More than 2,000 Super Smash Bros. for Wii U players have registered to compete in this year's Evolution Championship Series (Evo) tournament. The organizers tweeted their congratulations to the game for finally breaking into "the 2K club" following last year's 1,900-player turn-out.
Evo 2015 saw the largest tournaments ever for both Smash 4, as it's known in the community, and GameCube's Super Smash Bros. Melee. More than 3,000 competitors in total duked it out across the two games last year, although the player base saw minimal overlap — just 16 percent of entrants signed up to compete in both titles.
Evo 2016 is set to be one of the biggest years yet for the annual fighting game tournament, the world's largest. This year's already seen record-breaking registration numbers for Street Fighter 5, as more than 4,000 competitive fighting gamers signed up by mid-April. That's almost twice as many entrants as Ultra Street Fighter 4 had at 2015's event.
Other fighting games on show at Evo 2016 include Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, the return of Super Smash Bros. Melee and, for the first time, Pokkén Tournament. With open registration, anyone can try to make it to the final showdown with their games of choice. The deadline is June 30.
Evo 2016 will be held July 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A 12,000-seat events center will hold the finals on July 17.