In a surprising but inevitable move, Super Smash Bros. Melee has finally been dropped from the world’s biggest fighting game tournament. After nearly two decades dominating global fighting game events, the 2001 GameCube release will not be featured at this year’s EVO, with organisers opting to fill the 2019 line-up with much newer games and some that aren’t even out yet.
At this year’s event, a total of nine games will grace the main stage. The full list includes Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st], Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, SoulCalibur VI, Mortal Kombat 11 and Samurai Shodown.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will noticeably fly the flag for the Smash Bros. series this time around. Other games represented at EVO 2019 which are also currently available on the Switch include Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle. Mortal Kombat 11 is due to arrive in April and there’s a rumour Samurai Shodown will be coming to Nintendo’s hybrid system as well.
EVO 2019 takes place between 2nd – 4th August at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. To register for the event, visit the official website.
What do you think of this year’s EVO line-up? How do you feel about the removal of Melee? Tell us in the comments.