Few video game fans doubted that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Nintendo's massive video game crossover event (with enough characters to put all the Avengers movies to shame), would be a success. Since its release in late 2018, the Nintendo Switch title has rocketed past 12 million copies sold, placing it in the same realm as Mario Kart in terms of easy-to-pick-up video games that are popular at parties.

So if you want to host a video game tournament this February, Smash is an obvious choice.

On Feb. 27, D-FW-based gaming outlet The Inner Gamer will host a 64-player Smash Ultimate tournament at BrainDead Brewing. While the game appeals to all ages, this event is strictly a 21 and up affair. You've gotta be able to drink if you want to mix your Bowser with your beer.

Inner Game Super Smash Tournament

There's a $5 entry fee, but you'll have a chance to win a variety of prizes for first, second and third place, provided by event sponsors such as Alamo Drafthouse and Fort Worth's Ampersand Coffee. Players are welcome to bring their own controllers (including classic GameCube controllers, which are a favorite of many Smash players), as long as they're not modified. If you're too late to get on the 64-player list (or you get knocked out early), there will be other Nintendo games available to play for free off to the side.

This isn't an official Nintendo tournament, and it's not affiliated with the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North American Open.

Not an esports-level Smash player? Not a problem. This is not an event where you will merely be crushed by pre-teens with quicker reflexes than you. The Inner Gamer pitches itself as "the podcast for the casual gamer," according to editor-in-chief Brett Yanoski, and they would be happy to attract the same demographic for the tournament. "[The podcast] is designed more for an older audience," Yanoski said over the phone. "We don't really cater to anyone under the age of 20 or 25."

If you can't make it out to the tournament, you can still watch the action live via The Inner Gamer's Twitch channel. If you want to compete, though, sign-ups begin at 5:30 p.m. and the tournament kicks off at 7 p.m.

Feb. 27 from 5:30-11 p.m. at BrainDead Brewing in Deep Ellum. Free to attend, $5 to participate. 

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