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After several years of absence, the Japanese branch of the renowned EVO fighting game tournament is coming back: EVO Japan returns in 2023, announced at EVO 2022 yesterday in Las Vegas.



The last EVO Japan was held in January 2020, right before the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It featured Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soulcalibur VI, Samurai Shodown, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. So far, the lineup for EVO Japan 2023 contains all the games from EVO’s Championship Sunday: Guilty Gear Strive, Street Fighter V Championship Edition, Tekken 7, and King of Fighters XV. Given that Smash was explicitly missing during EVO this year, it’s unlikely to see a return in Japan, though we’ll be curious to see what other games make the cut.

EVO Japan will take place at Tokyo Big Sight from March 31st to April 2nd, 2023. Check back to see other potential details about the event, including other games in the lineup.


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.