Attendance numbers ballooned dramatically for Evo Japan 2020 following the announcement that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would not only join the event lineup, but would be the event’s headlining title. The announcement was made at the end of last weekend’s Nintendo Live Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Challenge Cup.
Overnight, a few hundred attendees quickly became over two thousand. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now ahead of the pack with almost 2,000 entrants so far, while Tekken 7 is a distant second with barely over 200 registered players.
This is Ultimate’s first Evo Japan appearance. Ultimate was noticeably absent from the lineup last year despite Super Smash Bros. for Wii U being previously included at the 2018 inaugural event.
Evo Japan 2020 will be one of the largest Ultimate tournaments to date. Currently, the event surpasses Smash ‘N’ Splash 5 (with 1,610 entrants for Ultimate) as the fourth largest Ultimate tournament thus far. Registration numbers are expected to push past 2,500 players. Undoubtedly, Evo Japan 2020 will rival Super Smash Con 2019 and Genesis 6 as the second-and-third-largest Ultimate tournaments ever.
Evo Japan 2020 is slated for January 24th-26th, 2020, the exact same weekend as Genesis 7. Registration for Genesis 7 went live back in late August of this year. Evo Japan and Genesis won’t be the only major Smash events conflicting with one another in early 2020. Dreamhack Anaheim and Frostbite 2020 will share the same weekend of February 21st-23rd.
Smash players are no stranger to overbooked weekends, as they are often unavoidable. In the cases of Evo Japan and Dreamhack, these are multi-franchise events that do not cater solely to Smash, which makes scheduling conflicts with grassroots tournaments inevitable.
Evo Japan 2020 will feature Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Tekken 7, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6, and Samurai Shodown on January 24th-26th, 2020 at Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, Japan. Brackets are free to enter. Visit the official Evo Japan website for more information.
Author's Note: Anyone placing bets on how many entrants Ultimate will get? It could be over...3000!