I’m not really a big fighting game fan. I simply am not “gud” enough to really go deep in the big franchises like Street Fighter or Tekken. Combos escape me. But the Super Smash Bros. series stands apart. Nintendo’s crossover fighting games are built on a solid, simple foundation that makes them easy to play but hard to master. Super Smash Bros.’ celebration of Nintendo’s legacy, and now a broader video game history, also engages me at a metafictional “museum” level. So I can safely say that the Super Smash Bros. series is one of my favorite in gaming, even…

Tristan Ettleman

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