Tournaments are a classic video game setup. Two people enter, one person leaves. Then, shortly afterwards, the other person leaves having been declared the winner. Futurama gags aside, tournaments truly are ubiquitous in gaming, serving as the perfect setting for some high-stakes action. As much as we would love to attend one, we imagine the ticket prices are exorbitant. Inflation and all that. Anyway, here are gaming’s greatest tournaments.
The Pokémon League
There’s something very special about confronting your first Elite Four challenge in the Pokémon League. As a staple of mainline Pokémon games, the Pokémon League serves as the final challenge for trainers who have beaten every gym leader in their region. In Sword and Shield, the Pokémon League was made even more intense with the addition of Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
Dead or Alive World Combat Championship
Series: Dead or Alive
A shinobi, a cyborg, and Bruce Lee walk into a bar. What we’ve just presented is a common occurrence in Dead or Alive World Combat Championship-adjacent bars.
Series: Mario Kart
It’s hard to pick a favourite cup from the Mario Kart series but purely for Rainbow Road, it has to be the Special Cup. Despite being the source of many a broken controller over the years, this series mainstay is always the most rewarding to win.
King of Iron Fist Tournament
Want to prove yourself as the world’s greatest martial artist? This is the tournament for you. Simply put, the Tekken universe revolves around the King of Iron Fist Tournament, and with the prize being the world’s biggest corporation, Mishima Zaibatsu, we can see why.
Series: Apex Legends