Smash Bros./Splatoon 2 Now Nintendo Varsity Esports

Nintendo of America has announced a new partnership with PlayVS to bring Nintendo varsity esports to US high schools. Starting this fall, students at select high schools will be able to officially compete in some of Nintendo's virtual arenas.

Smash Bros. Ultimate/Splatoon 2 Now Nintendo Varsity Esports

Nintendo of America has announced a new partnership with PlayVS that will result in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 becoming officially recognized as Nintendo varsity esports in participating US high schools starting this fall. The announcement says that Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will join the PlayVS roster for the spring 2022 high school season as well. Nintendo of America’s senior director of product marketing, Bill Trinen, commented on the new partnership:

“We know there are many Nintendo fans with incredible gaming talent who are looking for more ways to explore competitive play and participate in tournaments. Working with a community-focused organization like PlayVS is an important next step as Nintendo expands our support for competitive play and helps more players explore gaming in a competitive space. High school students from all around the country will be able to put their skills to the test in Nintendo Switch games in a competitive setting – and hopefully make some awesome memories along the way.”

With Nintendo varsity esports now becoming a thing, high school students at participating schools will be able to take part in “officially sanctioned” competitions in these three games. It is likely other titles would eventually follow, such as Splatoon 3.

Splatoon 3 - Announcement Trailer - Nintendo Switch

According to the announcement, Nintendo and PlayVS will also provide a Nintendo Switch system to hundreds of select schools that compete in a PlayVS Nintendo title league during this coming 2021-2022 school year. Nintendo of America’s announcement also contains information for interested schools and interested high school coaches.

Those who compete in the virtual arenas of these upcoming Nintendo varsity esports will need to up their game and hone their skills. Delane Parnell, Founder and CEO of PlayVS, also commented on their new partnership with Nintendo:

“Partnering with Nintendo and offering our players a selection of titles from its legendary roster of games is something I’ve wanted to do since I started PlayVS. It’s a privilege to work alongside such an iconic company like Nintendo. We take great pride in being able to offer competitive Super Smash Bros. UltimateSplatoon 2 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to our community. This partnership ensures that high school students now have an official path to competitive play for these immensely popular games.”

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