Nintendo's E3 2018 will arguably be headlined by Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch. And while the game has been teased, there's still no word on exactly what the game is or what it looks like. One of the first looks at the new Smash Bros. is set to come during E3's Super Smash Bros. Invitational and on Wednesday, Nintendo named the eight participants for that tournament.
The pros invited to compete at the Super Smash Bros. Invitational span both the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee pro scenes. They include:
- Leonardo "MkLeo" Perez: MkLeo first made waves as a young prodigy during 2016's 2GG ZeRo Saga. Since winning that tournament, he has lived up to all of his billing and then some, having notched tournament victories at Genesis 4, Genesis 5, the 2GG Championship, and EVO Japan.
- Gonzalo "ZeRo" Barrios: ZeRo was hands-down the single best player in the Smash 4 scene, having gone unbeaten in 56 consecutive tournaments back in 2014-15. Anytime ZeRo lost, it felt like an epic, unthinkable event. But then he retired, citing personal reasons. Now he's coming out of retirement for one time only (?) to check out this new Smash Bros. game.
- Adam "Armada" Lindgren: For years, there have been five Smash Gods, but for a stretch in 2016-17, Armada looked to have to set himself above the pack as the best player in the Super Smash Bros. Melee world. In addition to crushing all who opposed him during that aforementioned stretch, he's currently the defending EVO champion.
- Yuta "Abadango" Kawamura: Abadango is one of Japan's best Smash 4 players, having a diverse array of characters at his disposal. He's mainly known as the best Mewtwo in the world, but still seeks an elusive major win.
- Justin "Plup" McGrath: For years, the Melee world has wondered whether anyone could either join the ranks of the Smash Gods or topple them. That answer looks to be Plup, who has broken through in the past year to be one of the best players in the world. His biggest win came at this year's Genesis 5, where he knocked off Armada, Juan "Hungrybox" DeBiedma, and Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman all from the Winners Bracket side to claim victory.
- Ramin "Mr. R" Delshad: Mr. R is the best Smash 4 to come out of the Netherlands, consistently showing Top 8 finishes. His biggest win came in his home country last year, having finished 1st place at Syndicate 2017, but Mr. R is still looking to break through to that next level. He also pours his cereal before his milk for some reason.
- Joey "Lucky" Aldama: Hailing from Southern California, Lucky has often been overshadowed by good friend and Smash God, Mang0. But Lucky has started to come into his own lately, putting up better and better finishes over the past year. He showed flashes of brilliance in a 5th place EVO 2017 finish, a 5th place Genesis 5 finish, and a 3rd place finish at Noods Noods Noods. He's another Melee player looking to ascend to that next level and topple the Smash Gods soon.
- Joseph "Mang0" Marquez: Mang0 is the second of the Smash Gods to be represented at this Invitational. His track record speaks for itself, having notched victories at several majors, including a handful of wins at The Big House. Mang0 has fallen on some hard times in the past two years, but he's always known for the phrase, "Don't sleep on The Kid." So sleep on The Kid at your own peril.
Nintendo is also hinting that in addition to these eight, some special guests may be joining the fray. But they'll reveal more details on those folks at a later date. The Super Smash Bros. Invitational 2018 is set to take place on June 12.