As announced earlier this week, the roster for the upcoming Evo 2016 tournament was revealed – including Smash 4. The stellar fighting game lineup boasts another impressive list of 9 games total, the same amount that 2015 had. Many questioned if both Smash titles from 2015 would return, and Mr. Wizard confirmed that both Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U would return to Las Vegas this summer. Another one of the confirmed games that is certain to interest many Smash fans is Pokken Tournament for Wii U, the upcoming Pokemon only fighting game that uses a new engine similar to a mix of Naruto and Tekken.
Mr. Wizard also mentioned that the finals day of Evo 2016 would switch venues from the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Madalay Bay Events Center, a 12,000 seat indoor arena. There will be five games chosen for the Sunday finals day, which includes Super Smash Bros. Melee, but not Smash 4 nor Pokken. This comes as a slight surprise to Smash 4 gathering the second most number of entrants at Evo 2015, but Mr. Wizard explained that two Smash titles together accounting for nearly 7 hours of content on Sunday may be a lot for many viewers, and wanted to keep a variety of content for everyone to watch. In comparison to Smash 4, Melee simply has a larger number of storylines and famous players, though we all hope to see Smash 4 reach this status too in the near future. Of the remaining 4 finals, one will take place on Friday, and three on Saturday, also similar to Evo 2015. We won’t know which final will take place on Friday, but I would expect this to be one of the games with the lower entrant count, which will be determined closer to the tournament date.
In addition to the reveal of the Evo lineup and venue, Mr. Wizard took to some Q&A, which included a question about the stance on Customs and Miis. Mr. Wizard commented that he will do what the community wants the most, and on the specific topic of Miis, that it is a tough decision since they fall under a type of custom window. If customs are to not be on for Smash, then it is likely that Miis will not be either. Look forward to a future article from Smash4U that goes over the difference and similarities of customs and Miis.