ESPN, the world’s leading sports network, recently launched a big initiative to cover eSports in both news and broadcasts, including games like Hearthstone, Dota 2, League of Legends, and tons of others. One of their editors also recently announced that they’ll soon be adding Super Smash Bros. to this lineup.

This was one of the talking points on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. Check out the discussion video above for our full thoughts on Nintendo’s budding relationship with eSports, or keep reading for a brief, brief summary.

After
grieving last year that Nintendo isn’t doing enough to capture the flourishing competitive gaming scene, we’re delighted to see a pattern of moves in exactly that direction, from their tournaments with Disney, to their partnership with Genesis, and now their cooperation with ESPN. This is excellent, and getting Smash out there in the public eye as one of the first major eSports covered in the mainstream is certainly going to bode well. But we especially hope this leads to more competitive gaming partnerships in the future, with games like Splatoon, Pokkén Tournament, and maybe even Punch-Out!!

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Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: http://youtube.com/user/pokemoneinstein I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.

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