Nintendo Europe has told us that running regional tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Brawl then giving out lots of juicy prizes is something it is "looking at" doing.

The American arm of the platform holder revealed plans to stage regional tournaments across the USA earlier this week, in order to drum up some excitement for the game leading up to its 9th March launch.

Retail partner Best Buy will hold events in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston to whittle down finalists who will battle it out on launch eve in New York.

The overall winner will get a fancy Wii with crystal-coating and Smash Bros. Brawl design, as well as a home theatre system from Best Buy and a copy of the game.

Second place will get a Wii, copy of the game, and USD 1000 in Best Buy vouchers. Third will get the same, but only USD 500, while fourth will get the same again and USD 250.

Everyone taking part (256 people at each regional event) will get a USD 10 voucher for Best Buy.

Evidently Nintendo needs to persuade someone like Game to do the same thing here. Or HMV. Or a supermarket. Or a bar. We'd go to that.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is yet to be dated for Europe, and currently sits ambiguously in Q2 2008 territory.

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