#1 – Super Smash Bros. Melee
How could Melee not take the #1 spot? Even with the excellence of Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, Melee is still a staple at tournaments, lending legitimacy to the claim that it’s the best Smash Bros game.
It’s certainly one of the games I’ve put the most hours into. Between unlocking all the stages and characters, finishing all the modes with everyone, and pure noisy, chaotic couch matches with friends, Melee was a staple of my childhood. I know I’m not alone in that. Professionals and casual players alike look back at Melee with fondness. The fast-pace, the hard hits, the variety of stages, and the hidden secrets are all things I’ll never forget.
Super Smash Bros. Melee began the GameCube’s life cycle bundled with it and made a dramatic exit as the console’s best-selling title. It was a visual and mechanical hit, showcasing the very best of what the system could do while being damn fun in the process. You could have a serious, all-Fox match on Final Destination, or you could turn everyone into Bowser and DK with only Giant Mushrooms on Fourside. Melee truly made us feel like the sky was the limit, and brought fighting games to the masses in a silly, perfectly Nintendo way.
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