Nintendo Esports head to Supernova Melbourne in early April

Nintendo has announced that Supernova Melbourne will mark the culmination of weeks of Nintendo esports competition. Top teams and players have been competing in Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate and now, the top-two Splatoon 2 teams and eight best Smash players in the region will face off.

The winners of Nintendo’s Supernova esports will travel to Los Angeles in June to compete in the global championships.

The Splatoon 2 Australasian Open Grand Final will take place on Saturday, April 6 and the Super Smash Bros Ultimate Australasian Open Grand Final will take place on Sunday, April 7.

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Both Grand Finals will be played on the main stage at Supernova Melbourne and broadcast on ESL Australia’s Twitch Channel. Taking part in the Splatoon 2 tournament are Team Morning Sun and Team Lime Soda.

Team Morning Sun “stormed to victory in Online Qualifier #1 of the Splatoon 2 Australasian Open, losing only one game in the whole qualifier (to last year’s runners-up ScarthAce).” 

Team Lime Soda finished 17th in Online Qualifier 1 but worked hard in Qualifier 2 and claimed victory over Fresh Fish. Lime Soda features a team made entirely of members who are under 18 years of age. This makes them some of the youngest players in the competition.

In the Smash Bros Grand Final, the top three players, of eight, plus one reserve, will head to LA for the Super Smash Bros Ultimate World Championship 2019 3v3 on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The eight players competing in the grand final include six from Australia and two from New Zealand.

Nintendo gave us a rundown of the qualifiers which follows;

Australian players Con_lias, JDash and LoneZen were the top three players from Online Qualifier #1, with New Zealand player Narth the top player in New Zealand’s Online Qualifier #1. Online Qualifier #2 proved to be a chance for redemption for many players knocked out in Qualifier #1, with Australian first-place player Ghost storming through the qualifiers and losing only one game in eight rounds.

Ghost had been knocked out in the quarter final of Online Qualifier #1 by LoneZen and will face him in the first round of the live finals at Supanova. Australian player Pillowtalk was also knocked out in the semi finals of Online Qualifier #1 but is back after coming second in Online Qualifier #2, with the youngest finalist SebPro101 rounding out the top three.

But it is New Zealand’s winner from Online Qualifier #2 who has come back the strongest: after losing in the grand final of Online Qualifier #1 to Narth, Ichigo dominated Online Qualifier #2 for New Zealand with no games lost.

You can check out the Grand Finals live if you’re at Supernova Melbourne. If you’re not, you can watch on Twitch from 1 pm AEDT on April 6 and 11 am AEST on April 7.

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