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Is Northwest Ready to Melee?

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Is Northwest Ready to Melee?

Nick Dewberry (Right), Cameron Johnson (Center), And Will Spradling (Left) Stand Together after several hours of playing Super Smash Bros.

Nick Dewberry (Right), Cameron Johnson (Center), And Will Spradling (Left) Stand Together after several hours of playing Super Smash Bros.

Nick Dewberry (Right), Cameron Johnson (Center), And Will Spradling (Left) Stand Together after several hours of playing Super Smash Bros.

Nick Dewberry (Right), Cameron Johnson (Center), And Will Spradling (Left) Stand Together after several hours of playing Super Smash Bros.

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That’s the question that has been asked towards Northwest students for the past month every day on the morning announcements. The question refers to the annual Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament that the Nintendo Club holds each quarter.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the fifth installment of the Super Smash Bros series, which was released in December of last year. The game features characters from many Nintendo games, like Mario, Kirby, Link, and Pikachu, while also including characters from other popular video games, like Pac-man, Ken and Ryu (from Street Fighter), and Sonic the Hedgehog. With a total of 70 different characters to choose from, it’s no wonder that this game is insanely popular.

“On Thursdays, after school, people can show up and just play video games together,” junior Nicholas Dewberry said. “We get new members all the time. It’s like a revolving door of people joining and leaving.”

The tournament itself is pretty straight forward, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., contestants battle one-on-one to advance to the next rounds. In each round, the winner is decided by whomever is the first to win two out of a possible three battles. There is also a losers bracket, where the winner of that will face the winner of the first bracket.

I had never played any version of Super Smash Bros before so I was out by the end of the first round.

Former champion, junior Will Spradling, had this to say after the final battle where he was dethroned: “It was a good fight, I had a lot of fun.”

The next tournament will probably be held sometime near the end of the fourth quarter. It’s open to everyone regardless of whether or not your part of the club or even if you don’t have a gaming system.

“It’s always really fun at the tournament,” said the winner of the tournament, freshman Cameron Johnson. “People actually start to show up and it’s a little bit hectic, but I really do love the tournaments.”

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