Ever since it’s inception, Hit Box’s Smash Box has faced an uphill battle when it comes to acceptance in tournaments for Super Smash Bros. games. This is despite the merits of the Smash Box (and other similar all-button controllers), including allowing players with otherwise career-ending injuries to continue playing. Now, the tides seem to be turning, as the Smash Box has just been deemed legal in the biggest tournament of them all — Evo 2018.
In a recent tweet, Evo’s Joey “Mr Wizard” Cuellar announced that Smash Boxes will be legal to use at Evo 2018. Any Smash Box used at the event will simply have to comply with two conditions: they should not have software or hardware macros, and they should only have only one direction or input mapped for each button.
Smashbox will be legal at Evo under 2 conditions.
1) No software or hardware macros.
2) Every button only allows one direction or input to be mapped.
See you at @Evo !
— Joey Cuellar (@MrWiz) April 16, 2018
For anyone familiar with the general rules for controllers at most tournaments (not just Evo), the restrictions are basically the same ones for any other controller, be it an arcade stick or pad. This announcement (alongside the fact that it will also be legal at CEO in June) is great news for both Hit Box and players who want to use the Smash Box. This opens the doors for it being allowed in other tournaments as well.
Source: Mr Wizard (Twitter)