Super Smash Bros. Invitational

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Super Smash Bros. Invitational
E3 2014 Invitational.png
Info
Dates June 10, 2014
Venue NOKIA Theatre
Address/City 777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, California USA
Attendance 16
Entry fees
Pot size(s) $500
Results
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U winners Chile ZeRo
Staff
Director(s) Nintendo

To commemorate the release of Super Smash Bros. 4, and the Super Smash Bros. series as a whole, Nintendo announced and subsequently hosted an invitational tournament during E3 2014, at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The host of the event was Geoff Keighley[1], while Reggie Fils-Aime made an additional appearance at the conclusion at the event to present the winner with a trophy.

The game played was Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, marking the first time that the game was playable to the public. Sixteen top professional players, whose experience included Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and even Project M, were invited to participate. Intended to be more an exhibition of the game than a standard tournament, the event featured some non-standard rules, such as the inclusion of items in some matches, in order to demonstrate multiple aspects of gameplay that were previously unrevealed.

The tournament had 3,000 in-person spectators, with costumed fans receiving priority seating;[2] all spectators were given flipboards with the official art of all playable characters in order to vote on who their favourite player in a match was.

The entirety of the tournament was also streamed live on Nintendo's official Twitch account, with professional Smash commentators announcing and commentating both the live event and video footage.

A video contest was also held prior to the contest, where the winner of which would be awarded a VIP trip to the event and have the opportunity to play one of the tournament winners. The winner was revealed to be justinanthonylennox.

Players[edit]

The following players participated in the tournament, listed in the order in which characters were selected.[3]

Smasher Character played
USA Sam "Peachyhime" McNaughton PeachHeadSSBB.png VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png Villager
USA Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Kirby
USA Hendrick "DJ Nintendo" Pilar FoxHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSBM.png BowserHeadSSB4-U.png Bowser
USA Lilian "milktea" Chen PeachHeadSSBM.png PikachuHeadSSB4-U.png Pikachu
Chile Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios FoxHeadSSBM.png MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png Zero Suit Samus
USA Hugo "HugS" Gonzalez SamusHeadSSBM.png MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png Mega Man
USA Kevin "PPMD" Nanney FalcoHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadSSB4-U.png Fox
USA Kris "Toph" Aldenderfer FoxHeadSSBM.png PitHeadSSB4-U.png Pit
USA Cristin "Crismas" DeSaro PeachHeadSSBM.png ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png Zelda
USA Ken "Ken" Hoang MarthHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSB4-U.png Marth
USA Kevin "PewPewU" Toy MarthHeadSSBM.png MarioHeadSSB4-U.png Mario
USA McCain "MacD" LaVelle PeachHeadSSBM.png GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png Greninja
Japan Masaya "aMSa" Chikamoto YoshiHeadSSBM.png OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png Olimar
USA Daniel "KoreanDJ" Jung MarthHeadSSBM.png FoxHeadSSBM.png Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png Rosalina
USA Neha "Lilo" Chhetri PeachHeadSSBM.png WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png Wii Fit Trainer
USA Dakota "Rapture" Lasky MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png KirbyHeadSSBB.png LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png Little Mac

Announcers[edit]

Between matches, host Geoff Keighley narrated previews to the various matches, as well as provided color commentary; the matches themselves were commentated by: [4]

  • D'Ron "D1" Maingrette
  • Wynton "Prog" Smith
  • Bobby "Scar" Scarnewman

Available characters[edit]

Most characters that were revealed at the time of the tournament's original announcement at the end of April were playable, including all six confirmed newcomers, though several confirmed veterans were omitted.

MarioIcon(SSB4-U).png
Mario
RosalinaIcon(SSB4-U).png
Rosalina
BowserIcon(SSB4-U).png
Bowser
DonkeyKongIcon(SSB4-U).png
Donkey Kong
LinkIcon(SSB4-U).png
Link
ZeldaIcon(SSB4-U).png
Zelda
SamusIcon(SSB4-U).png
Samus
ZeroSuitSamusIcon(SSB4-U).png
Zero Suit Samus
KirbyIcon(SSB4-U).png
Kirby
FoxIcon(SSB4-U).png
Fox
PikachuIcon(SSB4-U).png
Pikachu
GreninjaIcon(SSB4-U).png
Greninja
MarthIcon(SSB4-U).png
Marth
PitIcon(SSB4-U).png
Pit
OlimarIcon(SSB4-U).png
Olimar
LittleMacIcon(SSB4-U).png
Little Mac
VillagerIcon(SSB4-U).png
Villager
WiiFitTrainerIcon(SSB4-U).png
Wii Fit Trainer
SonicIcon(SSB4-U).png
Sonic
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Mega Man

No player picked Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, or Sonic.

