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Four Reasons Why Super Smash Bros. Melee Still Holds Up

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Super Smash Bros. Melee Character Select Screen

Character Options

Unlike some other games from its era, Super Smash Bros. Melee doesn’t have a very limited choice when it comes to characters used. The game combines many different characters from a variety of Nintendo franchises. These games can include The Legend of Zelda, Mario, Star Fox, and Pokémon. This gives the player of the game a wide variety of characters to choose from, giving the player a more enjoyable and customizable experience.  This factor of the game gives it an overall higher popularity level, allowing it to hold up years after its release.

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Super Smash Bros. Melee Gameplay

Original Gameplay

Similar to that of its predecessors, Super Smash Bros. Melee diverges from other traditional fighting games of its time. The point of the game is to knock the opposing player off of a stage. This differs from traditional fighting games because the point is to knock your opponent off of a stage instead of trying to damage their health bar. This provides the player of the game with an original and highly enjoyable experience, giving the game an overall higher ranking and popularity level. 

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Super Smash Bros. Melee Gameplay

Multiplayer Options

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the multiplayer options are much less limited and much more original than other fighting games for its era. The multiplayer options include many different settings and variations. The first option is teams. This option allows the player to play with up to four other players or MCUs on teams. The second option is free for all. This option once again allows up to four players or MCUs, but in this option, the players are all fighting against each other, trying to knock one another off of the stages in order to be declared champion. These hit multiplayer options contribute highly to the game’s ability to hold up years after it was released. 

Super Smash Bros. Melee Soundtrack Album

Popular Music Choices

The music used in Super Smash Bros. Melee is a very popular selection. The music used comes from a number of different popular Nintendo franchises. It includes both new music selections and rearranged selections from different franchises, which creates a stable mood throughout the game. The use of music from different franchises paired with the new music gives the player a nostalgic feeling, as well as new music to hold onto as a classic. Overall the music choices for this game creates an overall better experience for the player. 

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Written by Trinity Fulkroad