'Smash Ultimate' Online Tournament Pays Tribute to Melee

A new timed event has begun in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and it harkens back to the Nintendo GameCube era.

From Friday through Monday, Smash Ultimate players can participate in a tournament featuring the newcomers of Super Smash Bros. Melee. In fact, all of the criteria to enter this online tournament will have to do with the second installment of the series, which includes only items and stages from the popular title.

Running Friday, January 3 at 1 p.m. EST to Monday, January 6 at 1 p.m. EST, Smash Ultimate players can hop online to test their mettle against others from around the world to earn Spirits to boost their teams. The further players advance, the better (or more rare) Spirit they'll win.

Each round will be a free-for-all with four players. It'll be a timed smash match with a two minute and 30 second time limit. The Final Smash meter will be on, and select items will appear at a medium rate.

To enter this Super Smash Bros. Melee online tournament event, simply go to the "Online" tab in the main menu. Select "Online Tourney" and then "A Tribute to Melee."

If you're curious as to which fighters, items and stages are used during this new Smash Ultimate online tournament, continue reading.

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The fighters included for the "A Tribute to Melee" online tournament consist of the game's newcomers. This eliminates the fighters from the Nintendo 64 Smash game, leaving a field of 14 to choose from.

  • Peach
  • Bowser
  • Ice Climbers
  • Sheik
  • Zelda
  • Dr. Mario
  • Pichu
  • Falco
  • Marth
  • Young Link
  • Ganondorf
  • Mewtwo
  • Roy
  • Mr. Game and Watch
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As for the items, everything introduced in Melee will appear randomly on the stages. But unlike the fighters, items from the original N64 game will also appear during battles.

  • Smash Ball
  • Poke Ball
  • Container
  • Food
  • Maxim Tomato
  • Heart Container
  • Super Mushroom
  • Poison Mushroom
  • Super Star
  • Warp Star
  • Metal Box
  • Bunny Hood
  • Beam Sword
  • Star Rod
  • Home-Run Bat
  • Hammer
  • Lip's Stick
  • Ray Gun
  • Fire Flower
  • Super Scope
  • Bob-omb
  • Motion-Sensor Bomb
  • Green Shell
  • Freezie
  • Mr. Saturn


  • Battlefield
  • Princess Peach's Castle
  • Rainbow Cruise
  • Kongo Falls
  • Jungle Japes
  • Great Bay
  • Temple
  • Brinstar
  • Yoshi's Island (Melee)
  • Yoshi's Story
  • Fountain of Dreams
  • Green Greens
  • Corneria
  • Venom
  • Pokemon Stadium
  • Onett
  • Mushroom Kingdom II
  • Brinstar Depths
  • Big Blue
  • Fourside

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now for Nintendo Switch.

What do you think of this new timed event? Which Melee newcomer is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.

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