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Smash Melee Will Be Missing From Evo 2019 Lineup - First Time In 6 Years

Super Smash Bros. Melee has been left out of the Evo lineup for the first time in six years. The 18-year-old classic has been replaced by its younger brother, Ultimate.

Super Smash Bros. has once again been taking the world by storm for the past couple of months. This time, we are all focused on the Switch's take on the game, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Suffice to say, the title has proven to be pretty popular, if not even more so than expected. It boasts the biggest Smash roster of all time and has been breaking all sorts of records.

Nintendo has been trying for almost two decades to top what is still the most popular Smash title to date: Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Gamecube. Although Brawl and Smash 4 were well received, neither has toppled Melee. This week, there has been proof that Ultimate might have done exactly that.

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Evo 2019 announced its lineup of games and, for the first time in six years, Melee did not make the cut. Instead, Smash players will have to make do with Ultimate. Along with the announcement that Melee will not be at this year's Evo, the fighting tournament's organizers played what appears to be a eulogy for the iconic game. However, this doesn't bode well for those hoping that it returns in 2020.

As you can see from the tribute video above, Melee has provided some pretty epic moments during its six-year run at Evo. However, the powers-that-be now believe that a suitable successor has arrived to take its place. While Melee fans and players will understandably be in mourning right now, all is not lost. The game may not be at the biggest fighting tournament this year, but it will still be represented at other tournaments, such as CEO 2019 and Super Smash Con.

Joining Ultimate in this year's Evo lineup are well-known titles such as Soul Calibur VI and the soon to be released Mortal Kombat 11. One of the more obscure inclusions is the lesser known Samurai Shodown. With a summer 2019 release, Samurai Shodown won't leave players with much time to hone their craft before the tournament, which will take place August 2 through August 4, 2019.

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