Tristate Area

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The Tristate Area according to the Smash community definition. Regions rarely considered part of Tristate are shaded lighter. New York City and Philadelphia are highlighted in yellow.

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. While conventionally the Tristate Area refers only to the New York metropolitan area, the competitive Super Smash Bros. community also includes in the term the Philadelphia metropolitan area and other parts of eastern Pennsylvania, while usually excluding western Connecticut.

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. However it still maintains a large and active tournament scene to this day thanks to Collision and Luminosity Makes Moves, both of which took Apex's place as Tristate's premier tournament series. 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]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These Tristate players were ranked on the SSBMRank 2022.

SSBMRank Name Notes
4 Cody Schwab FoxHeadSSBM.png (New York City) The current best Fox player in the world.
9 SluG IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png (Philadelphia) The current best Ice Climbers player in the world.
16 Aklo FoxHeadSSBM.pngLinkHeadSSBM.png (Long Island) The best Link player in the world.
33 TheSWOOPER SamusHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey) The current best Samus player in the world.
37 Jflex SheikHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)
40 Swift PikachuHeadSSBM.png (Long Island) Currently resides in Maryland.
41 2saint JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png (New York City)
43 Rishi MarthHeadSSBM.png (New York City)
58 Bbatts PeachHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)
60 Wally PeachHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)
66 Chem FoxHeadSSBM.png (Long Island/Philadelphia)
68 Mot$ FoxHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)
71 Dawson JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png (Philadelphia)
81 JJM IceClimbersHeadSSBM.pngPeachHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)
89 404Cray FalcoHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)

These Tristate players have been ranked globally in the past; their highest placement is listed:

Other notable players[edit]

  • Animal FoxHeadSSBM.png (Long Island)
  • D1 (New York City): One of the most famous Melee commentators. Currently banned.
  • Leighton JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png (New York City)
  • Mr. F JigglypuffHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)
  • Prog (Long Island): One of the most famous Melee commentators; lived in New York during much of his Smash career.
  • PudgyPanda IceClimbersHeadSSBM.png (New Jersey)
  • Whiskers YoshiHeadSSBM.png (New York City)

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

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.
Collision XIV 43 September 3rd, 2016
Olympus 93 October 28th-30th, 2016
Apollo 144 January 7th-8th, 2017
Apollo 2 86 February 11th, 2017
Apollo IV 103 April 8th, 2017
The Scarlet Classic III 78 April 23rd, 2017
The Scarlet Classic IV 213 April 15th, 2018
NYXL Pop-Up! 98 December 22nd, 2018
Scarlet Classic V 162 April 14th, 2019
Defend the North 2019 90 July 19th-21st, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These Tristate players were ranked on Brawl Central's 2020-2022 SSBBRank.

SSBBRank Name Notes
5 Dabuz OlimarHeadSSBB.png (New York) One of the best Olimar players in the United States.
9 Chia ROBHeadSSBB.png (Philadelphia) Founder of CLASH Tournaments, one of the largest Smash streaming groups in the early 2010s.
10 Kyoz ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey)
14 Vex Kasrani KingDededeHeadSSBB.png (Philadelphia) The best solo King Dedede player from 2013-2014.
HM Max Power SheikHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey)

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

SSBBRank Name Notes
1 Nairo MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) One of the best players in the world during his prime in 2012-2014.
3 ZeRo MetaKnightHeadSSBB.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.
5 Mew2King MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) 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 spent most of his Brawl career living in the Tristate Area, but also spent time living in Ohio and Georgia.
7 ADHD DiddyKongHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) One of the best players in the United States and the world throughout Brawl's lifetime.
9 Vinnie IceClimbersHeadSSBB.png (Long Island) Lived in New York for most of Brawl's lifetime, but briefly moved to Texas.
11 Anti MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png (Long Island) One of the best Meta Knight players in the United States and the world.
12 NAKAT (New York City) Quickly rose to prominence as a top Ice Climbers player in 2013.
18 Salem ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) Famous for winning Apex 2013, the second-largest Brawl tournament of all time.
29 Xzax FalcoHeadSSBB.png (Philadelphia)
39 Will DonkeyKongHeadSSBB.png (Long Island) The best Donkey Kong player in the world.
42 Orion MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) Lives in New Jersey, but also spent time in the Netherlands during his Brawl career for school.
48 Atomsk KingDededeHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) Known as one of the best players in the United States during his prime from 2009-2011.
54 False SnakeHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) Also known for his dominance in doubles with Nakat.
59 Jbandrew MetaKnightHeadSSBB.pngLuigiHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey)
66 Shadow MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png (New York) One of the top Meta Knights on the East Coast during the early stages of Brawl.
80 Keitaro FalcoHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) Known as the tournament director of the KTAR and SKTAR tournament series.
81 Kingtoon ToonLinkHeadSSBB.png (Philadelphia) One of the best Toon Link players in North America.
90 Malcolm WarioHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey)
91 Jtails MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png (New York City)

These Tristate players have been ranked globally in the past; their highest placement is listed:

Other notable players[edit]

  • Inui MetaKnightHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey): An old school player most known for his prominence in doubles.
  • NinjaLink DiddyKongHeadSSBB.pngROBHeadSSBB.pngPikachuHeadSSBB.png (New York City): An old school player renowned for playing a variety of characters at a professional level.
  • Zucco LucarioHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey): A top Lucario player in the United States when he was active.

