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SmashBoards Year End Update - 2015 had over $980,000 in Tournament Prizes
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With 2015 behind us and Genesis 3 right around the corner, let's take this time to recap all things Smash and Smashboards in 2015. Check here to see the recap from 2014. This offers a glimpse of the size of the Smash community with some data that has never before been publicly released. If you enjoy the site, there is no better time than now to check out our Premium membership benefits.
Void Signed By 2GG!
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Another player has been sponsored as VoiD is signed by 2GG! Originally from Hawaii, VoiD is currently ranked 2nd on the SoCal Power Rankings and has placed well at many large events including 2nd place finished at iBUYPOWER and TGC 5.
WiiBrawlin Sponsors Joaco!
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WiiBrawlin is a new community hub "preservation and revival of competitive Super Smash Brothers Brawl." Today they have announced in their efforts to do so that they will be sponsoring Joaquín 'Joaco' Muñoz!

This player from Buenos Ares, Arengtina has taken sets off of players like NickRiddle, Seibrik, ANTi, and even TSM ZeRo (who was his old training partner) in Brawl and have over 20 top 5 Brawl placements to his name. On top of this he's also the second best Smash 4 player in Brazil.
Sol Signs with Noble eSports!
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Sol, the fan favorite Little Mac main, now has a new sponsor! On December 31st, 2015, Noble eSports, a high professional eSports organization, announced that Sol would be their first Smash Bros. pro.
Maverick Signed By True Ambition!
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Another Smash 4 player has been signed in eSports today with @M@v now being a part of True Ambition! Mav is currently power ranked as number one in the Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) power rankings and is a member of the Smash 4 Backroom here on Smashboards and regularly places high in events locally as well as in Ohio.
SFAT Signed By Counter Logic Gaming!
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After a small tease by SFAT and PewPewU, Counter Logic Game officially announced that SFAT would be joining there team on twitter. SFAT is currently ranked number two in NorCal's power rankings and has impressive placements such as CEO 2015 (9th), Evo 2015 (17th), HTC Throwdown (7th), and The Big House 5 (7th). This also means that one of the most famous teams of Melee, 'PewFat', will now be under the banner of CLG!
Smash 4 Final Video Presentation Recap
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As Sakurai set to close the curtains on Smash 4, our excitements could not be contained. Whistles blew on hype trains across the world as Smash fans settled in for what was to be the final video presentation for Smash 4. We got many amazing announcement that are sure to entice. For those who have yet to watch the direct this is the final warning before we get to spoilers, so turn around now or learn what Smash 4 still has in store!
[Source Gaming] Join us for the Final Smash Broadcast!
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In collaboration with Smash Weekly, Source Gaming will be hosting SourceCast #6, LIVE! The show will begin an hour before the Final Smash Broadcast. The pre-show will be spoiler free (please be careful of the chat), so for people avoiding the recent data mining leaks will not have to worry about that.
[Source Gaming] Sakurai Talks Fire Emblem in Smash, End of DLC
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Source Gaming has translated a new interview with Smash series creator, Masahiro Sakurai. The translation was led by soma. This interview comes from the Fire Emblem 25th Anniversary Book which was released in Japan a couple of weeks ago.

In it, Sakurai discusses Marth's potential inclusion in Smash 64 and how he's approached Fire Emblem in Smash. There's a lot of interesting tidbits in this interview!

For example, Sakurai discusses his approach to Roy's design in Melee.

Interviewer: The direction the character was going in changed two or three times, and his outfit was also changed three times—or so I’ve heard.

Sakurai: When I first heard a description of Roy’s character, I felt he was a bit more energetic, had a bit more strength inside of him. So, in comparison to Marth, whose sword is stronger at the...
Official 2015 Melee Tier List & Community Lists Released
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Over the past few years top players have pushed the metagame for Melee to new heights. As new techniques have been discovered and old techniques have been perfected and applied more consistently; match-ups have been taken into new directions and the dominant characters have changed. Smashboards polled played ranked in the Top 40 of either the Smashboards or MeleeItOnMe rankings during 2015 and complied the data to create the next official update to the tier list for Super Smash Bros Melee. The previous release can be found here for reference.


