When we think about classic titles for the Nintendo GameCube that were very popular during the early 00’s the Super Smash Bros Melee game from ’01 is a game that people think about. For those who do not know Super Smash Bros Melee was the direct sequel to the original N64 game from ’99. Super Smash Bros Melee consisted of a roster of popular Nintendo characters such as: Mario, Luigi, Peach Bowser, Zelda, Ness, Captain Falcon, Kirby, Samus and many others. Super Smash Bros Melee sold at least 7 million copies worldwide since its release and was a top seller on the Nintendo GameCube overall. Since its release back in the early 00’s Super Smash Bros Melee has generally been regarded as one of the best installments within its entire series. In fact, Super Smash Bros Melee has been played at various gaming tournaments many years following its release which is a precedent of how popular the game truly is.
In fact, there are some people who believe that Super Smash Bros Melee could have been a huge success in arcade centers prior to its release for GameCube. Superb Smash Bros Melee had the feel of an arcade styled brawler but with four players opposed to just two. However, since Super Smash Bros Melee was developed by HAL Laboratory which mainly develops games for only Nintendo consoles; an arcade release Super Smash Bros Melee was very unlikely. Also, arcade centers were beginning to decline in popularity surge early 00’s due to the rise in popularity as it related to online gaming with the likes of Xbox, PS3, etc. A game like Super Smash Bros Melee could have been huge during the mid to late 90’s in arcade centers; especially considering how popular the fighting genre was during that particular time period. Despite, not receiving an arcade release in the early 00’s Super Smash Bros Melee will always be seen as one of the greatest fighting games in video game history.