A True Smash

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Super Smash Bros. is a game that was created by Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo. It takes different Nintendo game characters and match them up in a Street Fighter type battle. The game revolves around damaging your opponents and then knocking them off the stage. Each character has a unique move set that goes hand in hand with the game they were from. Most players have one character that they feel the most comfortable with and this is that person’s main. There are currently four playable games as well as a new game coming out this year. This article will discuss each game, the tier list of each game, new characters and character play-style.


Super Smash Bros. 64


Released in Japan on January 21, 1999, Super Smash Bros., or more well known as Smash 64, was the first game in the franchise. It was playable on the Nintendo 64. Although not as popular are more recent games, this was the foundation of the Super Smash series. There are only twelve characters in this game. These include Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Ness, Kirby, Link, Fox, Samus, Pikachu, Captain Falcon, and Jigglypuff. All of these characters returned in every single game to date.


Super Smash Bros. Melee


This game was so popular that some people play it competently today. Super Smash Bros. Melee was release for the GameCube in 2002. Arguably the best Super Smash game, Melee added a lot of new characters. The twelve characters returned as well as thirteen new characters. These include Dr. Mario, Falco, Pichu, Bowser, Ice Climbers, Peach, Mewtwo, Mr. Game & Watch, Zelda/Sheik, Marth, Roy, Ganondorf, and Young Link. This new roster of characters added to the experience of Super Smash Bros. If you want to see some good gameplay, lookup competitive Melee.


Super Smash Bros. Brawl


The third installment of this saga is Brawl. There are 39 characters in Brawl, both returners and newcomers. The new characters include Wario, Wolf, Lucas, Diddy Kong, Toon Link, Pit, R.O.B, Meta Knight, King Dedede, Olimar, Pokemon Trainer, Lucario, Snake, Ike, and Sonic. Perhaps one of the most unique parts of this game was The Subspace Emissary. This was an adventure type mode where characters adventure into certain stages while encountering new and interesting enemies along the way. These new, unique characters led to the newest Super Smash Bros. game.


Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U


With the most characters in the Super Smash Bros. legacy, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U has 58 characters. The new characters include Rosalina, Bowser Jr., Palutena, Robin, Little Mac, Greninja, Duck Hunt, Villager, Wii Fit Trainer, Dark Pit,  Lucina, Shulk, Mega Man, Pac-Man, and Miis. Other than these, DLC characters has been added as well, some returners from previous games and some new ones. The returning DLC characters are Lucas, Mewtwo, and Roy. The new DLC characters include Ryu, Bayonette, Cloud, and Corrin.  This game also made online play more competitive and popular. ‘For Fun’ and ‘For Glory’ has overtaken this game and it seems that everyone plays one of these modes. ‘For Fun’ has casual gameplay because of the items and the stages interferences with the game. ‘For Fun’ is a competitive mode where players can practice their skills and further themselves as players. The graphics and aesthetics really makes this game stand out from the rest.


Tier Lists


Here is the link for all four games:


Super Smash Bros.: https://www.eventhubs.com/news/2015/may/13/after-four-years-smash-64-tier-list-has-been-updated-jigglypuff-and-samus-move-while-mario-and-donkey-kong-and-others-move-down/


Super Smash Bros. Melee:



Super Smash Bros. Brawl:



Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U:



Character Play-Style


Because of the character roster, this will only be focused on Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. According to SmashBoard, there are 11 main characters types. These include zoners, spacers, trappers, edgeguarders, rushdowners, mixupers, momentumers, all arounders, bait/punishers, puppeteers, and dynamic. Zoners are characters that rely on slowly increasing your opponents damage with projectiles. Their kill-power is very good; however, they are not very good at close range at low percentages. Zoners include characters like Samus, Mega Man, Lucas, Ness, Zelda, and my main Link. Similar to zoners are spacers. Spacers are characters that chip away at damage through melee attacks, not projectiles. They normally have longer melee ranges and have disjointed hitboxes. Characters like this include Ike, Cloud, Dark Pit, and Corrin.Trappers are the next style. They rely on projectiles like zoners but have to be more precise and technical. Trappers include Pacman, Duck Hunt, Robin, and Bowser Jr. The brawlers of the group (no pun intended) are the rushdown characters. These characters are best up close and personal. Their quickness can lead to better than average combos, examples like Sheik and Meta Knight, or they have great kill-power, examples include Little Mac and Roy. Bait and Punishers are characters with great combos with normally great kill power. They play very patiently and have potential punishes for the opponent shielding too much. Characters include Bowser, Donkey Kong, and King Dedede. The complete opposites of Bait and Punish characters are Momentum/ Hit and Run characters. These have amazing combos that are very fast. The most notable character of this is Sonic. These are the flashy characters of the roster with their risky but flamboyant combos, Mixupers. These can link moves together very easily and, if done correctly, very showoffish. Examples include Captain Falcon and Bayonette. The next play style are characters every player needs to have, an all arounder. These cover almost all areas with no very big weakness. The main problem is they have very short range. These characters include Mario, Luigi, and Peach. While Rosalina and Olimar are the only two characters, these can be a pain to fight. This is the puppeteers. Each character has one or more “buddies” to help them attack their opponent. They have a very unique moveset. Finally is Shulk. He has his own style which is titled dynamic. His monado arts gives him a certain ability that helps him in a situation. He is a character that you have to be good at to win.


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