EVO 2019 Drops Super Smash Bros. Melee

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					Melee has been a staple of Evo for six years

Nintendo Melee has been a staple of Evo for six years

The biggest news this year from the Evo lineup is that the long reign of Super Smash Bros.

Melee has been part of EVO for many years, and while other titles in the series have stepped in its shoes in the past, none seemed capable of completely replacing it.

Melee has been dropped from the world's biggest fighting game tournament, EVO, with Nintendo Switch successor Ultimate taking its place at EVO 2019. Since then, Melee has been a highlight of every EVO. Ultimate, which released this past December and would mark the game's first showing at the event.

But business and business and the decision had to be made. Ahead of this year's installment coming in August, the official lineup of games that players can expect to spectate have been revealed, with a few surprises.

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While Melee competitors can look forward to upcoming tournaments like CEO 2019, the game's exclusion from the world's premiere fighting game tournament sends a strong message to Melee lovers worldwide: It's time for some new blood.

Super Smash Bros. Melee, the second game in the Super Smash Bros. series, was a beloved game in the fighting tournament scene since its release in 2001, despite being a more "casual" fighting game. As a result, the farewell video underscores how disheartening it feels Melee to be excluded: as if even the leadership at EVO didn't want to say goodbye but they had to. Melee tournament due to the equipment required to run the game, as organizers need to acquire CRT monitors and Nintendo Gamecube consoles to actually play the game, two objects that are extremely challenging to find. Ultimate will feature at Evo 2019 for the first time.

Regardless of whether you think Melee needs EVO or vice versa, the news of its EVO 2019 departure signals the end of an era.

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