Nintendo Shuts Down Project+ Smash Tournament, Riptide
One of Riptide’s main events shuts down, as Nintendo sends a cease and desist concerning Project+. It seems like the Smash Brawl community just can’t catch a break. Via the Riptide Twitter account, we heard that all events related to Project+ had to be suspended, killing one of Riptide’s main event tournaments. To those not familiar, Project+ is an updated version of another popular Smash Brawl update, Project M. Is this the end of Project+ tournaments for the future? If Nintendo continues to send these cease and desists, it’s pretty likely. So Nintendo shuts down a major Project+ tournament, and the community is not pleased.
Riptide is still going down on September 10th, at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, only without Smash Project+.
Nintendo Does Not Like Smash Mods/Apps
Back in November 2020, The Big House had to cancel their Smash events that used Project Slippi, or any other third-party tools for that matter. If it’s not using their consoles, carts, and controllers, it doesn’t sound like it’s going to go down. Here we are, about a year later, and another major Smash event was cancelled for using modded software. Nintendo shuts down a Project+ tournament, run through Riptide. On Twitter, Riptide made a statement about the decision:
“Riptide was contacted recently by a Nintendo of America, Inc. representative regarding our Project+ events. As a result of that conversation, there will be no Project+ tournaments or setups at Riptide. We understand the impact of this news on the Project+ community. We will be contacting all attendees registered for Project+ events with further information and the updated refund request procedure shortly.”
It sounds like we’re going to see more of these cease and desists if bigger tournaments embrace Project+. This isn’t exactly new, either. In the days of Project M, Nintendo actively hampered the events, sending out demands to halt them. For fans of Riptide, at least the other events will go on as planned. Smash Ultimate, Smash Melee, Rivals of Aether, Splattoon 2, all of these will go on. We have to ask the question though: Is this right? If Nintendo is not going to support the Smash tournament scene, should players be allowed to modify it and run their own tournaments?
Project+ Has been around since 2018 when it first started development. 2019 saw 1.0 released, and 2.0 added new moves and a new playable character (Knuckles). Perhaps that is a step too far, adding characters. It’s all a matter of perspective. Nintendo still owns the rights to the games, but modding isn’t uncommon in any gaming scene. Personally, this writer sees nothing wrong with Project+/Slippi. People still clearly want to play Smash Brawl, but playing online feels all but impossible. People just want to play Brawl with different, more competitive mechanics, and it isn’t hurting Nintendo.