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Who’s competing in Nintendo’s E3 Super Smash Bros. Invitational

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Competitors will get their hands on Super Smash Bros. for Switch for the first time

Nintendo is hosting a Super Smash Bros. competition at this year’s E3, and has invited eight of the best players from around the world to battle it out in the new, still-mysterious Switch fighting game. Today, Nintendo announced which top-tier Super Smash Bros. players are coming to E3, and if you have even a passing interest in competitive Smash, you probably know their names.

The list includes Evo and Genesis champs Mang0 and MkLeo, as well as the winner of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3 2014, ZeRo. But it sounds like all eight will be going into the Super Smash Bros. Invitational fresh; Nintendo said that competitors will get their hands on the Switch version of the game for the first time at the event.

Here’s the full list of competitors, via Nintendo:

  • MkLeo – A professional Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player from Mexico. His favorite Nintendo game is Fire Emblem. He was the champion at GENESIS 4 and GENESIS 5. He was also the EVO Japan 2018 champion.
  • ZeRo – A professional Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player from Chile. His favorite Nintendo game is Xenoblade Chronicles. His hobbies include writing and motocross. He was the champion at EVO 2015 and GENESIS 3. He also won the Super Smash Bros. Invitational in 2014.
  • Armada – A professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player from Sweden. His favorite Nintendo game is Super Mario 64. His hobbies include ice hockey and table tennis. He’s the GENESIS 2 singles champion and the GENESIS 4 doubles champion.
  • Abadango – A professional Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player from Japan. His favorite Nintendo franchise is the Xenobladeseries. His hobbies include watching anime and reading. He was the runner-up at EVO Japan 2018. He also ranked in the top five at EVO 2016 and GENESIS 4.
  • Plup – A professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player from Florida. His favorite Nintendo game is Super Metroid, and his favorite Nintendo memory is beating Super Metroid for the first time. He was the champion at GENESIS 5.
  • Mr. R – A professional Super Smash Bros. for Wii U player from the Netherlands. His favorite Nintendo game is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. His hobbies include reading manga and traveling. He was the runner-up at EVO 2015.
  • Lucky – A professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player from California. His favorite Nintendo game is The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He ranked in the top five at EVO 2017 and at GENESIS 5.
  • Mang0 – A professional Super Smash Bros. Melee player from California. His favorite Nintendo game is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. He was the champion at EVO 2014.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch is coming sometime in 2018. The Switch game will be a big focus for Nintendo at E3 next month and during the company’s Nintendo Direct-style broadcast.