Tristate Area

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The Tristate Area refers to a Smash region centered on southeastern New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania (more specifically, the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas); the region borders and/or overlaps with parts of Upstate New York, the Connecticut portion of New England, Pittsburgh/Northeast Ohio, and Maryland/Virginia. The Smash Bros. community's definition of "Tristate Area" differs from its general meaning; the former includes the Philadelphia area and generally excludes southwestern Connecticut, while the latter always includes southwestern Connecticut while excluding Philadelphia.

Anchored by NYC and Philadelphia, two of the largest metropolitan areas in the United States, the densely populated Tristate Area has accordingly grown into one of the largest Smash regions in the country, particularly for Smash 4. It was also home to the largest Brawl community in North America during the game's peak levels of activity. Dedicated TOs, such as Alex Strife and Keitaro, combined with easy access to the NYC area's major airports, have helped the Tristate Area develop into the Smash hub it has become today. With the prominence of the Apex series, the region was even considered the unofficial center of grassroots activity; however, with the decline of Apex and the rise of new supermajors in other parts of the United States, the Tristate Area has lost its status as the undisputed most important Smash region. It still maintains a large and active tournament scene to this day, however. It is considered to be one of the two strongest regions for Project M in the world (the other being Southern California), with 13 PMRanked players and multiple other unranked threats.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

See also: New York City Power Rankings, New Jersey Power Rankings, Philadelphia Power Rankings, Tristate Power Rankings, Category:New York smashers, Category:New Jersey smashers, and Category:Pennsylvania smashers

These Tristate players were ranked on Melee It On Me's 2016 SSBMRank.

SSBMRank Name Characters Notes
21 The Moon MarthHeadSSBM.png
27 dizzkidboogie IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png
65 DJ Nintendo FoxHeadSSBM.pngPikachuHeadSSBM.png
51 Slox FoxHeadSSBM.pngSheikHeadSSBM.png Lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but ranked 5th on the New York City Power Rankings.
64 Captain Smuckers CaptainFalconHeadSSBM.png
83 Reno SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png Originally from New York, but currently lives in southern California.
90 Zanguzen FalcoHeadSSBM.png
95 JFlex SheikHeadSSBM.pngFoxHeadSSBM.png

Other top players[edit]

  • Hax FoxHeadSSBM.png: Known for playing one of the most technical Foxes, as well as formerly maining the world's best Captain Falcon. Currently inactive due to hand injuries.
  • PC Chris FoxHeadSSBM.pngFalcoHeadSSBM.png: One of the best players in the world from 2006-2007 before retiring from the game.
  • SwiftBass MarthHeadSSBM.png: Lives in New Haven, Connecticut, but formerly ranked 10th on the New York City Power Rankings and 86th on the 2015 SSBMRank
  • D1: One of the most famous Melee commentators.
  • Prog: One of the most famous Melee commentators; lived in New York during much of his Smash career.

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

See also: Category:New York tournaments, Category:New Jersey tournaments, and Category:Pennsylvania tournaments

A list of significant regional and national Melee events hosted in the Tristate Area; nationals are highlighted in bold.

Name Entrants Date Notes
Smash 4 Cash <40 June 2004 As one of the earliest tournaments in New York City, many details concerning entrants and exact date have been lost.
MLG New York 2004 October 24th, 2004
MLG New York 2005 February 25-26th, 2006
MLG New York Opener 2006 143 April 21st-23rd, 2006
MLG New York Playoffs 2006 208 October 13th-14th, 2006
MLG Long Island 2007 71 May 5th-6th, 2007
Revival of Melee 136 March 7th-8th, 2009 The first Melee national following the release of Brawl.
Revival of Melee 2 159 November 21st-22nd, 2009
Apex 2010 220 August 6th-8th, 2010
Revival of Melee 3 163 November 20th-21st, 2010
Zenith 2011 83 May 28th-29th, 2011
Revival of Melee 4 110 November 19th-20th, 2011
Apex 2012 318 January 6th-8th, 2012 A series-wide supermajor.
Zenith 2012 92 May 26-27th, 2012
Revival of Melee 5 114 November 17th-18th, 2012 Following the winners' semifinals set between Mew2King and Unknown522, the event became a major landmark in the handling of tournament direction and rule violations.
Apex 2013 336 January 11th-13th, 2013 A series-wide supermajor.
Zenith 2013 126 June 1st-2nd, 2013
Revival of Melee 6 118 November 16th-17th, 2013
Apex 2014 629 January 17th-19th, 2014 A series-wide supermajor; at the time, the largest grassroots Melee event and the second-largest Melee tournament ever, behind only EVO 2013.
Revival of Melee 7 113 March 8th-9th, 2014
SKTAR 3 237 May 31st-June 1st, 2014
Zenith 2014 281 August 2nd-3rd, 2014
Justice 4 October 11th, 2014
Apex 2015 1,037 January 30th-February 1st, 2015 A series-wide supermajor; at the time, the largest Melee tournament ever.
NeoNebulous 7 171 March 29th, 2015
Super Nebulous 3 198 April 25th-26th, 2015
Nebulous Prime 1 129 August 14th-16th, 2015
SKTAR 4 93 August 22nd-23rd, 2016
Shots Fired 2 125 March 5h-6th, 2016
Super Nebulous 4 March 27th, 2016
Apex 2016 159 June 17th-19th, 2016 Following the controversies of Apex 2015, its Melee event was diminished in size to a regional.
Olympus 93 October 28th-30th, 2016

