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Official high school and college esports leagues have exploded in popularity in the last few years, and now Nintendo has teamed with PlayVS to bring some of their games to high schools around the country.

In a press release, Nintendo announced that the partnership with PlayVS will bring Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 to the realm of officially recognized high school varsity athletics this fall. High school esports teams around the country will be able to compete in online matches when the season begins September 20th, 2021. Additionally, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will also be joining the league starting Spring 2022.

Nintendo and PlayVS will be providing hundreds of qualifying schools with a Nintendo Switch, and 3,000 schools will receive either Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Splatoon 2, as well as a 12-month Nintendo Switch Online subscription.



This is an exciting and interesting move, as most school esports leagues focus on team-based games, like League of Legends or Overwatch. The addition of Smash and Mario Kart gives more variety to the league, giving those who prefer individual competitive games a chance to show their skills.

High school students, faculty, or coaches can join the waitlist for enrollment on the PlayVS site.


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A video editor by trade, Bryan Finch is a lifetime Nintendo fan, and he loves writing about his passions. He also spends too much time playing and watching fighting games. Bryan enjoys​​ movies, comics, cooking with his wife, and the idea of Elite Beat Agents 2.