On Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November, Nintendo held their latest ‘Nintendo Live’ event in Kyoto, a 2 day gaming event that gives members of the public the chance to play new and upcoming Nintendo games as well as compete in a variety of special tournaments for titles like Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and ARMS. A number of special guests are also invited to take part in special stage shows, including comedy duos Yoiko and 2700, with the entire event streamed live on Nintendo’s YouTube channel.
The second day of this event, held at the Kyoto International Conference Centre, saw the conclusion of a special Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, which ended with the announcement that 2019 would see the establishment of a Japan-wide Super Smash Bros. competitive league. This league would be organised by Nintendo themselves, with all matches being streamed on Nico Nico Douga and Openrec.
The league will be split into an East Japan and West Japan league, with priority entry being given to players which placed in the top two during Smash tournaments held at the Nintendo Live event in Tokyo as well as this weekend’s event in Kyoto.
Details of the exact structure of this league alongside prizes for competing players are currently unknown, although Nintendo have said that such information will be released on their website in the near future. The league will begin in January 2019 and promises to bring the top Smash Bros players in Japan together to compete at the highest levels of the game, making it an exciting prospect for fans and players alike.