While the DLC support for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is about to expire, players will have plenty of other similar titles to test out in the meantime.
Super Smash Bros. is a standout in the competitive fighting game genre. This is due in large part to the fact that its subculture formed independently of the broader fighting game community and that no other fighting game plays quite like it. Super Smash Bros. is based on a platforming style reminiscent of Kirby’s, featuring a variety of standard moves, special moves, grabs, and smash strikes to use. Fighting genre has never seen combat like this before, with more explosive moments every match than any other sub-genre of the genre to its credit. The cherry on top is the all-star cast of Nintendo crossover characters, which has gradually extended to include warriors from across the industry.
There have been so many platform fighting games that they’ve become a genre in their own right, and this one is no exception. While there have been many Smash clones, dismissing them as merely clones does a disservice to both fans and competitors. The age of the platform fighter is already in full swing, so those looking for a variety in the Smash genre are in for a treat. Nickelodeon All Star Brawl looks interesting, but there are plenty of other games that gamers can play now to prepare for the game’s release.
1. Slap City
Ludosity’s earlier fighting game is a great place to start for Nickelodeon All Star Brawl lovers. From Ludosity’s previous games, such as Ittle Dew, Princess Remedy in a World of Pain and Iji, Slap City is an adorable platformer. Despite the fact that there are nine characters, the game goes out of its way to have them all play differently. The Clutch button, which alters attacks while held, is a well-known feature of the game. There’s also a story mode with a lot of platforming in it. Ludosity’s work on All Star Brawl can learn a lot from Slap City’s high level of polish and attention to detail.
2. Rivals of Aether
Rivals of Aether is a great platform fighter for those seeking for something new. Once again, this 2D fighting game boasts an impressive list of combatants from four different factions, as well as guest characters Ori and Shovel Knight. Abyss Mode, a randomly generated challenge, Tetherball, a more relaxed minigame, and Abyss Versus, a multiplayer mode that lets players use their own custom builds to combat with friends, are all included in this game.
New characters and rollback netcode are also in the works for Rivals of Aether. To make that good news better, those four characters originated as mods on the Rivals of Aether Steam Workshop, which also hosts thousands of user created characters, stages, and modes. This is a must-see, especially now that a sequel is in the works.
3. Super Smash Flash 2
As far as sprite-based Smash clones go, Super Smash Flash 2 is without a doubt the best one yet. No other game even comes close to Flash 2’s brilliance. There are other newbies like Goku and Sora that aren’t expected to appear in the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster but are nevertheless impressive in this game because of their superb sprite restoration.
As its developer works on the indie crossover fighting game Fraymakers, more upgrades will be released over time, making it possible to play online via official servers. Fans of Slap City and Rivals of Aether should keep a watch on the original game, which will feature Ultra Fishbunjin 3000 and Orcane.
4. Project Plus
As a particular circumstance, the following game on this list is a Super Smash Bros. Brawl mod. A follow-up to the well-known Project M roster balance mod, Project Plus aims to further improve the competitive experience of Brawl. Stages and costumes have been introduced, and a new character, Knuckles the Echidna, has joined the cast fully as a fresh addition. This is one of the most evenly-matched platform fighting games out there, with no character being unsuitable for players of any skill level.
As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, Brawlhalla is here. For all its shortcomings, Brawlhalla is one of the most popular free-to-play games out there, with frequent updates and an active competitive community. In order to attract and retain players, the game’s gameplay found the appropriate mix between depth and accessibility.
In 2018, the developer was acquired by Ubisoft, and the game has since engaged in numerous crossover events with video games and television shows. When compared to other platform fighters, Brawlhalla’s moveset isn’t as extensive as the average. Even yet, the game’s large cast of characters all play slightly differently, so any newcomer will be able to find their preferred method of play.
6. Roof Rage
On Steam and Nintendo Switch, Roof Rage is a small but enjoyable indie game. Its thirteen characters are created beautifully in pixel art, and its fluid animations and good gameplay are guaranteed to please. The game’s mechanics and the intensity of landing hits make it apart from your usual platform fighter.
Like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it offers eight-player matches as one of its most distinguishing features. Roof Rage is a platform fighting game hidden gem that deserves your attention, even if it isn’t as innovative as Indie Pogo or King of the Hat.
7. Power Stone 2
No one can deny that Power Stone 2 is the closest arena fighting game to Super Smash Brothers. The number of players in Power Stone 2 has been increased from two to four, and the game’s emphasis on items and the environment has been sharpened even further. Super Smash Bros. is known for its dramatic stages, but this is one of the most chaotic ones ever. The Dreamcast, PSP, and arcade versions of this series are all that’s left of this Capcom classic, but emulation is a good way to get your hands on it..
Liam works at Game Rant as a Features writer. Brock University’s Interactive Arts and Sciences program prepared him for his future career in gaming. He like action games with a heavy emphasis on melee combat and enjoys delving into gameplay mechanisms. With that in mind, he combines his interest in writing with a wide range of industry knowledge to discuss a number of games.