Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Vs. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: Which Has Fans More Hyped?

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Vs. Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl: Which Has Fans More Hyped?

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Mackenzie O Brien


8th Oct 2021 14:24

2021 will go down in history as a pivotal year for competitive esports, with many people more excited about the genre than ever. After Nintendo's iconic final reveal on Tuesday, the Smash Brothers scene has come alive again, with many people returning to replay Smash Ultimate or watch their favourite players stream.

A new competitor has entered the ring, however, which many people were not expecting. With Nintendo's big announcement slotted for Tuesday, there was little fanfare when a smaller title dropped on the same day. While this game was initially met with little excitement, many people started to take notice of it once the Smash excitement died.

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is a cartoon-crossover fighting game featuring Nickelodeon favourites and their iconic worlds. The game is a passion project made by a small team of Smash fans.

Their goal was to create a fighting game that was both fun and memorable for players. While they were initially met with little recognition, many esports fans and fighting gamers have dropped Smash and made their way to the rising fandom for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

Is Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl An Esport?

While many fans are excited to see how Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl develops, even more, have questions regarding the game's status in the world of esports. Players don't know whether to classify this game as an esport or competitive game, especially since the fandom only started taking off.

With iconic Smash: Melee player Juan Manuel "Hungrybox" DeBiedma immediately flocking to the game, many other Smash icons have followed in his footsteps. The competitive scene is quickly growing for this fledgeling game. Many people are dropping Smash altogether to play Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl with their friends.

But What Defines An Esport?

An esport is technically defined as a competition that takes place in or around a video game. Usually, these competitions occur in organised tournaments or competitions between pro players or teams. The definition of esports is very loose, meaning that any game with a following and a bit of competitive action can be seen as an esport.

In Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's case, it can already be defined as an esport. Despite only launching three days ago, it has immediately attracted the attention of Smash fans, who have noted it as a superior Smash clone.

Many people consider it superior to Smash in general, since the developers looked to the Smash community for insight on moves and combos. Hungrybox consulted directly with the developers before launch, which helped them grow the game in the right direction.

What Has Fans More Hyped?

At first, fans were considerably more hyped for Super Smash Brothers Ultimate's newest character, Sora. The internet was excited to see a fan favourite finally make his way into the main game, with many people picking up Smash for the first time in years to play as him.

Unfortunately, many Smash fans believe this announcement, which took place this Tuesday, was planned to cover up the competition. It was no secret that Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl was coming out on the same day, October 5. It seemed like Nintendo was indirectly addressing the promise that the Smash clone had to offer by seeking to cover it up.


Since the hype has died around Smash, many people have started taking notice of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, which has been excellent for the competitive community.

Many Smash icons have taken to the game immediately, since it was directly inspired by games like Melee. This is why Hungrybox has been so involved in the development of the game, as his favourite title in the Smash line-up had not been directly addressed for years.

With many people tuning into streams featuring the new game, gamers are getting a first-hand look at this iconic title. While Smash will always be a staple in the gaming scene, many people have put it down to focus on Nickelodeon's newest release.

Will We See Esports Competitions?

In short, we most likely will. With many competitive games and fighters having their competitions, we wouldn't be surprised if Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl got its own form of competition. Smaller competitive titles like Shrek SuperSlam and Tom and Jerry Chase get their own competitions, so it wouldn't be surprising to see this up and coming title get a tournament of its own.

Other Smash-Inspired Esports

Tom and Jerry Chase and Shrek SuperSlam are two prominent Smash Melee clones that captivated many fans of the franchise. With exciting combos and fast-paced action, these games have developed a cult following in the world of video games.

With so much competition, these games have caught the attention of gamers around the world, which gave them the status of esports titles. Both games boast a growing competitive scene, with tiers of professional players striving for the number one title.

Tom and Jerry Chase innovated on the Smash concept by adding a 1v4 element to the general gameplay. Four mice must face off against a cat to best the map and come out with a first-place title. The game is currently only offered on Android and iOS devices, but it is still considered an esport, since many players have started competing against one another for the winning title.

Shrek SuperSlam is a cross-platform fighting game that can be played on PlayStation, Xbox, Gamecube, and more. This game is the most similar to Smash, where players can pick from a handful of their Shrek favourites to battle it out in an arena.

This game quickly gained a competitive scene, mostly due to the memes that stemmed from the Shrek franchise. Fans of Smash quickly realised that this game had potential and flocked to it to compete against one another. Despite being over 15 years old, the game still has a cult following, which is incredible. Players still compete in tournaments, which are small but dedicated.

Nickelodeon: All-Star Brawl takes everything that players enjoyed about these games and the original Smash titles and innovates on them. The result? A fun game that has quickly caught on with Smash fans and esports players in general. With so much hype surrounding this title already, it's easy to see why so many are excited about future updates, and tournaments.

Our Final Thoughts

In our opinion, this game is a worthy competitor to Super Smash Brothers: Melee. It has fun cartoony action, awesome move sets, and an iconic line-up of cartoon favourites.

The developers are still hard at work developing this title, even with some of the budgetary restrictions Viacom, the company that owns Nickelodeon, has thrown their way. With many people starting to take notice of the game, it might just get the finances needed to develop voice acting and other anticipated aspects of the gameplay.

More people have started taking notice of Nickelodeon: All-Star Brawl than ever before. With a growing audience, we anticipate that this game will be able to take on the mighty Smash one day.

Until then, it will continue to be a cult classic amongst esports fans, with prominent Smash influencers continuing to promote it. With so much fanfare surrounding the game, it's easy to get lost in the hype. We're most certainly excited about the competition this game will bring, and even more excited to see all of the new developments to the core game.


Mackenzie is a Freelance Journalist at GGRecon, she has experience in the social media side to the gaming industry.

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