Sorry, it doesn’t look like a Super Smash Bros. Melee remaster is coming

Sorry, it doesn’t look like a Super Smash Bros. Melee remaster is coming
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


27th Mar 2023 10:23

At what point is it fair to say that the Super Smash Bros. series is the most iconic fighting franchise of all time?

We'll be the first to acknowledge just how important Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat have been in bringing new fans to video games as a medium, and exemplifying just how much fun a good fighting game can be. Then again, you can't fight Kirby as Solid Snake in those games, can you?

The series seems to have improved with each new instalment, except for the super-dedicated to the tight movement and speed of Super Smash Bros Melee. But, we've got bad news for those players.

Super Smash Bros Melee Remastered isn't likely to happen

Even though the competitive elements of Melee have made the game the stuff of legends, two former employees of Nintendo of America have insisted that a new version of the game simply isn't going to happen.

Kit & Krysta - two ex-members of the company - have come together to start a podcast all about their experiences as members of the Nintendo team. The pair responded to questions about the potential of a HD version of Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Krysta simply states it's "absolutely, 100% never gonna happen." She goes on to suggest that the game has now become an example of what Nintendo hates in the gaming industry.

"There are so many negative things from a Nintendo perspective around Melee that it's just like... now it has the 'black market emulation' around it and all this other stuff that Nintendo does not like..."

Would a HD Melee even be any good?

Though the gaming world is very focused on remakes and remasters at the moment, it's not likely that fans would be particularly happy with the final product of a Melee remaster.

Melee's competitive success has stemmed from the minute specifics of its mechanics, with tight movement and difficult tricks being the core of what players love. Any changes to this classic formula might completely destroy the experience.

Since Nintendo has just released Metroid Prime Remastered, it's sparked the debate on what else could do with a lick of paint. Even if a mythical Melee Remastered were perfect, we're sure there'd be a reason for competitive players to complain.

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