Riptide event due to a ban on Nintendo without Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Riptide event due to a ban on Nintendo without Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Even as times change, Nintendo continues to take harsh legal action against any copyright infringement. Whether it's video game soundtracks on YouTube or a website that offers ROMs of numerous popular titles from the Japanese company: Nintendo is putting a stop to it.

The operators of the Riptide event are now getting this alive too sense. As Riptide posted on Twitter, Nintendo of America Inc. contacted the organizers of the tournament and informed them that they could not allow the use of Project +, a Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod for the Wii. The events for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate are allowed to take place.

What is the Riptide event?

Riptide is a three-day event held annually at the Kalahari Resort, a water park in Sandusky, Ohio. In addition to Super Smash Bros. tournaments for Rivals of Aether and Splatoon 2 are also held there. Riptide is also the successor to the very successful event Smash 'n' Splash, also a Smash Bros. tournament.

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And why has Nintendo banned Riptide from hosting a Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament?

Well, Nintendo didn't directly prohibit Riptide from playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl (buy now), it just prohibited the use of Project +. Project +, also called P +, is a mod for Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii that works on the consoles and does not require any form of piracy.

Project + mainly makes balance changes to the various characters in the game in order to generate a more balanced gaming experience. That is also the reason why Project + is used in tournaments. The mod, formerly known as Project M, was also used at the Smash 'n' Splash event and for five years without Nintendo ever intervening. Why the company is taking this step now remains unclear.

Riptide has not partnered with Nintendo to prevent such a problem. Nevertheless, the company decided to contact the operators of Riptide and prohibit the use of Project +. As already mentioned, it's only about the mod and the tournaments of Super Smash Bros. Melee and Ultimate can take place as planned.

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An annoying thing for the operators - for several reasons

This announcement is not a fatal blow for the Riptide event, but it is still a severe blow. Not only do you lose potential viewers, there are also some organizational problems and costs for the operators.

This is particularly annoying because the news comes at such short notice. It was only two weeks before the event that Nintendo decided to contact the operator. Affected players must now try to cancel their flights and hotels and Riptide has its hands full helping the players and adjusting the return policy of tickets.

What do you think of this decision? Do you find Nintendo's actions appropriate or exaggerated? Feel free to write us your opinion in the comments.

Source: Riptide on Twitter

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