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Super Smash Bros is a fighting game developed by HAL Laboratory and published by Nintendo. The first game was produced back in 1999 and it had a small budget, but in the wake of his domestic success, it was released worldwide. All the games released since then, were directed by Masahiro Sakurai and they feature mostly characters featuring in the other Nintendo games. Compared to other fighting games, this one challenges players to throw opponents out of the stage rather than depleting their hit points.

Key facts about Super Smash Bros

  • The latest Super Smash Bros game for Wii U has a deep roster featuring all the classic characters from previous installments.
  • The fighting game is famous for its easy controls and special game modes, which differ greatly from the standard gameplay.
  • Super Smash Bros features plenty of unlockable characters, therefore providing players with the incentive to spend more time fighting.
  • All the games in the franchise had amazing replay value, despite the complete absence of a plot.
  • Super Smash Bros accommodates as many as eight players that can step inside the same arena for a massive brawl.

The Super Smash Bros games

The first Super Smash Bros game was released in 1999 exclusively for Nintendo 64 and only featured eight characters. Mario, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Kirby, Fox, and Pikachu were available up front and players could unlock four more such as Luigi, Captain Falcon, Ness, and Jigglypuff. The game also features the multiplayer and players have two distinct modes to choose from including an adventure mode. A total of nine playable stages were available, eight basic ones and the extra Mushroom Kingdom.

Super Smash Bros Melee was released two years later, tapping into the immense popularity of the original game. It featured a total of 26 characters, 15 of them available right from the start and the remaining 11 could be unlocked by completing the 29 stages. It was one of the best selling games of the year and it promoted new concepts, such as the Classic mode: Adventure mode and All-Star mode. Compared to the original, it offered more multiplayer modes and a brand-new tournament accommodating up to 64 players

Super Smash Bros Brawl was announced in 2006 and released two years later, with third-party characters being introduced for the first time. The game was released in two stages, first in Japan and then worldwide and it was the first in the franchise to support play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection. It features the same popular modes, while increasing the number of stages to a maximum of 41 and throwing into the mix 39 playable characters.

What is Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros is a fighting game featuring a solid roster of characters, each with its own abilities and special skills. Players are supposed to execute special moves and attacks in an attempt of pushing opponents out of the arena, rather than depleting the hit points. The game mechanics are easy to pick up but difficult to master and this ensures excellent replayability for those who choose to play the game.


Gameplay of Super Smash Bros

The gameplay of Super Smash Bros is truly original if compared to other fighting games, although the mechanics themselves bear many similarities. The goal is to knock opponents off the stage and as players take damage, they can be knocked increasingly farther by their opponents. Progress is made incrementally but those who are capable of performing combo moves can close a wide gap separating them from their foes who took an early lead.

When pushed off the stage, players can recover and get back into the fray, with some characters having an advantage over their peers. Lighter characters can be thrown further away, but they are also more likely to rebound quickly, unlike heavier ones. The Super Smash Bros controls are relatively simple if compared to the ones featuring in other fighting games, but players can perform various moves with each character.

Good reflexes are more important than having the right strategy, with the Smash Attack being the preferred mechanics for its sheer power. Players who intelligently use the shield button are more likely to keep their opponents at bay, by dodging and evading their attacks. Savvy players can prevent their opponents from recovering by resorting to edge-guarding tactics and keep them stranded.

Players can also collect better items in Super Smash Bros and smartly combine them ahead of the game to get an advantage over their opponents. These range from offensive items to defensive ones and there are plenty of objects that help with recovery. Time and Stock are the most popular rules, but there are other game modes that determine the manner in which a victory decided. In tournaments, the winner is declared the last fighter standing, after all opponents have been eliminated.


Plot of Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros is essentially a fighter game and that’s why developers didn’t put a lot of thought into crafting a compelling narrative. Instead, the games focus on outshining one opponent at a time while mastering the skills and abilities of your own fighter. With the introduction of third-party characters from other franchises, the videogame expanded its roster, but there is no binding story for all of them.

The single player serves mostly the purpose of getting players familiar with the game mechanics and only has a very simple and shallow story. The Super Smash Bros plot is limited to unlocking new characters, while customizing your existing roster. The use of objects before the game will provide a little bit of diversity, without being a substitute for a proper storyline.

Development of Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros was developed by the HAL Laboratory in 1999, under the watchful eye of Masahiro Sakurai. The fighting game took a steep departure from the game mechanics promote by the genre, achieving extraordinary things with a tiny budget and very little promotion. The success of the game was so great that it prompted Nintendo to release it outside Japanese borders despite the initial plans.

HAL Laboratory also produced the second installment working with the same game director and by 2005, fans of the franchise were already waiting for the next game. Satoru Iwata was invited to assist with the development of the next titles and Nintendo enlisted the help of outside developer studios. Game Arts made a significant contribution to the cause and its team was the catalyst for the latest titles.


Where can I download Super Smash Bros?

Super Smash Bros can be downloaded from the official Nintendo website, where all the games in the franchise are also available. Purchasing the bundle can result in discounts and there are also collectors editions up for grabs. On the same website, players can download classic games, such as Legend of Zelda or Star Fox Zero, played by millions worldwide.

What are others saying about Super Smash Bros?

Super Smash Bros games have a flawless track record with the critics, with the multiplayer mode being the one praised in most reviews. The special moves as well as the exciting close quarters combat kept the games in the spotlight for a long time. The few complaints were in regard with the relatively simple single player mode which lacked special features and felt more like an afterthought. Fans reviews however frequently exceed ratings of 9 out of 10 and the game has produced a cult following.

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Super Smash Bros tournaments

Super Smash Bros tournaments are not only the icing on the cake, but the very essence of the fighting game published by Nintendo. They featured on the list of Major League Gaming titles from 2004 two 2007 and made a comeback in 2014. The popularity of the games is so great that tens of thousands of players still compete in online tournaments, despite the relatively low prize pools. The game can’t compete with League of Legends, Dota 2, World of Tanks, Heartstone, SMITE or Heroes of the Storm when it comes to prizes, but is known for drawing huge crowds.

My rating of Super Smash Bros

Super Smash Bros is an immensely entertaining game for those who don’t have a lot of time to commit to gaming, but enjoy the classics. I spent some quality time competing in eight player matches as well as the classic brawls, although I never really made it in competitive tournaments. I give Nintendo and the developers thumbs-up for their achievement and I hope that a rating of 9 out of 10 will provide them with the impetus to release more games in the series.

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