Not many game franchises can sustain an entire fan convention on their own. The second year Super smash Con proves that Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. is one of those franchises.
A diverse crowd of thousands of fans came to Chantilly, Virginia this weekend for the four-day event. Most were there for the multi-tiered double elimination tournaments, fought on everything from the Wii U to the Nintendo 64 where Super Smash Bros. appeared for the first time. Other attendees turned up for a celebration of gaming’s past and present, including a bustling arcade, fully stocked classic gaming vendors, a variety of game-themed music and variety acts, and a roster of indie “platform fighters” inspired by the crush phenomenon.
The attendees mingled between both parts of the convention throughout the day. But each time, the tournament crowd let out a loud, synchronized “Ohhhh!” in some great takedown or comeback, people literally came running from all over the Assembly Hall to see what the fuss was about. As fun as it is to watch Smash Bros. tournaments on a live stream, nothing compares to the electricity of a live audience.