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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is paying homage to Melee with its online tournament mode

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 1, 2020 at 1:03 p.m. PST • Comments: 7

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate currently has the highest number of sales for any fighting game at over 15.71 million. Despite Ultimate's popularity, Super Smash Bros. Melee — a game that was released back in 2001 — is still played competitively alongside Ultimate to this very day.

It appears that Ultimate will be paying a special tribute to Melee via its online tournament mode. During the "A Tribute to Melee" event, players will be able to compete with settings that enable only certain features that were first introduced in Super Smash Bros. Melee.

The challengers that can be selected are limited to Peach, Bowser, Ice Climbers, Sheik, Zelda, Dr. Mario, Pichu, Falco, Marth, Young Link, Ganondorf, Mewtwo, Roy, and Mr. Game & Watch.

As for the stage list, only Battlefield, Rainbow Cruise, Princess Peach's Castle, Kongo Falls, Jungle Japes, Great Bay, Temple, Brinstar, Yoshi's Island (Melee), Yoshi's Story, Fountain of Dreams, Green Greens, Corneria, Venom, Pokémon Stadium I, Onett, Mushroom Kingdom II, Brinstar Depths, Big Blue, and Fourside can be played on.

Finally, the items that appear during gameplay will include Smash Balls, Poké Balls, Containers, Food, Maxim Tomatoes, Heart Containers, Super Mushrooms, Poison Mushrooms, Super Stars, Warp Stars, Metal Boxes, Bunny Hoods, Beam Swords, Star Rods, Home-Run Bats, Hammers, Lip's Sticks, Ray Guns, Fire Flowers, Super Scopes, Bob-ombs, Motion-Sensor Bombs, Green Shells, Freezie, and Mr. Saturn.

Oddly, Battlefield is included in the stage list despite it first appearing in Super Smash Bros. 64, even if it was only playable during the single player Classic Mode. Final Destination is excluded from the list despite its situation being exactly the same as Battlefield's.

Smash Balls can pop in during gameplay despite the fact that the Final Smash mechanic was first introduced in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Final Smash meter is also enabled. A number of items like Beam Swords and Home-Run Bats were actually first usable in Super Smash Bros. 64 rather than Melee.

Funnily enough, it won't be possible to recreate the "no items, Fox only, Final Destination" meme with this ruleset. Both Fox and Final Destination have essentially been banned while items will always be turned on.

What's really cool about the homage though is the character select screen renders were recreated in the message to bear a striking resemblance to how the character portraits looked back in Melee. GameXplain has provided comparisons to look at.

Note that the "A Tribute to Melee" event will be taking place from January 3, 2020 and will last until January 6, 2020.

Melee Homage in Ultimate image #1 Melee Homage in Ultimate image #2 Melee Homage in Ultimate image #3
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