Smash Bros. Invitational Competitors, Announcers Revealed

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Super Smash Bros. Invitational @ E3 2014 | oprainfall

Nintendo has had a busy day today: they’ve not only updated the Nintendo eShop with their new titles, but there are also some big Smash Bros. announcements. The line-up for the Super Smash Bros. Invitational @ E3 2014 tournament has been announced. The competitors that were selected were chosen primarily from the Smash Bros. community. They are as follows:

  • Ken “LiquidKen” Hoang
  • Hugo “HugS” Gonzalez
  • Lilian “milktea” Chen
  • Daniel “LiquidKDJ” Jung
  • Neha “Lilo” Chhetri
  • Kris “Toph” Aldenderfer
  • Hendrick “DJNintendo” Pilar
  • Sam “PeachyHime” McNaughton
  • Juan “Crs. Hungrybox” Bebiedma
  • Kevin “PewPewU” Toy
  • Dakota “TheRapture” Lasky
  • Kevin “EGPPMD” Nanney
  • Cristin “Crismas” DeSaro
  • Masaya “aMSa” Chikamoto
  • McCain “MacD” LaVelle
  • Gonzalo “CT ZeRo” Barrios

The announcers have also been revealed. They are Wynton “Prog” Smith, Bobby “Scar” Scarnewman, and D’Ron “D1” Maingrette. Veteran journalist Geoff Keighley has been selected to host the event.

Smash Bros. Invitational - Geoff Keighley

The competitors will be selecting from one of twenty previously announced characters. This will be done through a special draft. There will be four rounds of four player battles with four lives given for a five minute battle. The top two advance from each round, leading to the one-on-one, four-stock, eight minute Finale on Battlefield. Items will be on for the first three rounds — and while this might upset those that follow the pro scene, this is most likely done because Nintendo wants to show off as much as possible before Smash Fest the next day. Nintendo will also hold a Fan Favorite Bracket with competitors determined by votes from the first two rounds of the main tournament. Items will be on for all rounds of the Fan Favorite Bracket.

In addition, Nintendo had one final reveal: the Wii U GameCube controller adapter. This was made to help make competitive play as lag-free as possible. While there are third party adapters already, those usually plug into the Wii-mote. This will plug directly into the console via USB port. And while nothing has been confirmed, this could possibly be a precursor to the release of GameCube games on the Virtual Console.

Wii U GameCube Controller Adapter

And it looks like a newly designed GameCube controller is coming as well. No confirmation yet on if this is true.


For more information, check out the Invitational info page on Nintendo’s E3 website. Also, check out the reveal trailer below. And if you’re in the Los Angeles area, check out how you can attend the Invitational.

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  • James Best

    I like that they’re bring back the GameCube controller.

    • Vinicius

      Unless they are also bringing GC games to virtual console I don’t.

  • Klagmar

    Does anyone know if the controller adapter only works for games designed for it, or if it works wherever a Pro controller is supported? A.k.a can I use it for Mario Kart 8?

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Not sure yet. They only teased it during the video and on Twitter. Nothing is really known about it.

    • Justin Graham

      Only games that were designed to use the GameCube controller would have use for the adapter. Mario Kart 8 does not fall into that category given that absolutely nothing about any such compatibility has ever been stated anywhere in any fashion.

      Not to say that Nintendo couldn’t patch such support in later, but I doubt that they would.

    • Klagmar

      I was hoping they might do something like map the GameCube controllers to Pro controllers, so all old games that support Pro controllers would also support GameCube ones.

  • Thanatos2k

    The Doritos Pope! He’s back!