Super Smash Bros. For The Wii U made two big debuts today: One, its first Evo Sunday showing, and the second on national TV, as it aired live on Disney XD and ESPNU.
It’s fitting that in this year of new horizons for Smash 4, one player would take the opportunity to make his presence known. After battling through a litany of Smash’s finest, Saleem “Salem” Akiel Young emerged as Evo 2017’s Smash 4 champion, 3-2 over Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios.
Barrios came into this year’s Evo with a chip on his shoulder, after exiting at third last year. The undisputed top player in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, a win at Sunday’s finals would cement that legacy, a cherry on top of an already stellar year.
Young, meanwhile, had been gradually climbing the spots at various tournaments throughout the year, giving trouble to pros like Barrios in multiple sets. After taking down top competitors like Ken, Tweek, and Larry Lurr, Young had his sights set on the biggest boss in Smash, the culmination of a breakout run for one of the best Bayonettas in the world.