December 4, 2019

Smash Melee, now 18 years old and strong

On Nov. 21 of 2001, Super Smash Bros. Melee first released in Japan, recently passing its 18th birthday. The game later released to North American audiences on December 3 in the same year. Now, 18 years since the release of Smash Melee, the Melee community is without a doubt one of the most dedicated esports […]

November 5, 2019

The local roots of Smash Bros. esports

Strolling through the corner of DreamHack Rotterdam reserved for fighting titles, it’s easy to tell that something different is going on here. Rows of tables filled with bright, old-fashioned screens and a miscellany of electronics fill the space. Where in other hallways gaming competitions are trying to mimic major sports events, the scene here is […]

October 15, 2019

Getting into Esports: Super Smash Brothers

The Super Smash Brothers series is one of Nintendo’s most popular games. Dedicated fans of both Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Smash Bros Melee compete in tournaments almost every day. With the December 2018 release of Super Smash Bros Ultimate, more tournaments have popped up. By June of 2019, over 14.7 million copies of […]

October 7, 2019

Mango wins Melee at The Big House 9

The Big House 9 concluded and with it, a weekend of unforgettable Super Smash Bros. for both Melee and Ultimate. In one of the tensest and exciting events of the year, Joseph “Mango” Marquez clawed back through the bracket to take first place in Melee. What a day. What a run. The kid brought it […]

September 23, 2019

Mainstage 2019 Smash Bros.: Hungrybox and Nairo reign supreme

Mainstage 2019 has concluded, albeit with the two attending Smash games having very different results. In Melee, long-time world No. 1 Hungrybox adds yet another Major win to his extensive resume. On the other side, Nairo walked away with his first Major win in Ultimate. Mainstage 2019: Hungrybox still at the Top In a Melee […]

September 17, 2019

Zain Results at Smash Camp 2019 ?

Smash Camp The End of Summer may have had some high tier Melee players in attendance, but the tournament itself was a fairly casual affair. With many players either not playing their main characters, throwing back a few beers, or just not trying hard, as HugS would put it, nothing was too out of the […]

July 24, 2019

Nostalgic mod injects a Nintendo 64 look into Melee

For those Melee players looking for a retro look in their fast-paced gameplay, this new mod may be the thing you’ve been looking for. Indie filmmaker and video producer Connor Rentz has just released the first official version of his Super Smash Bros. Melee 64 mod. I made a complete mod of Super Smash Bros. […]