Feature: Ultimate Summer Smash

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE, er TWO--no, THREE! TOURNAMENTS! (note: we cannot legally rule out yet more future tournaments)

Final Destination — the final destination for our tournament.

Summer has arrived–and, with it, The Day Tonight’s Donation Drive!

THE YEAR IS 2011, and The Day Tonight launches its first Summer Fundraiser drive. FIVE YEARS HAVE PASSED, –five years, with the space of five long winters, and it is 2016, when The Day Tonight launches a site-wide feature for a Smash Bros. Tournament. STILL MORE TIME PASSES in a year of days and a year of nights to the summer of 2017, when The Day Tonight refined the Summer of Smash in an attempt to give readers even more participation than ever before. THEN COMETH THE HOUR when The Day Tonight dawned; THEN COMETH THE MAN as Caspius withal. AND FINALLY, dear traveller, you arrive in the present, whereat you hold temporal position as the nausea induced by your reckless time travel washes over you.

Overview: HELLO and WELCOME to the STARLIGHT MEGAexplanation of the fundraiser rules, terms, and conditions. At the end of this Donation Drive, a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament will be held without any human players. Instead, the tournament will use computer-controlled AI characters at the maximum difficulty level without any further customisation. Each Fighter will represent a Participant’s entry in the Summer Fundraiser. All events will be broadcast live on Twitch, with commentary from Caspius and other staff members as available.

Each digital Fighter carries the hopes and prayers of a donator, driven to an act of desperate charity by a desire to make Caspius play and review selected games.

Trinkets are OUT! Digital fighters are IN!

First Place: A Caspius-completed featured review (at least 1,000 words) of the selected game.

Second Place: A Caspius-hosted podcast devoted entirely to the selected game.

Third Place: A Caspius-written poem celebrating the selected game.

Last Place: An editorial on the selected game by the donator’s choice of any current staff member, other than Caspius.

Everyone Else: Nothing!

How to Participate
Phase 1: Donation Round: Begins 15 June
A. For every $5 donated the drive (and including Patreon donations received at the beginning of June and July), a SLOT will become available.

B. Phase 1 will end after all 80 SLOTS are unlocked.

Phase 2: Entry Round: Begins 15 July
C. As long as there is at least one open SLOT remaining, anyone may become a PARTICIPANT and may claim one open SLOT per day by posting a substantial comment that engages with post or a reply to a post on this website, not including this tournament post.

D. At the bottom of their comment, or separately in a comment on this post, the PARTICIPANT must select an available Super Smash Bros. Ultimate FIGHTER of their choice to fill an available SLOT. Once a FIGHTER has been claimed, it may not be claimed again by another PARTICIPANT.

E. PARTICIPANTS must also select the GAME of their choice–one per FIGHTER–subject to the exclusions below. Once a GAME has been selected, it may not be selected again by any PARTICIPANT.

F. Once the PARTICIPANT’S entry has been validated by Caspius, this post will be updated to indicate the selected FIGHTER and GAME.

G. Phase 2 ends when all SLOTS are filled. The tournament will then be scheduled to take place, and the streaming schedule and tournament bracket will be added to the bottom of this post.

* Recommending the site via social media or viral marketing may also be considered an entry.

No, seriously, the goal here is to have Caspius play and review Final Fantasy VII. Right?

This tournament seeks only a fair and balanced outcome which leaves Caspius playing Final Fantasy VII.

Tournament Format
• Battles will be set to three stock with a fifteen minute timer (used to enforce a result).
• In the event of a tie, play-offs will be held between the tied characters to enforce a result.
• In the qualifying and knock-out rounds, eight characters compete in a single battle with the top four characters proceeding to the next round.
• In the quarter-final and semi-final rounds, four characters compete in a single battle with the top two characters proceeding to the next round.
• The final round takes place between four characters in a single battle, competing for first through fourth place.
• For each non-final round, stages will be chosen at random, items will be on with default load-out and frequency. The final round will be played on Final Destination, items will be off, excepting Smash orbs.