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

See also: New York City Power Rankings, New Jersey Power Rankings, Philadelphia Power Rankings, Tristate Power Rankings, Category:New York smashers, Category:New Jersey smashers, and Category:Pennsylvania smashers

These Tristate players were ranked on Panda Global's Panda Global Rankings for January - June 2017.

PG ranking Name Characters Notes
3 Nairo ZeroSuitSamusHeadBlackSSB4-U.png The best Zero Suit Samus player in the world and one of the best players in the world. Won Paragon Los Angeles 2015 and Super Smash Con 2016.
4 Dabuz RosalinaHeadBlackSSB4-U.png The best Rosalina & Luma player in the world and one of the best players in the world. Won 2GGC: Civil War.
21 ANTi MarioHeadYellowSSB4-U.pngCloudHeadAdventBlackSSB4-U.pngZeroSuitSamusHeadBlackSSB4-U.pngSheikHeadRedSSB4-U.png One of the best players in the world, who possesses a wide cast of characters at the top level. Won CEO 2016.
30 Mr.E MarthHeadBlackSSB4-U.png The best Marth player in the United States.
31 6WX SonicHeadCyanSSB4-U.png One of the best Sonic players in the United States and the world.

Other top players[edit]

  • DKwillDonkeyKongHeadGreenSSB4-U.png: One of the first top level Donkey Kong players in the world.
  • JamesLuigiHeadSSB4-U.pngDiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png: Ranked in the "Area 51" section of the Panda Global Rankings.
  • John NumbersWiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png: The best Wii Fit Trainer player in the world.
  • JtailsDiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png: Known as a major innovator of Diddy Kong's early metagame.
  • VeniaGreninjaHeadGreySSB4-U.png: The best Greninja player in the United States.
  • VinnieSheikHeadYellowSSB4-U.pngRosalinaHeadWhiteSSB4-U.png: One of the best Sheik players in the United States, formerly ranked as high as 18th on the Panda Global Rankings but currently unranked due to recent inactivity.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

See also: New York City Power Rankings, New Jersey Power Rankings, Philadelphia Power Rankings, Tristate Power Rankings, Category:New York smashers, Category:New Jersey smashers, and Category:Pennsylvania smashers

These Tristate players were ranked on CLASH Tournaments' 2014 SSBBRank.

SSBBRank Name Characters Notes
1 Nairo MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png One of the best players in the world during his prime in 2012-2014.
5 Mew2King MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Brawl's undisputed best player in its early years, and he still remained one its best players throughout its lifetime. Originally from New Jersey and spend most of his Brawl career living in the Tristate Area, but also spent time living in Ohio.
7 ADHD DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png One of the best players in the United States and the world throughout Brawl's lifetime.
9 Vinnie IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png Lived in New York for most of Brawl's lifetime, but moved to Texas
11 Anti MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png One of the best Meta Knights in the United States and the world.
12 NAKAT IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png Quickly rose to prominence as a top Ice Climbers player in 2013.
18 Salem ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png Famous for winning Apex 2013, the second-largest Brawl tournament of all time.
20 Dabuz OlimarHeadSSBB.png One of the top Olimars in the United States.
29 Xzax FalcoHeadSSBB.png A top Falco player, lived in Philadelphia during Brawl's lifetime.
34 Vex Kasrani KingDededeHeadSSBB.png Rose as the best solo King Dedede main in 2013-2014.
39 Will DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png The best Donkey Kong in the world.
42 Orion MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png Lives in New Jersey, but also spent time in the Netherlands during his Brawl career for school.
48 Atomsk KingDededeHeadSSBB.png Known as one of the best players in the United States during his prime from 2009-2011.
54 False SnakeHeadSSBB.png A top Snake main, also known for his dominance in doubles with Nakat.
59 Jbandrew MetaKnightHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.png Lived in New Jersey during Brawl's competitive lifetime.
66 Shadow MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png One of the top Meta Knights on the East Coast during the early stages of Brawl.
80 Keitaro FalcoHeadSSBB.png Known as the tournament director of the KTAR and SKTAR tournament series.
81 Kingtoon ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png A top Toon Link player in North America.
90 Malcolm WarioHeadSSBB.png
91 Jtails MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png

