Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 become officially recognized college sports by American schools


Nintendo of the United States announced a partnership with PlayVS. The company’s two top online games are recognized as official high school inter-school games.

From the fall of 2021, both Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 will be added to the PlayVS high school league, allowing participating high school teams across the United States and Canada to compete with each other in online competitions. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will also join the lineup in the spring of 2022.

Bill Trinen, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo, USA, shared the following:

“We know that there are many Nintendo fans with incredible gaming talents, and they are looking for more ways to explore and participate in competitions. Like Nintendo, cooperation with community-centric organizations such as PlayVS is the next step. This is an important step because Nintendo has expanded our support for competitive games to help more players explore the game in a competitive space. High school students from all over the country will be able to test Nintendo Switch games in a competitive environment, and I hope to leave good memories in the process.”

Is it just us, or does it feel like it’s been too long since we last received a letter from Bill?

As part of the new deal, PlayVS and Nintendo will provide the Nintendo Switch system to hundreds of qualified schools competing in the PlayVS Nintendo Champions League this school year. Eligibility details will be shared later, but anyone interested in learning about the new program can find more information on the PlayVS website. Here.

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If we can play “Super Smash Bros.” instead of swimming, then we will certainly not lose a lot of things like PE. Missed opportunity.