The Purdue Smash 4 Community

What is Super Smash Bros?

Super Smash Bros. is a highly popular fighting game series published by Nintendo, featuring renowned characters from popular franchises established on Nintendo systems. The series has spawned a large competitive community and are featured in many high-budget gaming tournaments.

The series began with the original game, "Super Smash Bros.," releasing for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. This was followed by "Super Smash Bros. Melee" releasing in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. Melee quickly gained one of the largest competitive fanbases and retains it to this day. Seven years later, Nintendo released "Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Brawl grew a relatively smaller competitive scene and is generally unfavored amongst the community. Finally, in 2014 Nintendo released their most recent rendition, titling it "Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U." The community dubbed this game "Smash 4" and it currently boasts a competitive scene rivaling that of Melee's.

Smash 4 at Purdue

With the release of Smash 4 in late 2014, a group of players (myself included) began to play the game regularly at Purdue Fighting Game Club meetings. As more people began playing the game, we decided to segregate from the fighting game club and schedule our own weekly meetings. In addition, we created our own Facebook group so interested students could be made aware of the new local Smash 4 community on campus. Growth was slow at first, but over the last two years we have grown a playerbase that rivals the size of every other fighting game playerbase on campus combined.

Being one of the founders of this community, I have continually overseen its advertisement, growth, and positive atmosphere. I initially took it upon myself to be a public relations figure and have created all of the graphic work that the group requires. Our average weekly meeting attendance is now between 30-50 players, boasting an environment that is as inviting as it is competitive. We are now acknowledged as one of the best Smash 4 scenes in Indiana.

- Bransen Shidler