Super Smash Bros. Ultimate had a very wild 2021 full of ups and downs, drama and wholesomeness. 2021 also marked the year that the Ultimate roster was finally complete. It was an emotional year for Smash players who finally saw the final DLC fighter, Sora, and heard about Sakurai hoping to finally get some rest with his cat. The final fighter balance also dropped meaning Ultimate is finally complete. This is it.
But the Inven Global Smash Awards is about more than the game and its pro scene. It's about the community. Without support from Nintendo, Ultimate was kept alive thanks to a passionate community that spent 2021 organizing intense tournaments for top players and sharing creative content.
So let's celebrate the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community in a big way. Our panel of Ultimate experts, journalists, and pros have put together a list of the most meaningful moments and people in the Smash scene. And now the community has the opportunity to vote for their favorite players, casters, matches, and events.
So let's look back at the content that defined Ultimate in 2021.
Chris "WaDi" Boston is a pro Ultimate player for Panda Global, ranked within the top 20 in the world. While he is known as the top R.O.B. and Mewtwo player, WaDi is more known for his positivity and community-oriented mindset — and this shows in his content.
Whether it's streaming or uploading a YouTube video, you can expect WaDi's content to be focused on fun. You'll get to see him take on a variety of silly challenges (like playing "weird" characters until he loses) or learn to master new characters on Smash's giant roster. Through it all, you'll hear WaDi crack jokes, bust out laughing, and giving interesting insight into all your favorite characters and tournaments.
Juan "Hungrybox" DeBiedma is one of the best Melee players in the world and still holds the title of "Melee God." But that hasn't stopped him from focusing his YouTube channel almost solely on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate content. And while some Smash fans may give him a hard time for his thumbnails or crazy pop-offs, there is no denying that Hungrybox has a passion for the Smash scene. He recently announced a tournament series with $2K prizing each week for all of 2022.
Hungrybox isn't afraid to express himself on stream or in his YouTube videos, including his emotional pop-off after defeating iBDW in Ludwig's tournament. But while his Melee journey can be serious, Hungrybox still dedicates a lot of his free time to making hype Ultimate content, usually surrounding the most surprising and hilarious moments of his online gameplay. There is a reason Hungrybox was recently announced as the most-viewed player from Team Liquid — seeing a talented Ultimate player get hype is always a good time.
Video Game Boot Camp is where you will find matches from almost every Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament. Over on Twitch, you can watch basically every Smash tournament you want since they are leading broadcaster of the game.
VGBootCamp was founded in 2008 by GimR and Aposl back when Smash didn't have as big of a competitive scene. VGBootCamp is part of the reason that Smash esports has grown to this extent, supporting Ultimate every step of the way. While being able to watch any match you want on YouTube is already amazing, the passion VGBootCamp has for Smash and its fans is even more of a reason to celebrate their nonstop dedication to Smash esports.
YouTube: 1 million
Little Z is a content creator focused on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Their YouTube channel is full of montages, memes, and "incredibly stupid challenges." This has led to bangers like "When I lose, my controller gets worse" and "Smash Bros. but EVERYONE can crit." There is never a dull moment while watching Little Z's videos.
But for Little Z's ever-growing fanbase, it's not just watching entertaining Smash content. It's Little Z's talent as a YouTuber and content creator. His fanbase often notes how much fun he is having and how hilarious he is throughout his videos. His video editing is always on point and his chemistry with guests from the Smash world always has viewers impressed. If you're looking for a more laid back take on Ultimate, this is the content creator to check out.
When you see this "about me" on Twitch, you know you're in for a wild ride: "Expect mild professionalism with a twist of ignorance and dash of frequent white women references as we look to avoid getting a 9-5 job!"
EE is one of the most well-known commentators in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, giving him valuable insight into the game itself and access to a lot of the players in the community. He isn't afraid to speak his mind and make offensive jokes — nothing is off-limits on his channel.
EE has a consistent Twitch schedule and YouTube upload schedule, making him a reliable source of entertainment for Smash fans with an edge. With shocking videos like "Smash Bros. Players Who Can NOT Date Your Daughter," you can definitely expect to be entertained in surprising ways if you check out EE's channel. EE is not afraid of any topic in the Smash community.
The Inven Global Smash Awards panel for Ultimate
- Eric Bartlett
- Austin Watts
- John "Oddball" Popko
- Michale Lalor
- Olivia Richman
- Tim Masters
*Note: Nobody can vote for themselves in the Inven Global Smash Awards
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