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Nintendo's Bill Trinen explains why Nintendo takes a different approach to Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments

It's all about fun

Nintendo's Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments are quite different from the usual Smash Bros. tournaments we see other organizations put on. Why does Nintendo mix things up with unique rulesets and items? Nintendo's Bill Trinen explained in an interview with Kotaku.

“Obviously with something like Smash, there are already a ton of tournaments out there. We’re trying to find ways to make it easier for people who are everyday Smash players to get a taste of participating in tournaments We want to keep the grassroots base community healthy and sustainable and the way we want to do that is to bring in fresh blood.

We don’t view ourselves as really even now dipping our toe into esports. I think our approach is less of one of competition and it’s really more about the competitive fun. We want to bring the casual Smash player into the competitive scene and the existing competitive community.

We don’t want to compete with the competitive scene. We’re using items on partially to differentiate from what the competitive scene is doing and partially to make it easier for a more casual audience to approach.”

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I only wish that the serious players (and spectators) could respect the idea that there's more than one way to run a Smash tourney. Smash isn't gonna lose clout just because there's a handful of tounreys that don't play by serious rules.

And this is coming from someone who plays by competitive rule sets on the regular, along with hitting up and doing decently in tournaments from time to time.

A little chaos can be fun from time to time. Especially in cases where the raw skill gap is far too big between family, friends, and peers.

riftsilver
Wed May 29 19 06:01pm
Rating: 2

I like this. I'm all for competitive play, I've been to multiple tournaments, I've played against some of the top players in my state (and got beaten to a pulp), but I love casual play as well.

It's hard to play with my friends sometimes because they won't play with items, won't play 90% of the stages, and they're extremely particular on what they allow. I like just playing being able to jump into a match and not worry about what is banned, just do the best I can in whatever scenario I'm put into.

fish
Wed May 29 19 06:50pm
Rating: 3

I like watching Nintendo's tournament stuff BECAUSE it's different. I've seen Battlefield/FD, no items gameplay for over two decades. It's a nice change of pace. I think Smash is the most interesting when you're rolling with the punches.

I love the zaniness of certain stages and items so Nintendo's tournaments is something I'll watch.

Also they don’t want to do cash prizes anymore which is the real difference

I only wish that the serious players (and spectators) could respect the idea that there's more than one way to run a Smash tourney. Smash isn't gonna lose clout just because there's a handful of tounreys that don't play by serious rules.

And this is coming from someone who plays by competitive rule sets on the regular, along with hitting up and doing decently in tournaments from time to time.

A little chaos can be fun from time to time. Especially in cases where the raw skill gap is far too big between family, friends, and peers.

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