The gaming line-up for EVO 2014 is up. The games are the yet to be released Ultra Street Fighter 4, the sub-par Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, The updated Injustice Gods Among Us, The recent Killer Instinct, King of Fighter 13 and BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma. It makes me sad to see Mortal Kombat lose its place. But the real story is that possibly for the second year in a row, Super Smash Bros. Melee will make the cut. I say possibly because the Event’s organizer is awaiting Nintendo’s approval for the game to be allowed in the annual tournament. In recent years, due to the rising popularity of the competitve scene, EVO went from a small community of arcade dwellers playing Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike all day to a massive fighting game convention in which major publishers and indie developers arrive to add their additions to the genre with announcements/updates/reveals.
But, I’m sure regular visitors of our site are pretty much more akin to Smash Bros. Nintendo in the past has made no bones about their feelings toward to the often criticized Fighting Game Community as well as their aspirations of the Smash Bros. series to not be a testosterone fueled-combo heavy fighter like Capcom’s fighters. It seems that no matter what the genre or what mind is behind it, Nintendo’s is still adamant to their family friendly ideals and the FGC is anything but. As you remember Nintedo got into a major tizzy about the game’s inclusion last year when the company requested Melee be removed from the EVO 2013 streaming line-up. The move was received with an immediate backlash, and Nintendo swiftly reversed its decision.
Like always, the event takes place July 11-13 at the LVH Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas,