Super Smash Bros. tournament The Big House forced to cancel due to Nintendo cease and desist

 Super Smash Bros. tournament The Big House forced to cancel due to Nintendo cease and desist

Nintendo have forced the upcoming Super Smash Bros. event The Big House to cancel, due to its use of the unofficial Melee update Slippi.

The Big House was planned for early next month, having moved online because of the ongoing pandemic. Naturally, for an older game like Melee, this meant that playing online would require the use of fan-made programs.

Enter Slippi, a project that allows for rollback netcode — making for a better online experience than Ultimate — replays, and built-in matchmaking for Melee. For those that continue to play this entry in the series, Slippi is basically a necessity after most offline events, if not all of them, ended up being cancelled.

Of course, Nintendo wasn’t happy about the use of a program not authorised by the company, leading to this cease and desist. The Big House has ended up cancelling not just the planned Melee tournaments, but Ultimate as well.

It’s a shame that Nintendo have taken to cancelling such an important Smash Bros. event, especially in 2020. Fans are forced to use things like Slippy because Nintendo hasn’t released their own version of Melee with online play. Then again, this is the company that is planning on removing digital versions of some games after a few months, so who knows at this point.

Isaac Todd
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