Hardcore Gamer: Super Smash Brothers is that game that transcends fandoms. It firmly goes out of its way to be appealing from the furthest distance and from the cloudiest viewpoint. Some can say that Nintendo recycles Zelda or Mario ad nauseum all they want, but that argument doesn’t hold water with Super Smash Brothers. It’s one of the most prolific series in modern gaming, gathering innumerable fans and being a game that has been statistically proven to sell Nintendo’s systems. But it’s been a long time since the series appeared on the Nintendo 64 and many other games have attempted to use the series’ fundamentals as their own frameworks. Some games have even changed up the party gameplay in fresh, new ways, but every time, it doesn’t prove lucrative. So why is Super Smash Brothers so immune to submission? Even with games that improve upon Super Smash Brothers’ concept, why is Nintendo’s crossover title still the gold standard of multiplayer fighting games?