Should 'Super Smash Bros. Melee' be included at Evo 2019? | The Tylt
Should 'Super Smash Bros. Melee' be included at Evo 2019?
"Super Smash Bros. Melee" was the second most-watched game at Evo 2018, with about 907,000 hours watched. And organizers want to get rid of that? For many, the exclusion of "Melee" from Evo is a huge mistake. Here is eSports writer Alex Lee with his take:
It’s obvious that Super Smash Bros. Melee deserves a spot at EVO. Over the years, Melee has established itself as a premier—if not the premier—fighting game, breaking EVO’s viewership records on multiple occasions and drawing almost 900 unique entrants in 2018.
EVO appears to have pinned its hopes on the idea that Melee diehards will flock to Smash Ultimate now that the older Smash title is off the lineup. But this reasoning is faulty at best. It’s true that many Melee players enjoy Ultimate, and some may have cross-registered, were they to enter EVO—but now, most Melee diehards will simply skip the Las Vegas event in favor of grassroots majors such as Super Smash Con and Shine...
Any event that purports to be the most prestigious fighting game tournament in the world should include Melee in its lineup. By removing the beloved title from this year’s event, EVO has made a lamentable mistake.
It has been nearly 20 years since "Super Smash Bros Melee" was released. Its popularity has outlasted later titles like "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" and "Super Smash Bros. 4," but it's time to leave the past behind. "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is the better Smash game and it needs to be the only version at eSports tournaments moving forward.
"Ultimate" is everything "Brawl" and "Smash 4" were not. Its pace is close to "Melee," but still quite satisfying in its own right. The mechanics are a little simple, but have some of the intricacies that should satisfy the "Melee" crowd—such as low landing lag, more freeform movement options, and a more developed edgeguard game. Plus, there are even more characters to pick from and master, making competitions more exciting and featuring updated matchups instead of the same old ones from "Melee."
"Melee" is undoubtedly one of the most iconic games in the eSports scene, but even the most legendary games need to be replaced. You don't see people playing "Super Fighter II" on Super Nintendo at these competitions. They embraced the new games and made it part of the competitive culture. The same needs to happen with "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate."
It's time to retire "Melee" and embrace "Ultimate."