Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament Tour Begins This Weekend

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Building up to early 2008’s biggest game launch — that being the March 9th retail debut of Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii, of course — Nintendo and Best Buy are teaming up to put on a tournament series to find out who is the top Smash Bros. brawler in all the land. Well, maybe not all the land, as there will only be four regional tournaments (NY, LA, San Fran and Boston), but you get the idea.

At each regional stop (the first being this Saturday in LA), the first 256 attendees will receive $10 Best Buy gift cards and free entry into a one-on-one, single-elimination tournament. Then, the four regional winners will meet in one final brawl at the Best Buy store at 622 Broadway in New York during a special Midnight Madness Launch event on March 8th leading into the 9th. When the dust settles, the champion brawler will be awarded a crystal-coated, Brawl-themed Wii console, a home theater system, and a copy of the game. The three runners-up won’t be left out, though. In fact, their prizes won’t be much less than the grand prize. All three will win Wii consoles, extra Wii Remotes, copies of Brawl and Best Buy gift cards in decremental values (second place will get $1,000, third place $500, and fourth place $250). See, not too shabby at all.

Hit the jump for specifics on the regional tournament dates and locations.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament List:

Feb. 16
Doors open at 3 p.m.
Orpheum Theater
842 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Feb. 23
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Ten15 Folsom
1015 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

March 1
Doors open at 3 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Olden Hall
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

March 8
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Best Buy (NOHO)
622 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

“Super Smash Bros. is one of the world’s most popular game franchises because it draws in characters from across the Nintendo universe and beyond for some all-out fighting fun,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “Super Smash Bros. Brawl has extreme appeal among our core audience, but these tournaments are a great way to get new fans involved as well – before the game is even available in stores.”

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