Other top players[edit]

  • ZeRoMetaKnightHeadSSBB.png: Although originally from Chile, ZeRo spent much of his Brawl career living in the Tristate Area, where he quickly rose to become one of the best players in the world.
  • KsizzleMetaKnightHeadSSBB.pngLucarioHeadSSBB.png: One of the top players in the United States during his prime from 2009-2010.
  • ChiboROBHeadSSBB.png: Founder of CLASH Tournaments, one of the largest Smash streaming groups.
  • InuiMetaKnightHeadSSBB.png: An old school player most known for his prominence in doubles.
  • NinjaLinkDiddyKongHeadSSBB.pngROBHeadSSBB.pngPikachuHeadSSBB.png: An old school player renowned for playing a variety of characters at a professional level.
  • ZuccoLucarioHeadSSBB.png: A top Lucario player in the United States when he was active.

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

See also: Category:New York tournaments, Category:New Jersey tournaments, and Category:Pennsylvania tournaments

A list of significant regional and national Brawl events hosted in the Tristate Area; nationals are highlighted in bold.

Name Entrants Date Notes
Clash of the Titans IV 249 February 7th-8th, 2009
Apex 2009 210 May 9th-10th, 2009
KTAR 45 December 6th, 2009
KTAR 2 74 March 20th, 2010
Apex 2010 269 August 6th-8th, 2010
KTAR 3 74 September 25th, 2010
KTAR 4 77 January 15th, 2011
KTAR 5 116 May 21st, 2011
Clash of the Titans 5 June 25th-26th, 2011
KTAR 6 130 August 14th, 2011
Apex 2012 400 January 6th-8th, 2012 A series-wide supermajor; the largest Brawl tournament of all time.
Clash of the Titans 6 June 2nd, 2012
SKTAR 140 July 14th-15th, 2012
Apex 2013 338 January 11th-13th, 2013 A series-wide supermajor; the third-largest Brawl tournament of all time.
KTAR 7 55 July 6th-7th, 2013
SKTAR 2 141 August 3rd-4th, 2013
KTAR 8 44 December 28th, 2013
Apex 2014 370 January 17th-19th, 2014 A series-wide supermajor; the second-largest Brawl tournament of all time.
KTAR 9 33 March 22nd, 2014
SKTAR 3 97 May 31st-June 1st, 2014 The last Brawl national before the release of Smash 4.
Apex 2015 176 January 30th-February 1st, 2015

Project M[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Nationally ranked players[edit]

See also: NY/NJ Project M Power Rankings, Philadelphia Power Rankings, Category:New York smashers, Category:New Jersey smashers, and Category:Pennsylvania smashers

These players were ranked on the PMRank 2016.

PMRank Name Characters Notes
4 Malachi PeachHeadSSBB.pngSheikHeadSSBB.png The best Peach and Sheik main in the world.
7 Gallo MarioHeadSSBB.png The best Mario main in the world.
11 Emukiller MetaKnightHeadSSBB.pngMewtwoHeadPM.png Placed 1st at SKTAR 3 with Mewtwo, now mains Meta Knight.
13 Frozen MewtwoHeadPM.png The best Mewtwo main in the world, but is currently inactive.
14 Envy IkeHeadSSBB.pngDiddyKongHeadSSBB.png The best active Ike main in the world.
16 DVD ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png The best Toon Link main in the world.
17 Jaden PeachHeadSSBB.pngSheikHeadSSBB.png
18 Switch WolfHeadSSBB.png The best Wolf main in the world.
23 Phresh IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png The best Ice Climbers main in the world.
28 StereoKiDD NessHeadSSBB.png One of the best Ness players in the world.
32 Zhime ZeldaHeadSSBB.png The best Zelda main in the world.
34 Boiko NessHeadSSBB.pngMetaKnightHeadSSBB.png
50 Shiny Zubat LuigiHeadSSBB.pngYoshiHeadSSBB.png One of the best Luigi and Yoshi players in the world.

Other Top Players[edit]

  • AidanZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png:Rising player, one of the best Zero Suit Samus players in the world.
  • DustyMarthHeadSSBB.png:Ranked 2nd on the Philadelphia Project M Power Rankings.
  • AkloLinkHeadSSBB.pngFoxHeadSSBB.png-Hidden boss. Attends events very rarely, but has wins on players like Gallo, Kycse and Zhime.
  • Yung QuaffMetaKnightHeadSSBB.pngIvysaurHeadSSBB.png-Placed 7th at The Bigger Balc after defeating multiple PMRank players.
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