Nintendo has entered a partnership with PlayVS to get Splatoon 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate recognized as high school varsity athletics. So high school students, if your parents or guardians are bugging you to get involved in some extracurricular activities and clubs in school and you fancy yourself good at either of these Nintendo games, here’s a golden opportunity.
PlayVS is currently taking sign-ups for its waitlist for schools interested in participating, and “hundreds” of qualifying schools will receive one (1) Nintendo Switch console, while 3000 select schools will get one (1) copy of Splatoon 2 or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Since Splatoon 2 is a 4v4 competitive game, it does sound like any schools interested in competing with it will need to buy some of their own equipment, from Switch consoles to copies of the game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate could theoretically be played on one system, but practicing competitive play on one system without additional controllers could get tricky. Joy-Cons aren’t exactly ideal for playing Super Smash Bros., so a GameCube controller and adapter might be more to your liking. So if your school is interested, keep in mind this isn’t going to supply you with everything you need for ideal practice sessions.
Like many extracurriculars, you’ll have to maintain eligibility with grades and attendance.
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For those unaware, PlayVS is an organization partnered with National Federation of State High School Associations and state associations to have competitive video games accepted as varsity sports in high schools, complete with varsity letters and state-wide competitions. Along with the partnership with Nintendo, PlayVS also works with Rocket League, Smite, League of Legends, Madden, and FIFA.