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"Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1", the craziest Japanese Smash 64 tournament ever

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f:id:captainjacksan:20161223060928p:plainPicture from the official site of Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin (mirror site)


Eh Yo, CaptainJack! Hey everyone, this is CaptainJack (@CaptainJackSSB4) here! 

Today, I'm going to talk about "The famed "Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 1"". It's a shame no pictures are remaining from this event though, I'm very glad I can introduce this memorial 3 days tournament held in a ryokan (Japanese traditional hotel) to you.

So let's get started!



What is "Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin"?

Image of a venue, a ryokan (Japanese traditional hotel). Picture from Earth Home.

So let me start by explaing what it is actually. 

Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin, so-called "Ren-off" (連オフ, ren-ofu, abbreviation of "Rengou off-kai" which means united offline meeting), is one of the most famous tournaments series held almost annually 4 times from March 2001 to March 2005 in Japan. Official website is here (it's a mirror site. Original one is not available anymore). 


Its caracteristics

The caracteristics of this tournament series are as follows;

  • 3 days event in a ryokan (Japanese traditional hotel)
  • Held in a round-robin style
  • Participation of remarkable players 


Firstly, basically tournaments have always been held only in one day in Japan, so it was a totally new experience for us to stay in a ryokan for a Smash tournament, even 3 days in a row. Please remember that we were barely around 13-19 years old at that period, and even Internet was not common enough! So this trial widely attracted national Smash players' attention.

Secondly, it was a "provocative" attempt in a way for passionate players that this event was decided to be held in a round-robin style. Because since it is not a bracket and you need to play everybody, you cannot make ANY excuse on your results. No Johns, dude!

Lastly, this interesting attempt attracted many famous players. As a result, most of the notable players took part in the tournament, such as Keropi-, Pikirby, Pikacchi, Oikawa Meijin, Thunders, Prince, Bakutan and me, CaptainJack, except for Samus, Kotera and Tenbatsu Una-ju who couldn't make it for some reasons. 

Even though the total number of participants 24 people might seem to be quite few for the players of today, thinking that it was kind of "Smash Summit" series that only the most motivated players in the nation participated at their own expense, I'm convinced that that amount was successful for us, for the player who know that era. 


Notale Results

Placing 名前 成績 Character
1st CaptainJack 21 wins, 2 losts Luigi
1st Keropi- (けろぴー) 21 wins, 2 losts All
3rd Ryusei Kirby (流星カービィ) 19 wins, 4 losts Kirby
3rd  Pikacchi (ピカっち) 19 wins, 4 losts Pikachu
5th Oikawa Meijin (及川浩一) 16 wins, 3 losts Kirby
6th Purin Saikyo Densetsu (プリン最強伝説) 16 wins, 7 losts Jigglypuff
7th Thunders (サンダース) 15 wins, 7 losts Kirby
8th Prince (プリンス) 14 wins, 7 losts Jigglypuff
9th CF (C・F) 14 wins, 8 losts C. Falcon
10th Bakutan (ばくたん) 13 wins, 10 losts Pikachu
11th Hyoga (氷牙) 12 wins, 9 losts Link

24 participants in total, I picked up top 11th. View Full Results and Pool (in Japanese). 


As a result, I could take the 1st place together with Keropi-, whom I thought was the best player in the game at that time. It was a true honor for me to have taken the 1st place at this historical event.

I have also wanted to see what it would have looked like if Kotera, Samus, and Tenbatsu Una-ju could participate. But ifs are ifs. 

To be honest, it was an upset somohow, the fact that the two official Smash master of Nintendo - Oikawa Meijin and Bakutan - couldn't make an unbeatable records. After these results, other top players including myself, could finally think that we can do it, that we are really strong in this game, even if we haven't awarded anything officially from Nintendo.



So since the tournament has been ridiculously well carried out, we were all very happy of our success. Just after finishing the whole event, we must have started to think about the next year, Japan United Smash Festa Round-Robin 2, in Melee! And it had been a reality. :) As this round-robin was so successfull, the series continued 3 times more again, as I mentioned in the beginning.

To answer your expectation, I'm finally moving on to Melee's topics from the next entry. Let's see Melee's history together, just don't miss it! 



  1. The tournament held "with items". It makes us feel that time has changed since then.
  2. The ryokan kindly prepared a dozen of CRTs for this tournament exclusively.


So the history will continue with our beloved game, Super Smash Bros. Melee.