Smash Bros. Ultimate will be playable at Evo 2018

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Nintendo is bringing a demo of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch to this year’s EVO Championship

The demo will give fighting game players a chance to sample the game before it releases on Dec. 7 when the community coverages in Las Vegas Aug. 3-5

EVO is already hosting two Smash Bros. tournaments at this year’s event. The Gamecube title Super Smash Bros. Melee and the Wii U title Super Smash Bros. for Wii U both have main stage tournaments scheduled throughout the week.

The demo is likely to be the E3 version of the game which gives players the chance to try out a small sample of characters from the full roster of 65.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is widely expected to be the next big Smash Bros. esport title and will likely replace the Wii U version in future fighting game events. Super Smash Bros. Melee is the only legacy Smash Bros. title that still features in esports due to its wide popularity over the past decade.

When the game was first revealed at E3, Nintendo noted that the game would include 66 characters at launch but have only shown off 65 at this time, the last being Ridley. Its possible, however, that this was a mistake on Nintendo’s part but it still leaves a lot of question marks.

Companies have consistently used EVO to showcase big fighting game reveals over the past few years. New DLC characters, games, and projects are just some of the things that are shown off at the show on the main stage between the various grand finals. So if Nintendo wanted to reveal another character for Ultimate, then EVO could be a prime candidate.