‘The Smash Brothers’ Documentary Series

Super Smash Bros: Melee

2014 is undoubtedly the year of Smash Bros, with two brand new installments in the franchise, the series’ first foray onto handheld consoles, unprecedented hype, and the largest roster of any Smash Bros. title. All it took was a simple demo release to see all avenues of the internet light up with Let’s Plays and analysis of Nintendo’s next big fighter.

‘The Smash Brothers’ is a 9 nine-part documentary series created by East Point Pictures and follows the competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee community, highlighting the myriad of interesting personalities, the drama, the East Coast / West Coast rivalry and the struggle to get Melee featured on the grand stages of Evo and MLG.

It’s a wonderfully produced series, and quite possibly one of the best eSports / video game documentaries available (alongside Valve’s ‘Free to Play’ DOTA 2 documentary), treating its subject matter with a respect and understanding that probably wouldn’t be afforded by a mainstream media outlet

Highlights for me have to be KDJ’s introduction in the first episode, Isai’s story, the rise of Mango and the general history of Nintendo’s flagship fighting franchise.

So what better time than now to delve into the history of the franchise and the community of people that have kept an aging GameCube game relevant 13 years after its release?

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