In the world of Smash, Chilean competitor Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios weighs in as one of the most dominant players the community has ever seen. From early entries in the series to the sometimes-controversial Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod Project M, he has proven to be a consistent force no matter which title he sets his sights on.
That’s why, when he showed a proclivity towards Diddy Kong in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, it was pretty much set in stone that he would have great showings at major tournaments. The chimpanzee brings many of the same tactics that made him a formidable character in Brawl to the new installment, giving players a ton of tools at their disposal that are relatively easy to utilize effectively.
As one of the very first large-scale events to feature the Wii U title, Apex 2015 gave the community an early look at how the game fares in competition. And while many players showed they have what it takes to stake their own claim to greatness, ZeRo is a name folks will definitely see a lot of over the coming year.
During his intense run through top sixteen, the Chilean master dropped only two games, one to close friend Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman (who also runs a strong Diddy) and eventual third-place finisher Ramin “Mr. R” Delshad of Low Land Lions.
If you missed out on the event, VGBootCamp recently uploaded a ton of footage. You’ll find the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U finals below, with more available in the official playlist.