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.
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