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Introducing Nintendo Players UK's Road to Insomnia64!

Written by Faz_D

If you're here then clearly you've just read Nintendo UK's post about the United Kingdom and Ireland leg of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Smash Ball Team Cup 2019! If you haven't done that then you can check out all the details about all of that over here.

That's right, alongside the 3 instant qualifier events happening in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, the Nintendo Players UK network has been given the privilege of running its own 'Road to Insomnia64' series to find the final team competing in the Top 4 UK Final. That's right, 16 groups under the Nintendo Players UK banner will be running their own events that will feed into the Nintendo Players UK Road to Insomnia64 Qualifier! Simply attend one of the events below, win the tournament, and then your team will receive entry into Insomnia64 on Saturday 20th April, and fight for the final spot in the Top 4 UK Final!

Want to take part, and meet some local Super Smash Bros. and Nintendo fans in the process? Check below to see a full list of Nintendo Players UK Road to Insomnia64 events. Please check out the specific event page for more information.


Saturday 16th February

Host: Nintendo North Wales

Event: Nintendo North Wales- NPUK's Road to Insomnia64
Location: Wheldon Building, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd. 
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/780355232336210/?ti=icl



Saturday 23rd February


Host: BourneNintendo

Event - BourneNintendo's First Birthday Smash feat. - NPUK's Road to Insomnia64
Location - Flirt Café and Bar, 21 The Triangle, Bournemouth, BH2 5RG

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/795092234202023/


Host: Nintendo Essex

Event: Nintendo Essex Presents: Super Smash Saturday- NPUK's Road to Insomnia64

Location - The Edge, Basildon

Event Link - https://www.facebook.com/events/301173800598451/


Host: Nintendo Gloucestershire

Event: Nintendo Gloucestershire - NPUK's Road to Insomnia64
Location: Gloucester Guildhall, GL1 1NS

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/250462662514533/?ti=cl


Host: Nintendo Middlesbrough 

Event: Nintendo Middlesbrough - NPUK's Road to Insomnia64
Location: Super Games World 
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/583772702049006/


Sunday 24th February


Host: Nintendo Newcastle
Event: Nintendo Newcastle's Spring Smash Spectacular- NPUK's Road to Insomnia64
Location: Ambar, Odeon Metrocentre
Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/280432052871804/?ti=cl


Sunday 3rd March


Host: Nintendo Brighton

Event: Ultimate Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament - NPUK's Road to Insomnia64
Location: The Tempest Inn, Brighton

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/569044456897670/?ti=ia


Saturday 9th March


Host: Nintendo South Wales

Event: NSW Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Squad Strikers - NPUK's Road to Insomnia64

The Arcade Vaults., 27-31 High Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BB 

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/750488902003471/


Host: Nintendo Portsmouth 

Event: Nintendo Portsmouth Joins the Fray!

The Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2233324183576284/


Sunday 10th March

Host: Nintendo Liverpool
Join the community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nintendoliverpool/


Saturday 16th March

Host:Nintendo Basingstoke

Event: Basingstoke Road To Insomnia 64 -  NPUK's Road to Insomnia64

Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/244740653114614/ 


Host: Nintendo Aberdeen

Event: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament - NPUK's Road to Insomnia64

Engage Gaming

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/241858520059873/


Saturday 23rd March

Host: Nintendo Norwich

Event: Something Smashing Comes This Way Comes

One Life Left - Norwich Gaming Cafe

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/333251940614525/


Host: Nintendo Preston

Join the community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NintendoPreston/



Saturday 30th March

Host: Nintendo Belfast
Event:Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament: NPUK's Road to Insomnia64
Lowe Memorial Church, Belfast
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/227067241511487/


Saturday 6th April

Host: Nintendo Nottingham

Event: 6th birthday Meet - NPUK's Road to Insomnia64

Location: Metronome

Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/806866053010832/





So you want to play? Think your Smashing Trio can throw down with the best? Well then, we'd better tell you the rules on what to expect and what you'll need to take part in the in one of the events above! That said, this isn't your regular tournament... We'll be testing you're mettle in a variety of modes and match ups a number of modes, including some that have been introuced for the first time in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate! So read the below and strategise on how you can create the best chances for your team (and check out some cool new modes in the process!)




A team of 3.

