Super Smash Bros Melee
There are two schools of camp over which Smash Bros is the best, but there’s no question of which is the most important. Melee laid the groundwork, and remains, to this day, one of the most beloved fighters ever. Melee is so iconic that it has kept the GameCube controller relevant well into the Wii U years, and it’s a bit easier to approach than Smash Bros Wii U, a game that relies on you already being a fan (knowing that this is probably a safe assumption for most players). It has a superior singleplayer mode, which is important for getting to know how the di erent characters work, a more manageable ‘trophy’ reward system, and some wonderful, iconic courses. Smash Bros is coming to Switch by the end of the year, and odds are it’ll snatch the crowns away from both of the truly great Smash Bros games, but for now, if you can get your hands on a copy, Melee remains the best starting point.
Series best: Super Smash Bros for Wii U