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2014 Evo Game List Super Smash Bros. Melee: Evolution World Championship Adds Popular Nintendo Brawler to Likes of Capcom, Street Fighter

First Posted: Mar 13, 2014 03:21 PM EDT

This year's 2014 Evolution World Championship will have something different from the previous years. Nintendo has willingly decided to allow Super Smash Bros. Melee to participate. This news came after the people at Shoryuken pretty much assumed that the most popular game in last year's tournament would not be on their roster.

The decision from Nintendo to allow their popular 2001 GameCube brawler to take part in the 2014 EVO competition is a complete turnaround from their 2013 decision in which Nintendo attempted to shut down and stop the streaming of the Super Smash Bros. Melee game. After Nintendo reluctantly relented and decided to allow their game into the tournament, it went on to break streaming records. These records were later broken by Capcom, but it was a huge bump for Nintendo nonetheless.

Many believe that Nintendo is finally starting to understand what other companies such as Valve, Capcom, Blizzard, and Riot have already discovered; that the competitive gaming community and YouTube streaming assists with increasing the popularity of games as well as increasing sales and their game's profile.

However, some people are speculating that Nintendo's attempt to stop the game last year was a publicity stunt that it has carried into this year. In 2014, the company plans to release the new Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U consoles.

Last year alone, the Melee tournament consisted of over 700 gamers, the largest in history. The tournament was won by Joseph Marquez from the team Melee It on Me. The 2014 EVO will be the second consecutive year that Super Smash Bros. Melee will be at the tournament.

Similar to last year's event, Super Smash Bros. Melee will be played alongside other brawler games such as Marvel vs. Capcom and Street Fighter IV. This year's Evolution World Championship will take place July 11-13 in Las Vegas.

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