Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – The Greatest Game in the Series?

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – The Greatest Game in the Series?

The Marketing Poster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Ltd.

The Marketing Poster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Ltd.

The Marketing Poster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Ltd.

The Marketing Poster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - Nintendo Ltd.

As some have concluded as being one of the greatest fighting game that appears to a vast array of audience it is safe to assume why this Friday’s release of the newest game in the Super Smash Bros Series has garnered excitement across its many fans around the globe. But what will be the impact of this game on the other entries in the series, as well as the world of eSports in general?

With over 70 characters and over a hundred stages there is no question that this is the biggest smash game yet. All of the new fighters, items, and game types are sure to gather the younger audiences. The most recent release, Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U met great sales and popularity especially in the younger audiences. For example, the Chatham Library hosted an event where younger kids could play the game with all of their friends on a projector. That access to the game kept kids coming back. MDO has attended these events in the past and there was always yelling and giggles and was all in all a great time for the younger audience. The much-anticipated Smash Ultimate will not only fill the shoes as the previous entry but go above and beyond. The hectic and crazy environment of 8 player smash makes a return, as well as new modes such as crew battles and special smashes. However, will the new release take root in the competitive scene like the Wii U version?

Super Smash Bros for the Wii U had an immense competitive following for the years after its release. Smash 4, as it is often called, was a main event at Evolution Fighting Tournament series as well as many, many other major tournaments. One of the primary causes of this was the online game modes which makes a return in the newest entry. Although traditionally in the past, Nintendo has rejected the more competitive aspects of their main series entries, however, in Friday’s release there are aspects that will adhere to this other style of play, such as the fully developed training mode, and the return of the competitive online system. MDO talked to Cole Johnson, a recent graduate of MHS who was competitive at smash 4, who said “the game looks like it is gonna be really fun. And like I am really excited that all of us (Michael Bennett, Andrew Rosica, Matthew Vaughn, and Miles Bird) are going to be at the same level” which is indicative of the competitive atmosphere the newest entry will be creating.

A previous entry in the series, released just over 17 years ago, was Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Gamecube. Although being older than some of the students at MHS this game is still being played competitively and has actually grown throughout the years. Throughout the active scene of Melee has been all but smooth sailing, as it had to overcome tough obstacles by Nintendo and other organizations. However, despite the odds this old children’s party game is still one highly revered by some as one of the most entertaining and interesting competitive game out there. Thanks to the complex movement and combat systems, some intentional and other parts not so much, Melee is a fast-paced game with explosive combos that appeals to many a spectator. Some view it as the perfect smash game already. Weston Dennis and William Hjelte, two professional Melee players from the US and Sweden respectively, have said that the combo fighting game that all the smash fans have wanted has already come out 17 years ago. This sentiment stands true in the case of Project M, which is a fan mod of another entry in the smash series. Fans modded the game to play more like Melee with its fast movement and spectacular combos. Although eventually ceasing development due to legal reasons, this fan mod achieved great success thanks to its high-octane gameplay that its predecessor had. Nevertheless, Smash 4 reverted back to the other slower style, which featured far fewer combos and less creative movement. And, as it seems so far, Smash Ultimate also fits within this category. And so, although some may believe that this new game will be the best one in the series, most fans should not expect to see the crazy combos that some past games had.

All in all, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which comes out on Friday for the Nintendo Switch, should meet great success in both the casual and the more competitive scenes that it is simultaneously targeting. Fans around the world are anxiously anticipating its release with high expectations.

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