Game Selection
Platforms: Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, ColecoVision, Famicom Disk System, Intellivision, NeoGeo Pocket, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Game Boy, Nintendo Game Boy Color, Nintendo Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Game Cube, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Nintendo Wii, Odyssey, PC-Engine, PC-FX, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Saturn, Sega SG-100, Sony PlayStation, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony Playstation Portable, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, TurboGrafx-16, TurboGrafx-CD, Vectrex, Wonderswan, Wonderswan Color.
Region: Officially released in English.
Publisher: Legitimately published full releases: no self-published, pre-release, knock-off, unofficial, browser, or otherwise incomplete titles.
Availability: In circumstances where availability is a problem (due to scarcity, cost, or compatibility), entrants will be offered the chance to select an alternative game.
Exclusions: No MMOs, no games requiring a subscription or monetary transactions, no digital exclusives for non-current systems, and no non-game ‘entertainment software’ (i.e. there must be valid victory/defeat conditions, rules, possibility of failure, etc.). Games with an online component may be rejected. In addition, several games have already received a full Caspius Review and are excluded from selection.


Number of Slots unlocked by Donators

67 of 80
64 slots remaining for selection

Thank you to our Summer Donation Drive supporters!
– Imitanis (twice!)
– Fumunshu
– Bup
– SiliconNooB
– Lane
– Tanzenmatt (twice!)
– Winter (thrice!)
– DefChaos
– Seb


Game and Fighter Selection

Banjo and Kazooie
Bowser Jr.
Captain Falcon
Dark Pit
Dark Samus
Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong
Dr. Mario
Duck Hunt
Ice Climbers
King Dedede
King K. Rool
Kirby – Virtual Hydlide, Saturn (PubPibs)
Little Mac
Lucina – Samurai Shodown II, PS4 (Tanzenmatt)
Mega Man
Meta Knight
Mii Brawler
Mii Gunner
Mii Swordfighter
Mr. Game and Watch
Piranha Plant
Pokemon Trainer
Rosalina and Luma
Toon Link
Wii Fit Trainer
Young Link
Zero Suit Samus
Unknown DLC Character 1
Unknown DLC Character 2

*Note: In the event that a selected DLC Character is not available by a date suitable for the tournament, the participant will be offered the option of a ‘reserve’ selection of another character.

Times are in 24-hour format, US Eastern.

Date: TBD
(Coming after Phase 2)

[Click Here for the Tournament Bracket]
*Green slots are unlocked; red slots are not yet unlocked.

38 comments on “Feature: Ultimate Summer Smash”

  1. We’re up and running!

    Please note that the rules have changed considerably to keep us within the ‘laws and customs of the realm’, as it were. The contest now has two phases: a donation phase (where donating makes slots available for fighters), and a participation phase (where site comments allow people to select fighters and games for review).

    As promised, existing Patreon supporters get their monthly donations counted twice: for both June (at the start of the drive) and July (around the 8th of that month, if still current). Note that new Patreon supporters will only be counted if they sign up before 1 July.

    Thanks to our two existing Patreon supporters, and our FIRST donator–Bup–we’ve already unlocked FOUR slots on the first day. We have thirty days to go, and our minimum target is 100 total slots (the break-even point for the site budget). Anything beyond that will be graciously accepted, and I will start throwing ‘overkill bonuses’ out if we get to that point.

    Note that we’ve gone back to the original equivalent of $5 fighter slots (2011 style), instead of $10 (2017 style). I think it is more fun for people if there are more, not fewer, games and fighters on the tournament table. And, the new list of ‘approved systems’ for game selection is much larger than it was before, so we wanted to have room for lots and lots of games.

    So, thank you for your donations in advance, and let’s get ready to Smash!

  2. This should be the greatest Smash tournament we’ve hosted. I’ll drop another donation in once I get my overtime pay at the end of the month.

