Super Smash Bros. Melee is the second entry in the Super Smash Bros. series of fighting games and was released in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. It was a critical and commercial success, with fans and critics alike praising its fast-paced and chaotic multiplayer gameplay, expansive roster of characters, and wealth of content.
Super Smash Bros. Melee introduces several new gameplay mechanics to the series, including the ability to perform techniques such as wavedashing and L-cancelling, which greatly expanded the game’s combo and strategy possibilities. It also features an updated and expanded single-player mode, with new challenges and mini-games to complete, as well as a refined multiplayer mode that allows for more customization options and smoother online play. These additions, along with the classic Smash Bros. gameplay, make Super Smash Bros. Melee one of the most beloved fighting games of all time.
The competitive scene of Super Smash Bros. Melee is still thriving, even two decades after its release, with regular tournaments and events being held all over the world. Some of the historically best players include Mango, Armada, PPMD, Hungrybox, and Leffen, who have won numerous major tournaments and helped establish the game as one of the most challenging and rewarding fighting games to play at a high level. The legacy of Super Smash Bros. Melee continues to this day, and it remains a staple of the fighting game community and a beloved classic in its own right.