Did you hear? There are a few weekend events going on in Nintendo’s major fighting games for the Nintendo Switch this weekend. I am, of course, talking about the in-game events in both ARMS and Pokkén Tournament DX going on this weekend.
That’s right, true believers! Get pumped to return to your favorite Nintendo fighting game franchises this weekend! Let your boy MJ fill you in with the deets:
Rewind to just over a year ago and you’ll remember that the unique 3D punch fighter ARMS had just started hosting weekend events called Party Crash. These events came once or twice a month for almost a year, giving ARMS surprisingly long legs (you know I had to do it to ‘em).
It seemed like with the end of new content for the game earlier in the year, the days of Party Crashes might be coming to an end. I think a lot of fans thought they ended in early October with a slight win by Spring Man over new character Misango in the “Timeless Showdown” Party Crash.
But then two weeks ago, Nintendo launched a huge series of Party Crashes in the form of a “Championship Tournament” that will see the ARMS fighters go head-to-head in sequential Party Crashes to determine who the “Champion” fighter is. It wasn’t clear how often they’d occur, but it’s been two weeks since the last one and now another is happening this weekend, from December 7th through the 10th.
It shouldn’t be understated that Party Crashes are popular and usually a lot of people play them. Then again, usually there aren’t multiple events happening on that same weekend. In the past, they have rarely overlapped with Splatoon 2's Splatfest events, though these are games in two very different genres and may not have ate into each other’s fans that much.
Which is why it’s a little surprising that Nintendo would have a Party Crash this weekend because it’s going to clash with another event in another major Nintendo Switch fighting game title...
Let’s talk about the premier fighting game containing Pokémon on the Nintendo Switch. Remember Pokkén Tournament? Remember how they added the DLC characters and a couple other things including a “DX” to its name and released it on Nintendo Switch? (I actually enjoyed Pokkén, personally.)
Well, Nintendo has been doing “FSBC Cup” events in Pokkén since its release on Switch. These are basically just online multiplayer tournaments and they have themes centered around particular fighters, though you can play as whoever you want. You earn a couple of in-game goodies for participating.
Soon after the game came out, these events would be announced in the Japanese feed in the on-console Nintendo Switch news feed and then a few days later in English. For a while now, the English announcements have essentially disappeared, leaving the on-console Japanese announcements as essentially the major way Nintendo announces them.
Well, right as rain, an FSBC announcement popped up in the Japanese feed a few days ago: The next FSBC event “Thunderclap Press” will be happening this weekend, from December 7th through the 9th. (It probably should be noted that this is a rerun event, but if you missed it the first time... it’s back!)
The only problem? That pesky ARMS Party Crash is at the same time!
Oh wait, none of the above matters because IT’S SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE RELEASE WEEKEND AND EVERYONE WHO PLAYS FIGHTING GAMES ON THEIR NINTENDO SWITCH IS GOING TO BE PLAYING THAT AND NOT ARMS OR POKKÉN TOURNAMENT DX.
Nintendo baby, what is you doin’?
I mean, that’s a little bit of hyperbole—I’m sure a handful of die hards will still play those other two games. But come on. Pokkén doesn’t even have a chance. I mean, you can play as Incineroar in Smash. You can’t play as Incineroar in Pokkén. You have to play as Decidueye. Pfft.
(Nah, I’ll probably play just enough ARMS to get the badges for participating in the Party Crash before Smash gets delivered to my house on Friday.)