Nintendo Back On Its Bullshit, Shuts Down Another Smash Bros. Tournament

Nintendo Back On Its Bullshit, Shuts Down Another Smash Bros. Tournament
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Nintendo of America has once again stepped in to foil fans’ efforts to keep its old games alive and vibrant. After learning a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event at an Ohio waterpark next month would also feature competitive play for Smash Bros. Brawl mod Project+, the company’s lawyers sweeped in like they so often do to ruin players’ fun.

The inaugural Riptide Smash Bros. event was supposed to happen last year but was postponed due to the pandemic. But 2021 has introduced another hitch. The three-day fighting game extravaganza at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio will now no longer feature Project+, a variant of the popular Project M mod for Smash Bros. Brawl that makes the 2008 Wii game fit for high-level competitive play.

“Riptide was contacted recently by a Nintendo of America, Inc. representative regarding our Project+ events,” the event’s organisers wrote on Twitter last Friday. “As a result of that conversation, there will be no Project+ tournaments or setups at Riptide.”

Scheduled for September 10, this last-minute twist gave competitors and fans alike who booked passes, travel, and accommodations for the event less than two weeks to figure out a new plan. While Riptide is handling refunds for the Project+ tournament, flights and hotel rooms are a different story.

“Super cool of @NintendoAmerica to cancel an event that’s been planned for months just 2 weeks before it happens!” wrote Melee pro JoSniffy on Twitter. “It’s so considerate to all of the people that bought plane tickets and hotels months ago, which are now useless. Keep up the great work Nintendo!”

Nintendo has been at war with fans for a while, and the Smash Bros. community has attracted a lot of unwanted attention recently for its use of modded versions of the game in tournaments. The company shut down the entire annual Big House tournament last year over its intention to broadcast a Smash Bros. Melee tournament that made use of the “Slippi” mod, which adds rollback netcode to the game for a smoother online experience. Splatoon 2 players showed solidarity at the time by spreading hashtag messages on social media like #FreeMelee, and then Nintendo shut down their tournament as well.

But what makes this instance even more absurd is that Riptide’s Project+ tournament would have been completely offline. (Brawl’s official online multiplayer, just to note, has been out of commission since 2014.) The mod also requires disc copies of Brawl to work, so piracy is not an issue either. Project+ is merely a game mod, so if you’re wondering what Nintendo’s objection is, you’re not alone.

“This is unforgivable at this point,” wrote past Melee champion Hungrybox on Twitter. “There’s no legitimate reason for @Nintendo to do this that doesn’t include a complete disconnect with the current culture of their consumers. Insanity.”

Unlike the completely cancelled Big House 2020 event, the rest of Riptide, including Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 tournaments, is still set to move ahead as originally planned. The problem isn’t going away, though. Low Tide City, a sequel event of sorts to Riptide taking place in October, is still set to feature Project+. At least until Nintendo’s lawyers find out about that one as well, it seems.

Comments

  • “ so if you’re wondering what Nintendo’s objection is, you’re not alone.”

    I’m not wondering at all, the reasons are extremely clear.
    The question I wanna know is are you seriously unaware or is it intentional.

    • As someone not in the know and its obvious this article is focusing more on bashing ninty instead of actually explaining what the mod in question does could you let me know?

  • Perhaps this should’ve stayed in the ‘draftcriticism of Nintendo’ drafts folder? You’re clearly back on your bullshit.

    Ethan: “…the Smash Bros. community has attracted a lot of unwanted attention recently for its use of modded versions of the game in tournaments.”

    Also Ethan: “…if you’re wondering what Nintendo’s objection is, you’re not alone.”

  • “The company shut down the entire annual Big House tournament last year over its intention to broadcast a Smash Bros. Melee tournament that made use of the “Slippi” mod, which adds rollback netcode to the game for a smoother online experience.”

    *headdesk*

    No, they didn’t. They only requested that Melee, specifically over Slippi, not be played. TBH organisers didn’t comply with that request, so Nintendo issued a C&D, but ONLY for Melee/Slippi. They didn’t shut down the whole tournament. The Ultimate portion could have still gone ahead, it was TBH organisers that threw a tantrum and shut the whole thing down.

    It should be noted that Nintendo haven’t shut down any other Melee/Slippi tournies, they only had a problem with TBH because they were actually involved in it.

    In regards to what their issue is with Project+, it’s basically a continuation of Project M. While the makers of Project M insist they were not contacted by Nintendo nor issued a C&D, I believe that regardless there was a potential issue with Project M using Intellectual Property it did not have the rights to use, ie it was adding characters to the game and that kind of thing. That may be the issue here with the usage of Project+, since it does add some new characters such as Knuckles.

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