We’re all aware by now how slow Nintendo can be to react to trends it didn’t initiate. The company is a far better leader than a follower, and whenever it has to adapt to changes established by its competitors…it tends to stumble. We’re still waiting on a decent online plan.

So it comes as no surprise it’s taken this long for Big N to respond to the esports industry and enter the field, but now they have. Presenting the first official, Nintendo-led esports tournaments for both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2!

Beginning next month, tryouts for the Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 will begin at four designated locations across America. Three individual rounds of online events will be played there, and the winners will ultimately have their chance at the final event at the PAX East video game conference in Boston on March 30.

“This inclusive pair of tournaments is a great way for anyone to show off their skills while playing two of their favorite Nintendo Switch games,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo games are for everyone, and offer a unique combination of social competitive fun. That’s why we’re opening the qualifying rounds to fans of all skill levels.”

For more information on how to apply, visit Nintendo’s page for both events here. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open begins February 2; the Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open starts up February 10.

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