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Tournament:Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018

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Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018
Screenshot from the trailer.
Dates June 12th, 2018
Venue The Belasco Theater
Address/City 1050 S Hill St
Los Angeles, California USA
Attendance 8
Entry fees
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate winners Chile ZeRo
Organizer(s) Nintendo

The Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 was an invitational tournament held by Nintendo at E3 2018, that took place on the night of June 12th, 2018. The tournament was announced on March 22nd, 2018 via Nintendo's YouTube channel. Much like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was showcased prior to its release at this tournament. The tournament was held following the conclusion of the Splatoon 2 World Championship.


According to Nintendo's E3 website and a post from their What's New blog, top players from across the globe will be participating. A few people who are "dressed as their favorite Nintendo character" and other invited guests[1] will be able to play on-stage in exhibitions.


Smasher Characters chosen
Mexico Leonardo "MkLeo" Perez Marth's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.CloudHeadSSB4-U.png SonicHeadSSBU.pngBayonettaHeadSSBU.pngSnakeHeadSSBU.png
Chile Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios Diddy Kong's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MarioHeadSSBU.pngSheikHeadSSBU.pngIkeHeadSSBU.png
Sweden Adam "Armada" Lindgren PeachHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png SamusHeadSSBU.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.pngKirbyHeadSSBU.png
Japan Yuta "Abadango" Kawamura BayonettaHeadSSB4-U.pngMewtwo's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. MewtwoHeadSSBU.pngPac-ManHeadSSBU.pngCorrinHeadSSBU.png
USA Justin "Plup" McGrath SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png RidleyHeadSSBU.pngPitHeadSSBU.pngVillagerHeadSSBU.png
Netherlands Ramin "Mr.R" Delshad Sheik's stock icon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. CloudHeadSSBU.pngRyuHeadSSBU.pngLittleMacHeadSSBU.png
USA Jose "Lucky" Aldama FoxHeadSSBM.png MarthHeadSSBU.pngBowserHeadSSBU.pngFoxHeadSSBU.png
USA Joseph "Mango" Marquez FalcoHeadSSBM.png GanondorfHeadSSBU.pngInklingHeadSSBU.pngLinkHeadSSBU.png
  • Both Nairo and Leffen were back-up contestants. Nairo would ultimately play as Snake in a 1v3 exhibition match against three guest stars, which he won, and Leffen played ZeRo in a set for Nintendo Treehouse Live.
  • Mr.R and Lucky only played two matches, so they were unable to use Little Mac and Fox respectively.
  • No player included Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Ness, Ice Climbers, Zelda, or Mega Man in their character bank.


  • Zelda Williams
  • Alanah "Charalanahzard" Pearce
  • Devin "devinsupertramp" Graham
  • Andre "Black Nerd" Meadows

VIP Attendees[edit]



  • Winners Round 1 was a doubles match with 3 stocks, 7 minutes, and the Smash Ball on.
  • Elimination Round 1 was a doubles match with 4 stocks, 6 minutes, and all items on.
  • Winners Rounds 2 and 3 were singles matches with 3 stocks, 6 minutes, and the Smash Ball on. In Round 3[citation needed], stage hazards were disabled[citation needed].
  • Elimination Round 2 was a free-for-all four-player match on[citation needed] Battlefield with 4 stocks, 6 minutes, and all items on. Only the 1st place finisher advanced.
  • Elimination Round 3 was a singles match with 4 stocks, 6 minutes, and all items on.
  • Grand Finals was a best-of-three set of singles matches on[citation needed] Battlefield Ω with 3 stocks, 6 minutes, and all items off.


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate singles[edit]

(8 entrants)
Grand Finals

Place Name Character(s) Earnings
1st Chile ZeRo MarioHeadSSBU.pngSheikHeadSSBU.pngIkeHeadSSBU.png
2nd Mexico MkLeo BayonettaHeadSSBU.pngSonicHeadSSBU.pngSnakeHeadSSBU.png
3rd USA Plup PitHeadSSBU.pngVillagerHeadSSBU.pngRidleyHeadSSBU.png
4th Sweden Armada SamusHeadSSBU.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.pngKirbyHeadSSBU.png
4th Japan Abadango Pac-ManHeadSSBU.pngMewtwoHeadSSBU.pngCorrinHeadSSBU.png
4th USA Mango GanondorfHeadSSBU.pngInklingHeadSSBU.pngLinkHeadSSBU.png
7th USA Lucky MarthHeadSSBU.pngBowserHeadSSBU.png
7th Netherlands Mr.R CloudHeadSSBU.pngRyuHeadSSBU.png


  • ZeRo was the only invited player to return from the first Invitational, which he won.
  • The match pitting MkLeo (Bayonetta) against Plup (Ridley) was controversial, as the match was hugely in MkLeo's favor. This is mostly due to him using Bayonetta, who is a highly controversial character in general, as people considered her to be broken in Smash 4. However, another crucial element was the fact that Plup was using Ridley, who is a new character that he wasn't very familiar with, and possessed a massive hurtbox that made him easy to juggle with a character like Bayonetta.
    • Reportedly, even Masahiro Sakurai was shaking his head in disappointment due to how Bayonetta dominated the match.[2]
  • In a doubles match with Mr.R and Lucky against Plup and Abadango, Lucky repeatedly mistakenly attacked Mr.R, due to believing the match was a free-for-all instead of a 2v2.[3][4] It's likely that, as a Melee player, Lucky simply forgot about the ability to choose costumes in teams (which was added in Smash 4).

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