Preferred Controller type:

-Gamecube Controller (adapter may be required)

-Pro Controller

-Joycons and Grip



The tournaments ran by all of the Nintendo Players UK as part of the 'Road to Insomnia64' series will be using the same ruleset as follows:

  • Single Elimination
  • Stock: 3
  • Time Limit: 7 minutes
  • Sudden Death Played
  • Smash Ball ON (frequency low), other items OFF
  • Final Smash Meter: OFF
  • Spirits: OFF
  • Friendly fire: ON
  • Mii Fighters will NOT be allowed. (Any other characters released after 01/02/2019 are TBD at this time) 
  • Stages: TBD. Pre-selection of legal stages, not limited to Battlefield and Omega forms. The full list and specific rule (Hazards) will be determined by tournament start.
  • The third player who was not in 2v2 must play in first or second 1v1 (so that all 3 squad players have played if it goes 3-0).


Games will be played in a Best of 5 series as follows.

One Game 2v2 Team Battle - Two members of each team will take part in a doubles battle (friendly fire on), Last team standing wins.  

Three games of 1v1 in Smashdown -  In this mode, after each individual game, selected characters will be removed from play! The team members that did not play in the 2v2 must play in the first or second 1v1, to ensure that all team members have played a game should the Set result in a 3-0 victory for one side. 

One game of 3v3 Elimination Squad Strike -  If a team is yet to claim victory (meaning a tied score of 2-2), the match will all be decided here! All team members will be playing in this last man standing setup, where one player could eliminate an entire team, or it could be a tense back and forth of nail-biting proportions! Note: winning isn't much of an opportunity to catch your breath - there is 0% recovery going into the next game! May the best team win...

Game 1 - 2v2: (Any two team member)

Game 2- Smashdown Round 1 -1v1: (Any team member)

Game 3- Smashdown Round 2- 1v1: (Hasn't played in Game 2/have not played in the 2v2, This is to ensure all team member have had a chance to play)

Game 4- Smashdown Round 3- 1v1: (Remaining team member)

Game 5-  3v3 Squad Strike-  (all team members, elimination, with victor’s recovery at 0%)

Note: Mode specific rules will be revealed very soon, please join your local event pages to get the latest updates as they come in!



The chance at glory to face the greatest teams in the UK. Qualifiers run by NPUK groups will win tickets to Insomnia64 and a place in the Nintendo Players UK Road to Insomnia64 Community Tournament!

Check out Insomnia 64 and what they have in store here!



Please remember that these (and all) tournaments run by Nintendo Players UK are designed to be family friendly, and good sportsmanship is encouraged at all times.  Unsportsmanlike behaviour including, but not limited to gloating and criticising others’ gameplay (including within your own team) may result in disqualification. This also applies for use of language which may be deemed offensive or unsuitable for the other players present. 

Players are expected to compete at the best of their abilities in the fairest way possible. They must avoid any form of cheating or immoral behaviour.


Further Information and FAQs:

Please make sure to keep your Discord notifications on from the Nintendo Players UK server, to keep up to date of any changes/new information. 

Please refer to the TL/TO contact list pinned on the Nintendo Players UK Server for contact info.

Discord Link: https://discordapp.com/invite/GnYhKK4

Please note that any Teams who have qualified as part of a team at one of the Nintendo Players tournaments will not be allowed to enter any of the other Nintendo Players tournaments held at other locations.  This is to ensure fairness of competition within the Nintendo Players community as a whole.

Teams who have entered but did not qualify are allowed to enter tournaments at other locations.

In the event of one member of a team being unable to make Insomnia64, for whatever reason, it will be the team’s own responsibility to find a substitute.  If a substitute cannot be found, or if more than one substitute is required, the team that positioned second in the relevant tournament will take their spot. You may only have ONE back-up player but it is not mandatory to have one.

Moreover, so called “gentleman’s agreement” in regard to willingly ignoring the Smash Ball, or intentionally wasting a Final Smash are not allowed. The decision will be at the discretion of the tournament organiser. Teams caught agreeing to such will receive one formal warning. If the offence is repeated by a team, they will be disqualified from the tournament


Final Word

Once all qualifiers have concluded, teams will be messaged in due course about information and what happens next!  We encourage you that post-tournament you stick with us, make friends, play games and of course, be a part of your local community!

Till then good luck to you all, your Road to Insomnia 64 starts here!

Happy Gaming