Evo 2017 isn't far away, taking place from 14th to 16th July; the ever-present Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be major parts of the event too, with both tournaments typically drawing huge crowds at the event and online.

Pokkén Tournament DX won't be officially featuring this time; the Wii U original had an official tournament at EVO 2016 but missed out in a fan vote for this year's event. Nevertheless Nintendo will be promoting the upcoming Switch version at a booth space in the event, 'recruiting' players (pro gamers and spectators) to a Pokkén Tournament DX Academy. It's not quite as glamorous as it sounds, but overall it's certainly a good idea to promote the game at one of the year's most iconic competitive fighting game events.

You can see some press release blurb below.

This year, Nintendo is attending the event with a booth space featuring playable kiosks for the Pokkén Tournament DX fighting game, which stars popular Pokémon characters and launches for the Nintendo Switch console on Sept. 22. During EVO, Nintendo will be playfully “recruiting” people to join the virtual Pokkén Tournament DX Academy, which provides a direct line of communication between Nintendo and the Pokkén Tournament DX players.

By signing up for the Academy, members will receive exclusive tips and tricks directly from Nintendo and the game’s development team, as well as invitations to a special Nintendo event at PAX West in Seattle.

Evo is at Mandalay Bay – South Convention Center – in Las Vegas this year, with the Nintendo Booth being No. 121. This Pokkén promotion will run from 10am to 8pm local time on 14th and 15th July.

We're planning to watch and live blog the key matches from EVO in the Smash Bros. tournaments, so we'll see some of you then. Meanwhile, are any of you heading to EVO and tempted to try out Pokkén Tournament DX?