SSB4: The mutual mind games

Game: Super Smash Brothers 4
Category: Humor
Beauty: 8/10
Opponents Skill: 8/10


Super Smash Brothers 4 isn’t as fast-paced as its Melee counterpart, but that doesn’t mean the jukes and mind games are absent.

Smash 4 is all about staying safe and predicting when your opponent is about to do something unsafe. So it isn’t too hard to imagine that this moment happens in the middle of two players deep in competitive focus.

The Peach is waiting to see what the Diddy Kong does. The Diddy Kong is waiting to see what the Peach does. And then everything stops and both player shields slowly drop in unison.

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SSBM: never sleep on Pikachu


Game: Super Smash Brothers Melee
Category: Don’t give up
Beauty: 9/10
Opponents Skill: 10/10


SSBM has reached veteran status as an eSport and continues to be one of the premier PvP experiences for fighting game players. Not everyone can reach the level of skill and execution needed to compete at high level Melee, but those who do are rewarded with an deep and incredibly rich fighting game.

So we love to feature top plays from recent tournaments. This play comes from Tempo Storm’s Axe. He is the best Pikachu player in the world and single-handedly brings the oft-ignored character to the highest levels of play and respect. During Smash Summit Spring 2017, he starts an incredible comeback vs. Mango when already on his last stock. The momentum by this incredible series of reads and gimps ultimate gives Axe the win.

If you haven’t you have to watch the whole set!

SSBM: The moment that started a meme


Game: Super Smash Brothers Melee
Category: Mind Games
Beauty: 7/10
Opponents Skill: 10/10


SSBM is one of the fastest competitive fighters around. It is played at a mind-boggling pace with players individual APM reaching far beyond even Starcraft levels.

That is why when Hax decided to simply walk up next to Mango, the best Smash Brothers player to likely ever grace the game, and deliver a slow telegraphed attack that connects, the crowd goes wild. This moment spawned a meme in itself, starting with the phrase “YO, did he just walk up slowly and X?” filling Twitch Chats and Smash forums everywhere.