Biddy
GENESIS 4 January 20th-22nd 2017 33rd 33rd SchwApple
No Man's Land March 18th, 2017 1st 1st Hertz
2GGC: Civil War March 24th-26th, 2017 65th
KTAR XX April 1st-2nd, 2017 17th 4th Mr. E
Royal Flush May 12th-14th, 2017 17th
Ignition #85 May 31st, 2017 1st
Smash 'N' Splash 3 June 2nd-4th, 2017 9th
Super Smash Frenzzy #11 June 22nd, 2017 1st 1st SchwApple
Suburban Showdown July 8th, 2017 2nd 2nd The Great Gonzales
Super Smash Con 2017 August 10th-13th, 2017 7th 17th CORONA17
Shine 2017 August 25th-27th, 2017 25th
Wii Bear B-Airs 100 September 8th, 2017 1st
Showdown: Battle Royale 2 September 23rd-24th, 2017 7th
TCNJapes 3 October 28th, 2017 1st 2nd SchwApple
SmashQuest III November 11th, 2017 1st
Fireside Open 2017 December 1st, 2017 1st 5th SchwApple
The Legend of Glentendo December 30th, 2017 2nd
Frostbite 2018 February 9th-11th, 2018 13th
Overclocked II March 17th, 2018 9th
Collision XV March 31st, 2018 9th
Slow Roll #1 April 7th, 2018 1st
Courtyard Clash #2 April 9th, 2018 2nd
The Scarlet Classic IV April 15th-16th, 2018 2nd The Great Gonzales
Smash 'N' Splash 4 June 1st-3rd, 2018 7th
Smashadelphia 2018 June 22nd-24th, 2018 2nd 1st The Great Gonzales
Radiance July 14th, 2018 4th 1st CORONA17

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Tournament Date 1v1 placement 2v2 placement Partner
NYXL Pop-Up! December 22nd, 2018 7th
Let's Make Moves December 29th, 2018 25th 5th Dabuz
Glitch 6 January 20th, 2019 13th
Frostbite 2019 February 24th, 2019 9th
Collision 2019 March 16th-17th, 2019 33rd
Suplex City Smash April 6th, 2019 2nd
The Scarlet Classic V April 14th, 2019 33rd 5th Gen
CSL Grand Finals 2019 April 27th, 2019 1st
Midwest Arena May 4th, 2019 1st
Get On My Level 2019 May 17th-19th, 2019 7th
MomoCon 2019 May 23rd-26th, 2019 9th
Smash 'N' Splash 5 May 31st-June 2nd, 2019 9th
2GG: SwitchFest 2019 August 31st-September 1st, 2019 13th
Glitch 7 - Minus World September 14th-15th, 2019 33rd
Battle For The East October 4th-6th, 2019 1st
2GG: Nightmare on Smashville October 20th, 2019 9th
Tri-state Showdown: Fall 2019 November 9th, 2019 9th
Player's Ball Ultimate November 23rd, 2019 17th
Play With Heart November 30th-December 1st, 2019 2nd
2GG: Kongo Saga December 7th-8th, 2019 17th
Glitch 8 - Missingno January 18th-19th, 2020 25th
Frostbite 2020 February 21st-23rd, 2020 97th
The Quarantine Series Opening InvitationalOnline March 29th, 2020 25th
The Box: L4st's BoxOnline October 28th, 2020 25th
Frame Perfect Series 3: ONLINEOnline November 8th, 2020 7th
Ultimate 32Online November 14th-15th, 2020 25th
The Host Up InvitationalOnline January 30th, 2021 13th
The AirlockOnline February 13th, 2021 65th
Beyond the SpectrumOnline April 17th, 2021 7th
King 2021Online May 2nd, 2021 3rd
SWT: NA Southeast Ultimate Online QualifierOnline May 15th-16th, 2021 9th
SWT: NA Southeast Ultimate Online Qualifier Last Chance QualifierOnline May 16th, 2021 2nd
Pandemic Anniversary Series: FinaleOnline May 29th, 2021 9th
Platinum Star Weekly - Season 11: Week 5 August 11th, 2021 3rd
Platinum Star Weekly - Season 11: Week 6 August 18th, 2021 3rd
Riptide September 10th-12th, 2021 65th
SWT: NA East Ultimate Regional Finals November 6th-7th, 2021 13th
Platinum Star Smash S14:E1 April 30th, 2022 9th
Warped! June 4th, 2022 3rd
Super Smash Con 2022 August 11th-14th, 2022 65th
Let's Make Moves Miami October 28th-30th, 2022 33rd
Apex 2022 November 18th-20th, 2022 17th

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