Genesis 3 announced on Twitter today, January 9th, 2016, that they would be partnering with Nintendo of America. The announcement comes on the precipice of the upcoming Genesis 3 tournament, scheduled for January 15th-17th, 2016 in the San Jose Convention center.
Genesis 3 is a Super Smash Bros. tournament with more than 3,000 attendees. The tournament features Super Smash Bros. Melee, the original Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64, and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U released last year. The event will hold tournaments for both singles and doubles of Melee and Smash for Wii U.
The event has raised more than $43,000. Of that, $12,500 will be divided up among the pot bonuses for the winners of their respective events.
Nintendo of America has been criticized in the past for how they have contributed to events they sponsor. During Apex 2015, a fighting game tournament, Nintendo would persistently interrupt the live stream with ads for Splatoon. Commentators were not allowed to use some curse words or harsh language.
There were also restrictions placed on the event commentators, like being forbidden from mentioning Project M, a mod of Super Smash Bros. Brawl that became popular over the years. The mod’s creator eventually discontinued Project M, notably with vague reasoning, leading some fans to believe they were given a cease and desist order by Nintendo.
A benefit for the event, apart from the financial backing, is that Nintendo of America may tweet out about it on their Twitter account, or post a link on their Youtube channel, which could significantly increase viewership.
The event will be attended by famous Smash players such as Mew2King, Mango, Leffen, and more.
Will you be watching Genesis 3 this year? What do you hope to see there? Were you a fan of Project M, and why do you believe it shut down? Most importantly, you do you think will win this year’s Genesis 3 tournament? Let us know in the comments below!