A different branch of the Super Smash Bros. community has now been hit by the equivalent of a Nintendo of America ceasefire, resulting in the cancellation of the upcoming Riptide event. Project + tournaments.
Riptide was to be the first Smash A major run as an offline event since the COVID-19 pandemic forced players to hit the sticks from their homes, but now one of its tournaments has been called off following a conversation between the tournament organizers and Nintendo.
According to TO Riptide, Nintendo contacted them regarding the Project + events on the program. While no details of the conversation were shared, Project + has now been removed from the event lineup and event staff are contacting all registered game participants with information and an “updated refund procedure”.
The reason for this decision is probably that Nintendo does not want Project +, a community spiritual successor of Brawl smash fashion Project M, to be presented at such a prestigious event.
This is now the second time in the past year that Nintendo has openly contacted an TO and asked them to cease operations regarding a specific title or mod, after The Big House Online closed last November for having planned to host Melee online events using the Slippi mod.
Since this is an offline event, Nintendo hasn’t closed the entire tournament, which means Ultimate, Melee, Splatoon 2, and Aether rivals will still be in brackets from September 10 to 12, but the timing of that decision is bad for all parties outside of Nintendo.
Project + was announced as part of Riptide’s initial lineup in June, which resulted in players planning their trips, accommodations, and more months in advance, only to cancel less than two weeks before the actual event.
To make matters worse, in a physical setting, Project + actually uses Fight disks to operate, which means that under most piracy policies it would likely be protected since the original product is being used. The fray the online servers are no longer online and the game itself is rarely played competitively.
It’s unclear how this decision might impact others Project + events in the future, like Low Tide City in October, but this probably won’t be the last time Nintendo will close a modified event, especially since its record over the past decade.