October 25, 2013 by Kevin M. Duvall
WVU gamers have a chance to put their head-to-head combat skills to the test in the classic 64-bit arena this Saturday while helping raise money for cancer research.
Lyon Tower will hold its 5th annual Super Smash Bros. (the Nintendo 64 version) tournament tomorrow to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life initiative.
64 teams (or more, depending on how many sign up) will compete in 2-on-2 team battles until only one remains as champion.
The tournament is part of the WVU residence halls’ annual competition to see which dorm can raise the most money for the organization.
Third-year resident assistant Casey Norville, one of the organizers of this year’s tournament and past contests, recalled the first Super Smash Bros. tournament at Towers in 2009.
“When I was a freshman back in 2009 a RA from Bennett Tower went room to room, floor to floor, tower to tower advertising for his Super Smash Bros. tournament,” Norville said. “I had started playing a bunch with a very good friend of mine, and we both were becoming increasingly better at the game. The tournament was set up as a charity as well (though I cannot remember which one specifically), and I saw how much of a turnout there was for the game. That combination made me want Smash to come around every year.”
The competition has grown since then, bringing in 32 teams in 2011 and 55 in 2012. The 2012 tournament raised $255.
Towers has held other video game tournaments for charity, including Halo, Madden NFL, FIFA and NBA 2K12 and 2K13.
Bennett Tower is currently planning a tournament of Super Smash Bros. Melee, the sequel to the Nintendo 64 original released for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001.
The dorms’ Relay For Life fundraising competition begins on move-in day of the fall semester and ends with the annual Relay For Life event in the Shell Building, WVU’s track and field facility, in the spring semester.
The 2014 Relay For Life of WVU will take place on April 18. Participants can sign up now.
Honors Hall is the defending champion in the contest, and Lyon Tower won in 2011-12.
The tournament will begin at 3 p.m. in the Towers Blue & Gold Room. The entry fee is $5 for a team or $3 for an individual. Participants can sign up at the Bennett/Lyon desk at Towers.
Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. More importantly, bragging rights will belong to the victors.
For more information, contact Norville at firstname.lastname@example.org or Charles Richardson at email@example.com.