Official 2015 Melee Tier List

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:foxmelee:
S :falcomelee: :marthmelee: :sheikmelee:

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A :jigglypuffmelee::peachmelee:

B...
Super Smash Bros. Final Video Presentation: Dec. 15
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The time has come: "Catch the final video presentation dedicated to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. PT. Masahiro Sakurai will provide details on Cloud and more in this worldwide broadcast." This will be the final Smash presentation we receive according to this official Nintendo announcement.
SmashAsia Launched!
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When SmashEurope was announced the community was excited to a portal specifically for the European scene. Now it's time for a slightly ore overlooked scene to have its time in the spotlight. Introducing SmashAsia! This brand new website aims to be a "dedicated community group in East Asia." with the goal to "not only grow the smash scene, but to keep up with the times and develop optimal ways to run our communities."
The Salt Mines Episode 18 - PM Underground Announced!
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With Project M ceasing development, the Smash community has been in a bit of turmoil. Famous vloggers have made their comments, members of the old PMDT have made personal appeals, and now the largest Project M Podcast, The Salt Mines, has had a chance to weigh in themselves. They show how not all is bad with these recent announcements and even have something new to show off on their own. Give it a watch!
Smash Weekly
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Today, SmashBoards and Source Gaming are proud to announce, “Smash Weekly”. Smash Weekly is a partnership between the two sites in order to provide high quality, enjoyable podcasts for the Smash Community. Smash Weekly will alternate between the two sites, and “themes”, allowing a wide variety of topics within the Smash community to be highlighted.
Project M Ceases Development: v3.6 To Be Final Release
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We report this news to you today with a heavy heart. As announced on the official Project M website, development for the game has been finished. Project M v3.6 will be the last release of Project M. Here is the official statement from the development team.
20XX Tournament Edition Now Available!
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After months of waiting, the highly anticipated Melee mod by Dan Salvato is out! 20XX Tournament Edition not only includes a wide variety of features, but it can power up an entire venue with one memory card.
Hungrybox Wins Dreamhack 2015 - Top 16 Results
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Many of Europe's finest alongside large amounts of out of country talent came to the battlefield known as Dreamhack Winter 2015 and it was quite the spectacle. The results were shocking as Hungrybox clutched out an emotional win. Let's take a look at the results of the event and see how much this means for the world of Melee.
SXC2k15 - An Australian Major Feat. Nikes Earl, Waveguider, Kira, SA Nick, Redact, and More!
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It’s been a big year for Australian smash. BAM 7 in May featured some of the best Melee players in the world and had the first female winner of a major tournament. Perth and Sydney hosted new tournament series that were both won by out of state challengers. With all that having occurred in the last 11 months what better way to round off the year’s proceedings than with what could be one of the biggest and most important tournaments in Australian smash history, Adelaide’s SXC 2K15.
Pound 2016 Announced!
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Another Smash major is incoming! Just announced on the VGBootCamp Stream on April 2nd through 3rd Pound 2016 will take place! The tournament will have events for Smash 64, Melee, Smash 4, and will take place at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson's Corner. The event will be streamed by VGBootCamp and is set to have some special spectacles including...
Rivals of Aether – Patch 0.0.8 Overview: The Storm Arrives
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Dan Fornace's upcoming game, Rivals of Aether, has been in Early Access for a few months now. The game, appearing on Xbox One and PC, has drawn quite some attention for it’s Smash Bros styled gameplay, with interesting twists to the formula. So far, the roster has contained six characters; Zetterburn, Orcane, Wrastor, Kragg, Forsburn and Maypul. However, the update today adds many new things and changes to the game, including the 7th fighter and first “secret” character, Absa! This article will feature some of the big changes that landed today. Without further ado, it’s time to look at the major changes to Rivals!

Absa: The Storm Architect

Absa appears as the second character representing the element of air alongside...
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