For those who came to smash: The 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. is nearly upon us and, to celebrate, Nintendo has announced the first big tournament, which is set to begin on Oct. 4 and will be hosted out of GameStop locations around the country.

Word trickled to our ears from a Neogaf post, which sourced back to an original announcement made earlier today by Nintendo. What's especially interesting about this tournament is that it takes place almost immediately following the launch of the actual game, so players won't have much time to bone up on their skills before entering this open tournament.

Sure, the demo has been around for a couple of weeks and there are likely plenty of folks who have now gotten quite good with the likes of Mario, Link, Pikachu, Mega Man and the Villager, but once that full Smash roster opens up, there's no telling what sort of interesting new challenges the competition will bring. Even carry-over characters from previous games may be slightly altered, so this is the closest to level footing any player could hope to enjoy in a tournament setting.

Super Smash Bros. launches for the 3DS next Friday, Oct. 3, with the 64-player local tournaments set to take place on Oct. 4. Rumor has it that the Wii U version of the game will be here in time for the holidays, but that hasn't been confirmed just yet.

As for the tournament, the event will be hosted out of 15 GameStop stores across the U.S., as well as the Nintendo World store in New York. The format will consist of three rounds of four-player battles and matches will be a first come, first served basis, according to the press release. You are not required to bring your own console and copy of the game to the tournament, but you may do so if you like. I'm gaming on an OG 3DS, for instance, and might prefer to take advantage of a 3DS XL for that extra screen real estate if one is available at-store, for instance.

Your road to glory won't end at the local arena, if you manage to win. Each tournament winner will then be flown to New York to participate in the National Open Tournament on Oct. 11, which the rest of us will be able to watch through Nintendo's Twitch channel and on YouTube beginning at 6 p.m. ET. In that final leg of the tournament, character customization will be allowed, making for even more interesting match-ups.

Whoever pulls off the final win will earn a shiny trophy and, appropriate for such a slugfest, a champion's robe from Nintendo. They'll also earn the right to attend the World championship at some point in the future.

There are loads of additional details on rules, prizes, etc. You'll also want to check the list of participating locations to see if a GameStop near you is hosting a tournament. For all of that info, visit Nintendo's official site.

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