Bryan Dawson (Prima Games): Many moons ago, I was a teenager who thought he was the best of the best when it came to certain fighting games. I had a wake-up call when I entered my first real tournament and saw how high-level the top players were. Shortly afterwards I picked up the Japanese version of Super Smash Bros. 64. My friends and I played the game almost daily, well before the U.S. version released. We played with all items on and always in four-player free-for-alls. It was some of the best times we had as gamers, and we still reminisce about it regularly.
Playing Smash Bros. casually is how Nintendo always intended the game to be played. In fact, it was only recently that Nintendo embraced the competitive scene. Changes were made between Melee and Brawl to actually stifle growth of the competitive scene (random tripping), but despite these efforts, the competitive scene for Super Smash Bros. is one of the largest gaming communities in the world. If you're a casual fan of the series, do yourself a favor and check out the competitive scene. It may not be your thing, but you're missing out if you don't at least try to experience it.