It all started with Super Smash Bros. on the Nintendo 64. Fans still play the game, but many more play Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Gamecube. The fighting game tournament Apex 2015, will play host to the largest Melee tournament ever, with 1037 unique entrants. January 28 through February 1 will gather together these gamers and many more in New Jersey for an insane event of skill, money and glory.
As for the weekend schedule, Thursday marks the first day that people can check in, although the day is mostly for staff getting things ready. Friday is almost entirely Super Smash Bros, both singles and doubles. The Wii U version will be running all day from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm. During that time Smash 64, Melee, and Brawl will all going on as well, seeing as many players have registered for multiple games it could be a bit of mess. Side events will be going on in the evening for Marvel and Street Fighter, but the real action starts the next day.
Saturday is when all other games will be played, that include Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Ultra Street FIghter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct. Although that is currently the schedule, it is subject to change at any moment if the need is great enough.
Sunday is the conclusion of the tournament, as finals for all games will be taking place. The majority of games will be given two hours of screen time. Guilty Gear Xrd starts off the day at 9:00 am, followed by Marvel, Street Fighter, Smash 64, Smash Wii U and finally the tournament will conclude with the most hype game of the tournament, Super Smash Bros. Melee.
Thanks to their partnership with the streaming website Twitch, Apex 2015 will feature cash prizes for every game at the tournament. Starting from low to high, Pokemon and Brawl will both get a $200 boost, while Killer Instinct and Smash 64 get $250. Twitch is donation $1,000 to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and $1,500 to Guilty Gear Xrd. The three biggest games of the Apex 2015, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee will each have a cash bonus of $2,500. Surprisingly enough, Nintendo of America has also become a partner of the event. Seeing Nintendo bring their support to the smash community is both heartwarming and beneficial for future tournaments.
Those that have been participating in the Apex World Circuit have a certain number of points accumulated depending how well they have done in each tournament. Anyone that has placed first in a qualifier receives free airfare and lodging as well as an automatic spot in the top 48. Some smash favorites that will be playing at Apex include Armada, DJNintendo, Lucky, Westballz, Hax, Hungrybox and Mew2King. Although Smash 64 and Brawl have less than 200 entrants, Smash Wii U has more than 800 and Melee has over 1,000.
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