- A Nintendo Wii, preferrably 2. I use 1 Wii from our teen room and I also bring in mine from home.
- 2 - 4 Wii motes/nun-chucks per console
- Note: Most of the teens like to play Smash Brothers with Game Cube controllers. I don't own any, so I let them bring their own from home.
- 1 copy of Super Smash Brothers Brawl per console
- Board games/other activity for the teens to play while they wait for their turn
- Snacks! I set out soda, chips, and pretzels. I make sure to tell them that the food/drink has to stay away from the Wii's though.
- You can use an online bracket generator or draw your own. I print mine off onto large paper because the teens really love gathering around the bracket board to see who's playing who.
How it's done:
- For this program, I find it best to have me and 2 volunteers (preferably ones who are familiar with the game). This way, I can have one volunteer monitoring each of the matches in case there are arguments about fairness and such and I can work on the brackets and announcing the matches.
- As the teens arrive, I check off their names and ask them if they want a "handle" (or gamer nickname) for the tournament. Most do. I write their handle down next to their real name and have them also write their handle on a sticky name tag to wear. I also write their handles on a small piece of paper and put it into a box. I will then draw their names out of the box to randomly determine who will play who in the first round.
- Then they can go warm up on the game while the other teens arrive.
- Next I gather all of the teens together to go over The Rules (see below). While I am doing that, one of my volunteers can draw the names for the first round of matches and fill in the brackets.
- Then we announce the first four players and begin!
- Registration and warm-up begins a half hour before the tournament.
- All participants must be registered
- Brawls will have 2 competitors per match-up (1 vs. 1)
- Rules of the game:
- Time limit = 5 minute brawls
- Stock limit = 3
- Handicap = Off
- Stage Choice = Decided the day of the tournament (Note: I usually choose Smashville for the tourney stage. It's small and works well for 1 on 1.)
- No items or Smash Ball
- This will be a DOUBLE ELIMINATION tournament
- Winner will move on to the next round of the tournament
- Losers of each match will get to play in the "Loser's Bracket"
- The winners of the winner and loser’s bracket will play head to head to determine the tournament winner, but the loser’s bracket winner must beat their opponent twice in a row
- Participants may bring their own Game Cube controllers, but NOT memory cards.
- Meta Knight is banned.
- Stalling is banned.
- Trash-talking is a disqualifier.
- No do-overs! Check your controller, etc. BEFORE you start the match.
- Any ruling by the judges is FINAL.
Have you ever done a video game tournament? What worked? What didn't?