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Top Five ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Games

Top Five ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Games

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The Super Smash Brothers series is a beloved franchise by many Nintendo fans as one of the company’s most successful and enjoyable platform fighting games. Throughout the nearly three decades that the series has been around for, the games in said series have been few in number but rather beloved by its fans and adored by many players around the world, from competitive players sinking their teeth into massive prize pools in grand tournaments to brothers and sisters casually enjoying a friendly game with each other.

Unfortunately, not all of these games were created equally, and certainly none of them share the same rating. For every one of Nintendo’s games that have brilliant mechanics and are extolled by the masses for innovative and appealing content, an equal number of games are created that receive lackluster reviews and disparaging critiques for their faulty or ill-received features. The Super Smash Bros. franchise is no different. Even though each of the five games in this series has been reasonably well received, all of them have their fair share of upsides and flaws. As such, here is a top five ranking of the best of the best of Nintendo’s arguably most famous platform fighter.

5. A 3-Dimensional Review

At number five, Super Smash Bros. 4 makes the spot, more specifically the version made for the Nintendo 3DS. Super Smash Bros. 4, unlike the previous generations of Smash Bros. games, has two distinct versions dedicated for different Nintendo consoles. Like the Wii U edition, the 3DS title features the same expanded roster from Brawl and has almost the exact same mechanic changes. Unlike its Wii U counterpart, the Nintendo 3DS version is considerably poorer quality than its home console edition, with smaller resolution and reduced features. 

There have been a multitude of issues with the 3DS release of Smash 4. One of the most notable problems includes the actual hardware of the Nintendo 3DS itself, having latency issues with online multiplayer and the size of the characters being too small when zooming out during games with multiple players. Additionally, there have been some reports that the 3DS Circle Pads were damaged from players excessively playing Super Smash Bros. 4, where in some cases the Circle Pads fell off from the device. Not only were the Nintendo 3DS’ hardware limitations a detriment to the game itself, but in comparison to the Wii U edition, the Nintendo 3DS’s version of Super Smash Bros. 4 was clearly designed for a console with lesser power than the Wii U. Even the earlier Smash Bros. games such as Super Smash Bros. for the N64 and Super Smash Bros. Melee was up to date for its time, giving the Nintendo 3DS’ version of Super Smash Bros. 4 a more noticeable decrease in quality.

4. Family-Intended Fun(?)

The number four spot on this list belongs to Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii. Designed to be a family game first and foremost in alignment with the original goals of what the Nintendo Wii was made for, while ignoring the more competitive player base of the previous two Smash Bros. Games, Brawl makes new introductions that were ill-received by a large portion of its players, such as characters having a random chance to trip whenever walking or running, discouraging basic gameplay, or the newly added character Meta Knight, a powerhouse in the air that was essentially uncontested in strength by the rest of the game’s roster and made many tournament-level matches into long, stalled games, making many battles in Brawl’s considerably brief competitive scene almost exactly the same.

While the downsides of Super Smash Bros. Brawl are quite evident, Brawl did offer some of the best additions that no other Smash Bros. game has ever replicated the success of. The Subspace Emissary, Brawl’s single player story mode, is a beloved part of the game and franchise, being arguably the most memorable single player experience in the entire Smash Bros. series, with its plentiful cutscenes and a payoff in its ending worth its cost. The debut of some characters in Brawl, such as Sonic and Solid Snake, were some of the most beloved additions to the roster and made returns in future games, to the jubilation of many fans. 

Overall, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was a phenomenal title that paired well with its console’s intention of providing a fun, family-based experience for anyone to experience but faltered greatly in terms of the competitive side of the Smash Bros. games, effectively halving the number of fans that the game was designed for.

3. Ranked N. 64th

Coming in at number three is the first child of the franchise, Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64 console, also known as Super Smash Bros. 64. Being the first of the five games in the series, it is the least advanced out of all of them, being first released in 1999 with only a few roster members when compared to the more modern titles, such as Ultimate. However, even when compared to future games in the franchise, the competitive scene of Smash 64 has been surprisingly popular, even still having tournaments, the most recent of which took place in 2023. For a game as old as Super Smash Bros. 64, it still captures the hearts of many gamers and is still surprisingly prevalent today as it was in 1999.

However, a game with such rich history does not come without its downsides. A lacking roster, outdated graphics, and somewhat unpolished gameplay can cause newer players to dismiss the game entirely when pressed to make a decision, especially when compared to newer games such as Super Smash Bros. 4 or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. With such a long-running competitive community who have almost all but perfected high-level gameplay within the confines of the console, it may also turn away players that seek to join the competitive community behind this game.

As such, even though Super Smash Bros. for the N64 is an old game meant for a considerably outdated console, its fans are numerous and its competitive community is very well-established, and the game itself is still very playable and surprisingly accessible even after many years.

2. Melee

Number two goes to the next in line after Super Smash Bros. for the N64, Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. Making several improvements over its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Melee arrived with great fanfare and considerable improvements over the previous franchise title. Its expanded roster being nearly twice the size of its predecessor game and its mostly improved quality gave fans of the original Super Smash Bros. a quality of life improvement overall in this sequel. Although there were some issues in the game, such as various exploitable bugs, Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of the best-selling GameCube games of all time, making its quality very evident through sales alone.

Additionally, Super Smash Bros. Melee is one of the most praised Super Smash Bros. games by the community surrounding the franchise, citing it as one of the best, if not the best, Smash Bros. games. The tournament-level player base has been around since 2002 and has one of the most widely known tournament scenes of any competitively played fighting games, much less out of the entire Smash Bros. franchise. With the competitive scene having perfected the craft of their game for almost as long as the competitive scene behind Super Smash Bros. for the N64 and the amount of time and dedication players of this game have put into their craft, it is very clear that Super Smash Bros. Melee is very deserving of the number two spot on this list, although it still falls slightly behind the one in first.

1. The Ultimate Finale

Reaching the peak of the top five is the newest addition to the franchise, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, debuting on the Nintendo Switch. With the largest, most hyped roster out of every single Super Smash Bros. game, it features some fan-favorite characters that have made their debut in this Nintendo Switch title, some of which were asked by fans all over the world to be put into a Smash Bros. game for almost the 20 years since the first game of the series. Additionally, as the most recent title in the franchise for one of the most recent, innovative consoles of its time, it is the most polished of the titles and possesses the best graphics by far, making it well deserving of being the most well-sold title in the series, selling nearly double the number of copies of any other Super Smash Bros. games. In comparison to the previous games, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has definitely reached a fluidity and smoothness of combat that far outshines the in-game physics of the other titles in the series.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can truly be considered the ultimate Super Smash Bros. game in the series. With the weight of its remarkable improvements over its predecessors and its debut on one of the most innovative modern gaming devices of its year, it pulls in ahead of the previous titles in the franchise. While this does not mean the other games are completely worse in comparison, it does make one think about how many hills and valleys this Nintendo platform fighter had to traverse in order to reach this peak.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) Official Nintendo “Everyone is here!” Trailer

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