  3. It could be—the number of potential games on the list is UNLIMITED.

  4. Lane, we’re going to have to put a plaque on the main page at this point. Or rebrand to TheLaneTonight.

  5. @Caspius: Is there a way to make Lane’s comment box three times bigger than everyone else’s?

  6. Usually we just make my comments bigger than everyone else by neglecting to enforce word limits.

  7. The donation drive ends in only TEN days and we are only a THIRD of the way to our target!

    If you haven’t done so yet, please consider donating and help us to make this year’s Smash Bros. tournament something TRULY gigantic!

  8. @Winter: It is indeed an option. :/

    @PubPibs: Superman 64 was a finalist last year or the year before. I almost completed the game in a single sitting on stream.

    As we enter the final week of the donation drive, we are almost HALF WAY to our target.

    Check out this week’s podcast for a special appeal, and please consider making a pledge before 15 July. Thank you! :)

  9. We are now HALF WAY to our goal with just a few days left! Donate this week to help us get to our goal!

  10. THREE DAYS LEFT! Get your donations in! Unlock those slots for our competitors!

  11. We’re into our last day and at 66 slots unlocked, we are 14 slots away from unlocking the entire Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. CAN WE DO IT!?

    (yes we can?)

    Donate now!

  12. So Caspius, I think that the reason is because ,unlike some years, some fans have confusion on what to do compared to previous years. They are used to give you $5 an entry, state the fighter or fighters they want then announce the torture for their enjoyment. This year, they need to jump through new loops just to get an entry in the running. My choice player would be Kirby with the game Super Hydelide on the Sega Saturn or a backup game of Aquaman on the N64. Hopefully I hit the one hundred word mark by now.

  13. 98 words!

    I feel like we have been banging on about it a lot. The rules are posted above and I think they are pretty clear. I’ve explained them on the podcast no end! Maybe people don’t want to enter!?

  14. If people find the new rules give them too many options, I can simplify things and say, “Post a substantial comment every day for an entry.” (I’ll still accept links to social media posts recommending the site as ‘substantial’ though.)

    What do you think, readers? I’ll make a decision by mid-week!

  15. For my comment the other day: LucinaSamurai Shodown II. You don’t have Neo Geo AVS/MVS on that list (I guess it’s not Swedish enough), but it’s also on Switch and PS4.

    I think “substantial comment” minus the 100 word limit is enough. You still have the final say on what counts.

  16. @Tanzenmatt: Rules updated accordingly. Donations are still open until we reach our 80-slot target, but 65 of those 67 already-unlocked slots are now available for selection–all you have to do is post a substantial COMMENT (on some other post)!

  17. Found you a Mario maker level to quench your thirst Caspius. YXL-D4C-TQF

  18. @PubPibs: Virtual Hydlide is on the Saturn; Super Hydlide is on the Genesis. Which one of those did you mean?

  19. @PubPubs: No worries, I’ve made the correction on the roster and tournament bracket.

  20. I might as well ask this anyway. Can staff such as yourself post long comments and choose a game to be played for this summer of smash? If so, why haven’t they submitted something yet? I mean Dancing Matt could submit a visual novel game while Immatanus could choose an Atari 2600 game or even Silicon Noob might choose Rapper game for you to play. This time I go with Super Hydelide and Jigglypuff. That way it shows that I have the balls to choose a game series that sucks and blows while putting you to sleep.

  21. @PubPibs: Posting comments here about the contest does not count as an entry. The rules (Rule C, in this case) do explicitly state that fact. Comments must be on another post, and must engage with the content of that post or with another reader comment.

    And yes, the contest is open to staff, but they want to give readers a shot at the first few slots.

  22. Entry awarded to Winter for recommending and tagging the podcast/site on Twitter!

  23. I was thinking he was referring to Parappa the Rapper, myself–but SN recommending Tapper makes a lot more sense!

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