With both new editions of Super Smash Bros. in stores now, I have found myself not caring in the slightest. I purchased Super Smash Bros. for Wii U the day it came out and lo and behold, I really don’t like it. I know the odd person who doesn’t like it, but in general, EVERYONE seems to like this game. My question is simply why? I feel like most people who don’t really care about fighting games somehow begin to care when this series is released, and the Wii U version (especially) has garnered phenomenal reviews; some websites even giving it “Game of the Year”. Again, why?
I played the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U for around 3-4 hours and found myself getting very bored with every aspect of the game. My first experience with Super Smash Bros. was back on the N64 and I LOVED it. I loved the fact that you could be different characters from the Nintendo universe and battle them against each other. Link versus Mario! Pikachu versus Samus! Kirby versus Donkey Kong! This was a very exciting concept to me as a child. As an adult, I find myself tiring of the concept because it just doesn’t seem innovative anymore. Before I continue, I realize that I still continue to invest in series that are pretty much the SAME game over and over again, like the Pokemon series, so I am in no way trying to be a hypocrite; it’s just the same format over and over again. Super Smash Bros has completely lost me.
What I find most interesting is how well the game sells every time an installment is released. People who don’t normally play video games will actually purchase a Nintendo console just to play it. These same people would never play a Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat title. I suppose it’s the fact that you can beat up your friends via Pikachu or Princess Peach. People are genuinely intrigued by the prospect of settling a dispute via Super Smash Bros. I have always personally felt that Nintendo has many other titles that are much stronger than the Super Smash Bros. series in many aspects (gameplay, music, replay value, etc.); yet this very may very well be a title that in some ways saved the Wii U. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U was Nintendo’s big announcement at E3 and people went ballistic (even I got a little hyped among it all). It was infectious and Nintendo was very proud to finally announce a brand new Super Smash Bros. title not just on the Wii U, but on the 3DS as well.
I can’t say I love fighters; it’s just not a genre I have ever cared about nor ever wanted to get into. I think I can say that I have retired my smashing days as I have realized that other genres just speak to me more clearly. Gaming is something I like to immerse myself in, like a good book, where I can leave a good session feeling like something was gained. I just don’t get that feeling from Super Smash Bros. Wii U, and that is okay. If a title such as Super Smash Bros. Wii U brings more people into the Wii U (or even 3DS) universe, I can’t really hate it because Nintendo is a great company and I want it to succeed. Perhaps I have the unpopular opinion about Smash, and that’s fine with me.