Nintendo is organizing a nationwide Amiibo-only Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament... in Japan

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • March 7, 2015 at 6:24 p.m. PST

Nintendo is planning to hold a series of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournaments at various video game and toy store locations all across Japan, starting next Saturday, March 14. The first wave of tournaments will take place at select stores in Ichikawa (Chiba prefecture), Umeda (Osaka) and Moriya (Ibaraki).

What's interesting about these tournaments is that they won't actually require the participants to play; rather, their Amiibos will be the ones doing the fighting.

Yes, this is am all-Amiibo tournament. They're callling it the "Amiibo X Smash Bros. Saikyou Amiibo Ketteisen"; the Japanese part loosely translates to "the tournament that shall decide which Amiibo is the strongest".


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Chances are, they're doing this not because somebody over at Nintendo of Japan saw how much attention in the video games press Super Smash Bros. for Wii U got when a Fox Amiibo placed third against live, human opponents at a tournament in Richmond, British Columbia -- they probably aren't even aware of it.

And it's clearly not catered towards the competitive community; unlike the GameStop tournament tour held here in the US late last year, the winners at these tournaments will not receive an all-expenses-paid trip to go attend a grand finals tournament for emerging victorious. They will not receive any prize money, either.

All they'll get for winning the tournament, is a free Amiibo figure. Oh, and an Super Smash Bros. A4-sized clear file that all participants, win or lose, will receive. Needless to say, there's no prize money involved either.

This is just a simple promotional activity for Nintendo customers who own Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Amiibo figures. Participating stores will hold these Amiibo-only tournaments multiple numerous times throughout the day, since each tournament is limited to 16 players only, and each battle within a tournament round will be played on 8-Player Smash. You can probably even enter these tournaments as many times as you want to try and win an Amiibo; Nintendo did not specify.

Would you participate in such a tournament? Even if it's really more of a simple Amiibo promotional activity than an actual competitive tournament?

Source: Game Watch.

Comments

MightyAfro said on March 7, 2015 at 6:28 p.m.

Awesoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooome!!

I wish they'd do more of those here

#1
MADAO said on March 7, 2015 at 6:31 p.m.

Capcom ain't nothing on Nintendo. Those $500000 and that Capcom Cup, that's a bunch of crap compared to Nintendo's amiibo tournaments

#2
Wintry said on March 7, 2015 at 7:58 p.m.

*looks at my Link Amiibo*

"You've trained for this moment. Get out there and show them what you're made of!"

#3
DoctorFedora said on March 7, 2015 at 8:09 p.m.

So uh by "Fukushima" did you mean "Osaka"? Because that's what the link says.

#4
KarbyP said on March 7, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

Ah, thanks, I wrote Fukushima because I thought there is an Umeda in Fukushima.

It's been corrected, thanks!

#5
Zebraman7279 said on March 7, 2015 at 8:37 p.m.

I wonder if there's a limit to this. For example you can't boost your Amiibo's stats through equipment.

#6
DaveNotti said on March 7, 2015 at 9:18 p.m.

...?

#7
Portal23 said on March 7, 2015 at 9:53 p.m.

Holy crap that looks awesome!!

I hope they do one in the US too. My Wii Fit Trainer Amiibo will wreck the competition.

#8
Oddness said on March 8, 2015 at 5:56 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#9
armyengineer3361 said on March 8, 2015 at 7:05 a.m.

I really don't understand why Nintendo didn't release a Pokemon game with amiibos, seems like a logical conclusion to me.

#10
DJ_Freeze said on March 8, 2015 at 7:52 a.m.

Just wait for it..... the NEW 3DS is amiibo compatible. Gotta buy'em all!

#11
keebler said on March 8, 2015 at 8:50 a.m.

I think these are interesting.

For those that haven't used amiibo, it learns from its opponents as it levels. So even though it's an amiibo competing, it can be a representation of you. I myself did several matches where I taunted the amiibo as I knocked him off the stage for a stock, and now he taunts in the same scenarios. It's really cool.

Unfortunately, japan has a huge advantage in that they don't have the huge amiibo shortages that we do in the states. Resellers have made it so some characters are very hard to come by. So these competitions here would only be made up up a handful of maybe 10 to 12 characters on average. The people with the rarer ones would mostly be people that took the extra step to import them.

#12
SuperKirbyFan said on March 8, 2015 at 5:38 p.m.

"Chances are, they're doing this not because somebody over at Nintendo of Japan saw how much attention in the video games press Super Smash Bros. for Wii U got when a Fox Amiibo placed third against live, human opponents at a tournament in Richmond, British Columbia -- they probably aren't even aware of it."

Umm, what? Not only did they notice, but they posted about it on their facebook page. I really wish people would do their research before bashing Nintendo.

https://m.facebook.com/SmashBrosEN/po...

#13
Enter4none said on March 8, 2015 at 7:10 p.m.

So, basically it's Nintendo's Cock Fight Bros.?

#14
MetalSmasher86 said on July 2, 2015 at 3:42 a.m.

With the rise of amiibo tournaments, I think it's time for Nintendo to add online amiibo battle functionality for Smash 4.

#15


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