With EVO 2013 coming up, it seems that Super Smash Brothers Melee still has some fight left in it. The fans of the game have raised $94,683 for Breast Cancer Research Foundation to make Gamecube classic the eighth game in EVO 2013’s tournament lineup.
When the 2013 Evolution Championship Series announced the eight game lineup on Shoryuken, the choices were met with a mix of cheers and moans from the fighting game community. The tournament spread this year consists of the latest versions of classics like Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter IV: Arcade edition, King of Fighters XIII, and Mortal Kombat, as well as challengers Persona 4 Arena and Street Fighter X Tekken for those who weren’t raised in the arcade. However, when it came to the eighth game that would be run at the EVO 2013, the guys behind the tournament came up with a rather unorthodox way to determine what would be played.
The eighth game in the EVO 2013 lineup would be determined by fans and each vote would be a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Association. Whichever game got the most money by the end of the month would be the eighth game at this year’s EVO. The games that were up for voting covered a broad spectrum of fighting games, from the classic, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core R+ and Super Smash Bros. Melee, to more recent games like Skullgirls and superhero-filled Injustice: Gods Among Us, to some really obscure games like Divekick and Melty Blood Actress Again Current.
Super Smash Bros. Melee had some stiff competition coming into this fighting game fight. While it is a perennial favorite amongst both casual and hardcore fans, Skullgirls was ahead for quite some time, and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo was right there at the top with them. There was also the incomplete, brony-backed fan game, My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic. The show’s fanbase threatened to upset the balance of the results so early on that both the the developer, Mane6 and the EVO 2013 coordinators had to intervene.
In the end though, only one game could earn a spot at EVO 2013, and that’s with over $94,000 dollars from it’s supporters, Super Smash Bros. Melee will find a place in one of the world’s most prestigious fighting game tournaments.
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