Major tournaments hosted[edit]

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

Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These Tristate players were ranked on the Panda Global Rankings 100.

PG ranking Name Notes
2 Nairo ZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.pngBowserHeadSSB4-U.png (New Jersey) One of the best players of all time.
4 Dabuz RosalinaHeadSSB4-U.pngOlimarHeadSSB4-U.png (New York City) One of the best players of all time.
14 ANTi MarioHeadSSB4-U.pngZeroSuitSamusHeadSSB4-U.pngCloudHeadSSB4-U.png (New York City) One of the best Mario players of all time.
34 6WX SonicHeadSSB4-U.png (Philadelphia) One of the best Sonic players of all time.
36 Vinnie SheikHeadSSB4-U.pngRosalinaHeadSSB4-U.png (Long Island) One of the best Sheik players in the United States.
37 Mr. E LucinaHeadSSB4-U.pngMarthHeadSSB4-U.png (New York City) The best Lucina player in the world and the second best Marth player in the world.
54 Shoyo James DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.pngLuigiHeadSSB4-U.png (New Jersey) One of the best Diddy Kong players in the United States.
85 Sinji Pac-ManHeadSSB4-U.png (New York City) The best Pac-Man player in the world.

Other notable players[edit]

  • DKwill DonkeyKongHeadSSB4-U.png (New Jersey): One of the first top level Donkey Kong players in the world.
  • John Numbers WiiFitTrainerHeadSSB4-U.png (New York City): The best Wii Fit Trainer player in the world.
  • Jtails DiddyKongHeadSSB4-U.png (New York City): Known as a major innovator of Diddy Kong's early metagame.
  • Venia GreninjaHeadSSB4-U.png (New York City): The best Greninja player in the United States.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These Tristate players were ranked on the LumiRank Mid-Year 2023.

LumiRank Name Notes
5 Tweek DiddyKongHeadSSBU.pngWarioHeadSSBU.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.pngSephirothHeadSSBU.png (New Jersey) One of the best players of all time.
13 Zomba ROBHeadSSBU.png (New York City) The best R.O.B. player in the world and one of the best players in the United States during 2023.
24 Dabuz RosalinaHeadSSBU.pngOlimarHeadSSBU.pngMinMinHeadSSBU.png (New York City) The best Rosalina & Luma player in the world, as well as one of the best Olimar and Min Min players in the world.
45 Jakal WolfHeadSSBU.png (New Jersey) The best Wolf player in the world.
48 Quidd PokémonTrainerHeadSSBU.png (New York) One of the best Pokémon Trainer players in the world.
Top 70 Tilde FalcoHeadSSBU.png (New York City) The best Falco player in the world.
Top 80 Quandale Dinglelingleton SteveHeadSSBU.png (New York City) One of the best Steve players in the United States.
Top 120 Mr. E LucinaHeadSSBU.png (New York City) The best Lucina player in the United States.
Top 150 Syrup NessHeadSSBU.pngSteveHeadSSBU.png (New Jersey) One of the best Ness and Steve players in the United States.

These Tristate players have been ranked globally in the past; their highest placement is listed:

Other notable players[edit]

  • Jul RobinHeadSSBU.png (New York City): The best Robin player in the early metagame.
  • NickC CaptainFalconHeadSSBU.png (New York City): One of the best Captain Falcon players in the early metagame.
  • Venia GreninjaHeadSSBU.png (New York City): One of the best Greninja players in the United States.

Project M/Project+[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Globally ranked players[edit]

These players were ranked on the PMRank 2023.

PMRank Name Notes
1 dvdSheikHeadSSBB.png(New Jersey) The best Sheik player in the world.
6 MalachiZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png(New York City) The best Zero Suit Samus main in the world.
7 PhreshIceClimbersHeadSSBB.png (New York City) The 2nd Best Ice Climbers player in the world.
11 KycseCharizardHeadSSBB.png (Connecticut) The Best Charizard main in the world.
15 Shiny ZubatYoshiHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) Best Yoshi player in the world
18 BongoCaptainFalconHeadSSBB.png (Long Island)
19 WouldSmokeCraqNessHeadSSBB.png (Connecticut)
20 SwitchWolfHeadSSBB.png (New Jersey) The Best Wolf player in the world
23 BoikoMetaKnightHeadSSBB.pngZeroSuitSamusHeadSSBB.png(Long Island)
36 NarqLucasHeadSSBB.png(New York)
HM Mr. Watch & LearnMrGame&WatchHeadSSBB.png (New York)
ITM-TB AkloLinkHeadSSBB.png FoxHeadSSBB.png(Long Island)

These Tristate players have been ranked globally in the past; their highest placement is listed:

Other notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

Power rankings:

Smashers:

Tournaments: