Fans of Super Smash Bros are uniting this week in Victoria to duke it out and see who is the best at the popular video game.
Competitors from all across BC, Alberta and even Washington know about the monthly meetup of Smash Bros fans and they gather in Victoria at the Fernwood Community Centre to hold regular tournaments.
The organizer of the regular tournament is Brady Chan who has been putting together competitions for seven years now in Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island.
There are many different versions of the Super Smash Bros franchise which launched on Nintendo 64 back in 1999 and holds a special place in many nostalgic gamers hearts.
The version being played at this tournament is the latest installation, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, which was released on Nintendo Switch in 2018.
Chan says that any and all skill levels are welcome to their monthly tournaments. For many, it’s more about forming a community than it is about winning.
For a beginner who wants to show up, all I say is show up and get involved,” Chan told Victoria Buzz. “It is a competition, but it has a social aspect to it.”
“People make friends from these events in addition to competing. Also, beginner level people don’t know if they’re a beginner until they show up. Some people have natural talent for the game and are super good,” he added.
Those who wish to sign up could win cash prizes — all they need to do is register and remember to bring their own controllers.
There is room for 128 players who want to compete solo and 36 teams of two who prefer to battle it out with a teammate.
Chan says registration must be in by Thursday, September 7th.
Aside from the monthly tournaments, Chan and a number of other passionate Smash Bros players play together weekly at the Fernwood Community Centre gymnasium.
- Where: Fernwood Community Hall, 1240 Gladstone Avenue
- When: Saturday, September 9th, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Tickets: Depends on what you want to sign up for