The Wii U edition of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series reached a new milestone today. The game has garnered over 2000 registered players for this year’s Evo Championship Series tournament.
The news was released through the official Twitter account for the tournament, welcoming the 2014 title to the event’s “2K club”. This was only previously reached by another series, Ultimate Street Fighter V, which will not be at this year’s event.
Here comes a new challenger! Please welcome Super Smash Bros. for WiiU to the 2k club! Congrats! #Evo2016
— EVO (@EVO) June 6, 2016
Reaching the 2000 mark means that Evo 2016 will have not only their largest Smash Bros. Wii U tournament, but also the biggest one in Smash Bros. history. Apex series held the title until 2015 when Evo took the title with 1926 entrants. This was surpassed on May 31, 2016 just days before they reached the 2k club.
Nintendo has sponsored previous tournaments, including Evo in 2014 and Apex series in 2015. At this time, the company has not announced plans to sponsor either of the 2016 events.
While the company has confirmed not only the Wii U variants entry into the 2K club as well as Street Fighter V‘s over 4000 entrants, there has been no word about the entry numbers for the other games in the event including the Gamecube predecessor Super Smash Bros Melee. CommonGeek reached out to Evo for comment about these figures and will update them when responded to.
Evo 2016, which is scheduled for July 16-17, 2016 in Las Vegas, will feature a number of different games along with Smash Bros. for Wii U. These include Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct, and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution. Pokken Tournament, the Pokémon fighting game which released for the Wii U. in March of 2016 after a year as an arcade title, will make its debut in this year’s Evo. The event will take place primarily in the Las Vegas Convention center, with the finals taking place in the 12,000 seat Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday July 17, 2016.