Competitive Super Smash Bros. is Freaking Amazing


Super Smash Bros. Melee has been around since the days of Gamecube. In fact, the game was release 13 years ago and remains the most popular of the series. With all that time, it’s no wonder competitions are so insane. It’s 13 years of a virtually unchanged game and pure practice that allows gamers to step up and completely destroy. Hell, just take a look at this amazing bracket:

EVO is a massive tournament for many games, but perhaps one of the most interesting stories was Nintendo’s support for the Super Smash Bros. Melee tournament: a 100% turnaround from its position last year when it wanted to shut down the tournament completely. This year, Nintendo not only gave the tournament its blessing, but sponsored the tournament. Reggie even made a statement for the competitors, and hinted that he might just show up to compete next year (assuming he’s practiced after getting trounced by Satoru Iwata in the E3 intro) for a Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U tournament. And then, of course, Nintendo is also re-releasing the Gamecube controller for the Wii U: another apparent gift to the competitive scene, and perhaps a recognition that it is, in fact, the best controller EVER!

At this year’s EVO tournament, one matchup that stood out was between Silent Wolf and Axe. This was such a intense match up, and the movements are just dizzying! I don’t want to ruin the ending, but let’s just say the matchup was the best two out of three, and the very last battle was wan incredible display of what high-level play looks like in Super Smash Bros. I can’t even imagine having this much skill. If I was playing, I guarantee each match would have lasted all of 10 seconds. Check it out!

Seriously, SSB competition is beautiful, and I can’t wait to see what the new games look like this Fall and Holiday Season, and I hope it takes off in the competitive Super Smash Bros. scene!


[RETRACTION:] Earlier the article identified the second video as the finals for the tournament. This was incorrect. The finals were actually between Hungrybox and Mang0 found here. Thank you Zac Grove for the correction.

About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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