Ruleset[edit]

The following rules were in effect:[5]

  • Before the tournament began, all competitors chose characters in random order. Characters could not be chosen by multiple players, and players could not switch characters midway through the tournament.
  • Each match was a four player free-for-all, with all players having four stocks, as well as a five minute timer. The top two players in terms of score advanced. A tie between two players was decided by which player KOed more players; if this was insufficient, the tie would then be broken by fan vote.
  • The finals took place on Battlefield, with both players having four stocks and the time at 8 minutes, as an explicit homage to the competitive Smash community.
  • Items were on medium for round 1, low for rounds 2 and 3, and off for the final.

Results[edit]

Invitational Tournament[edit]

The winner of the Invitational Tournament was Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios who played as Zero Suit Samus.

Quarterfinal 1
GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png MacD Eliminated
OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png aMSa Advanced
ZeldaHeadSSB4-U.png Crismas Eliminated
LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png Rapture Advanced
Quarterfinal 2
BowserHeadSSB4-U.png DJ Nintendo Eliminated
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png ZeRo Advanced
Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png KoreanDJ Advanced
FoxHeadSSB4-U.png PPMD Eliminated
Quarterfinal 3
MarioHeadSSB4-U.png PewPewU Advanced
WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png Lilo Advanced
PitHeadSSB4-U.png Toph Eliminated
MarthHeadSSB4-U.png Ken Eliminated
Quarterfinal 4
VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png Peachyhime Advanced
PikachuHeadSSB4-U.png milktea Eliminated
KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Hungrybox Advanced
MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png HugS Eliminated
Semifinal 1
OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png aMSa Advanced
LittleMacHeadSSB4-U.png Rapture Eliminated
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png ZeRo Advanced
Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png KoreanDJ Eliminated
Semifinal 2
MarioHeadSSB4-U.png PewPewU Eliminated
WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png Lilo Advanced
KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Hungrybox Advanced
VillagerHeadSSB4-U.png Peachyhime Eliminated
Final
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png ZeRo Advanced
OlimarHeadSSB4-U.png aMSa Eliminated
KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Hungrybox Advanced
WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png Lilo Eliminated
Grand Final
ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.png ZeRo Winner
KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Hungrybox Runner-up

Full results:
1. Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios
2. Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma
3. Masaya "aMSa" Chikamoto
3. Neha "Lilo" Chhetri
5. Kevin "PewPewU" Toy
5. Sam "Peachyhime" McNaughton
5. Dakota "Rapture" Lasky
5. Daniel "KoreanDJ" Jung
9. Hendrick "DJ Nintendo" Pilar
9. Kris "Toph" Aldenderfer
9. Lilian "milktea" Wei
9. Cristin "Crismas" DeSaro
9. Kevin "PPMD" Nanney
9. Hugo "HugS" Gonzalez
9. McCain "MacD" LaVelle
9. Ken "Ken" Hoang

Fan-Favorite Tournament[edit]

Between matches, the audience chose a fighter of the previous round, regardless of the match results, and the fighter with the most votes was transferred to the Fan-Favorite Tournament. The winner of the tournament was Kevin "PPMD" Nanney, who played as Fox.

Fan-Favorite Round 1
GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png MacD Eliminated
FoxHeadSSB4-U.png PPMD Advanced
MarthHeadSSB4-U.png Ken Eliminated
MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png HugS Advanced
Fan-Favorite Round 2
FoxHeadSSB4-U.png PPMD Advanced
MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png HugS Advanced
MarioHeadSSB4-U.png PewPewU Eliminated
Rosalina&LumaHeadSSB4-U.png KoreanDJ Eliminated
Fan-Favorite Final
FoxHeadSSB4-U.png PPMD Winner
MegaManHeadSSB4-U.png HugS Runner-up

Full results:
1. Kevin "PPMD" Nanney
2. Hugo "HugS" Gonzalez
3. Kevin "PewPewU" Toy
3. Daniel "KoreanDJ" Jung
5. McCain "MacD" LaVelle
5. Ken "Ken" Hoang

Celebrity Rumble[edit]

In addition to the aforementioned tournaments, four celebrities competed in a "celebrity rumble". The match took place at Town and City. The competitors included:

Celebrity Rumble
BowserHeadSSB4-U.png Keegan Allen (Pretty Little Liars) Winner
GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png Zelda Williams (several Nintendo commercials) Runner-up
LinkHeadSSB4-U.png Stephen Lunsford (Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight) Third place
KirbyHeadSSB4-U.png Erin Sanders (Zoey 101) Fourth place

Full results:
1. Keegan Allen
2. Zelda Williams
3. Stephen Lunsford
4. Erin Sanders

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