The Super Smash Bros. community has long dealt with haters from other people in the FGC who feel that Smash isn't a "real" fighting game.
Smash is often jokingly referred to as a "party game" due to Nintendo's initial vision of the game. But even though the items and some stages are for pure fun, competitive Smash has more than proved itself over the past few decades. Even Sakurai himself has admitted that Melee catered to a more intense and competitive group of gamers.
But Smash's unique style of fighting has often left other fighting game players skeptical if the game takes as much skill as classic-style fighting titles like Street Fighter and Tekken. While this is an argument that can go on forever (much like the keyboard vs. controller one in FPS games), Smash players are now saying that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the BEST fighting game regardless of all this talk of "real" and "hard."
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-selling fighting game
When it comes to most popular fighting games in the world, Super Smash Bros. has blown every other game away with its sales. According to Fandom's Video Game Sales Wiki, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold over 25.1 million copies. The second-best fighting game sales go to Street Fighter II, which wasn't even close to Ultimate at 15.5 million.
The previous Smash titles are also pretty high up on the list, with Brawl in third, DS in sixth, and Melee in 13th over 20 years later. Super Smash Bros. and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U were in 17th and 18th.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has beat out Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tekken, Dragon Ball Fighter, ARMS (duh), Virtua Fighter, Guilty Gear, and every other fighting game you can think of.
So is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate the best fighting game?
To be fair, this doesn't prove that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is BETTER or more DIFFICULT. But it does prove that Ultimate is the most popular fighting game to ever exist. It doesn't mean Ultimate is the best fighting game of all time but it means that the game is popular with casual and competitive players alike.
For Smash players, it wasn't truly an accurate way to prove which FGC is supreme. It was a way to celebrate the success of their favorite game of all time. Everyone has so many memories playing Smash, whether it's picking up the game for the first time on N64 or playing local Melee tournaments or hosting casual tourneys with friends after school.
Super Smash Bros. is a huge part of every fans' life. That's why it's been a bit emotional to see the end of the updates and DLC coming to Ultimate. Is this truly the end of Smash after all these years? Sakurai has hinted that he's not truly done with Smash, but it's unclear what the future of Smash will be.
For now, apparently millions of people own Ultimate — so let's keep playing each other on Nintendo's sh-t internet!
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