Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Free Four All tournament

Remember how revolutionary the fourth Super Smash Bros. was because you could beat up your friends on the Wii U or the 3DS? You can go back to 2014 and relive these moments once more with a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament this weekend.

Called “Free Four All,” the tournament is Wii U/3DS-themed, only allowing fighters and stages that originated from the Wii U and 3DS games. Some of these characters include Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Ryu, Rosalina & Luma, and Mega Man. Nintendo is also bringing in the items that appeared in those games for this tournament.

The tournament will begin late tonight at 11 PM PT (July 24 for everyone else in the world) and run through Sunday, July 26.

If you’re wondering why the tournament won’t be playable on the 3DS and Wii U games, it’s because Nintendo didn’t choose to. The company did not comment either way, but considering that these versions of Smash didn’t sell as well as many other versions and these versions didn’t have the impact on the community the same way Super Smash Bros. Melee or even Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it makes sense to host a themed tournament instead of hauling these older consoles out of the basement.

Also, restricting the fighters and stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is just more fun. Depending upon which fighters participants primarily use, this could present unique advantages and disadvantages for the players. To be honest, that alone also sounds like it could make it more fun, especially for the viewers.

Hopefully, we’ll see more little random tournaments from Smash Bros. in this pandemic world. We all need something to entertain us as we remain shut in!

Keri Honea
Keri has been a part of the video games industry as a writer and editor since 2004. Her video game backstory is long, convoluted, and better left unheard. When she’s not playing or writing about video games, she’s reading Warhammer 40k novels, teaching yoga, and making sure her kids don’t burn down the house.