ZeRo wins the first Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament, the E3 2018 Invitational

By on June 13, 2018 at 9:00 am

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now a reality, and what better way to welcome it than with the Invitational tournament at E3. Even the game’s creator Masahiro Sakurai made an appearance, commenting how worried he was that the game might freeze during gameplay. However, the event had plenty of hype and excellent matches in the brand new game.

Starting at about the 1-hour & 45-minute mark in the footage embedded below, Sakurai greets the crowd. The matches included a variety of settings, including fights with items, some with teams, and some without. The event starts out with some two-on-two action. At the 3-hour & 14-minute mark, special celebrity guests show up. Smash player Nairo played a 3-versus-1 match against celebrities: WWE Superstar Ember Moon, NFL player Mike Daniels, and actress Olivia Holt.

Shortly after that is perhaps the most hype part of the event, the Grand Finals between TSM|ZeRo and Echo Fox|MKLeo. MkLeo manages to reset the bracket, playing Bayonetta at first, then sticking to Sonic. ZeRo goes between Mario and Sheik, but ultimately sticks with Sheik. It looked like he was about to lose, but in the clutch last match with everything at stake, he stays calm and earns to win — becoming champion of both of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Invitationals to date.

It’s important to listen to Sakurai at the end as well, who said that the game is under “constant balancing.” Expect lots to change, but Nintendo already gave a great showing of the next Smash game.

Source: Nintendo (YouTube)

Luke "Woocash" Siuty is a Chicago-based writer who specializes in ArcSys titles. A Guilty Gear veteran, he plays Baiken and commits atrocities by playing Sin when he's not busy pondering the ArcSys Cycle. He's always down to talk on Twitter, so send him tips. He's good at OS-ing in real life, not so much in video games, though.