Recent years have seen more games added closer to the event, though a roster of nine is already on the high end for an EVO championship. Whatever the full line-up proves to be, it's coming to the Bally's/Paris Las Vegas Casino, where the world's fighting game specialists will duke it out across July 17-19.
The presence of both Smash games is in stark contrast to this time last year, when event organizer Shoryuken was still in preliminary discussions with Nintendo about including Melee.
Back in 2013, Melee was added to the EVO line-up following a fan vote that raised a massive $225,724 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Just ahead of the event, Nintendo asked for Melee's removal on the back of the company's moves to claim revenue on Let's Play videos. That was met with an unsurprising backlash from fans, and it wasn't long before the big N went back on its request.