#FreeMelee and #FreeSplatoon

Вlitz

The name's Matz Lunne!
I think you are aware of what happened but if you aren’t, I’ll explain.

A few weeks ago, Nintendo shut down the Big House Melee tournament which used a tool called Slippi which allows online play, and as you know, we’re currently under lockdown. They said Big House supposedly used “Illegal copies of the game and used a mod of the game” which is actually fake, everyone used a legal copy of the game and Slippi is not a mod. Melee fans use the hashtag #FreeMelee to show the scummy acts of the company.

Recently, for the NintendoVS Splatoon tournament, teams used #FreeMelee as part of their names to show support for the Smash community. Nintendo, in a hateful response, cancelled the live stream because they didn’t want to show the hashtag. Now, they have #FreeMelee and #FreeSplatoon. In response, fans organized their own tournament which raised more than $28000 in a single day, $25k for the price pool (which NintendoVS didn’t have), and the rest for charity.

This story is yet to be concluded.

#FreeMelee #FreeSplatoon
 
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Trab Pu Kcip

I'll just hang out in this vent.
Nintendo has gone a bit too far here, despite not playing Splatoon, I feel like if it wasn't a mod, then Nintendo shouldn't had took it down.
 

Cat Rosalina

Purr-fect day, isn’t it?
Banned User
I really think Nintendo is wrong. They’re so stubborn they can’t think that this event can make Ultimate and Melee sell (even) better!
 

64-Bit Nintendo Machine

64 Bits of Power!
Awards Committee
I think one of the reasons they don't wanna be affiliated with the Melee community is because of the overall.... reputation of the community.
 

ZelenPixel

(she/her) actual spore creature
they took away the only way to play melee in tournaments during the pandemic! lemme elaborate! and then ever since then they keep making more and more stupid things its almost comical lmao but also sad
 

Вlitz

The name's Matz Lunne!
Instead of collaborating with us, which will make us want to buy their games and so and so, they constantly hate us, making us hate them.

We don’t fit in Nintendo’s wallet.
 

64-Bit Nintendo Machine

64 Bits of Power!
Awards Committee
What is happening at Nintendo isn't the fault of their developers and studios, It is the fault of the higher ups who keep the money.
 

Waluigi Time

TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME.
Wiki Patroller
Instead of collaborating with us, which will make us want to buy their games and so and so, they constantly hate us, making us hate them.

We don’t fit in Nintendo’s wallet.
For being a company wanting to make money, Nintendo is really bad at making money. Gamecube games never made it to Virtual Console and are only very rarely re-released, the Switch doesn't even have a proper Virtual Console and still only has NES and SNES games, soundtracks rarely get official releases and they're even more rare outside of Japan, the whole amiibo fiasco years ago... Yet despite not wanting to sell us what we're willing to pay for, they crack down on YouTube soundtracks and emulators. To be clear, I don't support piracy, but if Nintendo refuses to provide a way to legally play those games, they really only have themselves to blame for it.
 

Вlitz

The name's Matz Lunne!
The GameCube games are rare as hell and what does Nintendo do?
Absolutely.
Nothing.
At.
All.
Switch Online would be worth it if we got a proper virtual console, but nooo it’s Nintendo and we only get NES and SNES.
 

64-Bit Nintendo Machine

64 Bits of Power!
Awards Committee
Sadly, it looks like the Melee community's not getting any less toxic.
 

Вlitz

The name's Matz Lunne!
Sadly, it looks like the Melee community's not getting any less toxic.
Sure, the community’s somewhat toxic, but Nintendo isn’t helping them. They aren’t helping Melee... or Brawl, of Sm4sh, or Ultimate.
 

64-Bit Nintendo Machine

64 Bits of Power!
Awards Committee
Sure, the community’s somewhat toxic, but Nintendo isn’t helping them. They aren’t helping Melee... or Brawl, of Sm4sh, or Ultimate.
So, you sympathize with really toxic communities that are hated.... Of course, Nintendo's not gonna help them because they're toxic, and because of shitty business decisions.
 

a referee

DON'T STOP THE COUNT!
Even if the Melee community was the nicest thing in the planet, Nintendo would treat them like this. I always find it strange people are so willing to cast aside the usual animosity toward a corporation so they can have the opportunity to disparage a fanbase they blanket dislike that gets mistreated by a corporation. I've seen this attitude in GameFAQs too, basically.
 

Waluigi Time

TOO BAD. WALUIGI TIME.
Wiki Patroller
Even if the Melee community was the nicest thing in the planet, Nintendo would treat them like this. I always find it strange people are so willing to cast aside the usual animosity toward a corporation so they can have the opportunity to disparage a fanbase they blanket dislike that gets mistreated by a corporation. I've seen this attitude in GameFAQs too, basically.
Agreed, it has nothing to do with the Melee community itself, they just made the mistake of having fun wrong in Nintendo's eyes. Melee's had a competitive scene long before this happened and Nintendo never had an issue with them as far as I know.
 
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