Nintendo and Panda have announced some huge news for both Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Melee players! The companies are teaming up for the first officially licensed Super Smash Bros circuit in North America. More details about cash prizes and events are coming at a later date. Check out the press release below:

Nintendo and Panda Global are teaming up! With the shared goal of creating a fun and welcoming space for players to compete while simultaneously boosting support for Super Smash Bros. tournaments and competitions, Panda and Nintendo have formed a partnership to make this a reality.

Panda is proud to announce we will be operating the first-ever officially licensed championship circuit for both the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee games! This short series of events based in North America will kick off in 2022 and lead to a single championship with cash prizes for competitors in each Super Smash Bros. titles. More details around the events, how to qualify, where to watch, and more details will come in the future.

The circuit will include online qualifying rounds for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as well as in-person qualifiers* for both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Smash Bros. Melee once large-scale events return. The winners of the virtual and in-person qualifying rounds* will then move on to compete in the grand finals for the championship. Players from Canada and Mexico will also be able to enter and compete, once Panda Global and Nintendo have deemed international travel and attendance at in-person events to be permissible.

“This partnership with Panda Global is the next step in Nintendo’s efforts to create a more consistent, fun and welcoming competitive environment for our players and fans,” said Bill Trinen, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America. “We are proud to stand with an organization like Panda Global to celebrate and support the ever-growing competitive Super Smash Bros. community, and create a space where all players can test and hone their competitive skills.”

“One of our key missions at Panda Global is to serve our various grassroots communities in new and exciting ways,” said Dr. Alan Bunney, CEO of Panda Global. “By partnering with Nintendo, we are giving our competitors the chance to compete in an officially licensed Super Smash Bros. circuit for the first time.”

Make sure you don’t miss out on future announcements about Panda’s Super Smash Bros. North America Circuit in 2022, including official rules, event dates and prizing by following Panda on Twitter and subscribing to the Panda Newsletter.

*In-person qualifiers may be canceled due to situations surrounding COVID-19.

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